Medici Slot Machine

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Scirocco Drama, 2008 - Drama - 96 pages
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Joseph Cornell's extraordinary collage boxes of dime-store objects celebrated the quotidian. In this theatrical look at the artist's life, Mark Brownell explores how Cornell's art was fed by - and served as an escape from - his claustrophic family life. Witty and insightful with a twist of surrealism, Medici Slot Machine lays bare the artist's world. In the little house on Utopia Parkway in Queens, Mother Helen reigns over her grown sons with a practiced combination of guilt trips and bullying, peppered with snappy aphorisms. Cornell himself, quirky and alienated, is thrust into the popular art limelight almost against his will. And Cornell's brother Robert is both friend and inspiration to the artist, despite the fact that he almost never leaves the house. Intruding into the realm of this dysfunctional trio are the likes of Tony Curtis, Salvador Dali, and Tina, the larcenous girl of Cornell's dreams. Medici Slot Machine illuminates Cornell's triumphs and tragedies, while posing questions about the role of art in society.

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About the author (2008)

Mark is a Toronto-based playwright and co-artistic director of the Pea Green Theatre Group with his wife and partner Sue Miner. Mark's stage plays include: The Martha Stewart Projects, Playballs, The Blue Wall, Medici Slot Machine, and High Sticking. In 2001, Mark was nominated for a Governor General's Literary Award for his play Monsieur d'Eon. He also received a Dora Mavor Moore Award with Chan Ka Nin for the opera Iron Road. In 2006, Mark received a Dora Mavor Moore nomination for his play Medici Slot Machine. Other works include The Weaving Maiden (Soundstreams/Tafelmusik Choir), Ice Time (Tapestry Music/Opera to Go), The Chevalier St. George (Tafelmusik Baroque Ensemble), and The Storyteller's Bag (Mississauga Chamber Ensemble/Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People).

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