Quills and Other Plays

Doug Wright

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

0571211801

9780571211807

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288 Pages

$19.00

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Throughout his work, Doug Wright has often combined the personal, the social, and the political, in the process unearthing fundamental truths about life and art while casting an unblinking eye on the dark side of human nature. Gathered here are three of Wright's early plays, including Interrogating the Nude, a tongue-in-cheek reimagining of the uproar surrounding the debut of Marcel Duchamp's work in America; Watbanaland, a satiric dissection of yuppie desire and a haunting look at family and faith; and the Obie Award-winning Quills, which explores the boundaries of artistic expression and the dangers of censorship as they played out in the Marquis de Sade's final days at Charenton Asylum.

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"A brilliant, scathing indictment against any person or ideology who would curtail or bend freedom of expression, as well as an indictment against anyone putting a lid on primal instincts . . . Wright not only manages to set up a clearheaded debate about the rights and responsibilities of the artist, but simultaneously shows how easy it is for the 'liberators' to become the torturers."—Ed Siegel, The Boston Globe, on Quills

"Cunningly structured and gorgeously written, with every phrase turned to a high gleaming polish . . . Superb."—Michael Feingold, The Village Voice, on Quills



Table of Contents
Introduction: Willful Misbehavior
Interrogating the Nude
Watabanaland
Quills

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Quills and Other Plays

Interrogating the Nude
AUTHOR'S NOTE
IN 1913 Americans caught their first glimpse of modern European art at the Armory Show in New York City. Picasso, Braque, and Brancusi were all represented...

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Doug Wright

  • Doug Wright is the author of I Am My Own Wife, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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