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The Vietnam Plays

Author : David Rabe
ISBN : 9780802196910
Genre : Drama
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“The only Vietnam plays to appear on Broadway while the war was raging” from the Tony Award–winning playwright of Hurlyburly (Observer). David Rabe has been a major voice and crucial force in American drama since 1971 when, in the midst of the Vietnam War, he startled the nation with The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel. The story of a native recruit’s initiation into war, it is by turns brutal and hilarious. It won the young playwright an Obie and was hailed by The New York Times as “rich humor, irony, and insight.” More than four decades later, Rabe continues to be one of our most compelling dramatists. In this, the first of two volumes of The Vietnam Plays, Pavlo Hummel is paired with the equally intense Sticks and Bones, in which a blinded Vietnam veteran returns home numbed by the war and is astonished by his family’s inability to comprehend their country’s politics and his rage. “Pavlo won Al Pacino a Tony, and Sticks and Bones won one for its Harriet, Elizabeth Wilson—plus a nomination for its Oz, Tom Aldredge. It also won the Best Play Tony” (Observer). “Defies a million slogans to become a contemporary masterpiece.” —The Harvard Crimson on The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel “Sticks and Bones is still a searing critique of America’s willful ignorance in the face of an ultra-violent international war machine operating in our name.” —TheaterMania “This scalding work scores direct hits on the stubborn obliviousness of the folks back home to the realities of that dirtiest of 20th century wars.” —The Hollywood Reporter on Sticks and Bones
Category: Drama

Paul Woodruff

Author : Mary Helen Thompson Professor of the Humanities Paul Woodruff
ISBN : 1503147754
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Veterans' issues are front and center now, after Iraq and Afghanistan, as they were not after Vietnam. This is a good time to put before the public the texts of these two plays, which were started during the author's tour of duty in Vietnam and finished soon after. A soldier returns from a long war, expecting a welcome, and no one recognizes him. In his own house he is treated like a beggar. This is the ancient story of Ulysses, but it also expresses how many veterans feel today. How can any civilian understand what soldiers have seen and done? How can civilians take back into their arms veterans who have blood on their hands? In Ithaca in Black and White we see a modern Ulysses as he discovers that he has no place in the home he has dreamed about, but he finds promise in a fresh courtship of his former wife and a journey onward. The play won an award in Austin, Texas, as the best new script of 1983. Geoffroy's Jerusalem tells the tale of a crusade that began with a noble cause and ended with the tawdry sack of a great city, Byzantium. The chief of staff of the army tries to persuade God, in scene after scene, that the corruption of the war was not his fault. War easily gets out of hand, and the violence generals plan so easily goes beyond their intentions. We in the audience sympathize with Geoffroy, but, like him, we are horrified by what he had brought about.

Coming To Terms

Author : James Reston, Jr.
ISBN : 1559365234
Genre : Drama
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A collection of moving plays that recapture a distinct era in American history.
Category: Drama

Streamers The Orphan

Author : David Rabe
ISBN : 0802133452
Genre : Drama
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The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel is the story of a native recruit's initiation into war, by turns brutal and hilarious. In Sticks and Stones, a blinded Vietnam veteran returns home numbed by the war and is astonished by his family's inability to comprehend their country's politics and his rage.--From publisher description.
Category: Drama

The Basic Training Of Pavlo Hummel Sticks And Bones

Author : David Rabe
ISBN : 0802133134
Genre : Drama
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The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel is the story of a native recruit's initiation into war, by turns brutal and hilarious. In Sticks and Stones, a blinded Vietnam veteran returns home numbed by the war and is astonished by his family's inability to comprehend their country's politics and his rage.--From publisher description.
Category: Drama

The Encyclopedia Of The Vietnam War A Political Social And Military History 2nd Edition 4 Volumes

Author : Spencer C. Tucker
ISBN : 9781851099610
Genre : History
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Now in its second edition, this comprehensive study of the Vietnam War sheds more light on the longest and one of the most controversial conflicts in U.S. history. • Includes many photographs and illustrations that bring the Vietnam War to life • Contains more than 200 primary sources in a separate documents volume, with full introductions for each • Presents an extensive chronology of historic events and a glossary of terms • Provides cross-references and bibliographies that facilitate further research
Category: History

