Selected Plays of Arthur Laurents

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Watson-Guptill Publications, Incorporated, 2005 - Drama - 477 pages
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If he had done nothing more than write the book for the musicalsWest Side StoryandGypsy, Arthur Laurents would be assured a place in the pantheon of American theater. But he has done much more, including directing, screenwriting, and playwriting. Here, for the first time, is an anthology of seven of Laurents' most acclaimed and challenging plays. It begins withHome of the Brave, the play that launched Laurents' career. This wartime drama known for its frank treatment of anti-Semitism and war trauma remains as potent today as it was when it opened on Broadway in 1945. The anthology continues through some of Laurents' most recent work, including2 Lives, a witty, frequently poignant portrait of an elderly gay couple confronting mortality and coming to terms with their lives. Also included areThe Enclave,Jolson Sings Again,My Good Name,Closing Bell, andAttacks on the Heart. Spanning nearly 60 years and covering a wide variety of topical and emotional terrain, this is an important book from an American theater legend.



Includes:

•Home of the Brave

• The Enclave

• Jolson Sings Again

• My Good Name

• Closing Bell

• 2 Lives, and

• Attacks on the Heart



• The first-ever anthology of plays by a giant of American theater

• Each play features a new introduction by the author

• Laurents' recent memoir was the most highly accliamed theater memoir in years

• A revival ofGypsy, starring Bernadette Peters, is playing to sold-out audiences on Broadway

• Author Laurents speaks widely on American theater, always to a packed house

• Advertising inBack Stagemagazine


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Contents

Foreword
7
THE ENCLAVE
15
JOLSON SINGS AGAIN
171
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About the author (2005)

Arthur Laurentsis the author of award-winning plays and several classic screenplays, including Alfred Hitchcock's Rope,The Snake Pit,The Turning Point, andThe Way We Were. His many awards include a Tony Award for Best Musical forHallelujah, Baby!; a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Writers Guild Award, and a Writers Guild of America Award forThe Turning Point; and a Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical forLa Cage aux Folles. At 85, Laurents is still vitally active in the theater. He lives in New York City.


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