American Next Wave: Four Contemporary Plays from the Hightide Festival (Play Anthologies)

American Next Wave: Four Contemporary Plays from the Hightide Festival (Play Anthologies)

By: Branden Jacob-Jenkins (author), Laura Marks (author), Stella Fawn Ragsdale (author), Mona Mansour (author)Paperback

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A collection of four plays by new American writers curated from the Emerging Writers Group at the Public Theater, New York. These plays represent the finest works developed by the Public Theater, addressing contemporary social preoccupations: race, class, heritage, economic hardship, family values and identity. The plays included are: Perish by Stella Fawn Ragsdale: when Porter's father kidnaps her son, she must go back to the woods of East Tennessee to find him, where she is distracted by a mysterious firebird. Textured with poetry and grit, this play follows the plight of women in Appalachia and the disappearance of the working class. The Hour of Feeling by Mona Mansour: in 1967, fuelled by a love of English Romantic poetry, a young Palestinian academic, Adham, and his new wife, Abir, take a trip to London, where he will deliver a career defining lecture. While the situation in his home "country" deteriorates and his marriage threatens to dissolve, Adham confronts his fear of failure and the reality that he may be an outsider no matter where he goes. Bethany by Laura Marks: when the going gets tough, the tough get going, and the going has gotten very tough indeed for Crystal. Her job is in jeopardy, her house has been repossessed and her daughter taken by social services. It's time for Crystal to get going. But in her effort to get her daughter back and put her life on the right track, Crystal is forced to question just how far she's willing to go to survive. Neighbors by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins: Black face, not on my doorstep, not today. Richard Patterson is not happy. The family of black actors that has moved in next door is rowdy, tacky, shameless, and uncouth. And they are not just invading his neighborhood-they're infiltrating his family, his sanity, and his entirely post-racial lifestyle. This wildly theatrical, explosive play on race is an unconventional comedy which uses minstrelsy both to explore the history of black theater and to confront tensions in 'post-racial' America.

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Stella Fawn Ragsdale was born and raised in East Tennessee. Her most recent play Perish, part of a trilogy inspired by her Appalachian heritage, will be produced as part of the HighTide Festival in theUK. Stella recently has an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU. Mona Mansour began her theater careeras an actress and now teaches improv and writing classes to adults over 60 in NYC. Her plays include Me and the SLA (Groundling Theater, Seattle Fringe Fest - Best of the Fest), Girl Scouts of America (co-written with Andrea Berloff) was part of the Public Theater's New Work Now!, and had a successful outing at NYC Fringe 2006. Mona was recently chosen as "One of 50 to Watch" by the Dramatists Guild. Laura Marks is a current playwriting fellow at the Juilliard School. Her play Bethany won the Leah Ryan Prize for Emerging Women Writers, Synchronicity Theatre's SheWrites award, and was chosen by John Guare as runner-up for Yale's David C. Horn Prize. A native Kentuckian, she studied at Boston University and Indiana University. Branden Jacobs-Jenkins is a Brooklyn-based playwright and performer from Washington, D.C., whose plays include: Neighbors, Face #1-3 and Content. He is a former NYTW Playwriting fellow and is currently a member of the Soho Rep Writers/Directors Lab. He also holds an M.A. in Performance Studies from NYU.



Product Details

  • publication date: 04/05/2012
  • ISBN13: 9781408173077
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 336
  • ID: 9781408173077
  • weight: 277
  • ISBN10: 1408173077

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