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Title New downtown now : an anthology of new theater from downtown New York / Mac Wellman and Young Jean Lee, editors ; introduction by Jeffrey M. Jones
Published Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, ©2006


Description 1 online resource (xv, 399 pages) : illustrations
Contents Preface / Mac Wellman and Young Jean Lee -- Introduction. How to read a curious play / Jeffrey M. Jones -- Interim / Barbara Cassidy -- Tragedy : a tragedy / Will Eno -- Nine come / Elana Greenfield -- Sachiko / Madelyn Kent -- Enoshima Island / Madelyn Kent -- The appeal / Young Jean Lee -- The vomit talk of ghosts / Kevin Oakes -- Ajax (por nobody) / Alice Tuan -- Apparition : An uneasy play of the underknown / Anne Washburn -- Demon baby / Erin Courtney -- Contributors
Summary "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, crafting 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and undermine the conventional structure, language, and characterization of commercial theater while rejecting outdated notions of the avant-garde.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 clichés 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 ; 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 ; and Demon Baby by Erin Courtney
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Subject American drama -- 21st century
American drama -- 20th century
Experimental drama, American -- New York (State) -- New York
DRAMA -- American.
DRAMA -- Anthologies (multiple authors)
American drama
Experimental drama
New York (N.Y.)
Genre/Form Experimental drama.
Théâtre expérimental.
Experimental drama
Form Electronic book
Author Wellman, Mac, editor.
Lee, Young Jean, editor.
Jones, Jeffrey M., writer of introduction.
ISBN 9780816698073