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9781408157022-1The Methuen Drama Book of New American Plays is an anthology of six outstanding plays from some of the most exciting and critically acclaimed playwrights in the States now. It showcases work produced at a number of the leading theatres during the last decade and charts something of the extraordinary range of current playwriting in America. It will be invaluable not only to readers and theatergoers in the U.S., but to those around the world seeking out new American plays and an insight into how U.S. playwrights are engaging with their current social and political environment.

The first play, David Adjmi’s Stunning, is an excavation of ruptured identity set in modern day Midwood, Brooklyn, in the heart of the insular Syrian-Jewish community; Marcus Gardley’s lyrical epic The Road Weeps, The Well Runs Dry deals with the migration of Black Seminoles, is set in mid-1800s Oklahoma and speaks directly to modern spirituality, relocation and cultural history; Katori Hall’s Hurt Village uses the real housing project of “Hurt Village” as a potent allegory for urban neglect set against the backdrop of the Iraq war; Young Jean Lee’s Pullman, WA deals with self-hatred and the self-help culture in her formally inventive three-character play; Christopher Shinn’s Dying City rounds out the collection, melding the personal and political in a theatrical crucible and cracking open our response to 9/11 and Abu Graib; and finally Dan LeFranc’s The Big Meal set in the midwest in a generic restaurant is an inter-generational play spanning eighty years looking at family legacy and how some of the smallest events in life turn out to be the most significant. and finally

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