Informality And The Playing Field In Vietnam S Business Sector

Author : Stoyan Tenev
ISBN : 082135647X
Genre : Business & Economics
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Private sector growth will be key to maintaining the dynamism of the Vietnamese economy and allowing the country to achieve its development objectives, the study finds. The authors point out that, above all, private enterprises need space to grow. Regulations that run counter to the logic of normal market practices, that give entrepreneurs few opportunities to enter into contractual relationships, or that penalize them for market success are bound to be circumvented, at significant social cost. By contrast, laws and regulations that are in harmony with market forces will be easier to implement, and their implementation will be supported by the same market forces they are designed to protect. Adapting laws and regulations to the needs of the marketplace will not be enough, however. According to the authors, incentives inside the bureaucracy need to be aligned with development. A government committed to development will find it beneficial to support the growth of the private sector.
Category: Business & Economics

Our Australian Theatre In The 1990s

Author : Veronica Kelly
ISBN : 9042002999
Genre : Literary Criticism
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AUSTRALIAN THEATRE in the 1990s is a vigorous enterprise displaying the energies and contradictions of a multicultural society. This collection of essays by leading scholars of Australian theatre and drama surveys the emergence and directions of the new theatrical energies which have challenged or redefined the Australian 'mainstream': Aboriginal, multicultural, Asian-Australian, women's, gay and lesbian, community and young people's theatre; and charts the exciting growth of physical theatre. The contributors assess the impact of evolving funding and industrial priorities, and examine the theoretical and cultural debates surrounding Australian playwriting and theatre-making from the 1970s Vietnam dramas to the postmodern present.
Category: Literary Criticism

Viet Rock

Author : Megan Terry
ISBN : 0881457213
Genre : Drama
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Through the use of dialogue, music, chant, dance, pantomime, and image, the play satirizes attitudes toward the Vietnam war. It attempts to present the very complicated, tragic, and helplessly divided atmosphere that prevailed in America, and to look at hapless emotions in a hopelessly complex mythology of war. With the technique of "transformations" the play unfolds. People change from flowers to individuals to machines, from one character to another, from character into actor into bystander and back to character or abstract image or comment; women change to men and back to women again. Americans change into Vietnamese into Viet Cong and back to American soldiers. The line of the play follows several soldiers from birth, to induction, to indoctrination, to overseas, to battle, to fraternization, and to death. Along the way we meet their mothers, their instructors, their superiors, their elected officials, their friends and their enemies, their tormentors and finally their ghosts. A strong ensemble spirit emerges via the actors' technique and interaction with one another and with the audience. The form of the play is constructed so as to manifest the reality of theatre--not as a replica of or comment upon life but as a part of life--and thus restore its urgency and relevance. ..".the best new play since THE BRIG and THE CONNECTION...the theme and scope the variety and density of VIET ROCK would have excited Brecht." Richard Schechner, T D R "VIET ROCK vividly expressed is a breakthrough...extraordinary on at least two counts. It is the first realized theatrical statement about the Vietnam war...and a rare instance of theater confronting issues broader than individual psychology...I would like to assert my admiration." Michael Smith, Village Voice " acid indictment...ensemble acting effects that have to be seen to be believed...VIET ROCK has been brilliantly staged, these Open Theater types are contributing something new to the concept and technique of stagecraft." Tomo., Variety
Category: Drama

Modern American Drama On Screen

Author : William Robert Bray
ISBN : 9781107433847
Genre : Literary Criticism
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From its beginnings, the American film industry has profited from bringing popular and acclaimed dramatic works to the screen. This is the first book to offer a comprehensive account, focusing on key texts, of how Hollywood has given a second and enduring life to such classics of the American theater as Long Day's Journey into Night, A Streetcar Named Desire and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Each chapter is written by a leading scholar and focuses on Broadway's most admired and popular productions. The book is ideally suited for classroom use and offers an otherwise unavailable introduction to a subject which is of great interest to students and scholars alike.
Category: Literary Criticism

Culture And Customs Of Vietnam

Author : Mark W. McLeod
ISBN : 0313304858
Genre : Social Science
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Discusses Vietnamese traditions, culture, religion, media, literature, and arts.
Category: Social Science

Vietnam Protest Theatre

Author : Nora M. Alter
ISBN : 0253113520
Genre : Literary Criticism
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"... a thoughtful and important treatment of the international tensions of the period as they were embodied in theatre practice. It is the only book of its kind on the subject, and a valuable source of production information." -- Theatre Journal "... an excellent discussion of the aesthetics of theater." -- Choice The escalation of the war in Vietnam in the mid-1960s unleashed worldwide protest. Playwrights grappled with the complexities of post-imperialist politics and with the problems of creating effective political theatre in the television age. The ephemeral theatre these writers created, today little-known and rarely studied, provides an important window on a complex moment in culture and history.
Category: Literary Criticism

