Richard Nelson: Plays 2: Three Plays of Adolescence: Goodnight Children Everywhere; Franny's Way; Madame Melville

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Faber & Faber, Feb 14, 2012 - Drama - 272 pages
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Three Plays of Adolescence:
Goodnight Children Everywhere; Franny's Way; Madame Melville

Goodnight Children Everywhere
Olivier Award for Best Play, 2000
'Exile - both literal and emotional - has been a haunting preoccupation for this dramatist. And with all themes of displacement and loss comes the yearning for a sense of place, for those attachments we cannot always rationalize but know as home. In Goodnight Children Everywhere, the safe harbor of home has been dynamited by war... A disturbing and lovely domestic drama about the loss of childhood.'
New York Observer

Franny's Way
'Boundaries warp and melt in the dense urban heat that pervades Franny's Way, Nelson's sensitively drawn portrait of love in the age of J.D.Salinger. The lines between childhood and adulthood blur disorientatingly for the three generations of characters gathered in a cramped apartment in Greenwich Village at the height of the summer in the 1950's... Nelson continues to give compassionate and insightful life to such erotic waywardness.'
New York Times
'It moves with the breathless haste of a horny teen on prom night.'
Time Out New York

Madame Melville
'A memory play of wonderful delicacy, tenderness and humour... I left the theatre elated at having discovered such a terrific new play. An exquisite reminder of lost love, innocence and youth.' Daily Telegraph

'An elegant, tender, beguiling play.' Guardian

'It moves with the breathless haste of a horny teen on prom night.'
Time Out New York

Madame Melville
'A memory play of wonderful delicacy, tenderness and humour... I left the theatre elated at having discovered such a terrific new play. An exquisite reminder of lost love, innocence and youth.' Daily Telegraph

'An elegant, tender, beguiling play.' Guardian

 

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About the author (2012)

Richard Nelson's plays include Farewell to the Theatre, Nikolai and the Others, Sweet and Sad, That Hopey Changey Thing, Conversations in Tusculum, How Shakespeare Won the West, Frank's Home, Rodney's wife, Franny's Way, Madame Melville, Goodnight Children Everywhere, The General From America, New England, Misha's Party (with Alexander Gelman), Columbus or the Discovery of Japan, Two Shakespearean Actors, Some Americans Abroad, Left, Life Sentences, Principia Scriptoriae.

He was written the musicals Unfinished Piece for a Player Piano (with Peter Golub), James Joyce's The Dead (with Shaun Davey), My Life With Albertine (with Ricky Ian Gordon), the screenplays for the films Hyde Park-on-Hudson (Roger Michell director) and Ethan Frome (John Madden director).

He has received numerous awards both in America and abroad, including a Tony Award (Best Book of a Musical for James Joyce's The Dead), and Oliver Award (Best Play for Goodnight Children Everywhere), Tony nominations (Best Play for Two Shakespearean Actors; Best Score as co-lyricist for James Joyce's The Dead), an Olivier nomination (Best Comedy for Some Americans Abroad), two Obies, a Lortel Award, a New York Drama Critics Circle Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Lila Wallace-Readers' Digest Writers Award.

He is the recipient of the PEN/Laura Pels Master Playwright Award, an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and he is an Honorary Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company. He lives in upstate New York.

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