New Downtown Now
An Anthology of New Theater from Downtown New York
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New Downtown Now by Mac Wellman
Book DescriptionAt a time when most serious drama being written and produced for the American stage aspires only to mainstream acceptance and high-toned mediocrity, an innovative new generation of playwrights based in New York City has emerged, crofting works that challenge and undermine the conventional structure, language, and characterization of commercial theater while rejecting outdated notions of the avant-garde. "New Downtown Now" brings together ten new works that exemplify the playfulness, excitement, and possibilities of the theater. Characterized by fragmenting structure, hypnotic rhythms, kaleidoscopic imagery, unpredictable characters, and lyrical language, these plays resemble puzzles from which the writers are teasing revelations. Though disparate in subject matter and style, with characters ranging from a sushi chef to a soldier and settings from a taxicab to a live television broadcast, these highly original plays share a commitment to formal experimentation that places them beyond the psychological cliches of the majority and the cold condescension of postmodernism. The anthology includes "Interim" by Barbara Cassidy; "Tragedy: A tragedy" by Will Eno; "Nine Come" by Elana Greenfield; "Shufu - Sachiko and Enoshima Island" by Madelyn Kent; "The Appeal" by Young Jean Lee; "The Vomit Talk of Ghosts" by Kevin Oakes; "Ajax" (por nobody) by Alice Tuan; "Apparition", an uneasy play of the underknown by Anne Washburn; "Demon Baby" by Erin Courtney.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780816647309
(254mm x 178mm x 27mm)
Imprint: University of Minnesota Press
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publish Date: 26-May-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Mac Wellman
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New Downtown Now, Paperback (May 2006)
Brings together ten works that show the excitement and possibilities of the theater. Characterized by fragmenting structure, hypnotic rhythms, kaleidoscopic imagery, unpredictable characters, and lyrical language, these plays resemble puzzles from which the writers are teasing revelations.
Bad Infinity, Paperback (February 1994)» View all books by Mac Wellman
This is a collection of plays by one of America's well-known and widely performed experimental playwrights. Mac Wellman's biting social satire, Joycean language games, outrageous humour, and provocative subject matter have been the focus of critical acclaim and stormy controversy.
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Author Biography - Mac Wellman
Mac Wellman is the author of numerous plays and the recipient of three Obie awards, most recently in 2003 for lifetime achievement. He is professor of playwriting at Brooklyn College. Young Jean Lee is a playwright and director, and member of the Obie award-winning company 13P. Jeffrey M. Jones is a playwright and curator of the Obie award-winning Little Theater at Tonic in New York.
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