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"We in America are confounded by contradictions and are here challenged to look, to see, to know ourselves--our lies and hypocrisy, our courage and goodness." -- Olympia Dukakis

About the Author

Karen Malpede is author of fifteen produced plays, short stories, and essays on theater and human rights, and a collection of early plays, A Monster Has Stolen the Sun and Other Plays (1987). She is cofounder, with George Bartenieff and the late Lee Nagrin, of Theater Three Collaborative. She has taught Greek and contemporary drama and writing at Smith College, New York University, and the CUNY Graduate Center’s Continuing Education Program.

Michael Messina was the publisher at Applause Theatre & Cinema Books and Limelight Editions (Hal Leonard Corporation).He has also worked for Da Capo Press, Cooper Square Press, and the American Booksellers Association.

Bob Shuman is the owner of Marit Literary Agency in New York, and is an editor, a playwright, a college professor, an author, and a composer. He is coeditor of Duo!: The Best Scenes for Two for the 21st Century (2009). A fellow of the Lark Theatre Company, he is the recipient of Hunter College’s Irv Zarkower Award for excellence in playwriting. Visit Shuman’s theater website, Stage Voices, at


Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press (March 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810127326
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810127326
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,331,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By mmessina on July 19, 2011
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Here are the great plays included in this collection: Guantanamo: "Honor Bound to Defend Freedom" by Victoria Brittain and Gillian Slovo; American Tet by Lydia Stryk; The Vertical Hour by David Hare; Prophecy by Karen Malpede; 9 Circles by Bill Cain; No Such Cold Thing by Naomi Wallace; and A Canopy of Stars by Simon Stephens.
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