Humana Festival '93: The Complete Plays

Humana Festival '93: The Complete Plays

by Marisa Smith
     
 

The Humana Festival, now in its 18th year, has to date produced 170 new works. The writers who have begun or burnished their careers in this venue read like the Who's Who of American playwriting, and the plays themselves are peformed every day of every week of every year somewhere in the world.See more details below

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The Humana Festival, now in its 18th year, has to date produced 170 new works. The writers who have begun or burnished their careers in this venue read like the Who's Who of American playwriting, and the plays themselves are peformed every day of every week of every year somewhere in the world.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
These works, all presented at the Humana Festival, are written by a bolder generation of playwrights, one which has been turning steadily away from realistic drama and toward the poetry of a less bounded theater. This is not to say, however, that they avoid contemporary issues. In a very funny and provocative piece by Lynn Nottage, a woman finds herself addressing a pile of ashes after raising her voice to an abusive husband--the shock of the incident has caused him to spontaneously combust. Regina Taylor takes the reader to the gathering of a black family whose unresolved feelings toward their heritage become apparent. One sister, voted Black Woman of the Year, has bleached her skin and altered her face to such an extent that her own father doesn't recognize her. People examine their own lives in this collection as well. In Jose Rivera's short, stark play, one man is sentenced to an eternity of listening to the tapes of every lie he ever told. These are plays that ask questions--about humanity, about the theater--and while the answers are not always clear, the questions are almost certainly worth asking. Smith edited Contemporary Mov ie Monologues. (Nov.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Here is a collection of nine thought-provoking contemporary dramas by American playwrights, first performed at the 17th Annual Humana Festival by the Actors Theatre of Louisville this past spring. Included are five full-length plays, a one-act play, and three ten-minute dramas. Subject matter covers such issues as abortion, suicide, and child abuse. Watermelon Rinds by Regina Taylor, the Emmy Award-winning performer in TV's I'll Fly Away , is an absurdist's view of African American family politics. Joan Ackermann's Stanton's Garage takes place in rural Missouri and examines the structure of human relationships in juxtaposition to auto mechanics. A worthwhile addition to modern drama collections.-- Howard E. Miller, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Missouri Lib., St. Louis

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781880399378
Publisher:
Smith & Kraus, Inc.
Publication date:
06/01/1993
Series:
Contemporary Playwrights Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
247
Sales rank:
1,439,150

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