Woven out of three monologues in what one reviewer called "a triple sonata of oppression and incomprehension" (The Sunday Times, London), Wallace Shawn's new play is a masterful drama about the self, politics, and the pursuit of aesthetic subtleties in brutal times. The three characters are the eponymous designated mourner, Jack; his wife, Judy; and Judy's erudite father, Howard. Despite a passionate bond with her father, Judy is drawn to Jack, whose taste in cultural forms follows a disturbing path. When Jack abandons both Judy and Howard, he continues his riveting societal free-fall into a world of gleeful savagery.
Other works by Wallace Shawn are A Thought in Three Parts, Our Late Night, Marie and Bruce, My Dinner With Andre (co-written with Andre Gregory), Aunt Dan and Lemon, and The Fever.
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Wallace Shawn is the Obie award-winning author of Aunt Dan and Lemon, Marie and Bruce, A Thought in Three Parts, The Fever, and other plays. A noted stage and screen actor, he and Andre Gregory wrote the screenplay for and performed in My Dinner with Andre. Mr. Shawn lives in New York.
Wallace Shawn (A Modest Proposal), known to some as that guy in Clueless, has written a new play called The Designated Mourner. With only three characters and a number of intimate monologues, the play stands up very well as a text. The narrator, Jack, who has married into an elite literary coterie, survives an uprising of the underprivileged that has extinguished his highbrow, literary community, and he finds that he is the only remaining witness.
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Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0374525269
Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0374525269