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Veranda of the Grand Gables

 

This play takes off from Tennessee Williams' use of characters trapped in a transient setting. In place of Williams' realistic development of character and psychological crises, however, it substitutes out-of-control senses of language and of literature, forcing them into disagreement with a "real world" that is by comparison brutal and insensitive. Shocks of juxtaposition, lapses of ordinary good manners, and severe conflicts based on an inability to communicate render this world by turns hilarious and unsettling.

This is a reading of an excerpt from the play at Zinc Bar in New York City, as part of Boog City's Poets Theater, on Sunday, August 7th 2011. The readers were Jim Behrle, Joe Elliot, Brenda Iijima, Douglas Rothschild, and Sara Jane Stoner.

 

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