Luna Park: Short Plays and Monologues

Donald Margulies
December 2001

Award-winning playwright Donald Margulies is “literate and intellectually stimulating” (New York) and “a playwright of the most unusual imaginative power” (New York Post). Luna Park: Short Plays and Monologues collects Margulies’s best short plays and monologues spanning three decades. Taken as a whole, the work is an extraordinary representation of a particularly American reality of the twentieth century. His language is exquisite and deceptive in its simplicity, wherein the larger questions of our daily existence emerge and are clarified.

Includes July 7, 1994, hailed at its premiere by Richard Christiansen of the Chicago Tribune as “a powerful drama about a new and devastating age of anxiety in the United States”; Pitching to the Star, a darkly comic look at the writers’ lot in Hollywood; Luna Park, an elegiac look at the American past and the immigrant experience, inspired by a short story by Delmore Schwartz; and many more short works.

Donald Margulies received the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Dinner with Friends. The play received numerous awards, including the American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award, the Dramatists Guild/Hull-Warriner Award, the Lucille Lortel Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award and a Drama Desk nomination, and has been produced all over the United States and around the world. In addition to his adaptation of God of Vengeance, his many plays include Collected StoriesThe Country House, Sight UnseenThe Model ApartmentThe Loman Family PicnicWhat’s Wrong with This Picture? and Time Stands Still. Mr. Margulies currently lives with his wife and their son in New Haven, Connecticut, where he teaches playwriting at Yale University.