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Title:
Cellophane : plays
Author:
Wellman, Mac.
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Publication Information:
Baltimore, Md. : John Hopkins University Press, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
xvii, 398 pages ; 23 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780801867194
Format :
Book

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Central Library PS3573.E468 C45 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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Summary

Summary

Celebrated for his dizzying linguistic inventions, his experimental narratives, his biting social and political critiques, and his absurdist sense of humour, Mac Wellman has become one of America's leading avant-garde playwrights. In this volume, Wellman offers the 11 plays that he considers his most important: Albanian Softshoe, Mister Original Bugg, Cleveland, Bad Penny, Cellophane, Three Americanisms, Fnu Lnu, Girl Gone, Hypatia, The Sandalwood Box, and Cat's-Paw. Written between 1983 and 1998, they showcase Wellman's on-going exploration of the limits of language and the consequences of humanity in the post-modern world. Also included in this volume is his essay on the theatre, A Chrestomathy of 22 Answers to 22 Wholly Unaskable and Unrelated Questions Concerning Political and Poetic Theater.


Author Notes

Mac Wellman is a two-time Obie award-winning dramatist whose work is widely performed. He is the Donald I. Fine Professor of Playwriting at Brooklyn College.


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Library Journal Review

Wellman, a two-time Obie Award winner, is one of America's leading avant-garde playwrights. This collection of his most important plays includes "Cellophane," a language experiment based on "a debased idea of slang." "Bad Penny" is a parody of contemporary political and media jargon, while "Cat's Paw" is Wellman's take on Don Juan, in which there are no male characters or even talk of men. Another play, "Cleveland," is a biting send-up of suburban life. Also included is Wellman's essay on the theater "A Chrestomathy of 22 Answers to 22 Wholly Unaskable and Unrelated Questions Concerning Political and Poet Theater." Challenging to read, these theater pieces undoubtedly make for fascinating and unique stage experiences. Recommended for comprehensive theater arts collections. Howard Miller, Rosary H.S., St. Louis (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Marjorie Perloff
Forewordp. ix
A Chrestomathy of 22 Answers to 22 Wholly Unaskable and Unrelated Questions Concerning Political and Poetic Theaterp. 1
Albanian Softshoep. 17
Mister Original Buggp. 81
Clevelandp. 87
Bad Penny: A Play at Bow Bridgep. 123
Cellophanep. 151
Three Americanismsp. 185
Fnu Lnup. 207
Girl Gonep. 243
Hypatia; or, The Divine Algebrap. 283
The Sandalwood Boxp. 323
Cat's Paw: A Meditation on the Don Juan Themep. 337

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