New Playwrights: The Best Plays of 2004

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D. L. Lepidus
Smith and Kraus, 2005 - Drama - 401 pages
The 6th annual collection of new plays contains an eclectic mix of styles and subjects, all produced during the 20032004 theatrical season. Includes an introduction by Dr. Rosary ONeill.The Beard of Avon by Amy Freed This hilarious comedy crashes head-on into the Shakespearean Authorship Controversy. Bee-Luther-Hatchee by Thomas Gibbons This fascinating drama is about a Black female book editor who finds to her chagrin that her latest best seller, a memoir written by a mysterious poor black woman in the South, is not what it seemed. The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Carson Kreitzer This award-winning drama deals in a fascinatingly surreal way with the story of the father of the atom bomb.Living Out by Lisa Loomer Timely drama about an illegal alien from South America working as a nanny for a California anglo couple. Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage Award-winning Off-Broadway hit drama about a Black seamstress in early twentieth century New York City.Book Group by Marisa Smith A delightful character comedy about women in a book-reading group who spend their weekly meetings getting involved in each others personal lives rather than actually discussing the books theyve read.The Story by Tracey Scott Wilson A riveting drama about a Black female reporter with a fabricated past.

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The Love Song oF J Robert OppenheImer
Book Group Marisa Smith
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About the author (2005)

Dr. ONeill founded New Orleans only professional theater company, Southern Repertory Theatre, which she ran for several years while teaching at Tulane and Loyola Universities. She has published a book on acting, one on directing, and many articles on the theater in general. Her plays have been produced at Southern Rep, in London and in Paris, and one, Degas in New Orleans, has been published by Smith and Kraus in Women Playwrights: The Best Plays of 2002.

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