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Quills and Other Plays

Quills and Other Plays

Doug Wright

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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Selected early works from the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright.

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--and darkly funny--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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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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Praise for Quills and Other Plays

“A delicious mix of comedy, sex and mystery.” —Janice Page, Providence Journal, on Interrogating the Nude

“Creepy, powerful and densely poetic.” —Lloyd Rose, The Washington Post, on Watbanaland

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

“All Wright's plays burst with an outrageous and quirky imagination.” —Francine Russo, The Village Voice

“Wright's 1995 play Quills seems like a prescient attack on the hypocritical censoriousness of the right [and works] equally well as a condemnation of left-wing proscriptions of speech . . . Brilliant.” —Ed Siegel, Boston Globe

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About the author

Doug Wright

Doug Wright is the author of I Am My Own Wife (Faber, 2004), which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Doug Wright

Doug Wright

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