Theresa Rebeck: Collected Plays, Volume I, 1989-98

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Overview

The full length plays in this volume are Spike Heels, Loose Knit, The Family of Mann, Sunday on the Rocks, and View of the Dome. In addition, the collection will include all of Rebeck's one acts, published here for the first time.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
"The only people who write for the theatre these days," quips a character in Rebeck's The Family of Mann, "are people who can't get work in television." Whatever sardonic truth that observation may hold, it certainly does not apply to award-winning playwright and screenwriter Rebeck, whose collected plays are now the latest entry in the publisher's wonderful "Contemporary Playwrights" series. This anthology includes five full-length plays and seven previously unpublished one-acts. Referring to herself as a "comic realist," Rebeck explores contemporary American culture, often using relationships, television, and politics as landscapes against which volatile combinations of sex and power (as in the prophetic pre-Bill and Monica piece View of the Dome) are played out. That Rebeck should now find herself in the company of playwrights like Horton Foote, Romulus Linney, Christopher Durang, Eric Overmeyer, and Lanford Wilson, all of whom have been included in the "Contemporary Playwrights" series, is proof that her theatrical star is in the ascendant. For all contemporary theater collections.--Barry X. Miller, Austin P.L., TX Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575251721
  • Publisher: Smith & Kraus, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/1999
  • Series: Plays for Actors Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Theresa Rebeck
Theresa Rebeck

THERESA REBECK's plays include Bad Dates, Omnium Gatherum (a Pulitzer finalist), The Scene, and Mauritius, which won Boston's prestigious IRNE and Elliot Norton Award and premiered on Broadway in 2007. Rebeck has also won the Peabody, the Writer's Guild of America Award for Episodic Drama, the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Award, the National Theatre Conference Award, and the William Inge New Voices Playwriting Award. She holds a Ph.D. from Brandeis University and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.

"From the Hardcover edition."

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Table of Contents

FULL-LENGTH PLAYS
Introduction
Spike Heels
Sunday on the Rocks
Loose Knit
The Family of Mann
View of the Dome

ONE-ACT PLAYS
Introduction
Does This Woman Have a Name?
The Bar Plays
Sex with the Censor
What We're Up Against
The Contract
Katie and Frank
Great to See You
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Introduction

I am a woman; I am an American; I am a mother; I sometimes write for television, and I sometimes write movies; I play the piano; I knit; I rail at the universe; I am angry; I am sad; I am a comic realist, a misanthrope, and an idealist. There are many ways to categorize me and my work. But for myself, I would most like to be considered a playwright. - Theresa Rebeck, Introduction
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