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Orchards, Orchards, Orchards - Collection / Anthology, Dramatic Comedy

Orchards, Orchards, Orchards

David Mamet, Anton Chekhov, John Guare, Wendy Wasserstein, Michael Weller, Maria Irene Fornes, Samm-Art Williams, Spalding Gray

Collection / Anthology, Dramatic Comedy

ISBN: 9780881450552

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Collection / Anthology

Dramatic Comedy

This is a collection of seven Chekhov stories (selected from the 25 volumes of Chekhov stories) and seven one-act plays based on them. The plays were commissioned for the 1985-86 season of the Acting Company. The volume will interest those concerned with both forms. The dramatists' efforts are surprisingly successful. Some of the plays are more literal reflections of the original stories than others; some, undoubtedly, can be given greater life in performance. Wendy Wasserstein's abstract rendition of Drowning , a story about love which reveals the darker side of Chekhov, and Spalding Gray's Rivkala's Ring , a monologue in the form of a play, are the most dramatically innovative. Gray's monologue, which has the mood of a poem, is loosely inspired by Chekhov and is a haunting reminder of the alienation and paranoia which are experienced by some in American society.


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David Mamet

David Mamet

David Mamet is the author of the plays: Race, Keep Your Pantheon, School, November, Romance, Boston Marriage, Faustus, Oleanna, Glengarry Glen Ross (1984 Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critics Circle Award), American Buffalo, The Old Neighborhood, A Life in the Theatre, Speed-the-Plow, Edmond, Lakeboat, The Water Engine, The Woods, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Reunion and The Cryptogram (1995 ... view full profile

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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Michael Weller

Michael Weller studied music composition at Brandeis University, then worked as a jazz pianist before taking his graduate degree in theater at the University of Manchester, England. His best-known plays are Moonchildren, Fishing, Loose Ends and Spoils Of War. His films include Hair and Ragtime and a teleplay of Spoils of War. He co-founded (with Angelina Fiordelissi and Suzanne Brinkley) and ... view full profile

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