Adrienne Kennedy Reader

ISBN-10: 0816636036
ISBN-13: 9780816636037
Edition: 2001
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Description: Introduction by Werner SollorsAdrienne Kennedy has been a force in American theatre since the early 1960s, influencing generations of playwrights with her hauntingly fragmentary lyrical dramas. Exploring the violence racism visits upon peopleOCOs  More...

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Book details

List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publication date: 8/13/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Introduction by Werner SollorsAdrienne Kennedy has been a force in American theatre since the early 1960s, influencing generations of playwrights with her hauntingly fragmentary lyrical dramas. Exploring the violence racism visits upon peopleOCOs lives, KennedyOCOs plays express poetic alienation, transcending the particulars of character and plot through ritualistic repetition and radical structural experimentation. Frequently produced, read, and taught, they continue to hold a significant place among the most exciting dramas of the past fifty years.This first comprehensive collection of her most important works traces the development of KennedyOCOs unique theatrical oeuvre from her Obie-winning Funnyhouse of a Negro (1964) through significant later works such as A Movie Star Has to Star in Black and White (1976), Ohio State Murders (1992), and June and Jean in Concert, for which she won an Obie in 1996. The entire contents of KennedyOCOs groundbreaking collections In One Act and The Alexander Plays are included, as is her earliest work Because of the King of France and the play An Evening with Dead Essex (1972). More recent prose writings Secret Paragraphs about My Brother, A Letter to Flowers, and Sisters Etta and Ella are fascinating refractions of the themes and motifs of her dramatic works, even while they explore new material on teaching and writing. An introduction by Werner Sollors provides a valuable overview of KennedyOCOs career and the trajectory of her literary development.Adrienne Kennedy (b. 1931) is a three-time Obie-award winning playwright whose works have been widely performed and anthologized. Among her many honors are the American Academy of Arts and Letters award and the Guggenheim fellowship. In 1995-6, the Signature Theatre Company dedicated its entire season to presenting her work. She has been commissioned to write works for the Public Theater, Jerome Robbins, the Royal Court Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum, and Juilliard, and she has been a visiting professor at Yale, Princeton, Brown, the University of California at Berkeley, and Harvard. She lives in New York City."

Werner Sollors is Henry B. and Anne M. Cabot Professor of English Literature and Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University.

Introduction
Because of the King of France
Acknowledgments
Preface
Funnyhouse of a Negro
On the Writing of Funny'House of a Negro
The Owl Answers
A Lesson in Dead Language
A Rat's Mass
Dedicated to Malcolm X
A Movie Star Has to Star in Black and White
Electra (Euripides)
Orestes (Euripides)
An Evening with Dead Essex
She Talks to Beethoven
Ohio State Murders
The Film Club (A Monologue by Suzanne Alexander)
Dramatic Circle
Letter to My Students on My Sixty-First Birthday by Suzanne Alexander
Motherhood 2000
Secret Paragraphs About My Brother
June and Jean in Concert (Concert of Their Lives)
A Letter to Flowers Dedicated to Dr. Joseph Kennedy
Sisters Etta and Ella (Excerpt from a Narrative)
Grendel and Grendel's Mother
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