Borzutzky won the National Book Award in Poetry for 2016’s The Performance of Being Human. Like his past work, Written After a Massacre in 2018 energetically and creatively engages with current events. This collection has a personal aspects as well. Borzutzky attended services at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue as a child, and knows people affected by those murders. The son of Chilean immigrants, he has a unique perspective on the complicated relationship between U.S. and Latin American economic and political policies. We’ll be printing galleys for this one.
It takes a village to tell this joyous send-up of a holiday/variety show in the small village of Spiddal*, Ireland. Shay Duffin tells the heartwarming tale of his sixth Christmas Eve, when his missing-in-action brother returned to Dublin at midnight to surprise his whole family during World War II. Irish limericks, songs, and even a visit from an American Yankee, Santa Claus.
(*Spiddal was the name of a village in Ireland, because there was a Hospital there.)
STARRING: MARTY MAGUIRE, SHAY DUFFIN, REDMOND GLEESON, PAUL KEITH, ELIZABETH McCLELLAN, MALA POWERS, TOM WILLIAMS, SAMANTHA EGGAR, LINDA HENNING, JAMES LANCASTER, JOHN O'CALLAGHAN, THOMAS MacGREEVY, AMELIA WHITE, KATHERINE DAVIS COX; WITH CART's Announcer, JOHN HARLAN; POEMS by TOM KERRIGAN; and WILLIAM WINDOM as Santa Claus.
Robin Morgan’s second collection of poems is a rich tapestry of female experience, both literal and mythic Daughter, wife, mother, lover, artist, and even priestess are all here in shorter lyrics that cluster around four subjects: blood ties, activism and art, love between women, and archetypes. But Morgan surpasses the political grief and rage she delineated in Monster, her acclaimed first book of poems—especially in the four major metaphysical poems here: “The City of God,” balancing grace and despair; “Easter Island,” on the ironies of transcendence in embattled love; “The Network of the Imaginary Mother,” which became a virtual anthem of the women’s movement; and “Voices from Six Tapestries,” inspired by the famous Lady and theUnicorn weavings that hang in the Musée de Cluny in Paris. Themes of familial love and hurt, mortality, survival, and transformation inform the poems collected here as the author weaves a wise and powerful self into being. Lady of the Beasts is Robin Morgan at her most lyrical yet.
A political family confronts its dark history in this Pulitzer Prize-finalist play “with gleaming dialogue [and] tantalizing hints of a dangerous mystery” (Ben Brantley, The New York Times). Winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play Brooke Wyeth hasn’t been home to visit her parents in years. But now she’s back in Palm Springs for Christmas, and she has a startling announcement to make. Brooke is about to publish a detailed and intimate family memoir—one that will open a wound her politically prominent parents don’t want reopened. First appearing on Broadway in a hit production starring Stacy Keach and Stockard Channing, Other Desert Cities “examine[s] the fractiousness of American politics through the prism of one family” (David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter).
Three one-act plays from David Mamet, one of the master stage writers of our time:The Shawl - A clairvoyant is in the process of swindling an unsuspecting woman on the basis of clever guess work and speculation. But it appears the clairvoyant has special powers that even he may not be aware of.Reunion - After years of separation, Reunion follows the painful and deliberate efforts of a divorced and recovering alcoholic father, Bernie, and his daughter Carol to work their way back to early bonds of affection.Bobby Gould in Hell - In this comic mediation on the nature of good and evil, Bobby Gould (from Mamet’s celebrated Speed the Plow) is interrogated by a pair of devils to decide his faith.L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performances featuring Gus Buktenica, Dale Calandia, Marilou Henner, John Mahoney, Neil Pepe, Rebecca Pidgeon, Marc Vann and Dan LaMorte.
Arthur Conan Doyle’s rollicking adventure tale follows a scientific expedition deep into the Amazon jungle – right back into the time of dinosaurs and cave men. Before Jurassic Park, before Indiana Jones - there was The Lost World! An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Josh Clark, Kyle Colerider-Krugh, Peter Paige, Kirsten Potter, Kate Steele, Tom Virtue, Kenneth Alan Williams.Recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles.The Lost World is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series featuring science-themed plays. Major funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to enhance public understanding of science and technology in the modern world.
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