Beneath the Dusty Trees – The Gary Plays

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Beneath the Dusty Trees – The Gary Plays

By Murray Mednick Introduction by Guy Zimmerman The Gary Plays are an octet of plays portraying economic and spiritual distress in the contemporary urban wilderness of Los Angeles. The series was inspired by a friend of the playwright whose son died in a drug deal gone wrong under the “dusty trees” of the San Fernando Valley. The series begins as Gary, an unemployed actor down on his luck, visits the park where his son was shot, apparently at random. Struggling with murderous rage, he is joined by two “choral” figures, internalized voices that re-enact painful memories and goad him...

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Fever Dreams: Recent Work From Padua

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Fever Dreams: Recent Work From Padua

Fever Dreams: Recent Work From Padua Introduction by Guy Zimmerman Resurrected in 2001 by artistic director Guy Zimmerman, Padua offers ten superb plays including work from the last nine seasons, 2001 through 2010. Included in the anthology: Sissy Boyd – Liddy Hank Bunker – The Interview Heidi Darchuk – Hotel Bardo(t) Murray Mednick – Clown Show for Bruno and Destruction of the 4th World John Steppling – Phantom Luck and Spanish Angel Sharon Yablon – The Empty Bed Rita Valencia – A New World War Guy Zimmerman – Head Trader and The Inside Job “If Hollywood movies present...

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Plays for a New Millenium

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Plays for a New Millenium

“An ideal of theatre I’d never really experienced before or since.” – playwright Jon Robin Baitz on the Padua Festival. This collection includes: Baby, Jesus! by Murray Mednick, 4-Way Mars by Murray Mednick, Dog Mouth by John Steppling, Wilfredo by Wesley Walker, Times Like These by John O’Keefe, G-Nome by Murray Mednick, Vagrant by Guy Zimmerman, The Wasps by Guy Zimmerman, and The Apple Juice Man by Sarah Koskoff. Paperback 560pp ISBN 0 – 9630126 – 6 – 5 To be issued in the Winter of...

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Hipsters in Distress: Are You Lookin’? and Other Plays

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Hipsters in Distress: Are You Lookin’? and Other Plays

Hipsters in Distress: Are You Lookin? and Other Plays Purchase on Amazon Are You Lookin’ and Other Plays Murray Mednick Padua Playwrights Press From the Introduction: Shortly before his own death, the poet Czeslaw Milosz wrote a eulogy for Allen Ginsburg. Milosz praised Ginsburg’s courage, his willingness to live out extremities. “Great poet of the murderous century,” he writes, “who persisting in folly attained wisdom.” These plays by Murray Mednick speak to a similar persistence. They depict characters who lean fully into their own confusion, in search of transformation, and...

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Plays from the Padua Hills Playwrights Festival

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Plays from the Padua Hills Playwrights Festival

Padua: Plays from the Padua Hills Playwrights Festival, 1991-1995 Foreword by John Steppling The Padua Hills Playwrights Festival, renowned as a stronghold of fiercely intelligent, contemporary theatre, ran from 1978 through 1995 in the foothills of the San Gabriel mountains near Los Angeles, attracting theatrical talents such as Sam Shepard, Jon Robin Baitz, Maria Irene Fornes, John Steppling, and David Henry Hwang. With roots deep in the Off-off Broadway theatre of the 1960s and 1970s, Padua offered true word-based theatre, a heady mix of street dialog informed by the Classics, from the...

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Three Plays by Murray Mednick

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Three Plays by Murray Mednick

This anthology presents the most recent work of Padua’s founder, Murray Mednick. All three plays were produced in Los Angeles in 2001; Mrs. Feuerstein was produced at New York’s Chashama theater in November 2001, and Joe and Betty at the Jose Quintero Theatre in New York in May 2002. Joe & Betty re-opened in New York in October 2002. Joe & Betty brings us into the darkly comic world of an impoverished, disintegrating family in the Catskills of the 1950s. 16 Routines takes us on a surreal comic journey into the panicked mind of an actor who has forgotten his lines. Mrs....

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The Coyote Cycle

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The Coyote Cycle

The Coyote Cycle: Seven Plays by Murray Mednick “It permanently reshaped my vision of what theatre could achieve-ritual, magic, playfulness, and respect for the playwright-actor bond entered my creative vocabulary and have been my resources ever since. in a day when much of the public has come to doubt the power of theatre, Murray Mednick’s Coyote is proof that the best of it can still change lives.” David Henry Hwang 176 pages Paperback 0 – 9630126 – 1 – 4 $15.95 Purchase on...

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Best of the West

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Best of the West

Best of the West: Plays from the Padua Hills Playwrights Festival, 1991-1995 Foreword by John Steppling The Padua Hills Playwrights Festival, renowned as a stronghold of fiercely intelligent, contemporary theatre, ran from 1978 through 1995 in the foothills of the San Gabriel mountains near Los Angeles, attracting theatrical talents such as Sam Shepard, Jon Robin Baitz, Maria Irene Fornes, John Steppling, and David Henry Hwang. With roots deep in the Off-off Broadway theatre of the 1960s and 1970s, Padua offered true word-based theatre, a heady mix of street dialog informed by the Classics,...

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