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Wellman, Mac

Overview
Works: 133 works in 272 publications in 2 languages and 11,097 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Experimental drama  Operas  One-act plays  Fiction 
Roles: Author, Librettist, Contributor, Adapter, Editor, Author of introduction, Other
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Mac Wellman
New downtown now : an anthology of new theater from downtown New York( )

12 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 969 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"At a time when most serious drama being written and produced for the American stage aspires only to mainstream acceptance and high-toned mediocrity, an innovative new generation of playwrights based in New York City has emerged, crafting works that challenge and undermine the conventional structure, language, and characterization of commercial theater while rejecting outdated notions of the avant-garde. New Downtown Now brings together ten new works that exemplify the playfulness, excitement, and possibilities of the theater. Though disparate in subject matter and style, these highly original plays share a commitment to formal experimentation that places them beyond the psychological cliches of the majority and the cold condescension of postmodernism." "The anthology includes Interim by Barbara Cassidy; Tragedy: a tragedy by Will Eno; Nine Come by Elana Greenfield; Sachiko and Enoshima Island by Madelyn Kent; The Appeal by Young Jean Lee; The Vomit Talk of Ghosts by Kevin Oakes; Ajax (por nobody) by Alice Tuan; Apparition: An Uneasy Play of the Underknown by Anne Washburn; Demon Baby by Erin Courtney. Book jacket."--Jacket
Linda Perdido : a novel by Mac Wellman( )

5 editions published in 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 838 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Linda Perdido, the story of the antisocial Linda Perdido told by her well-behaved sister Qua, is a memoir like no other. Set in a vast and unknown region in the Midwest, Mac Wellman's Linda Perdido chronicles the lives of two sisters: Linda and Qua Perdido. Linda is bad, acting out every antisocial impulse she has and then some; Qua is good but comes to hate her sister, though she chooses to write a memoir about her, thus Linda Perdido . Their lives are complicated by many figures, among them the Traveler, a lonely man who follows t
Theatre of wonders : six contemporary American plays( Book )

7 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 510 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The bad infinity : eight plays by Mac Wellman( Book )

9 editions published between 1988 and 2005 in English and held by 461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The prolific Mac Wellman has now published a first collection of eight plays of varying lengths and preconcerns; and it seems fair to say that they are not for all audiences, even suggesting that Wellman uses such playwrights as Fernando Arrabal for recreational purposes. Surreal views of our frequently surreal society are thus the name of Wellman's game. Or, as he prefers to state things, "decay of the perceptual process, enactment of an unreal idol reality," is the danger of contemporary theatre, where the "idolatry" called "naturalism" holds sway under the tyranny that wants to "subsume all human experience under labels, definitions, and explanations and therefore to substitute rationalizations for experience." As he adds in prefacing his title play, Wellman is "dedicated to the proposition that the theatrical body and soul of the world are not to be found in propositions per se, but in the subtle dialectic of gesture and spirit, parable and pratfall, dialogue and dance."
The difficulty of crossing a field : nine new plays by Mac Wellman( )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 411 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Known for his verbal invention and radical experimentation, Mac Wellman has charted an ambitious artistic course for nearly three decades. This book brings together nine of his recent plays, including 'Antigone', 'Infrared' and 'The Invention of Tragedy'
Plays for the end of the century( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 389 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cellophane : plays by Mac Wellman( Book )

7 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this volume, Mac Wellman presents the 11 plays that he considers his most important, including Albanian Softshoe, Mister Original Bugg, Cleveland and Bad Penny
From the other side of the century II : a new American drama, 1960-1995( Book )

5 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the Other Side of the Century II explores literature of the last quarter century, this time American dramatic writing, making available important theater texts for reading and teaching."--BOOK JACKET. "From the park bench of Albee's "The Zoo Story" of 1960 to the cemetery on Martha's Vineyard, where friends have gathered in Tony Kushner's play to bury illegally their playwright associate, the plays of this volume reveal the life and death, the genius and absurdity, the towering power and silly fears of the American people through a vibrant and poetic dramatic expression over the last forty years."--BOOK JACKET
Swoop by Mac Wellman( )

6 editions published between 1993 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Typescript, dated 1993. The play is about Dracula and two female characters: Lucy and Mina
The difficulty of crossing a field by David Lang( )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Humana Festival 2001 : the complete plays( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Humana Festival '99 : the complete plays( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Best American Short Plays, 1995-1996( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two plays : a Murder of Crows and the Hyacinth Macaw by Mac Wellman( Book )

3 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Harm's way by Mac Wellman( Book )

8 editions published between 1983 and 2008 in English and French and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Une mère tue son fils parce qu'il ne veut pas manger son hamburger. Santouche, témoin du crime, tue la mère et part en cavale. Il demande alors à Ile de Miséricorde, la femme qu'il aime, de lui procurer de l'argent. Chacun part de son côté. Au fil de leur odyssée urbaine, ils feront des rencontres, plus étranges les unes que les autres, dans la fête foraine minable et diabolique qu'ils traversent pour se rejoindre de l'autre côté de la rivière. Un conte cruel, noir, drolatique et baroque sur la violence, le mal, la culpabilité, la manipulation ; une fable métaphysique et picaresque où un homme et une femme sont aux prises avec la folle absurdité du monde
Whirligig by Mac Wellman( )

6 editions published between 1988 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The professional Frenchman by Mac Wellman( Book )

4 editions published between 1990 and 2006 in English and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Infrared : a play by Mac Wellman( )

3 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Murder of Crows by Mac Wellman( )

5 editions published between 1991 and 2006 in English and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The land beyond the forest by Mac Wellman( Book )

3 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Plays for the end of the century
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The bad infinity : eight playsThe difficulty of crossing a field : nine new playsPlays for the end of the centuryCellophane : playsFrom the other side of the century II : a new American drama, 1960-1995Humana Festival 2001 : the complete playsHumana Festival '99 : the complete playsThe Best American Short Plays, 1995-1996
Alternative Names
Mac Wellman American playwright

Mac Wellman Amerikaans schrijver

Mac Wellman dramaturg estatunidenc

Mac Wellman dramaturgo estadounidense

Languages
English (97)

French (2)