By Professor Mac Wellman, Professor Marjorie Perloff
Cebrated for his dizzying linguistic innovations, his experimental narratives, his biting social and political evaluations, and his absurdist humorousness, Mac Wellman has develop into considered one of America's major avant-garde playwrights. In Cellophane, Wellman deals the 11 performs that he considers his most vital: Albanian Softshoe, Mister unique Bugg, Cleveland, undesirable Penny, Cellophane, 3 Americanisms, Fnu Lnu, lady long gone, Hypatia, The Sandalwood field, and Cat's-Paw. Written among 1983 and 1998, they show off Wellman's on-going exploration of the bounds of language and the results of humanity within the postmodern global. ''These plays,'' Wellman writes, ''are concerning the heroism usual humans needs to hire on a daily basis to maintain on functioning with any simple task, with any excitement or pride, in an order of Being that has turn into unknowable, distant, a context of at most sensible theoretical plausibility.'' additionally integrated during this quantity is his acclaimed essay at the theater, ''A! Chrestomathy of twenty-two solutions to 22 thoroughly Unaskable and Unrelated Questions pertaining to Political and Poetic Theater.''
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S. O. must have one Big Idea per play to qualify as both PC and sensitive to IP. The tipoff is that those who beneﬁt from this kind of tactic are rarely “minority” individuals, whether they be African American, Native American, gay and lesbian, or whatever; institutions do, houses of pain forever inured to the myriad (chaotic) inner lives of the individual, houses of geezer sensibility— places where productions may come and go but the parking lot remains for all time. ) We as individuals may recapitulate the experience—mores and morals too—of the cultures we spring from, but that is not all we do.
The beasts. Discipline, summer camp. All of it. Braces. Chores. Dancing school. White gloves. Acne. WHY ME? Can you believe it? Not one kind word. When I was runner-up in tennis. Not one word. Guilt. Shame. Psychic murder. Once in my goddam life to be taken for what I am and not something else. * Not to be mocked. Spurned. One lousy chance. That’s all. Bill doesn’t see me. Doesn’t know me. Treats me like the fucking dog. I don’t eat fourteen fucking pounds of horsemeat every day. I don’t do perverted things to stray cats in the middle of the backyard in broad daylight.
Albanian Softshoe : 29 On the patio. Sunbathing. susan It’s not the ﬁrst time. I really should’ve told you earlier. nell Next time please do. I’m concerned about crime. Oh dear, I think I’ll have to leave the dog till Bill and Harry come home. susan Harry is Fred now. nell That’s right. How silly of me. ) susan That must be the roof man. nell So, thanks for the coffee. And I’ll send Bill over. susan Maybe, maybe the workman can carry it. nell All by himself? (The m a n o f s h a l a smiles. ) susan Hello.