Death & Taxes: Hydriotaphia & Other Plays
Theatre Communications Grou, 2000 - 316 pages
This is an odd assemblage of plays, for which gathering-together there is no overarching thematic justification. Because several of the plays deal with death, and one of the death-plays deals as well with money, and the last play deals with taxation, we're calling the book Death & Taxes. But all plays, directly or indirectly, are about death and taxes, so this title explains little... -Tony Kushner
This stunning new collection by Tony Kushner, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Angels in America, showcases his masterful explorations of form and style. A rich and vibrant collection from one of our greatest American playwrights, Death & Taxes includes the following treasure trove of works:
In Reverse Transcription: Six Playwrights Bury a Seventh, six playwrights come together to bury their contemporary and friend, Ding. They discuss and brood on their lives, writings, and loves. Theatre critic Dr. David Nowlan calls Reverse Transcription "rich in allusion, elegant in language and satirically funny" (Irish Times).
Hydriotaphia or The Death of Dr. Browne begins at one man's deathbed and becomes an epic farce spanning Heaven and Earth.
Inspired by Shakespeare's "Sonnet 75," Terminating or Sonnet LXXV "is a delirious, scatological encounter between a psychotherapist, her madly besotted patient and their lovers, which contains some dizzyingly fine writing" (Variety).
East Coast Ode to Howard Jarvis is a one-man show featuring two dozen characters' involvement in a tax evasion scheme.
Notes on Akiba has been performed at The Jewish Museum and other venues during Passover. Fictionalized versions of playwright Tony Kushner and director Michael Mayer reimagine aspects of Jewish history, tradition and myth.
G. David Schine in Hell was originally published in New York Times Magazine. Featuring an appearance by Kushner's fictionalized Roy Cohn of Angels in America, this short play revisits Cohn and several other American Conservatives of the McCarthy era as they adjust to an afterlife in Hell.