By Jay Wright
One of the most celebrated African American poet's work as a playwright
Jay Wright is a poet's poet; identified by poet Dante Micheaux as one of the best American poets--because his poetry represents everything that America is and...not what he would like it to be. One of two, this volume of Wright's selected plays offers readers, performers, theatre makers, and scholars an expansive look into an under-explored area of the poet's body of work, spanning over four decades, from the early 1970's to 2015. Those who know Wright's poetry will find familiar rhythms and figures. New to the scene, however, is the mobilization of polysemy, quantum entanglement, and global-American identities within theatrical form. Arriving amid a pandemic, however, when the face of theatre has been forced to change in order to comport itself to new restrictions on liveness, these texts seem to challenge us to find other ways to perform, to tell stories, to grow together. Moving between Vermont, the Sandia Mountains, unnamed rivers, San Pedro, an urban square, Boca Negra, Mesa City, and numerous liminal spaces of ritual and incantation, these plays, selected by Jay and Lois Wright, showcase quotidian terrestrial affairs spliced with spiritual ascendency. Those who pick up these plays will find themselves involved in everything. In VOLUME ONE: Passage, The Hunt and Double Night of the Wood, The Playing Space, Lemma, Syntax, Aria.
Drama. African & African American Studies.
- 376 pages
- Kenning Editions (8/30/22)
- 6 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches