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Plays by Louis Phillips

Louis Phillips
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This collection includes six one-act plays: BONE THE SPEED, CARWASH, CONRAD ON THE VINE, ETHIOPIA, THE MAN WHO ATE EINSTEIN’S BRAIN, and PRECISION MACHINES. Louis Phillips proves with these short plays that he is among our most inventive and imaginative playwrights. BONE THE SPEED: A spoof about the ultimate snake-pit, Hollywood, with a nod to David Mamet’s SPEED-THE-PLOW. CARWASH: A comic surrealistic nightmare ensues when a man’s car disappears at the carwash. CONRAD ON THE VINE: Imagine Joseph Conrad alive today and being interviewed on a television talk-show. ETHIOPIA: A totalitarian future where food is so scarce that people pay to watch others eat. THE MAN WHO ATE EINSTEIN’S BRAIN: The title says it all. PRECISION MACHINES: Inanimate objects take on a life of their own.

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About the Author


  • Louis Phillips

    Louis Phillips, a widely published poet, playwright, and short story writer, has written some 50 books for children and adults. Among his published works are: five collections of short stories — A Dream of Countries Where No One Dare Live (SMU Press), The Bus to the Moon (Fort Schuyler Press), and The Woman Who Wrote King Lear and Other Stories (Pleasure Boat Studio), Fireworks in Some Particulars (Fort Schuyler Press) and Must I Weep for The Dancing Bear (Pleasure Boat Studio). Hot Corner, a collection of his baseball writings, and R.I.P. (a sequence of poems about Rip Van Winkle) from Livingston Press; THE ENVOI MESSAGES, and THE LAST OF THE MARX BROTHERS' WRITERS, full-length plays,(Broadway Play Publishing). His books for children include: The Man Who Store The Atlantic Ocean (Prentice Hall & Camelot Books), The Million Dollar Potato (Simon and Schuster) and How to Wrestle an Alligator (Avon). His sequence of poems — The Time, The Hour, The Solitariness of the Place — was the co-winner in the Swallow's Tale Press competition (1984). Among his published books of poems are: The Krazy Cat Rag (Light Reprint Press), Bulkington (Hollow Spring Press), The Time, The Hour, The Time, The Hour, The Solitariness of the Place (Swallow's Tale Press), Celebrations & Bewilderments (Fragments Press). He edited Best Loved Poems (Random House) and The Random House Book of Humorous Verse. Other books include: Gertrude Stein in Dayton & Other Plays, American Elegies and Late Night in the Rain Forest (World Audience Publishers). He teaches at the School of Visual Arts in NYC.

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Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 12/1/1995
Pages 140
ISBN 9780881451184