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Chaucer in Rome - Full Length Play, Satire/Political Satire

Chaucer in Rome

John Guare

Full Length Play, Satire/Political Satire

8m, 4f

ISBN: 9780822218401

In the Holy Year of 2000 in Rome, Matt has learned that his painting h…

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Full Length Play

Satire/Political Satire


Unit Set/Multiple Settings

In the Holy Year of 2000 in Rome, Matt has learned that his painting has given him a curable form of cancer. In return for survival, he must abandon paint for a new artistic medium. Ultimately he chooses to dress in religious garb, videotape pilgrims' intimate confessions and display the confessions as exhibits. Along the way, "Father Matt" gets more than he bargained for with Ron and Dolo, the parents of his friend Pete, and his videotaping ends up entangling and destroying their lives. A scathingly funny Satire/Political Satire on the warping hunger for fame, the moral pollution and desperation in the worship of icons, both religious and secular, and the betrayal involved in creating art, CHAUCER IN ROME brims with John Guare's inimitable wit and understanding.
"Mr. Guare has written exquisite monologues…whose very cadences seem shaped by shame. The details are vintage Guare…The sense of the grotesqueness in the everyday is dead-on…" —NY Times. "…Guare is a wise and funny master of the ironies of fate and place…" —NY Post. "CHAUCER IN ROME has all of Guare's hallmarks—the goofy detours into absurdism, the deeply black humor, lengthy discussions offering at once bizarre and profound views generously spiced with aphorisms…" —CurtainUp.


8m, 4f


Flexible casting

John Guare

John Guare

John Guare'splays include Lydie Breeze; Bosoms and Neglect; The House of Blue Leaves, which won an Obie and NY Drama Critics Circle Award for the Best American Play of 1970- 71 and four Tonys in its 1986 Lincoln Center revival; Six Degrees of Separation, which received the NY Drama Critics Circle Award in 1991 for its LCT production and the Olivier Best Play Award in 1993. Grove Press publishes ... view full profile

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