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Catch-22: A Dramatization

Catch-22: A Dramatization
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Author: Joseph Heller
Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 106
Pub. Date: 1971
ISBN-10: 0573606854
ISBN-13: 9780573606854
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About the Play:

Catch-22 is a full-length comedy by Joseph Heller, adapted from his iconic first novel. Catch-22 is a modern American classic. The term itself has entered the language as a description of a ridiculously cyclical situation. The best-selling novel by Joseph Heller was first published in 1961 and immediately caused a huge furor in the literary world, inspired a 1970 movie, as well as this stage adaptation penned by Heller himself.

Catch-22 represents the idea of a "no-win" situation – no decision or course of action a person makes or takes will result in resolution, but rather a continuation of the confusion one tried to clear up in the first place. The story, which was first told in Joseph Heller's book, Catch-22, centres on a World War II American bombardier stationed off Italy, Captain John Yossarian ("Yo Yo"), who convinced his number is up. He is dealing with the absurdity of war, particularly the bureaucracy and rules that run counter to logic. Every time Yo Yo reaches his quota of missions, the requirements are increased until he flatly refuses to fly. He'd like to get out but there's always a catch... A C.O. bucking for general, a mess officer who runs an international cartel in scarce commodities, the ex PFC who really runs the war by deciding which mail should go from one general to another, undercover agents who end up investigating each other, a Roman prostitute trying to kill Yossarian, the Army nurse with whom he is briefly in love, and the lads who die too young all are splendidly presented with dramatic immediacy. Catch-22 is a superb dramatization of the classic spoof of the folly of war and those who make it pay.

Catch-22 was first produced in 1971 at the John Drew Theater in East Hampton, New Jersey. This stage dramatization of Joseph Heller's classic satire offers actors multiple opportunities portraying the unforgettable characters from the novel: Milo Minderbinder, Clevinger, Lt. Colonel Korn, Nurse Duckett, and Major Major, among many others.

Cast: 2 women, 9 men, with doubling (Expandable casting: 2 to 8 women, 9 to 36 men)

What people say:

"A masterly portrait of war's inherent inanities… a bold undertaking… imaginative and faithful in spirit to Heller's novel.” — New York Times

About the Playwright:

Joseph Heller (1923-1999) was an American satirical novelist, short story writer, and playwright. He is best known for his novel Catch-22, which became a bestseller and, in 1970, a film. He went on to write four other novels and the play We Bombed in New Haven. He also wrote scripts for television series and worked on film screenplays.

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