These fifteen plays are published here for the first time. One of them represents an unpublished drama of fifty years ago, but fourteen were conceived and written during the past two years. The only people who have read them all are my author-wife, Anne-Marie, and my grandson and film-maker, Nick Vanderpool. Others have read one or several of them. If all goes well, they will constitute most of the repertoire for the 2002 season of a theatrical troupe touring America and Europe.
I am not wordless regarding the theories that underlie the plays, but would rather withhold explanations until they have undergone the ever-fateful public experience. I have appended hereto a set of keywords applying to my playwriting. Some pages that I have written concerning the theater and communications can be found at my web site: www.grazian-archive.com . The plays naturally manifest on their faces particular justifications
Alfred de Grazia
Angouleme, France, January 19, 2002
It wishes well of the human species collectively and individually.
It suggests how good things do and don't get done.
It offers a fuller search into reality than the cock-eyed reality of most histories.
It matches the dull absurdities and myths of conventional history with the stresses and caricatures that expose reality to consciousness.
A vein of irony carries through many of the plays.
It exposes the utter consequences of human conduct and suggests what consequences should be sought.
Phenomenological:It forces the hidden meanings of ideas, words, and actions to the surface where they can be recognized and judged.
It is intended for all, understood by all, incorporating all.
It unhesitatingly goes to the roots and extracts or waters them.
It carries a heavy impact.
Unconscious motivations are regularly elucidated.
It reaches both idiotic and aristocratic minds.
NOTICE REGARDING PERFORMANCES OF
De Grazia's KALOTIC MORALITY PLAYS;
|Theatrical companies, producers, representatives, and university dramatic associations are invited to read the fifteen plays, and, if they like them, to conduct readings, and, if they wish to produce them, to address themselves for permission by mail to Metron Publications, P.O.Box 1213, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA or via e-mail to email@example.com. Charges for each performance are: for theatres seating under 100 = $50.00; for theatres seating from 101 to 300 persons, $100.00; for theatres seating over 300 = $1000.00. The same prices will apply to an evening of one or more of the plays exclusive of other authors. This is for information only; for a legal arrangement, interested parties should address the above. Correspondence of a critical nature should be addressed to theauthor as above.|