“Only a true poet, a man possessed of verbally imagined artistry, could write such a play as The Screens. . . . [It] reveals a fabulous theatrical imagination, a joy in the creation of stage hyperbole.”Harold Clurman, The Nation
978-0-8021-5158-2 • $14.95 • Paperback • Apr. 1971
Jean Genet was one of the world’s greatest contemporary dramatists, and his last play, The Screens, is his crowning achievement. It strikes a powerful, closing chord to the formidable theatrical work that began with Deathwatch and continued, with even bolder variations, in The Maids, The Balcony, and The Blacks.
Explicitly political, The Screens is set within the context of the Algerian War. The play’s cast of over fifty characters moves through seventeen scenes, the world of the living breaching the world of the dead by means of shifting the screens—the only scenery—in a brilliant tour de force of spectacle and drama.