La Turista

Last updated
La Turista
Written by Sam Shepard
Characters
  • Salem
  • Kent
  • Boy
  • Doctor
  • Son
  • Doc
  • Sonny
Date premiered4 March 1967 [1]
Place premiered American Place Theatre, New York City. [2]
Original language English
GenreDrama
SettingHotel rooms in Mexico and in the US

La Turista is a play by the American playwright Sam Shepard, [3] first performed at American Place Theatre, New York City in 1967, directed by Jacques Levy. [4] The title refers to the most common illness among tourists. The two main characters are Salem and Kent, which are also the names of brands of cigarettes. It is a two-act dramatic play. The first act takes place in Mexico, and the second in the United States. Some see this play as a reference to the Vietnam war.

Contents

Production history

La Turista was first performed at the American Place Theatre in New York City, on March 4, 1967. The cast was as follows:

Related Research Articles

<i>King Lear</i> play by William Shakespeare

King Lear is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare. It tells the tale of a king who bequeaths his power and land to two of his three daughters, after they declare their love for him in an extremely fawning and obsequious manner. His third daughter gets nothing, because she will not flatter him as her sisters had done. When he feels disrespected by the two daughters who now have his wealth and power, he becomes furious to the point of madness. He eventually becomes tenderly reconciled to his third daughter, just before tragedy strikes her and then the king.

The Theatre of the Absurd is a post–World War II designation for particular plays of absurdist fiction written by a number of primarily European playwrights in the late 1950s, as well as one for the style of theatre which has evolved from their work. Their work focused largely on the idea of existentialism and expressed what happens when human existence has no meaning or purpose and therefore all communication breaks down. The structure was in a round shape and the finishing point was the same as the starting point. Logical construction and argument give way to irrational and illogical speech and to its ultimate conclusion, silence.

Hélène Cixous French philosopher and writer

Hélène Cixous is a professor, French feminist writer, poet, playwright, philosopher, literary critic and rhetorician. Cixous is best known for her article "The Laugh of the Medusa", which established her as one of the early thinkers in post-structural feminism. She founded the first centre of feminist studies at a European university at the Centre universitaire de Vincennes of the University of Paris.

Sam Shepard American playwright and actor

Samuel Shepard Rogers III, known professionally as Sam Shepard, was an American actor, playwright, author, screenwriter, and director whose career spanned half a century. He won ten Obie Awards for writing and directing, the most won by any writer or director. He wrote 44 plays as well as several books of short stories, essays, and memoirs. Shepard received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for his play Buried Child and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of pilot Chuck Yeager in the 1983 film The Right Stuff. He received the PEN/Laura Pels Theater Award as a master American dramatist in 2009. New York magazine described Shepard as "the greatest American playwright of his generation."

Jacques Levy was an American songwriter, theatre director and clinical psychologist.

Kevin Tighe American actor

Kevin Tighe is an American actor who has worked in television, film, and theatre since the late 1960s. He is best known for his character, firefighter-paramedic Roy DeSoto, on the 1972-77 NBC series Emergency!

<i>Buried Child</i> literary work

Buried Child is a play written by Sam Shepard that was first presented in 1978. It won the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and launched Shepard to national fame as a playwright. The play depicts the fragmentation of the American nuclear family in a context of disappointment and disillusionment with American mythology and the American Dream, the 1970s rural economic slowdown, and the breakdown of traditional family structures and values. In 1979, Shepard also won the Obie Award for Playwriting. The Broadway revival in 1996 received five Tony nominations, including Best Play.

Fool for Love is a play written by American playwright and actor Sam Shepard. The play focuses on May and Eddie, former lovers who have met again in a motel in the desert. The play premiered in 1983 at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco, where Shepard was the playwright-in-residence. The play was a finalist for the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

<i>Les deux aveugles</i> operetta in one act

Les deux aveugles is an 1855 one-act French bouffonerie musicale (operetta) by Jacques Offenbach. The libretto was written by Jules Moinaux and was a condensation of his 3-act Les musiciens ambulants.

<i>The Tooth of Crime</i> musical written by Sam Shepard

The Tooth of Crime is a musical play written by Sam Shepard which made its premiere in London's Open Space Theatre on July 17, 1972. It tells the story of aging rock singer Hoss, doing battle with rival Crow.

The Magic Theatre is a theatre company founded in 1967, presently based at the historic Fort Mason Center on San Francisco's northern waterfront. For half a century, The Magic Theatre has been one of the most prominent theatre companies in the United States solely dedicated to development and production of new plays.

