Plays from the Contemporary American Theater

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Brooks McNamara
New American Library, 2002 - Drama - 480 pages
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Developed in regional theatres, off - Broadway, and off - off - Broadway, the eight plays collected here represent the richness and tremendous breadth of the American theatre since the 1970s. The playwrights - Christopher Durang, John Guare, A. R. Gurney, Beth Henley, Tina Howe, Arthur Kopit, David Rabe, and August Wilson - have won Tony and Obie Awards, Drama Desk citations, and accolades from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Ranging from the wickedly funny to the devastatingly brutal to the unexpectedly moving, their work is very much in tune with and descriptive of contemporary American life. This superb collection, unique in its focus, includes the full texts and cast listings for the first performances of each play. It is perfect for use by actors and students, as well as lovers of outstanding theatre.

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Brooks McNamara (1937-2009) was a theater historian known for his work on the Shubert Archive. McNamara also served as a professor of performance studies at New York University. A large portion of his scholarly work focused on popular--but academically overlooked--entertainment, such as vaudeville and pageant shows. His works include Step Right Up, The Shuberts of Broadway: A History Drawn from the Collection of the Shubert Archive, and Plays from the Contemporary American Theater.

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