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Plays by Phil Bosakowski

Plays by Phil Bosakowski
Your Price: $24.95 CDN
Author: Phil Bosakowski
Publisher: Broadway Play Publishing
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 160
Pub. Date: 2000
ISBN-10: 0881451657
ISBN-13: 9780881451658

About the Play:

This collection Plays by Phil Bosakowski includes three full-length plays by Phil Bosakowski: Bierce Takes On The Railroad!, Chopin in Space, and Nixon Apologizes To The Nation.

In Bierce Takes On The Railroad!, veteran journalist Ambrose Bierce, whose wit is as sharp as a scalpel, is sent by yellow journalist William Randolph Hearst to the Pacific Western Railroad, the symbol of big business corruption at the turn of the century. Bierce has his hands full, not only with bought-off senators and railroad goons but with a son who has a dangerous proclivity for the ladies and a weariness with his incessant battle against “goodness.” (Cast: 3 women, 6 men)

Chopin in Space begins during Frederic Chopin’s own lifetime, exploring his friendship and rivalry with the painter Eugene Delacroix. Both a Polish hero and an international celebrity, Chopin is sometimes permuted into Lech Walesa, while others in the play move from being famous personages of Chopin's time to such diverse and modern figures as Hitler, Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II. (First produced in 1984 by the Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut; Cast: 7 women, 1 men)

Nixon Apologizes To The Nation: In ten takes facing the television cameras Nixon tries to tape an apology to the nation, takes which momentarily stall and inevitably provoke the eruptions of Nixon’s warped visions of people and events in American history. (Cast: 7 women, 13 men)

What people say:

"Phil Bosakowski is a cunning humorist. There are enough verbal, visual and musical jokes in his Chopin in Space to keep you thinking for a long time about passion, inspiration, politics, religion, history and—since this is an affectionate tribute to the playwright's Polish origins—nationality." — The New York Times

"Unique, risky, and inventively staged, it manages to be avant-garde without being pretentious, to have a point of view without being pedantic... in-depth handling of character." — Yale Daily News

"Chopin in Space is an analysis of modern Polish history from a Groucho-Marxist perspective … Phil Bosakowski himself imitates the composer. Logic and chronology are sacrificed to achieve an almost musical arrangement of characters, themes, and events: The second scene is written in counterpoint; the third is a recapitulation of the first, introducing elements to be reshaped in the sixth; and so on. The jolting juxtapositions and surreal transformations that result are full of resonance." — The Village Voice

About the Playwright:

Phil Bosakowski (1946-1994) was an American teacher and playwright whose works have been performed in theatres throughout America. He received both a BA in English and an MA in Theater from Villanova University, and later earned an MFA in Playwriting from the University of Iowa. His plays included Crossin' the Line and Chopin in Space. He also wrote for radio, television and film. He taught at the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut and had been a visiting artist at Dartmouth College and Princeton and Wesleyan universities.