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Ed Bullins: Twelve Plays and Selected Writings Paperback – November 27, 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press; annotated edition edition (November 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0472031821
  • ISBN-13: 978-0472031825
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #387,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ed Bullins was playwright-in-residence at the historic New Lafayette Theatre in New York, and co-editor of Black Theatre magazine. He is recipient of three Obie awards, a New York Drama Critics Circle Award, and the Living Legend award from the National Black Theatre Festival in 1997. Mike Sell is Associate Professor of English, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is author of Avant-Garde Performance and the Limits of Criticism: Approaching the Living Theatre, Happenings/Fluxus, and the Black Arts Movement.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lee Armstrong HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 31, 2007
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Ed Bullins is one of America's best playwrights. His work from the 1960s to the present has evolved. His work is as breathtaking as it is challenging. This University of Michigan volume is the most recent addition to his work and includes his newest play, "Harlem Diva" (2005) for the first time. It contains seven more plays, "How Do You Do," "Clara's Ole Man," "The Electronic N*gger," "In the Wine Time," "The Fabulous Miss Marie," "Malcolm: '71 Or Publishing Blackness," [short] and "JoAnne."

It was long a goal of mine to be able to direct a Bullins play. With the author's permission, we tweaked the title and presented "The Electronic Fool" in a program of one acts this summer. [Reference Magnolia Arts Center] Working with the playwright's words in production is a breathtaking experience. This is said to be Bullins' most humorous play, but the humor is cutting edge -- South Park. It must have been amazingly revolutionary in 1968 when it flew from his pen. The language he gives to Carpentier goes from the inane to the insane. In an effort to create the quintessential know-it-all, the Electronic N says, "With our present cybernetic generation it is psycho-politically relevant to engage our socio-philosophical existence on a quantitatum scale, which is, of course pertinent to the outer motivated migration of our inner-oriented social compact." How many times does an actor get to say something that completely bananas that sounds like it means something? Bullins was in high gear on this play and our production shined because of the great play.

Other pieces are meant to be read like 1970's "A Short Play for a Small Theatre" where Black Man polishes a hand gun in front of a white audience and to conclude the play assassinates each member of the audience.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ashley on October 6, 2011
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Great book! This item was received in a timely manner and in brand new condition. Over all I was pleased with both the item and the eco-friendly way that it was packaged.
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