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Valparaiso : a play in two acts
DeLillo, Don.
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New York, NY : Scribner, [1999]

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110 pages ; 22 cm
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PS3554.E4425 V35 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
PS3554.E4425 V35 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A man and his wife participate in a series of interviews with various media personalities as the man describes an unusual business trip.

Author Notes

Don DeLillo was born in the Bronx, New York on November 20, 1936. He received a bachelor's degree in communication arts from Fordham University in 1958. After graduation, he was a copywriter for an advertising company and wrote short stories on the side. His first story, The River Jordan, was published two years later in Epoch, the literary magazine of Cornell University.

His first novel, Americana, was published in 1971. His other works include Ratner's Star, The Names, Libra, Underworld, The Body Artist, Cosmopolis, Falling Man, Point Omega, and The Angel Esmeralda, a collection of short stories. He won several awards including the National Book Award for fiction in 1985 for White Noise, the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1992 for Mao II, the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction in 2010, and the inaugural Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction in 2013.

(Bowker Author Biography)



From Act One Michael Majeski Livia Majeski Delfina Treadwell Teddy Hodell The Interviewers The Camera Crew The Chorus Two actors, one male, one female, play all the Interviewers in Act One. The three members of the Camera Crew double as Chorus. Act One Living room of the Majeski house. A large uncluttered space, bare-walled except for a large TV set in a wall unit upstage. The room is largely achromatic but not stylishly so. It is a representation of a living room, more or less anyone's. In several scenes a sector of this playing area functions as office space or as interview space in a broadcast studio. Scene 1 The living room in half-light. Livia sits on an exercise bike, facing downstage. She looks into the middle distance, pedaling steadily. Lights slowly down. There is a deep pulse of image and sound. A videotape is projected on the back wall and adjacent furniture. It shows a single image, a high-angle shot of a man in a tightly confined space. There is a plastic bag on his head, fastened about the neck. He is seated, a forearm braced against the wall to either side of him. The plastic is thick and frosted, obscuring the man's features. The tape is crude and marked by visual static. A digital display is inset in a lower corner of the tape. It records the hour and minute, the fleeting seconds and tenths of seconds. Livia rides her bike, visible in the flickering light. After the tape has run for twelve seconds, there is an interval of agitation caused either by an unsteady camera or some larger disturbance. The sound throughout is intense and electronic, a synthesized roaring wind. Slowly the man on the tape raises his head toward the camera. The shaking becomes more pronounced and the tape abruptly ends. The projection lasts twenty seconds. Livia is barely visible, pedaling. Then darkness. Copyright © 1999 by Don DeLillo Excerpted from Valparaiso: A Play by Don DeLillo All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.