Plays from a Contemporary American Theater

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-05-01
  • Publisher: Signet Classics

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Developed in regional theatres, off - Broadway, and off - off - Broadway, the eight plays collected here represent the richness and tremendous breadth of the American theatre since the 1970s. The playwrights - Christopher Durang, John Guare, A. R. Gurney, Beth Henley, Tina Howe, Arthur Kopit, David Rabe, and August Wilson - have won Tony and Obie Awards, Drama Desk citations, and accolades from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Ranging from the wickedly funny to the devastatingly brutal to the unexpectedly moving, their work is very much in tune with and descriptive of contemporary American life. This superb collection, unique in its focus, includes the full texts and cast listings for the first performances of each play. It is perfect for use by actors and students, as well as lovers of outstanding theatre.

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Plays From The Contemporary American Theater Acknowledgments

Streamers (1976)
by David Rabe

Marco Polo Sings a Solo (1973)
By John Guare

Wings (1978)
by Arthur Kopit

Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You (1980)
by Christopher Durang

Crimes of the Heart (1979)
by Beth Henley

The Dining Room (1981)
by A. R. Gurney

Painting Churches (1983)
by Tina Howe

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (1984)
by August Wilson

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