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A Few Stout Individuals
     

A Few Stout Individuals

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by John Guare
 

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This latest work from award-winning playwright John Guare, author of House of Blue Leaves and Six Degrees of Separation, addresses ideas of history and memory, fame and ignominy, reason and insanity with his trademark Guare imagination. In a Fifth Avenue brownstone in 1880s New York, Ulysses S. Grant is penniless, dying of throat cancer, and attempting to finish his

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This latest work from award-winning playwright John Guare, author of House of Blue Leaves and Six Degrees of Separation, addresses ideas of history and memory, fame and ignominy, reason and insanity with his trademark Guare imagination. In a Fifth Avenue brownstone in 1880s New York, Ulysses S. Grant is penniless, dying of throat cancer, and attempting to finish his memoirs while he's cajoled and pestered by everyone from his wife and children to his publisher Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) and, via his drugged hallucinations, the emperor of Japan. Although the memoirs are eventually completed, the audience is left questioning their accuracy and, ultimately, the authenticity of history itself.

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Star Ledger
A FEW STOUT INDIVIDUALS bounces high off the springboard of real-life American history...the play studies the tragic yet ultimately victorious final days of Ulysses S. Grant. Unleashing his powers of cosmic wit, Guare uses this dark scenario to reflect thoughtfully upon the interdependence of memory and history...A FEW STOUT INDIVIDUALS stands among Guare's best plays. Guare's smarts, passion and creativity skyrocket to awesome heights. In this remarkable work, Guare illuminates the dusty pages of history so that we can understand our heritage in the contemporary glow of his imagination.
NY Times
...unmistakably the product of Mr. Guare's exotic yet very American imagination...distinctive theatrical exuberance.
Village Voice
A FEW STOUT INDIVIDUALS is precisely the kind of good new play that you might call an everyday miracle.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802199669
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
12/01/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

John Guare is the author of many plays, among them Six Degrees of Separation, winner of the New York Drama Critics Circle Award and the Olivier Best Play Award; and the House of Blue Leaves, winner of four Tony Awards, an Obie, and a New York Drama Critics Circle Award.

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