Death and Taxes: Hydriotaphia and Other Plays

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Tony Kushner: "This is an odd assemblage of plays, for which gathering-together there is no overarching thematic justification. Because several of the plays deal with death, and one of the death-plays deals as well with money, and the last play deals with taxation, we're calling the book Death & Taxes. But all plays, directly or indirectly, are about death and taxes, so this title explains little..."

What is clear, is that all of the plays in this new collection by Kushner ...

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Overview

Tony Kushner: "This is an odd assemblage of plays, for which gathering-together there is no overarching thematic justification. Because several of the plays deal with death, and one of the death-plays deals as well with money, and the last play deals with taxation, we're calling the book Death & Taxes. But all plays, directly or indirectly, are about death and taxes, so this title explains little..."

What is clear, is that all of the plays in this new collection by Kushner are poetic masterpieces. An exploration in form and style, from comedy to farce to what can easily be called hip-hop theatre, Kushner makes each style his own, writing with the mind of a great social reformer and the heart of a poet. This collection is proof that his masterwork, Angels in America was just the beginning.

Includes:
Reverse Transcription: Six Playwrights Bury a Seventh
Hydriotaphia or The Death of Doctor Browne
G. David Schine in Hell
Notes on Akiba
Terminating or Sonnet LXXV
East Coast Ode to Howard Jarvis

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559361569
  • Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
  • Publication date: 12/1/1998
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 947,526
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Tony Kushner's plays include A Bright Room Called Day and Slavs!; as well as adaptations of Corneille's The Illusion, Ansky's The Dybbuk, Brecht's The Good Person of Szecguan and Goethe's Stella. Current projects include: Henry Box Brown or The Mirror of Slavery; and two musical plays: St. Cecilia or The Power of Music and Caroline or Change. His collaboration with Maurice Sendak on an American version of the children's opera, Brundibar, appeared in book form Fall 2003. Kushner grew up in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and he lives in New York.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xi
Reverse Transcription: Six Playwrights Bury a Seventh: A Ten-Minute Play That's Nearly Twenty Minutes Long 1
Hydriotaphia or The Death of Dr. Browne: An Epic Farce about Death and Primitive Capital Accumulation 25
G. David Schine in Hell 227
Notes on Akiba 241
Terminating or Sonnet LXXV or "Lass meine Schmerzen nicht verloren sein" or Ambivalence 261
East Coast Ode to Howard Jarvis: A Little Teleplay in Tiny Monologues 291
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