Ensemble Studio Theatre Marathon '99 : The One-Act Plays

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9780571199815: Ensemble Studio Theatre Marathon '99 : The One-Act Plays

The annual anthology of original one-act plays from New York's premiere developmental theater--now a Faber paperback original

The One-Act Plays:
Deaf Day by Leslie Ayvazian
Up, Down, Strange, Charmed, Beauty, and Truth by Edward Allan Baker
War by Bill Bozzone
The Once Attractive Woman by Christine Farrell
The Golf Ball by Frank D. Gilroy
Dreamtime for Alice by Susan Kim
Goodbye, Oscar by Romulus Linney
Maiden Lane by Cassandra Medley
In the Western Garden by Stuart Spencer
All About Al by Cherie Vegelstein
The "I" Word: Interns by Michael Louis Wells

The Ensemble Studio Theatre is best known for its Marathon of One-Act Plays, in which, over a period of six weeks, twelve plays receive their New York premieres. Included in the '99 anthology are Romulus Linney's Goodbye Oscar, wherein Oscar Wilde, exiled in Paris, gravely ill, and fighting a losing battle with his wallpaper, meets Jesus Christ in a fifth-rate café; Stuart Spencer's In the Western Garden, set on the east end of Long Island where a once-great abstract artist grapples with the gradual loss of his mind while his art dealer scrambles to possess his rumored final masterpieces; and Susan Kim's Dreamtime for Alice, in which Alice, accidentally left behind by her tour bus in the Australian outback, examines the stark realities of her life in a neurotic, hilarious, and revealing monologue that rivals Woody Allen and Spalding Gray at their best.
With work that ranges from the deeply affecting to the sublimely funny by both established and up-and-coming playwrights, this anthology is a must for anyone interested in what's happening in theater on a grassroots level.

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From the Inside Flap:

The Critics Weigh in on EST's Marathon '99

Deaf Day by Leslie Ayvazian
"A gentle, enchanting one-woman show."--Anita Gates, The New York Times

Up, Down, Strange, Charmed, Beauty and Truth by Edward Allan Baker
"A wrenching tale of loves found and lost, of broken hearts and betrayal."
--Lawrence Van Gelder, The New York Times

War by Bill Bozzone
"Packs its own goodly share of potent emotion."
--Lawrence Van Gelder, The New York Times

The Once Attractive Woman by Christine Farrell
"A hell of a one-act . . . great fun and well-crafted." --Nick Brandi, Showbusiness

The Golf Ball by Frank D. Gilroy
"A terse, smart, sardonic little script."--Michael Feingold, The Village Voice

Goodbye Oscar by Romulus Linney
"Presents Wilde anew, with charm and poignancy . . . . touching, dignified, and gently witty."
--Robert Simonson, Time Out New York

Maiden Lane by Cassandra Medley
"Most provocative . . . a multilayered look at race and real estate."--Aileen Jacobson, Newsday

Roman Fever by Jamie Richards and Kevin Harris
"Subtle and finely observed."--D.L. Lepidus, The Westsider

In the Western Garden by Stuart Spencer
"The evening's gem. Packed into the play's short space are a neat, effective intrigue, a fierce debate about the nature of creativity, [and] four vivid characters."
--Michael Feingold, The Village Voice

All About Al by Cherrie Vogelstein
"Cheerfully clever."--Anita Gates, The New York Times

The "I" Word: Interns by Michael Louis Wells
"Wells handles today's Beltway jargon with brains and even a bit of Shavian brio."
--Michael Feingold, The Village Voice

About the Author:

The Ensemble Studio Theatre is a not-for-profit developmental theater established in 1969 with two primary goals: to nurture individual theater artists and to develop new American plays. Curt Dempster is the founder and artistic director.

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