“Van Itallie conveys an especially timely sensation, that of a world of fragmented experience so speeded up past human endurance that a man must either die laughing or go mad. America Hurrah is as lively as a sand tick. It is anguishingly funny, yet oddly poignant, and more than passing wise in the ways of today’s world.” Time
America Hurrah and Other Plays
America Hurrah (Interview, TV, Motel); The Serpent; Eat Cake; Bag Lady; The Tibetan Book of the Dead, or How Not to Do it Again; The Traveler
978-0-8021-3761-6 • $18.00 • Paperback • Apr. 2001
Jean-Claude van Itallie is one of the most distinguished playwrights of the American avant-garde. A keen deconstruction of American popular culture, the America Hurrah triptych served notice that here was a major new dramatic voice. Rounded out with such works as Bag Lady, written in the voice of a deceptively insightful homeless woman; The Serpent, a fanciful interpretation of the story of Adam and Eve; The Traveler, which depicts a charismatic and brilliant artist recovering from a stroke; and van Itallie’s dazzling play based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead, America Hurrah & Other Plays is the definitive collection of the work of a major American playwright.
This volume also includes Eat Cake and The Hunter and the Bird.