By (author) Darren O'Donnell
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Social Acupuncture by Darren O'Donnell
Book DescriptionTheatre doesn't have much relevance anymore. Or so acclaimed playwright Darren O'Donnell tells us. The dynamics of unplanned social interaction, he says, are far more compelling than any play he could produce. So his latest show, A Suicide-Site Guide to the City, isn't really a show; it's an interactive chitchat about memory, depression, and 9/11, a dazzling whirl of talking streetcars, pizza and schizophrenia. And it's hilarious. O'Donnell's artistic practice has evolved into 'something as close to hanging out as you can come and still charge admission.' With his theatre company, Mammalian Diving Reflex, O'Donnell has generated a series of ongoing events that induce interactions between strangers in public; the Talking Creature, Q&A, Home Tours, the Toronto Strategy Meetings and Diplomatic Immunities bring people together in odd configurations, ask revealing questions and prove the generosity, abundance and power of the social sphere. Social Acupuncture includes the full text of A Suicide-Site Guide to the City and an extensive essay on the waning significance of theatre and the notion of civic engagement and social interaction as an aesthetic.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781552451700
(203mm x 127mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Coach House Books
Publisher: Coach House Books
Publish Date: 25-Apr-2002
Country of Publication: Canada
Books By Author Darren O'Donnell
[boxhead], Paperback (November 2004)
Dr Thoughtless Actions, a young geneticist, awakes one morning to find a cardboard box secured to his head. Unable to wrench it off, he attempts suicide, not only failing but also, unbeknowst to himself, cloning himself, creating Dr Wishful Thinking. Both of them fall in love, fall in science, and fail to make a baby.
Pppeeeaaaccceee, Paperback (June 1999)
A play that is set in Ephemeral. It examines our being and asks us what we're doing.
Inoculations: Four Plays, Paperback (March 1997)» View all books by Darren O'Donnell
These four plays -- White Mice, Who Shot Jacques Lacan?, Radio Rooster Says That's Bad and Over -- written by Darren O'Donnell for his theatre company, Mammalian Diving Reflex, will challenge your politics, your ontology and everything you hold to be safe, stable and sacrosanct.
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Author Biography - Darren O'Donnell
Darren O'Donnell is a writer, award-winning director, actor, Dora-winning set designer and the artistic director of Mammalian Diving Reflex. His theatre credits include A Suicide-Site Guide to the City, White Mice, [boxhead], Who Shot Jacques Lacan?, Over and Mercy! He organizes the Talking Creature, an ongoing social experiment on the art of conversing with strangers, and Diplomatic Immunities, in which he explores the aesthetic of civic engagement.
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