Plays in One Act

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Harper Collins, Sep 1, 1999 - Drama - 512 pages
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A dazzling collection and already a standard reference for those interested in contemporary drama, Plays in One Act is a unique compilation of plays and monologues that showcases a stunning and diverse array of work from some of the most important voices in theater.

Forty-three modern works are collected here: from plays by important contemporary artists such as David Mamet, Wendy Wasserstein, Sam Shepard, and John Guare, to gems by masters like Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams, and newer talents like Carol S. Lashof and Perry Souchuk. Leading British playwrights -- Tom Stoppard, David Hare, and John Osborne -- are also featured, along with the international voices of Václav Hacel and Kobo Abe, and works by such established wtiters as Eudora welty, Joyce Carol Oates, Richard Ford, and Garrison Keilor, who are writing outside their traditional genres.

 

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Contents

kobo abe tr Donald Keene The Man Who Turned into a Stick i
15
A Commercial
64
edward gorey Helpless Doorknobs
91
john guare Four Baboons Adoring the Sun
115
vaclav havel tr Vera Blackwell Protest
188
garrison keillor Prodigal Son
242
adrienne Kennedy She Talks to Beethoven
248
carol s lashof Medusas Tale
272
cassandra medley Waking Women
334
joyce carol oates Tone Clusters
349
Jonathan Reynolds Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey
401
milcha sanchezscott The Cuban Swimmer
407
sam shepard Excerpts from Slave of the Camera
421
tom stoppard and clive exton The Boundary
448
Tennessee Williams The Chalky White Substance
467
august Wilson Testimonies
474

david mamet A Life with No Joy in It
291
terrence McNally Prelude and Liebestod
309
joseph Mcphillips adapted from a story by Jane Bowles Camp
320
lanford wilson The Moonshot Tape
480
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About the author (1999)

Daniel Halpern is the author of eight collections of poetry and editor of numerous anthologies, most recently The Art of the Story. He has received numerous grants and awards, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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