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Planet Fires - Full Length Play

Planet Fires

Thomas Babe

Full Length Play

4m, 2f

ISBN: 9780822208969

The action of the play centers on the picaresque adventures of Henry H…

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A brilliantly inventive allegory, which uses the colorful metaphor of a circus to explore the perils and problems which beset America in the post-Civil War period. Provocative and theatrically vivid, the play has become a favorite among the nation's leading regional professional theatres. "PLANET FIRES, Thomas Babe's towering new play, triggers passionate discourse, theatrical awe, and an uncomfortable lesson in history." —Dallas Observor. "Babe's play is a gaudy allegorized extravaganza, presenting post-Civil War America as a traveling medicine show run by a villainous Barnum named Van Amburgh." —LA Times. "…the author's most striking play…" —NY Times.


4m, 2f


Thomas Babe

Thomas Babe (March 13, 1941 – December 6, 2000) was an American playwright, writing mainly during the mid 70s and 80s. He was the son of Thomas James and Ruth Babe. He died of lung cancer on December 6, 2000, in a hospice in Stamford, Connecticut at the age of 59. Babe's work brought together many elements of American history and cultural mythology. He was fascinated by the concept of the ... view full profile

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