Synopsis

American Notes

American Notes $15.99

Len Jenkin

Published by Broadway Play Publishing

Large Mixed Cast
A kaleidoscopic, surrealistic overview of contemporary America, set forth in the bizarre, highly theatrical style which characterizes this writer's distinctive voice

Produced by New York's highly regarded Public Theater, the play employs brilliantly imaginative avante-garde techniques to highlight both the dreams - and delusions - which infuse and motivate our modern world

The play is made up of a series of concurrent actions - some set in a tacky motel, some elsewhere - involving a group of disparate but curiously related people ...

There is the young night clerk, Pauline, who studies her high-school English Lit notebook, while growing increasingly fearful of the unseen and unwanted suitor who lies in wait in the motel parking lot

A raucous carnival barker touting his giant crocodile, aptly called Bonecrusher

A pair of seedy bar denizens who occasionally break into song

A dim-witted handyman, Chuckles, who performs pointless errands

A deranged scientist who believes that he is in contact with creatures from outer space

An abandoned woman who waits restlessly for a lover who will probably never return

And a mysterious drifter, Faber, who, somehow becomes the catalyst which fuses all these divergent elements into a cohesive, and often wildly funny whole

And, in so doing, makes the play both an encapsulation of the American myth and, at the same time, a telling comment on what is right - and wrong - with this myth

CAST
M7,F3

Runs about 100 minutes, minimal set

REVIEWS

" it has a cumulative, atmospheric effect, tantalizing our senses at the same time it creates a haunting iconographic world" ~ The New York Times

" .. a kind of anti-Our Town. The weird backwater in which it's set is a little surreal and a lot seedy, populated by nighthawks, drifters, pimps, and hucksters" ~ Chicago Reader

"Twice as ingeniously written as any play in town " ~The Village Voice

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