<i>Charles VI</i> (opera) opera

Charles VI is an 1843 French grand opera in five acts with music composed by Fromental Halevy and a libretto by Casimir Delavigne and his brother Germain Delavigne.

Murray Mednick American writer

Murray Mednick is an American playwright and poet. He is best known as founder of the Padua Hills Playwrights Workshop/Festival, where he served as artistic director from 1978 to 1995. He has received numerous awards for his plays, including two Rockefeller Grants and an OBIE.

Megan Terry is an American playwright, screenwriter, and theatre artist.

Theatre Collaborative form of performing art

Theatre or theater is a collaborative form of performing art that uses live performers, typically actors or actresses, to present the experience of a real or imagined event before a live audience in a specific place, often a stage. The performers may communicate this experience to the audience through combinations of gesture, speech, song, music, and dance. Elements of art, such as painted scenery and stagecraft such as lighting are used to enhance the physicality, presence and immediacy of the experience. The specific place of the performance is also named by the word "theatre" as derived from the Ancient Greek θέατρον, itself from θεάομαι.

Kicking a Dead Horse (2007) is an American play written by Sam Shepard. It is an example of a dramatic monologue for one man for most of the play, until a woman shows up, in all lasting approximately 80 minutes.

Théâtre de la Gaîté (rue Papin) theater

In 1862 during Haussmann's modernization of Paris the Théâtre de la Gaîté of the boulevard du Temple was relocated to the rue Papin across from the Square des Arts et Métiers. The new theatre, built in an Italian style to designs of the architects Jacques-Ignace Hittorff and Alphonse Cusin, opened on 3 September.

Jean-Claude van Itallie is a Belgian-born American playwright, performer, and theatre workshop teacher. He is best known for his 1966 anti-Vietnam War play America Hurrah;The Serpent, an ensemble play he wrote with Joseph Chaikin's Open Theatre; his theatrical adaptation of the Tibetan Book of the Dead; and his translations of Anton Chekhov's plays.

Une saison au Congo is a 1966 theatre play by Aimé Césaire, primitively performed in March 1967 in Brussels by the Théâtre Vivant. In September of the same year, the play was produced at the Venice Biennale. It follows the political career of Patrice Lumumba, first president of the Republic of the Congo in Africa. And it takes a deeply pessimistic view of the fate of Patrice Lumumba.

George Ferencz is an American theater director, producer, and teacher of Hungarian descent who first rose to fame with his productions of Eugene O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape(1976) and Dynamo (1976). A major name in American theater, he is renowned for his innovative stagings of plays and musicals by Sam Shepard, Eugene O'Neill, Amiri Baraka. He has taught Theater at Columbia University, Yale University and New York University. He co-founded the Impossible Ragtime Theater in 1975 with Pam Mitchell, Ted Story and Cynthia Crane. Ferencz is known for his extensive work with La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club where he was a resident director from 1982 to 2008. He has directed 19 Shepard productions including Shep’N’Rep (1979), Cowboy Mouth (1981), The Tooth of Crime (1983), and Shepard Sets (1984); the latter began Ferencz’s collaborative partnership with drummer/composer Max Roach. Ferencz’s other Off-and Off-Off-Broadway credits include Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie (1975), Paris Lights (1980), Battery (1981), Money: A Jazz Opera (1982), Harm’s Way (1985), Welcome Back to Salamaca (1988), Conjur Woman (2008), and Prague, 1912 (2017).

References

  1. James Fisher (1 June 2011). Historical Dictionary of Contemporary American Theater: 1930-2010. Scarecrow Press. pp. 440–. ISBN   978-0-8108-7950-8.
  2. Radmila Nastić; Vesna Bratić (8 February 2016). Highlights in Anglo-American Drama: Viewpoints from Southeast Europe. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 68–. ISBN   978-1-4438-8845-5.
  3. Ruth Little; Emily McLaughlin (2007). The Royal Court Theatre Inside Out. Oberon. ISBN   978-1-84002-763-1.
  4. Gilbert Debusscher; Henry I. Schvey; Marc Maufort (1989). New Essays on American Drama. Rodopi. pp. 169–. ISBN   90-5183-107-2.
  5. Roudane (27 May 2002). The Cambridge Companion to Sam Shepard. Cambridge University Press. pp. 17–. ISBN   978-0-521-77766-7.

Extended Reading