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THIS WEEK’S DRAMA BOOK SHOP PICK:

Grenadine by Neil Wechsler

Four men. Four philosophies. One woman.

Thus begins an epic quest for lost love and a good meal, a quest involving fruits, fiddles and a two-legged Dachshund. Winner of the Yale Drama Series competition, Neil Wechsler's Grenadine chronicles four companions: Prismatic, Grove, Sconce and Pyx, all of whom have been inmates on a prison work farm. As they set out to find the mythic Grenadine, the woman who stole both Prismatic's heart and the men's freedom, these four fellows must rediscover life and what it means to be free. Standing in their way are pangs of hunger, strains of friendship and a swarm of bees.

While imprisoned, Prismatic has read only love poetry, Grove has read only science, Sconce only mythology and Pyx only religion. These literary genres inform the characters' mindsets and speech while creating a linguistic jungle gym worth exploring. Wechsler’s strong command of language and theatrical convention help create a world full of memorable and endearing characters.

Will Sconce find his place in a modern world? Can Pyx's faith overcome the swallowing swells of the sea? Can Grove ditch logic and open his heart? And will Prismatic ever find his lost love, Grenadine?

Wechsler answers these questions and more in a journey filled with witty wordplay and impossible staging that challenges the reader and the bounds of theatre. After the final scene has closed the reader is sure to recall the words of lovelorn Prismatic: "All we need now is for a fish to jump out of the stream and lie still for us while we poke it to death with our twigs."

Cast: 6M, 2W

Scenes/Monologues: Lots of group scenes for guys.

Recommended by: Ben

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Description

Neil Wechsler's "Grenadine" has been chosen as the second winner of the Yale Drama Series. The play was selected by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and contest judge Edward Albee. "Grenadine "is the fantastical story of a man's quest for love in the company of three devoted friends. Albee writes, "I found it highly original. . . . The questions the play asks and the answers it proposes are provocative; the play stretched my mind." About the Yale Drama SeriesYale University Press, the Yale Repertory Theatre, and the David Charles Horn Foundation are proud co-sponsors of this major competition to support emerging playwrights. Each year's winner receives the David C. Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of the manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Yale Repertory Theatre. For more information and complete rules for the Yale Drama Series, visit yalebooks.com.


Product Details

Publisher : Yale University Press
Published : 10/01/2009
Format : Paperback , pages 87
ISBN-10 : 0300149921
ISBN-13 : 97803001

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