By Professor Mac Wellman, Professor Marjorie Perloff
Cebrated for his dizzying linguistic innovations, his experimental narratives, his biting social and political opinions, and his absurdist humorousness, Mac Wellman has turn into certainly one of America's top avant-garde playwrights. In Cellophane, Wellman bargains the 11 performs that he considers his most crucial: Albanian Softshoe, Mister unique Bugg, Cleveland, undesirable Penny, Cellophane, 3 Americanisms, Fnu Lnu, woman long past, Hypatia, The Sandalwood field, and Cat's-Paw. Written among 1983 and 1998, they exhibit Wellman's on-going exploration of the boundaries of language and the results of humanity within the postmodern global. ''These plays,'' Wellman writes, ''are concerning the heroism traditional humans needs to hire on a daily basis to maintain on functioning with any sure bet, with any excitement or delight, in an order of Being that has develop into unknowable, distant, a context of at most sensible theoretical plausibility.'' additionally incorporated during this quantity is his acclaimed essay at the theater, ''A! Chrestomathy of twenty-two solutions to 22 thoroughly Unaskable and Unrelated Questions bearing on Political and Poetic Theater.''
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We also communicate with, and have commerce with, others who are decidedly, ineradicably, different from us, different in myriad other ways than the special halfdozen or so deemed decisive by PC geezers, ways that in myriad speciﬁc instances may be much more decisive than these. Velveeta h o w o d d and laughable this would be were it not that real issues, of great ethical import, are at stake. My own feeling is that the weapons of PC discipline, terms like racist, sexist, fascist, —— abuser, homophobe, gay-bashing (at least when used euphemistically) ought to be used as little as possible, as a last resort.
Really. This happens: what man, god, or demon could have dreamt up that ultimate geezer, Ross Perot? Go ﬁgure. The poetic is intrinsically political. It ﬂies up in the face of the unpolitical and squawks (Furball whinnies: if it’s obvious, it’s obviously wrong). s, to be cracked and split open. The demonic ironist (possessed by demonic furball ironicity) writes plays that mimic—up to a point—the products of geezer theater. , it erupts from within, howling, like an alien chest-burster. No wonder the gray eminences who preside over geezerdom are suspicious of poetic theater.
Harry I didn’t do it. susan Please tell me the truth. harry I’ve thought of suicide lately, Susan, and. I keep having this fantasy that I’m following this guy with a fez, and . . Then there’s the obsession with Jill. susan Oh no. harry Yes. (Pause. ) The guilt and the shame. susan So it is true harry I couldn’t help myself. susan What on earth do you mean? harry I keep thinking about it, how much I wanted it, how good it felt. susan What about Jill’s feelings? harry It didn’t matter. She’s been driving me crazy for so long.