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At a time when most serious drama being written and produced for the American stage aspires only to mainstream acceptance and high-toned mediocrity, an innovative new generation of playwrights based in New York City has emerged, crofting works that challenge and undermine the conventional structure, language, and characterization of commercial theater while rejecting outdated notions of the avant-garde. "New Downtown Now" brings together ten new works that exemplify the playfulness, excitement, and possibilities of the theater. Characterized by fragmenting structure, hypnotic rhythms, kaleidoscopic imagery, unpredictable characters, and lyrical language, these plays resemble puzzles from which the writers are teasing revelations. Though disparate in subject matter and style, with characters ranging from a sushi chef to a soldier and settings from a taxicab to a live television broadcast, these highly original plays share a commitment to formal experimentation that places them beyond the psychological cliches of the majority and the cold condescension of postmodernism.
The anthology includes "Interim" by Barbara Cassidy; "Tragedy: A tragedy" by Will Eno; "Nine Come" by Elana Greenfield; "Shufu - Sachiko and Enoshima Island" by Madelyn Kent; "The Appeal" by Young Jean Lee; "The Vomit Talk of Ghosts" by Kevin Oakes; "Ajax" (por nobody) by Alice Tuan; "Apparition", an uneasy play of the underknown by Anne Washburn; "Demon Baby" by Erin Courtney.
Mac Wellman is the author of numerous plays and the recipient of three Obie awards, most recently in 2003 for lifetime achievement. He is professor of playwriting at Brooklyn College. Young Jean Lee is a playwright and director, and member of the Obie award-winning company 13P. Jeffrey M. Jones is a playwright and curator of the Obie award-winning Little Theater at Tonic in New York.
Release date NZ
May 1st, 2006
Edited by Young Jean Lee
Country of Publication
University of Minnesota Press
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