By Professor Mac Wellman, Professor Marjorie Perloff
Cebrated for his dizzying linguistic innovations, his experimental narratives, his biting social and political reviews, and his absurdist humorousness, Mac Wellman has develop into one in all America's prime avant-garde playwrights. In Cellophane, Wellman bargains the 11 performs that he considers his most vital: Albanian Softshoe, Mister unique Bugg, Cleveland, undesirable Penny, Cellophane, 3 Americanisms, Fnu Lnu, lady long past, Hypatia, The Sandalwood field, and Cat's-Paw. Written among 1983 and 1998, they exhibit Wellman's on-going exploration of the boundaries of language and the implications of humanity within the postmodern global. ''These plays,'' Wellman writes, ''are in regards to the heroism usual humans needs to hire each day to maintain on functioning with any sure bet, with any excitement or pride, in an order of Being that has develop into unknowable, distant, a context of at top theoretical plausibility.'' additionally integrated during this quantity is his acclaimed essay at the theater, ''A! Chrestomathy of twenty-two solutions to 22 utterly Unaskable and Unrelated Questions touching on Political and Poetic Theater.''
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Poetic theater is not about correcting other people’s bad thoughts; it is about the life which ﬂows through all of us and which we barely understand. This life embodies an ethic which may not always be neatly paraphrasable, or even in palpable evidence, but without which we are only so much raw material for those who would redescribe us for their own ends, for the energy that is the carrier of this ethic implicates us all in its doings and we are all complicit in its waywardness. Albanian Softshoe A little Naturalistic Family Play.
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.
I know. A bitter pill. And you, you lout, all I have to say to you is. I’ve thought it over. I wanna make a new start. Be brand new. Try out my wings and ﬂy. I know I can do it. (A shot rings out. art falls, mortally wounded. ) ginny Art, what’s happened? art (Choking) Moons of ice. Cheese. Puppets. (The m a n o f s h a l a enters in full Albanian dress. Fustenella. Fez. 42 : Albanian Softshoe Strange, pointy Albanian shoes. He carries a Martini carbine. Opens the chamber, removes the expended cartridge and tosses it near the dying man.