By Mac Wellman, Young Jean Lee
At a time whilst so much severe drama being written and produced for the yankee degree aspires simply to mainstream reputation and high-toned mediocrity, an cutting edge new iteration of playwrights dependent in big apple urban has emerged, crafting works that problem and undermine the normal constitution, language, and characterization of business theater whereas rejecting superseded notions of the avant-garde. New Downtown Now brings jointly ten new works that exemplify the playfulness, pleasure, and probabilities of the theater. characterised by means of fragmenting constitution, hypnotic rhythms, kaleido-scopic imagery, unpredictable characters, and lyrical language, those performs resemble puzzles from which the writers are teasing revelations. notwithstanding disparate in subject material and magnificence, with characters starting from a sushi chef to a soldier and settings from a taxicab to a reside tv broadcast, those hugely unique performs percentage a dedication to formal experimentation that areas them past the mental clichés of the bulk and the chilly condescension of postmodernism. The anthology contains meantime by way of Barbara Cassidy; Tragedy: a tragedy by means of Will Eno; 9 Come via Elana Greenfield; Shufu-Sachiko and Enoshima Island via Madelyn Kent; The attraction through younger Jean Lee; The Vomit speak of Ghosts through Kevin Oakes; Ajax (por not anyone) by means of Alice Tuan; Apparition, an uneasy play of the underknown through Anne Washburn; Demon child by way of Erin Courtney. Mac Wellman is the writer of various performs and the recipient of 3 Obie awards, so much lately in 2003 for lifetime fulfillment. he's professor of playwriting at Brooklyn university. younger Jean Lee is a playwright and director, and member of the Obie award-winning corporation 13P. Jeffrey M. Jones is a playwright and curator of the Obie award-winning Little Theater at Tonic in big apple.
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JIM: Stop it, Joya. JOYA: I just want to talk with you guys, that’s all. Can’t you give your old mother ﬁve minutes? 14 Ba r b a r a Ca ssi d y JIM: All right, if you must know, we’re talking about your birthday, okay? Now don’t try and ruin everything. ALMA dances very naturally and unaware of any presence around the perimeter of the stage. JOYA: Whatever you are planning, please stop. I really do not want any sort of birthday thing. JIM: It’s your ﬁftieth birthday; it should be special. JOYA: I don’t want anything, really.
GIRL 2: She is sick. 34 Ba r b a r a Ca ssi d y GIRL 3: She is sick. GIRL 4: She is sick. GIRL 5: She is sick. ALMA: She looks dead. GIRL 1: She looks dead. GIRL 2: She looks dead. GIRL 3: She looks dead. GIRL 4: She looks dead. GIRL 5: She looks dead. ALMA: She is dead. GIRL 1: She is dead. GIRL 2: She is dead. GIRL 3: She is dead. GIRL 4: She is dead. GIRL 5: She is dead. ALMA: Lift. The GIRLS levitate JOYA. The body is weightless, and they lead her offstage. Pause. ALMA (off): Oh, okay. (yells out) She’s not really dead!