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The Myopia and Other Plays by David Greenspan

David Greenspan

Publication Year: 2012

Playwright and actor David Greenspan has been a leading figure in Manhattan's downtown performance scene for over twenty years. His numerous accolades include a Guggenheim fellowship and four Obie Awards for his acting and writing, and most recently a fifth Obie for Sustained Achievement. Tony Kushner once declared Greenspan "probably all-around the most talented theater artist of my generation," and the New York Times has called his performances "irresistible." The Myopia and Other Plays brings together five of Greenspan's most important works, accompanied by a critical introduction and new interview with the playwright. Greenspan's work---often semiautobiographical, always psychologically intense---deals with issues of memory, family, doubt, and sexuality. The plays in this collection take particular interest in the motivations for erotic and aesthetic expression, forces inextricably linked in Greenspan's world. Critic and scholar Marc Robinson's informative introduction and lively interview with Greenspan further increase the collection's appeal to lovers of inventive playwriting, as well as students and scholars in the fields of Performance Studies, English, American Studies, and LGBT Studies.

Published by: University of Michigan Press

Series: Critical Performances

Title Page

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pp. 1-28

It may seem perverse to approach David Greenspan, a mannerist actor and often baroque writer, through his least theatrical qualities. Yet for all his strategic . . .

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The HOME Show Pieces

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pp. 29-84

First produced by HOME for Contemporary Theatre and Art, New York City, from September 14 through . . .

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Dead Mother, or Shirley Not All in Vain

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pp. 85-143

First produced by Joseph Papp at the New York Shakespeare Festival / Public Theater, New York City, . . .

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She Stoops to Comedy

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pp. 145-193

First produced by Playwrights Horizons, New York City, from April 3 through . . .

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The Argument

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pp. 195-216

First produced by Target Margin Theater and premiered at The Kitchen, New York City, from June . . .

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The Myopia, an epic burlesqueof tragic proportion

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pp. 217-261

First produced by The Foundry Theatre, Melanie Joseph, Artistic Director, at Atlantic Stage 2, . . .

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An Interview with David Greenspan

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pp. 263-275

This conversation took place on December 20, 2010, at David Greenspan’s home in New York City. His apartment is a scene of modest personal . . .


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pp. 277-279

E-ISBN-13: 9780472028511
E-ISBN-10: 0472028510
Print-ISBN-13: 9780472051731
Print-ISBN-10: 0472071734

Page Count: 288
Illustrations: 7 B&W photos
Publication Year: 2012

Series Title: Critical Performances