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with a foreword by EDWARD ALBEE
Copyright Date: 2009
Published by: Yale University Press
Pages: 144
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    Book Description:

    Neil Wechsler'sGrenadinehas been chosen as the second winner of the Yale Drama Series. The play was selected by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and contest judge Edward Albee.Grenadineis the fantastical story of a man's quest for love in the company of three devoted friends. Albee writes, "I found it highly original. . . . The questions the play asks and the answers it proposes are provocative; the play stretched my mind."

    About the Yale Drama Series

    Yale University Press, the Yale Repertory Theatre, and the David Charles Horn Foundation are proud co-sponsors of this major competition to support emerging playwrights. Each year's winner receives the David C. Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of the manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Yale Repertory Theatre. For more information and complete rules for the Yale Drama Series, visit

    eISBN: 978-0-300-15639-3
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-v)
  3. Foreword: Judgment Day 2
    (pp. vi-viii)
    Edward Albee

    As I wrote last year in my report on the inaugural contest, I am not certain that the play which I have chosen to win the Yale Drama Series, and the accompanying David C. Horn Prize, co-sponsored by Yale University Press and Yale Repertory Theatre, is necessarily the best play of the four hundred and forty-five submitted.

    How can this be? Well, I did not read all of the plays. There are two reasons for this—my sanity and my time. My sanity first: I have judged enough play contests and read enough new plays generally to know that maybe...

  4. Grenadine
    (pp. 1-87)

    A Note About the Staging: The main characters enter and exit many times throughout the play, and the transitions must be handled creatively to maintain the continuity of their journey. The passage of time should be represented by a change of lighting: sun breaking through fog, sunny skies becoming overcast, late afternoon becoming sunset. The colors should be intrinsic to the mood of the play and help create the abstract, pastoral world the play seeks to establish. The secondary characters ease the transitions by setting the stage with their props while the main characters are offstage. Much of the action...