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By Southern Playwrights is a rare assemblage of works from the 1980s and 1990s by writers continuing the tradition of Tennessee Williams, Lillian Hellman, and Beth Henley, among others. This book makes available for the first time in print Marsha Norman's romantic comedy Loving Daniel Boone, novelist Harry Crews's only play, Blood Issue, and humorist Ray Blount Jr.'s ventures into one-act comedy, Five Ives Gets Named and That Dog Isn't Fifteen. Also included are novelist Elizabeth Dewberry's first play, Head On, Kentucky novelist and essayist Wendell Berry's The Cool of the Day, and Digging In, a remarkable array of Kentucky farm voices adapted for the stage by Julie Crutcher and Vaughn McBride.
Southern playwriting is a distinctive voice in the American theater, a point eloquently made in the foreword by Jon Jory. The literary works of the South, he writes, are dominated by "great language, family, strong women, religion, the land, and the past," all of which makes them wonderful for acting — and for reading. This entertaining book honors southern playwrights in a collection of works that have premiered at Actors Theatre of Louisville.
The plays included in this volume provide good examples of fine Southern writing. They provide humor, serious drama, a sense of place and enough diversity for most readers to find them excellent entertainment.
|Actors Theatre of Louisville|
|The Cool of the Day||1|
|Five Ives Gets Named||13|
|That Dog Isn't Fifteen||19|
|Digging In: The Farm Crisis in Kentucky||85|
|Loving Daniel Boone||189|