This evening with Jeffrey Sweet, author of the new collection The Value of Names and Other Plays will include readings of excerpts of the work as well as the opportunity for Q & A with Sweet, who will place particular emphasis on how actors may use improvisation to develop new scripts.
One of the key figures of the Chicago theatre movement, Jeffrey Sweet is a resident playwright of the Tony Award-winning Victory Gardens Theatre, where eight of the nine plays in this book have played. Actors who have performed in the plays enclosed include William Petersen, Jon Cryer, Jack Klugman, Jill Eikenberry, Michael Tucker, Helen Hunt, Lindsay Crouse, Shelley Berman and Hector Elizondo.
On Sweet and The Value of Names and Other Plays:
MIKE NICHOLS: I read a lot of plays, but these are rare: ballsy, surprising, and, most of all, funny. . . . These plays are eminently producible and alive.
TOM FONTANA: Jeffrey Sweet is not only a gifted writer, he is a protean chronicler of our times. His characters are complex, yet identifiable; his stories are moving, and provocative. Thank god we now have all these enlightening, entertaining plays within easy reach.
MARSHALL W. MASON: Like Shaw and Ibsen, Jeff Sweet is a moralist who uses the dramatic form to explore crucial decisions we face at critical junctures. . . Sometimes humorous, sometimes achingly painful, these are authentic people caught at a crossroad, and that makes for damn good drama. (booksense)