By Stephen J. Bottoms
"Scrupulously researched, severely acute, and written with care, Playing Underground
becomes a vintage account of an period of hard-won loose expression."
"At last---a ebook documenting the beginnings of Off-Off Broadway theater. Playing Underground is an insightful, illuminating, and sincere appraisal of this significant interval in American theater."
-Rosalyn Drexler, writer of Art Does (Not!) Exist and Occupational Hazard
"An epic motion picture of an epic stream, Playing Underground is a ebook the area has waited for with no figuring out it. How accurately it captures the evolution of our revolution! i'm surprised by means of the book's scope and scale, and that i bless its writer particularly for giving greats, Paul Foster and H. M. Koutoukas, their right, polar locations, and for memorializing such unjustly forgotten masterpieces as Irene Fornes's Molly's Dream and Jeff Weiss's A humorous stroll Home. Stephen Bottoms's bright evocation of the grand experience of Off-Off Broadway has woken and damaged my middle. it's tough to think that he was once now not there along me to respire the caffeine-nicotine-alkaloid-steeped air."
-Robert Patrick, writer of Kennedy's Children and Temple Slave
Few books deal with the mythical age of Nineteen Sixties off-off Broadway theater. thankfully, Stephen Bottoms fills that hole with Playing Underground---the first finished background of the roots of off-off Broadway.
This is a theater whose legacy continues to be felt this present day: it used to be the launching pad for lots of best modern theater artists, together with Sam Shepard, Maria Irene Fornes, and others, and it was once a pivotal effect on improv comedy and exhibits like Saturday evening Live.
Off-off Broadway teams comparable to the dwelling Theatre, los angeles Mama, and Caffe Cino captured the spirit of nontraditional theater with their edgy, unscripted, boundary-crossing matters. but, as Bottoms discovers, there isn't any one set of truths approximately off-off Broadway to discover; the total scene used to be consistently extra an issue of competing perceptions than a novel, concrete reality.
No different writer has controlled to light up this moving tableau as Bottoms does. via interviews with dozens of the era's major playwrights, performers, administrators, and critics, he finds a countercultural theater move that was once either influential and transforming-yet ephemeral and quintessentially of its moment.
Playing Underground might be a definitive paintings at the topic, providing a whole photograph of a major yet little-studied interval in American theater.