Friendly Fire American Images Of The Vietnam War

Author : Riverside Katherine Kinney Associate Professor of English University of California
ISBN : 9780195349627
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Hundreds of memoirs, novels, plays, and movies have been devoted to the American war in Vietnam. In spite of the great variety of mediums, political perspectives and the degrees of seriousness with which the war has been treated, Katherine Kinney argues that the vast majority of these works share a single story: that of Americans killing Americans in Vietnam. Friendly Fire, in this instance, refers not merely to a tragic error of war, it also refers to America's war with itself during the Vietnam years. Starting from this point, this book considers the concept of "friendly fire" from multiple vantage points, and portrays the Vietnam age as a crucible where America's cohesive image of itself is shattered--pitting soldiers against superiors, doves against hawks, feminism against patriarchy, racial fear against racial tolerance. Through the use of extensive evidence from the film and popular fiction of Vietnam (i.e. Kovic's Born on the Fourth of July, Didion's Democracy, O'Brien's Going After Cacciato, Rabe's Sticks and Bones and Streamers), Kinney draws a powerful picture of a nation politically, culturally, and socially divided, and a war that has been memorialized as a contested site of art, media, politics, and ideology.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Vietnam War In Literature

Author : Philip K. Jason
ISBN : UOM:49015001450973
Genre : American literature
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Annoteret bibliografi om Vietnamkrigen
Category: American literature

Goose And Tomtom

Author : David Rabe
ISBN : 0394623517
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Story of two small-time jewel thieves united in a strangely unsettling friendhip and the constant fight to prove to themselves and others how tough they are.

Search And Clear

Author : William J. Searle
ISBN : 0879724293
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Search and Clear demonstrates that the seeds of war were implicit in American culture, distinguishes between literature spawned by Vietnam and that of other conflicts, reviews the literary merits of works both well and little known, and explores the assumptions behind and the persistence of stereotypes associated with the consequences of the Vietnam War. It examines the role of women in fiction, the importance of gender in Vietnam representation, and the mythic patterns in Oliver Stone’s Platoon. Essayists sharply scrutinize American values, conduct, and conscience as they are revealed in the craft of Tim O’Brien, Philip Caputo, Michael Herr, Stephen Wright, David Rabe, Bruce Weigl, and others.
Category: Literary Criticism

Contemporary American Drama

Author : Annette Saddik
ISBN : 9780748630660
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This book explores the development of contemporary theatre in the United States in its historical, political and theoretical dimensions. It focuses on representative plays and performance texts that experiment with form and content, discussing influential playwrights and performance artists such as Tennessee Williams, Adrienne Kennedy, Sam Shepard, Tony Kushner, Charles Ludlum, Anna Deavere Smith, Karen Finley and Will Power, alongside avant-garde theatre groups. Saddik traces the development of contemporary drama since 1945, and discusses the cross-cultural impact of postwar British and European innovations on American theatre from the 1950s to the present day in order to examine the performance of American identity. She argues that contemporary American theatre is primarily a postmodern drama of inclusion and diversity that destabilizes the notion of fixed identity and questions the nature of reality.
Category: Literary Criticism

Portrayals Of Americans On The World Stage

Author : Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr.
ISBN : 9780786454914
Genre : Performing Arts
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This collection of 14 essays explores drama from around the world that depicts the United States and Americans. From eighteenth century German dramas about Native Americans through post–Revolutionary War British plays, to the theaters of contemporary Japan, Mexico, Serbia, Ireland, Ghana and other nations, the contributors consider conflicting representations of Americans. Often critical, sometimes flattering, and occasionally insulting, these various international views highlight perceptions of America abroad and how they influence the world’s stages.
Category: Performing Arts

American Literature And The Experience Of Vietnam

Author : Philip D. Beidler
ISBN : 9780820330242
Genre : Literary Criticism
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A discussion of the literature of the war and a study of literary consciousness relative to the larger process of cultural myth-making.
Category: Literary Criticism

The American Dream In Vietnamese

Author : Nhi T. Lieu
ISBN : 9780816665693
Genre : Social Science
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Fantasy, desire, and community in Vietnamese American popular culture.
Category: Social Science