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Title:
Death & taxes : Hydriotaphia & other plays
Author:
Kushner, Tony.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Theatre Communications Group, 2000.
Physical Description:
xviii, 316 pages ; 22 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Reverse transcription : six playwrights bury a seventh -- Hydriotaphia, or, The death of Dr. Browne -- G. David Schine in Hell -- Notes on Akiba -- Terminating, or, Sonnet LXXV, or, "Lass meine Schmerzen nicht verloren sein, " or, Ambivalence -- East coast ode to Howard Jarvis : a little teleplay in tiny monologues.
ISBN:
9781559361569
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Tony Kushner: "This is an odd assemblage of plays, for which gathering-together there is no overarching thematic justification. Because several of the plays deal with death, and one of the death-plays deals as well with money, and the last play deals with taxation, we're calling the book Death & Taxes . But all plays, directly or indirectly, are about death and taxes, so this title explains little..."

What is clear, is that all of the plays in this new collection by Kushner are poetic masterpieces. An exploration in form and style, from comedy to farce to what can easily be called hip-hop theatre, Kushner makes each style his own, writing with the mind of a great social reformer and the heart of a poet. This collection is proof that his masterwork, Angels in America was just the beginning.

Includes:
Reverse Transcription: Six Playwrights Bury a Seventh
Hydriotaphia or The Death of Doctor Browne
G. David Schine in Hell
Notes on Akiba
Terminating or Sonnet LXXV
East Coast Ode to Howard Jarvis


Author Notes

Playwright Tony Kushner was born in New York City and raised in Louisiana.

In addition to his plays, Kushner teaches at New York University and has co-written an opera with Bobby McFerrin.

Kushner is best known for Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, a two-part seven-hour play that has won many awards (two Tony Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, two Drama Desk Awards, the Evening Standard Award, the New York Critics Circle Award, and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award). It was also selected one of the ten best plays of the 20th century by London's Royal National Theatre.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Table of Contents

Introductionp. xi
Reverse Transcription: Six Playwrights Bury a Seventh: A Ten-Minute Play That's Nearly Twenty Minutes Longp. 1
Hydriotaphia or The Death of Dr. Browne: An Epic Farce about Death and Primitive Capital Accumulationp. 25
G. David Schine in Hellp. 227
Notes on Akibap. 241
Terminating or Sonnet LXXV or "Lass meine Schmerzen nicht verloren sein" or Ambivalencep. 261
East Coast Ode to Howard Jarvis: A Little Teleplay in Tiny Monologuesp. 291