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Living and writing on America's left coast contemporary Women's Plays

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ISBN 10: 1581181426 / ISBN 13: 9781581181425
Published by Murasaki Books, Los Angeles, CA 90061, 2010
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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No date on title page or reverse. All plays included date from 2000 through 2009. Authors include Cizmar, Houston, Iizuka, Mcdonald, Shamas, and Swirsky. Athol Fugard writes a Note and the Forward is by Jon Klein. 395 pages. Published by LRS. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-8575017113

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Title: Living and writing on America's left coast ...

Publisher: Murasaki Books, Los Angeles, CA 90061

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

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LIVING AND WRITING ON AMERICA S LEFT COAST: Contemporary Women's Plays is an anthology of diverse and brilliant cutting-edge drama that fills a significant need to hear the voices of women as interpreters of the human experience in the US and beyond. Selected by nomination, the works are penned by five critically acclaimed playwrights as well as an emerging playwright whose vision and literary fortitude prove that theatre thrives on the Western edge of the United States of America. The collection is introduced in a panoptic foreword by Jon Klein, playwright and head of the Master of Fine Arts in Playwriting program at Catholic University, Washington DC. As Nicholas Kristof, co-author with Sheryl Wudunn of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, The world is awakening to a powerful truth: Women and girls aren't the problem; they re the solution. This new collection offers views into the varied lives of women characters as they navigate a world in which women are still only one percent of the world's landowners.

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Paula Cizmar is an award-winning playwright whose work has been produced off-Broadway, in regional theatres, and all over the world. Among her many plays are Candy & Shelly Go to the Desert, Street Stories, Bone Dry, The Death of a Miner, and Ghost Dance on Mulholland. She is one of the writers of the acclaimed documentary theatre piece, Seven, which has played in Sweden, India, Turkey, and Argentina, as well as the comedy 7 Sins in 60 Minutes, bound for Edinburgh (2011). She is the recipient of two NEA grants, numerous commissions, and a Rockefeller residency at Bellagio, Italy. Internationally acclaimed playwright Velina Hasu Houston has written over thirty plays including fifteen commissions in a career that began Off-Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club and the Negro Ensemble Company. She has been honored by Japan Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, California Arts Council, Sidney Poitier, American Film Institute, Pinter Review Prize for Drama, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize (finalist), Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics New Play Award (finalist), and others. Her works are archived in The Library of Congress and The Huntington Library. Naomi lizuka's other plays include ANON(YMOUS), POLAROID STORIES, LANGUAGE OF ANGELS, ALOHA, SAY THE PRETTY GIRLS, and SKIN. Her plays have been produced nationally and internationally. Naomi is a recipient of a PEN/Laura Pels Award, an Alpert Award, a Joyce Foundation Award, a Whiting Writers Award, a Stavis Award, and a PEN Center USA West Award for Drama. She heads the graduate MFA Playwriting program at the University of California, San Diego. Marianne McDonald, Professor of theatre and classics at UCSD, is a member of the Royal Irish Academy. Her books include: Euripides in Cinema: The Heart Made Visible; Ancient Sun, Modern Light: Greek Drama on the Modern Stage; Sing Sorrow: Classics, History and Heroines in Opera; and The Living Art of Greek Tragedy. Her prize-winning plays include: Prometheus Bound; Seven against Thebes; Antigone; Ajax; Oedipus Tyrannus; Oedipus at Colonus; Hecuba, Trojan Women; Iphigenia at Aulis; Bacchae; Phoenician Women; Children of Heracles; Thyestes; Trojan Women; Medea, Queen of Colchester; The Ally Way; ...and then he met a woodcutter; The Last Class; and Fires in Heaven. Laura Shamas' plays have been produced in the U.S., the U.K., Canada, and Australia. Her work has been produced, performed and/or developed at many theaters, including: The Public Theater, Native Voices at the Autry, Native Earth Performing Arts (Toronto), Free Rein Theatre (Australia), The Lark Development Center, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Golden Thread Productions, Walnut Street Theater, Utah Shakespearean Theater Festival, West Coast Ensemble, The Glines, Philadelphia Theater Company, Soho Theatre (London), The Old Globe, The Geva Theater, and the Denver Center Theater Company. Among her playwriting honors are: the 2008 Garrard Best Play Award from the Five Civilized Tribes Museum, a 2006-2007 Aurand Harris Fellowship from the Children s Theater Foundation of America, a Fringe First Award for Outstanding New Drama (Edinburgh), and a Drama-Logue Award. Stephanie Swirsky is the recipient of Primary Stages Marvin Einhorn Scholarship, and the Kirstie McDonald Mori Emerging Playwright Award for her play, Lashon Hora which is featured in the anthology, Living and Writing of America s Left Coast: Contemporary Women's Plays. Her play, Buyer's Remorse is a part of the 2010 Western Edge Playwright s Salon reading series. Swirsky grew up in New Jersey, received her BA from New York University, and will receive an MFA in Dramatic Writing from the University of Southern California in 2011.

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