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American Political Plays after 9/11


Allan Havis

Publication Year: 2010

The incisive social themes and issues of political plays reveal clues to our national identity. American Political Plays: Post 9/11, edited by Allan Havis, celebrates political texts that are bold, urgent, and provocative. 

Published by: Southern Illinois University Press

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pp. ix

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pp. xi-xii

I thank many individuals for helping bring this anthology to publication. Karl Kageff, editor-in-chief for Southern Illinois University Press, was more than hospitable when the project came to his attention. Extremely supportive, wise, and insightful was Kristine Priddy, the book’s acquisition editor, at Southern Illinois University Press, who gave tremendous time, energy, ...

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pp. 1-16

Obvious to our society is the sharp turning point America has experienced, not by entering the year 2000 but by enduring the event and the aftermath of September 11, 2001. The great trauma to our nation has touched every aspect of American life, from commercial air travel to basic safety in our neighborhood schools and shopping centers. ...

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The Guys

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pp. 17-46

THE GUYS, Nelson’s first play, is based on a true experience. It opened at The Flea Theater, only a few blocks from Ground Zero, on December 4, 2001, twelve weeks after the September 11th attacks. It played to thirteen months of sold-out houses, featuring a rotating cast that included Sigourney Weaver, Bill Murray, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Bill Irwin, Amy Irving, and Anthony LaPaglia, among others. ...

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At the Vanishing Point

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pp. 47-75

AT THE VANISHING POINT had its world premiere at the Twenty-eighth Annual Humana Festival of New Plays at the Actors Theatre of Louisville in 2004. It was directed by Les Waters. The play was commissioned by Actors Theatre of Louisville and was made possible by an NEA/TCG Artist in Residency grant. ...

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The Venus de Milo Is Armed

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pp. 76-136

THE VENUS DE MILO IS ARMED was commissioned by Alabama Shakespeare Festival and produced by ASF in 2003. The subject matter was inspired by the short films focusing on land mines featured in the 1999 Human Rights Watch International Film Festival at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater in New York City. ...

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Back of the Throat

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pp. 137-185

BACK OF THE THROAT was winner of the 2004 Northwest Playwrights’ Competition held by Theater Schmeater. It won L.A. Weekly’s Excellence in Playwriting Award for 2006. It was also nominated for the 2006 American Theater Critics Association’s Steinberg/ ATCA New Play Award and was voted Best New Play of 2005 by the Seattle Times. ...

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Three Nights in Prague

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pp. 186-229

THREE NIGHTS IN PRAGUE had performance readings in September 2003 at New York’s Rattlestick Theatre (Artistic Director David Van Asselt, Director Suzanne Agins; featuring Daoud Heidami); February 2004, Duke University (Director Jody McAuliffe); July 2005, New York’s Labyrinth Theatre (Director John Gould Rubin, co–artistic director of Labyrinth); ...

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Question 27, Question 28

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pp. 230-278

QUESTION 27, QUESTION 28 was commissioned by Asian American Theatre Company in San Francisco and received its first workshop production there in June 2003. The world premiere production was produced by Mark Taper Forum in association with the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles in February 2004; the production then transferred to East West Players in Los Angeles. ...


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pp. 279-282

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Series Statement

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pp. 283-299

The goal of the series is to publish a wide range of scholarship on theater and performance, defining theater in its broadest terms and including subjects that encompass all of the Americas. ...

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pp. 300-301

Back Cover

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p. 302-302

E-ISBN-13: 9780809385553
E-ISBN-10: 0809385554
Print-ISBN-13: 9780809329540
Print-ISBN-10: 0809329549

Page Count: 320
Publication Year: 2010