A reissue of Ferlinghetti’s very short experimental plays (1965) with three new plays added to the original thirteen. In this collection Ferlinghetti takes a revolutionary look at modern theater and explores the area between old-style drama and spontaneous improvisation by supplying a blueprint for dramatic action—an outline from which director and actors may create and interpret freely. In one called “Our Little Trip,” two men in conservative suits wind themselves in and out of a long bandage while a questioner circles them seeking meaning. “Servants of the People” puts on political podium hogs in torrents of cliches. “Bearded Lady ‘Dies’“ features the second coming all decked out for newspaper coverage.
Lawrence gives an overview of the book:
A prominent voice of the wide-open poetry movement that began in the 1950s, Lawrence Ferlinghetti has written poetry, translation, fiction, theater, art criticism, film narration, and essays. Often concerned with politics and social issues, Ferlinghetti’s poetry countered the...