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The Adrienne Kennedy Reader

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Published: 1st August 2001
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Introduction by Werner Sollors Adrienne Kennedy has been a force in American theatre since the early 1960s, influencing generations of playwrights with her hauntingly fragmentary lyrical dramas. Exploring the violence racism visits upon peopleOCOs lives, KennedyOCOs plays express poetic alienation, transcending the particulars of character and plot through ritualistic repetition and radical structural experimentation. Frequently produced, read, and taught, they continue to hold a significant place among the most exciting dramas of the past fifty years. This first comprehensive collection of her most important works traces the development of KennedyOCOs unique theatrical oeuvre from her Obie-winning Funnyhouse of a Negro (1964) through significant later works such as A Movie Star Has to Star in Black and White (1976), Ohio State Murders (1992), and June and Jean in Concert, for which she won an Obie in 1996. The entire contents of KennedyOCOs groundbreaking collections In One Act and The Alexander Plays are included, as is her earliest work Because of the King of France and the play An Evening with Dead Essex (1972). More recent prose writings Secret Paragraphs about My Brother, A Letter to Flowers, and Sisters Etta and Ella are fascinating refractions of the themes and motifs of her dramatic works, even while they explore new material on teaching and writing. An introduction by Werner Sollors provides a valuable overview of KennedyOCOs career and the trajectory of her literary development. Adrienne Kennedy (b. 1931) is a three-time Obie-award winning playwright whose works have been widely performed and anthologized. Among her many honors are the American Academy of Arts and Letters award and the Guggenheim fellowship. In 1995-6, the Signature Theatre Company dedicated its entire season to presenting her work. She has been commissioned to write works for the Public Theater, Jerome Robbins, the Royal Court Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum, and Juilliard, and she has been a visiting professor at Yale, Princeton, Brown, the University of California at Berkeley, and Harvard. She lives in New York City. "

Introductionp. vii
Because of the King of Francep. 3
Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Prefacep. 10
Funnyhouse of a Negrop. 11
On the Writing of Funny'House of a Negrop. 27
The Owl Answersp. 29
A Lesson in Dead Languagep. 43
A Rat's Massp. 47
Dedicated to Malcolm Xp. 55
A Movie Star Has to Star in Black and Whitep. 62
Electra (Euripides)p. 79
Orestes (Euripides)p. 99
An Evening with Dead Essexp. 117
She Talks to Beethovenp. 139
Ohio State Murdersp. 151
The Film Club (A Monologue by Suzanne Alexander)p. 174
Dramatic Circlep. 182
Letter to My Students on My Sixty-First Birthday by Suzanne Alexanderp. 197
Motherhood 2000p. 228
Secret Paragraphs About My Brotherp. 234
June and Jean in Concert (Concert of Their Lives)p. 239
A Letter to Flowers Dedicated to Dr. Joseph Kennedyp. 262
Sisters Etta and Ella (Excerpt from a Narrative)p. 291
Grendel and Grendel's Motherp. 300
Copyright and Original Publication Informationp. 307
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ISBN: 9780816636037
ISBN-10: 0816636036
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 1st August 2001
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 14.9  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.32