The Best American Short Plays 2018–2019

The Best American Short Plays 2018–2019 $29.99

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John Patrick Bray (Editor)

Published by Applause Books

Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Paula Vogel once said that theater helps us learn how to be comfortable with being uncomfortable with each other

Revolving around the theme of "this is who we are," the one-act plays in this latest edition of the Best American Short Plays series, now in its ninth decade, explore the thoughtful ways in which playwrights are wrestling to make sense of our world today

The selected plays reflect how we perform our identities - private and public - and how we negotiate who we are with others who often have different perspectives, perspectives that make us uncomfortable

The theme of this collection is topical and apt as our country continues to shore up its borders along party lines, from pride parades to strict abortion laws, from inclusivity in education curricula to children in detention centers at the US - Mexico border

Each of the plays presents a clear reflection of who we are, and who we aspire to be, as individuals and as a nation

The styles of the plays also reflect different approaches to storytelling - two characters, four characters, a single setting, multiple settings, or a utopian "nowhere"

The rich and compelling characters try to work out their differences and overcome obstacles using humor and a sense of magic that comes with simple moments of human connection

This is who we are - people who are grappling with the desire to be understood, the hope to be loved and accepted, and to allow that hope to shape a larger sense of who we could be if we continue to work and listen

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