Plays in Time (Book)

The Beekeeper's Daughter, Prophecy, Another Life, Extreme Whether

Plays in Time collects four plays by Karen Malpede set during influential events from the late twentieth century to the present: the Bosnian war and rape camps; the invasion and occupation of Iraq and Israel's 2006 bombardment of Lebanon; 9/11 and the US torture programme; and the heroism of climate scientists facing attack from well-funded climate change deniers. In each play in this anthology, nature, poetry, ritual and empathy are presented in contrast to the abuse of persons and world. Despite their serious topics, the plays are full of humour and distinctively entertaining personalities. Each play was developed by Theater Three Collaborative for production in New York and internationally in Italy, Australia, London, Berlin and Paris.  

Category: Performing Arts
Series: Playtext


Karen Malpede is co-founder of and resident playwright and director of Theater Three Collaborative and the author and director of seventeen plays. She is on the Theater Faculty at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a McKnight National Playwrights and New York Film Academy fellow.

Marvin Carlson
The Drama of the Thinking Heart
Karen Malpede
Part I
'The Beekeeper's Daughter'
On 'The Beekeeper's Daughter'
Christen Clifford
Part II
On 'Prophecy'
Najla Said
Part III
'Another Life'
What She Makes Us See
Rebecca Gordon
Part IV
'Extreme Whether'
Imagining the Present Future: Thoughts on 'Extreme Whether'
Alexander M. Schlutz
Afterword: A Feminist Theatre 
Cindy Rosenthal
Part V: Production Photographs 
Beatriz Tiche Schille and Ari Mintz

'Of course, there are American writers who are politically aware and responsible and many explore situations on a global rather than domestic level. One such is Karen Malpede whose new collection Plays in Time explores issues that are not only relevant in the States but to the rest of the world as well... Karen Malpede is a strong, committed writer of powerful drama and is a voice that should be listened to.

StageTalk Magazine on 1 Jan 2019 Michael Hasted
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