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Beauty's Daughter/ Monster/The Gimmick : Vintage Originals - Dael Orlandersmith

Beauty's Daughter/ Monster/The Gimmick

Vintage Originals

Paperback Published: 17th October 2000
ISBN: 9780375708718
Number Of Pages: 110

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The sheer exuberance of language that pours forth in Dael Orlandersmith's plays has dazzled critics and audiences alike. In these three pieces, the award-winning writer and performer celebrates the power of words to rescue the young black women she portrays from their constricted worlds.

In the Obie Award-winning play "Beauty's Daughter," Diane yearns to free herself from her soul-deadening surroundings, where people drown their unfulfilled aspirations in drugs and alcohol. In "Monster," Theresa imagines a life in the rock-'n'-roll poetry bohemia of Manhattan's Lower East Side and away from her home in East Harlem, where she is scorned as a misfit. And in "The Gimmick," Alexis escapes her brutal reality among the library bookshelves, where she dreams of becoming a writer in Paris. Charged with fearless wisdom, these three electrifying plays transform rage-filled ghetto experience into a triumph of rhapsodic expression.

Industry Reviews

"There is a tough and necessary beauty in this writing, in these finely-detailed portraits of funny, infuriating, heroic people--. Orlandersmith hears the human need for dignity and justice, for love--. She is critic, witness, and poet."--Tony Kushner, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Angels in America "[Orlandersmith's] depictions of the characters in her native East Harlem neighborhood--some broken, some on the way down--are passionate and full of insight."--The New Yorker

"An exciting new voice--of fiery rebellion and lilting lyricism--at once full of anger and compassion."--The New York Times

ISBN: 9780375708718
ISBN-10: 0375708715
Series: Vintage Originals
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 110
Published: 17th October 2000
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.4 x 13.5  x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.15
Edition Number: 1

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