New Dramatists 2001: The Best Plays by the Graduating Class

Overview

Play collections, then, are print-based extensions of a company's artistic assets, a guarantee against the vast and absolute certainty of oblivion-which is partly why, two years ago, New York City's New Dramatists launched its first anthology of new works by its resident scribes who have completed their seven-year tenure at this 54-year-old center. Its follow-up, New Dramatists 2001: Best Plays by the Graduating Class of 2001 (Smith & Kraus, $19.95 paper), is another idiosyncratic set of plays (by Dmitry ...
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Overview

Play collections, then, are print-based extensions of a company's artistic assets, a guarantee against the vast and absolute certainty of oblivion-which is partly why, two years ago, New York City's New Dramatists launched its first anthology of new works by its resident scribes who have completed their seven-year tenure at this 54-year-old center. Its follow-up, New Dramatists 2001: Best Plays by the Graduating Class of 2001 (Smith & Kraus, $19.95 paper), is another idiosyncratic set of plays (by Dmitry Lipkin, Sylvia Gonzalaz S., Nilo Cruz, Carlyle Brown, Deborah Brevoort and Edgar Nkosi White). "Each of these writes," writes artistic director Todd London, "has generated extensive bodies of work, and these plays are the tip of those creative icebergs or (to change metaphors in mid-stream) one of the faces they show the world."
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Editorial Reviews

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For those looking for a sampling of what some highly regarded but not well-known American playwrights are doing these days, this book has plenty to offer. It contains six full-length plays, and the playwrights' resumes are impressive, even if their names are not well known. Topics range widely. Several are particularly timely: see Silvia Gonzales' play, Boxcar, about Mexican illegal immigrants, and Deborah Brevoort's The Women of Lockerbie, a haunting piece about the plane destroyed by a terrorist bomb. My favorite in the group, though, is Carlyle Brown's The Negro of Peter the Great, a triumph of historical recreation and a little-known story of race with timeless intimations. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2002, Smith and Kraus, 307p., Levinson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575252988
  • Publisher: Smith & Kraus, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Pages: 307
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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