The Best New Playwrights, 2009Book - 2009
AMERICAN HWANGAP by Lloyd Suh. It''s dear old Dad''s 60th birthday. Although he deserted his family years ago, they are holding a traditional Korean 60th birthday celebration (a hwangap) anyway. He comes back to the U.S. for his hwangap, and what ensues is funny and often quite poignant. Produced in NYC by Ma-Yi Theatre Co. and The Play Company. "Suh strikes just the right balance between humor and deeply felt emotion." Theatremania. ANIMALS OUT OF PAPER by Rajiv Joseph. A comedy from NYC''s Second Stage. A high school teacher and Origami enthusiast is a big fan of the work of an origami artist. He asks her to tutor a gifted young student of his, who might just be the Tiger Woods of Origami. BEACHWOOD DRIVE by Steven Leigh Morris. This compelling drama from NYC''s Abingdon Theatre Co. centers on a Ukrainian woman working as a prostitute in Los Angeles and a LAPD detective determined to bust the gangsters with whom she is involved. "A police case study that is a truly chilling cautionary tale." - Backstage CROOKED by Catherine Trieschmann. Laney, a teenaged girl with a crooked spine, has moved to a new town with her mother. There, she meets another girl named Maribel, who changes her life. "The themes -- mother-daughter tensions, adolescence itself and religion as a refuge -- emerge naturally from the fluent, often funny and sometimes fearlessly cruel dialogue." NY Times. Produced in NYC by The Women''s Project. END DAYS by Deborah Zoe Laufer. The Steins are one strange American Family. Dad Arthur, a World Trade Center survivor, suffers from terminal depression. Their daughter Rachel is an alienated goth chick and Mom Sylvia thinks the Rapture is imminent. Neighbor Nelson, who dresses in Elvis'' white jumpsuit, is an incorrigible optimist who loves Rachel and physics, and slowly but surely he straightens out the Stein family. Oh and two of the characters are none other than Jesus Christ and Stephen Hawking. "Enormously funny, warm and uplifting." Curtain Up. Original produced by Florida Stage. Premiered in NYC at Ensemble Studio Theatre. FARRAGUT NORTH by Beau Willimon. This compelling drama is about skullduggery on the campaign trail. "Beau Willimon''s juicy and timely drama is a potent reminder that, like Hollywood, politics is a high-stakes game where one wrong liaison can finish you off. It''s a place where friendships and loyalties are only as deep as the next cocktail or quick jump in the sack." NY Daily News. Produced in NYC by Atlantic Theatre Co. JESUS HATES ME by Wayne Lemon. This hilarious comedy premiered at the Denver Center and has done on to several other produtions aroind the country. Set in W. Texas, it takes place at a run-down mini-golf track with a religious theme. It''s called "Blood of the Lamb" and it''s trademark is a crucified Christ. "It disarms the audience with pointed one-liners and thoughtful existential observations. The audience laughs and hoots." Variety About the Author For over thirty years Lawrence Harbison was in charge of new play acquisition for Samuel French, Inc., during which time his work on behalf of playwrights resulted in the first publication of such subsequent luminaries as Jane Martin, Don Nigro, Tina Howe, Theresa Rebeck, Jose Rivera, William Mastrosimone, Charles Fuller, and Ken Ludwig, among many others; and the acquisition of musicals such as Smoke of the Mountain, A...My Name Is Alice, Little Shop of Horrors and Three Guys Naked from the Waist Down. He is a now a free-lance editor, primarily for Smith and Kraus, Inc., for whom he edits annual anthologies of best plays by new playwrights and women playwrights, best ten-minute plays and best monologues and scenes for men and for women. For many years he wrote a weekly column on his adventures in the theater for two Manhattan Newspapers, the Chelsea Clinton News and The Westsider. His new column, On the Aisle with Larry, is a weekly feature at the Smith and Kraus website. He works with individual playwrights to help them develop their plays (visit Lawrence''s website for details). He has also served as literary manager or literary consultant for several theatres, such as Urban Stages and American Jewish Theatre. He is a member of the NYC press corps and is an Outer Critics Circle member. He has served many times over the years as a judge and commentator for various national play contests and lectures regularly at colleges and universities. He holds a B.A. from Kenyon College and an M.A. from the University of Michigan. He is currently working on a book, Masters of the Contemporary American Drama.
Publisher: Hanover, N.H. : Smith & Kraus,Inc., 2009.
Edition: First edition.
Branch Call Number: 812.5408 B464
Characteristics: xii, 379 pages ; 22 cm