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The Value of Names and Other Plays

The Value of Names and Other Plays

Jeffrey Sweet

ISBN: 9780810123953

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Spanning a quarter of a century, this collection of plays demonstrates author Jeffrey Sweet's eye for the drama of human relationships. Sweet works with sensitivity and irony to confront both personal politics and the impact of historical change. These nine works, taken together, present a playwright who extends the struggles of his small circles of characters to his audience and humanity in general.The title work, first mounted in 1982, is a comedy-drama about the aftermath of the blacklist whose continued relevance makes it a frequently produced play today. The family drama "Porch" suggests larger social changes through the interaction of a small-town shopkeeper and his defiant daughter. The lauded "American Enterprise," set in the Chicago of the robber barons, is a song-filled true story about a millionaire whose stubborn idealism leads to disaster. "Stay Till Morning" is a rueful comedy about sex and accommodation in the Florida Keys. The three plays that grew out of his fascination with the effects of World War II---"Berlin '45, Court-Martial at Fort Devens, -" and "The Action Against Sol Schumann"--dramatize the ways in which that conflict transformed private fates. Each script is accompanied by an extended introduction from the playwright as well as complete performance notes.

Jeffrey Sweet

Jeffrey Sweet. Though produced on stages around the world, Jeffrey Sweet is most closely associated with Chicago theater. He has premiered plays at the Victory Gardens Theatre since the late seventies and is a member of its Playwrights Ensemble. Among his plays are Flyovers (Joseph Jefferson Award, best script), The Action Against Sol Schumann and American Enterprise (both American Theatre Critics ... view full profile

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