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Plays By Russell Davis

Plays By Russell Davis
Your Price: $22.95 CDN
Author: Russell Davis
Publisher: Broadway Play Publishing
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 203
Pub. Date: 2003
ISBN-10: 0881452149
ISBN-13: 9780881452143

About the Play:

The collection Plays by Russell Davis contains three full-length plays by Russell Davis. In this collection, the characters of Cynthia and Richard from Sally's Gone, She Left Her Name appear six years later in Sally's Porch. The character Richard from Appointment With A High Wire Lady appears four or five years later also in Sally's Porch.

Sally's Gone, She Left Her Name: Sally wants to leave home, as soon as possible, for art school in New York. Her mother seems increasingly distracted, or absent, and her younger brother Christopher is no help. Her successful father may or may not be involved with a younger woman at work. After Sally has a confrontation with her father, her mother suddenly disappears in the middle of the night. The play is about the last two weeks in the life of a perfect American family. But as this family unravels, as words and longings are misunderstood, and things falls apart, a larger spirit in each of these characters begins to show signs of life. (Cast: 2 women, 2 men)

What people say:

"…amusing us more than a little en route with a verbal wizardry that warms and delights. Davis at the same time painlessly imparts a deeper universal meaning having to do with personal signposts lost and regained…." — Philadelphia Daily News

Appointment With A High Wire Lady: The play is about Richard, a young man in trouble, who cannot remember his past. And Louise, a friend, who comes to visit. (Cast: 2 women, 1 man)

What people say:

"Having flirted with death, a young man has crash landed into a state mental hospital, where he sits silently in the dayroom. He has lost his sense of touch and his ability to focus his eyes and his attention. In Russell Davis's Appointment With A High Wire Lady, the patient... is gradually drawn back into life by a friend from his past.... Mr Davis is subtle and unsentimental in telling a story about two people trying to find a connection that has previously eluded them. The play...has a sensitive awareness of the renewable vitality within an interrupted relationship. In extremis, says the playwright, can come understanding." — The New York Times

"There's so much good writing in Russell Davis' Appointment With A High Wire Lady.... During it's penultimate moment, Appointment With A High Wire Lady achieves a level of descriptive prose rarely seen on a stage...all of Davis' ideas merge into an ornate tapestry and the delicacy of his weaving becomes, for the first time, apparent." — New York Post

Sally's Porch: Cynthia Decker, who's committed herself to a psychiatric hospital, is visited by her movie-star son, Christopher. She's seen his latest Western, and especially liked the way he rode a horse. Christopher must tell her that Richard, his stuntman, did that. She's disappointed. But Cynthia disappointed Christopher six years earlier when she walked out of the house and his life. She doesn't seem particularly sorry, and tries to explain much of what she's done via her rewrite of the Cinderella myth. When Christopher agrees to direct mom's Cinderella play, he decides to ask stuntman Richard to play one of the fairy godmothers. (Cast: 2 women, 1 man)

What people say:

" must be said that Davis is an expert at exposition. The way we gradually learn who Cynthia and Christopher are — and their relationship to each other — is as good as playwrighting gets." — The Star-Ledger (New Jersey)

About the Playwright:

Russell Davis is an American playwright. His plays plays have been produced at various theatres, including People's Light & Theatre, Actors' Theatre of Louisville, Yale Repertory, Long Wharf and Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey. They have also been presented at the Mark Taper Forum's New Work Festival, the Sundance Institute Playwrights Lab., O'Neill Center's National Playwrights Conference, Playpenn, National New Play Network's Showcase of New Plays, and New Harmony Project. He has been a visiting artist at institutions such as Lehigh University, Yale University's Divinity School, Virginia Tech. University, Ohio University, University of Utah, University of Puget Sound, and with New York Stage & Film at Vassar College.

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