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WASP and Other Plays

WASP and Other Plays
Your Price: $15.95 CDN
Author: Steve Martin
Publisher: Samuel French
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 71
Pub. Date: 1998
ISBN-10: 0573603111
ISBN-13: 9780573603112

About the Play:

WASP and Other Plays is a collection of one-act plays by Steve Martin. WASP depicts an archetypal middle-class white Anglo-Saxon Protestant family of 50's suburbia, so glowingly portrayed on shows like "Father Knows Best." This family is a seething mass of suppressed desire and inner secrets, masking the deep emptiness at the centre of an idealized life. It is a dark and surreal comedy – a broad satire punctuated with insightful and poetic moments of irony. The collection also contains The Zig-Zag Woman, Patter for a Floating Lady, and Guillotine.

WASP vibrates with satire and dark lyrical irony as the family meanders blindly toward catastrophe. In the fractured landscape of 50s suburbia, a prototypical white protestant family exists in a dark limbo of expectation and routine. Dominated by a Creationist Dad who cheats on Mom and regales the children with tales from the golf course, the family muddles through the mundane absurdity of their white-bread existence. (Cast: 2 women, 2 men.)

The Zig-Zag Woman: Pushed to amazing lengths to relieve profound loneliness, a waitress magically appears to divide her body into three parts to facilitate her quest for a man. She encounters an old man waiting for true love, a middle aged man who has stopped looking, and a fiery young man who longs for a woman in pieces. (Cast: 1 woman, 3 men.)

Patter for a Floating Lady: A magician levitates his female assistant, a former lover. He uses magic to give her the freedom he was unable to bestow when they were together. The trick has an unexpected result: she splits in two and reveals her utter contempt for him. (Cast: 2 women, 1 man.)

Guillotine: A guillotine salesman hocks his wares to a customer who wants one for self defense. His French maid's efficiency in dusting becomes her undoing. (Cast: 1 woman, 3 men.)

WASP was first presented in 1995 at the Joseph Papp Public Theater in New York together with The Zig-Zag Woman, Patter for a Floating Lady, and Guillotine. It remains a popular choice for college theatre productions.

What people say:

"If you enjoy the sly humor of actor Steve Martin, then WASP is a great way to get inside his head." — Daily Iowan

About the Playwright:

Steve Martin is an American actor, comedian, writer, playwright, producer, musician and composer. Since the 1980s, having branched away from stand-up comedy, he has become a successful actor, immensely talented playwright and screenwriter as well as banjo player eventually earning Emmy, Grammy, and American Comedy awards. His writing credits include the plays Picasso at the Lapin Agile and W.A.S.P. which both played Off-Broadway; and the screenplays for Shopgirl, The Pink Panther, Bowfinger, L.A. Story and Roxanne, among others.

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