100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write On Umbrellas and Sword Fights, Parades and Dogs, Fire Alarms, Children, and Theater

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 9/2/2014
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Sarah Ruhl is a mother of three and one of America's best-known playwrights. She has written a stunningly original book of essays whose concerns range from the most minimal and personal subjects to the most encompassing matters of art and culture. The titles themselves speak to the volume's uniqueness: "On lice," "On sleeping in the theater," "On motherhood and stools (the furniture kind)," "Greek masks and Bell's palsy."

100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write is a book in which chimpanzees, Chekhov, and child care are equally at home. A vibrant, provocative examination of the possibilities of the theater, it is also a map to a very particular artistic sensibility, and an unexpected guide for anyone who has chosen an artist's life.

Author Biography

Sarah Ruhl’s plays include In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play (Pulitzer Prize finalist, Tony Award nominee), The Clean House (Pulitzer Prize finalist, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize); Passion Play, a Cycle (PEN American Award); Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Helen Hayes Award); and most recently, Stage Kiss and Dear Elizabeth. She has been the recipient of a MacArthur fellowship, the Helen Merrill Emerging Playwrights Award, the Whiting Writers’ Award, the PEN Center Award for a midcareer playwright, the Feminist Press’s Forty Under Forty Award, and the 2010 Lilly Award. She is currently on the faculty at Yale School of Drama and lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her family.

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