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The Methuen Drama Book of New American Plays: Stunning; The Road Weeps, the Well Runs Dry; Pullman, Wa; Hurt Village; Dying City; The Big Meal (Play Anthologies)

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The Methuen Drama Book of New American Plays is an anthology of six outstanding plays from some of the most exciting playwrights currently receiving critical acclaim in the States. It showcases work produced at a number of the leading theatres during the last decade and charts something of the extraordinary range of current playwriting in America. It will be invaluable not only to readers and theatergoers in the U.S., but to those around the world seeking out new American plays and an insight into how U.S. playwrights are engaging with their current social and political environment.

There is a rich collection of distinctive, diverse voices at work in the contemporary American theatre and this brings together six of the best, with work by David Adjmi, Marcus Gardley, Young Jean Lee, Katori Hall, Christopher Shinn and Dan LeFranc. The featured plays range from the intimate to the epic, the personal to the national and taken together explore a variety of cultural perspectives on life in America. The first play, David Adjmi's Stunning, is an excavation of ruptured identity set in modern day Midwood, Brooklyn, in the heart of the insular Syrian-Jewish community; Marcus Gardley's lyrical epic The Road Weeps, The Well Runs Dry deals with the migration of Black Seminoles, is set in mid-1800s Oklahoma and speaks directly to modern spirituality, relocation and cultural history; Young Jean Lee's Pullman, WA deals with self-hatred and the self-help culture in her formally inventive three-character play; Katori Hall's Hurt Village uses the real housing project of "Hurt Village" as a potent allegory for urban neglect set against the backdrop of the Iraq war; Christopher Shinn's Dying City melds the personal and political in a theatrical crucible that cracks open our response to 9/11 and Abu Graib, and finally Dan LeFranc's The Big Meal, an inter-generational play spanning eighty years, is set in the mid-west in a generic restaurant and considers family legacy and how some of the smallest events in life turn out to be the most significant.

Synopsis:

This anthology presents six of the best new plays by some of the most exciting American playwrights whose work is currently gaining acclaim. It showcases work produced at a number of the leading theatres as selected by Sarah Benson, artistic director at Soho Rep in New York, and provides a detailed introduction to the plays.

Synopsis:

The Methuen Drama Book of New American Plays is an anthology of six outstanding plays from some of the most exciting playwrights currently receiving critical acclaim in the States. It showcases work produced at a number of the leading theatres and charts something of the extraordinary range of current playwriting in America. It will be invaluable not only to readers and theatergoers in the U.S., but to those around the world seeking out new American plays and an insight into how U.S. playwrights are engaging with their current social and political environment.

There is a rich collection of distinctive, diverse voices at work in the contemporary American theatre and this brings together six of the best, with work by Suzan-Lori Parks, Christopher Shinn, Katori Hall, David Adjmi, Marcus Gardley and Annie Baker.

The plays include a diverse range of characters and locales, from a contemporary Brooklyn apartment, to a sprawling epic set in 1850s Oklahoma amidst the Seminole people, to a real-life housing project in Memphis Tennessee. They are also embracing a range of traditions, from American realism, to black folklore, to 'new naturalism', to more unconventional formal trends. The anthology will enable readers to engage with a range of playwriting approaches amongst America's leading voices in the theatre. 

About the Author

Playwrights include: Suzan-Lori Parks, Christopher Shinn, Katori Hall, David Adjmi, Marcus Gardley, and Annie Baker.

Sarah Benson is the artistic director of the Soho Rep theater in New York.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Sarah BensonStunning by David AdjmiThe Road Weeps, The Well Runs Dry by Marcus GardleyPullman, WA by Young Jean LeeHurt Village by Katori HallDying City by Christopher ShinnThe Big Meal by Dan LeFranc

Product Details

ISBN:
9781408157015
Author:
Benson, Sarah
Publisher:
Methuen Publishing
Author:
Lefranc, Dan
Author:
Shinn, Christopher
Author:
Gardley, Marcus
Author:
Adjmi, David
Author:
Lee, Young Jean
Author:
Hall, Katori
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
Drama-Play Anthologies
Edition Description:
Unsewn Paperback
Publication Date:
20130531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
7.7 x 5.1 x 1.6 in 1 lb

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This anthology presents six of the best new plays by some of the most exciting American playwrights whose work is currently gaining acclaim. It showcases work produced at a number of the leading theatres as selected by Sarah Benson, artistic director at Soho Rep in New York, and provides a detailed introduction to the plays.
"Synopsis" by ,
The Methuen Drama Book of New American Plays is an anthology of six outstanding plays from some of the most exciting playwrights currently receiving critical acclaim in the States. It showcases work produced at a number of the leading theatres and charts something of the extraordinary range of current playwriting in America. It will be invaluable not only to readers and theatergoers in the U.S., but to those around the world seeking out new American plays and an insight into how U.S. playwrights are engaging with their current social and political environment.

There is a rich collection of distinctive, diverse voices at work in the contemporary American theatre and this brings together six of the best, with work by Suzan-Lori Parks, Christopher Shinn, Katori Hall, David Adjmi, Marcus Gardley and Annie Baker.

The plays include a diverse range of characters and locales, from a contemporary Brooklyn apartment, to a sprawling epic set in 1850s Oklahoma amidst the Seminole people, to a real-life housing project in Memphis Tennessee. They are also embracing a range of traditions, from American realism, to black folklore, to 'new naturalism', to more unconventional formal trends. The anthology will enable readers to engage with a range of playwriting approaches amongst America's leading voices in the theatre. 

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