Number of page: 208
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
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 two decades later, Rabe continues to be one of our most compelling dramatists, acclaimed most recently for the Tony Award-winning Hurlyburly.In this, the first of two volumes of The Vietnam Plays, Pavlo Hummel is paired with the equally intense Sticks and Stones, 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.
The Vietnam Plays: Streamers and The Orphan
A novelist and screenwriter as well as a playwright David Rabe is a major voice in American theater and holds an undisputed place in the ranks of contemporary dramatists Streamers part of the Vietnam trilogy which includes The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel and Sticks and Bones The Vietnam Plays volume one is the story of a group of paratroopers desperately attempting to cope with the chaos of their emotions when they are ordered to Vietnam In this volume Streamers is paired with The Orphan a brilliant synthesis of classic Greek drama and the conflicted character of contemporary America All four plays focus on what the author calls the eternal human pageant War is not a political phenomenon but an elemental force a human inevitability like love or death and Rabe s plays encompass it as such They are essential works about our society
In the Boom Boom Room
Book jacket back This extensively revised version of David Rabe s 1973 play returns it to the two act structure originally intended by the author as it sharpens and focuses his searing portrait of a young dancer s descent into hell
The Black Monk and The Dog Problem: Two Plays
The Black Monk has been called a singular collaboration between two writers Anton Chekhov and David Rabe Based on Chekov s novella of the same name Rabe s brilliant stage adaptation tells the story of Kovrin the young philosophy student who returns from Moscow to the estate owned by Pesotsky where he spent his youth Kovrin and Pesotsky s daughter Tanya soon fall in love and plan to marry But the appearance of an emissary from the unknown the black monk threatens to have a devastating effect on all of them Trouble starts in when Teresa tells her brother Joey that this guy Ray did something to her with his dog in bed Nobody seems to know exactly what happened but they do know that somebody s got to pay So what is The Dog Problem It starts with being born into a world where the wrong thing said to the wrong person ignites a chain reaction of misplaced passions and galloping sentences that race to a deadly conclusion The playful title is revealed to be a wry pun on the Cartesian mind body problem as Uncle Mal the aging mobster must face his turn to be the dog in this darkly funny play about men women sex betrayal and ghosts Vastly different in their aesthetic these two recent and highly praised plays embody all of the celebrated hallmarks of David Rabe s writing and art unflinchingly honest and perceptive themes starkly luminous dialogue and the unsettling humor that have made him an icon of the American theater for more than forty years
Girl by the Road at Night: A Novel of Vietnam
David Rabe s award winning Vietnam plays have come to embody our collective fears doubts and tenuous grasp of a war that continues to haunt Partially written upon his return from the war Girl by the Road at Night is Rabe s first work of fiction set in Vietnam a spare and poetic narrative about a young soldier embarking on a tour of duty and the Vietnamese prostitute he meets in country Private Joseph Whitaker with Vietnam deployment papers in hand spends his last free weekend in Washington DC drinking attending a peace rally and visiting an old girlfriend now married He observes his surroundings closely attempting to find reason in an atmosphere of hysteria and protest heightened by his own anger When he arrives in Vietnam he happens upon Lan a local girl who submits nightly to the American GIs with a heartbreaking combination of decency and guile Her family dispersed and her father dead she longs for a time when life meant riding in water buffalo carts through rice fields with her brother Whitaker s chance encounter with Lan sparks an unexpected almost unrecognized visceral longing between two people searching for companionship and tenderness amid the chaos around them In transformative prose Rabe has created an atmosphere charged with exquisite poignancy and recreated the surreal netherworld of Vietnam in wartime with unforgettable urgency and grace Girl by the Road at Night is a brilliant meditation on disillusionment sexuality and masculinity and one of Rabe s finest works to date