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The Transparency of Val - Full Length Play

The Transparency of Val

Stephen Belber

Full Length Play

4m, 3f

ISBN: 9780822219170

Val is born. Within minutes, he learns part of the entire history of t…

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Full Length Play


Bare Stage/Simple Set

Val is born. Within minutes, he learns part of the entire history of the world. By then, having finished college, he is faced with the task of actually living. It's not quite the coconut he was taught, what with all the twisted Buddhists, sexually-amorphous mates and frighteningly friendly Nazis. But Val's a survivor, and like most good people, he'll endure. Unless he goes insane.
"…no less sweeping in scope than Plato's 'Allegory of the Cave,' tackles the life cycle, sexual politics, race relations, foreign affairs, and modern religion. And it's a comedy." —TheaterMania.com. "A rich and ambitious piece of writing in the absurdist tradition…also a biting, and sometimes disturbing, look at the world, both past and present, told through the simple tale of a young man's coming of age…The verbal dexterity that Belber displays and the flights of fancy in which he engages are truly macabre." —American Theater Web.


4m, 3f


Stephen Belber

Stephen Belber's plays include Geomtery of Fire, (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater); Fault Lines, (Naked Angels/Cherry Lane); A Small, Melodramatic Story, (LAByrinth Theater Company); McReele, (Roundabout); Match, (Broadway, Tony nomination for Frank Langella); Tape, (Naked Angels, NYC/LA/London); The Laramie Project, (Associate Writer); Carol Mulroney, (Huntington Theater); One Million Butterflies ... view full profile

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