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Playwrights for Tomorrow

Playwrights for Tomorrow: A Collection of Plays, Volume 5

Copyright Date: 1969
Edition: NED - New edition
Pages: 168
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    Playwrights for Tomorrow
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    This is the fifth volume in a continuing series of collections of plays by dramatists who have participated in an experimental program conducted at the University of Minnesota under the auspices of the Office of Advanced Drama Research (O.A.D.R.). Dr. Arthur H. Ballet, editor of the series, is the director of the O.A.D.R. The plays published here are Fair Beckoning One by Sarah Monson Koebnick and The New Chautauqua by Frederick Gaines. In an introduction Dr. Ballet comments briefly on the work of the playwrights included in this volume. Of Mrs. Koebnick and her play, Fair Beckoning One, he writes: “Without intending or implying condescension, it is quite safe to say that Sarah Koebnick is the rarest of all theatre birds: a primitive who is both a skilled writer and a keen observer. Her tradition is not modern, unless Ibsen is still considered a modernist, but her awareness and her ability to create touching characters and situations are qualities seldom evident in what comes into our office. Her play, Fair Beckoning One, is about a century away from the work of a Gaines or a Sainer, but her compassion is very ‘with it.’” Of Mr. Gaines and The New Chautauqua he writes: “A graduate-student enterprise, the AnyPlace Theatre, in the summer of 1968 turned Minnesota into a commedia dell’-arte territory by carrying plays to the people in the streets. It was, by all measures, enormously successful, and it can be most proud that it presented works of two new writers, with the aid of the O.A.D.R. Fred Gaines is himself a graduate student and an exciting prolific new writer in the theatre. The New Chautauqua is one of his best works (and perhaps one of the best pieces O.A.D.R. has worked with): part commedia, part protest, part entertainment, part commitment, and part sheer, marvelous theatre.”

    eISBN: 978-0-8166-6136-7
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. [i]-[iv])
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. [v]-2)
    (pp. 3-6)
    Arthur H. Ballet

    In the five years since the Rockefeller Foundation and the University of Minnesota, together with the National Endowment for the Arts and the McKnight Foundation, conceived and underwrote the Office for Advanced Drama Research (O.A.D.R.), thousands of new plays have been read and evaluated. Some of these plays circulated among the cooperating theatres and were eventually selected for developmental rehearsals and productions. An unexpectedly large number of playwrights have benefited from their residence under O.A.D.R.’s auspices and have since moved into the mainstream of American — and international — theatre.

    Volumes 5 and 6 include a selection of work we did in...

  4. Fair Beckoning One
    (pp. 7-62)

    It’s us, Calisandra, Ruffie Sue and Richard. We drove in as soon as we could this morning. Richard had to feed the cats and tie the dog before we could come and, you know, that dog would not let Richard catch him. He is a smart dog. He knew we were going away. Calisandra, Richard shall get my suitcase after a bit. Richard says I am to stay in town with you and help with the care of Honey Clare.

    Come in, come in. No use trying to heat the whole outdoors. Richard, wait until I get a paper to...

    (pp. 63-160)

    The New Chautauquawas written primarily for use by the AnyPlace Theatre of Minneapolis-St. Paul. It was written with the particular demands and assets of that company in mind. The company demanded plays that were both flexible and transportable into the streets of the Twin Cities. Its assets included a broad background of experience in dance, mime, theatre, and music. The playlets are intended as material for the actor, dancer, mime, and musician.

    The normal performance ofThe New Chautauquawill include only a fraction of the total material printed here. The director and actors are to select each night...