Australia (PRWEB) September 11, 2013
Jeremy Johnson: Collected Plays Volume 2 is for carnivores who have eluded capture by the contemporary mores of political correctness. In these works, there is virtually no sex, violence, nudity or profane language. Yet they wage war against the conceits of the enlightened intelligentsia. Whether as dramas or comedies the plays of Jeremy Johnson celebrate the paradoxical nature of humanity; what it was to be living in last decades of the 20th century and how in the early part of the 21st century western society is engulfed by ever spiraling decadence and diminishing awareness of human purpose. The gap between the sacred and profane, the material and spiritual becomes ever wider as the powers that be profiteer from the attempts to eradicate these universal truths and morals which have served mankind since his appearance on earth. Instead, humanity is perversely programmed to abide by a transient code of ethics, governed by the tyranny of relative values. These principals provide the battle ground for ideas in the Johnson dramatic canon. It is these very ideas and values which have always justified the Arts being an essential component of human evolution.
Direct From Broadway (2 males/1 female) Black Comedy: A lifelong friendship is torn apart when a conservative strait-laced Christian finances his anarchic friend’s theatre project which bombs. The anarchist then turns to bite the hand that has been feeding him.
Palace of Mention: (2 males/3 females) Surrealist play: A banker named Neil Armstrong who is an avid golfer finds himself dead and on a never ending golf course from which he cannot escape. He encounters his own father and pet golden retriever from his childhood, only now they exist in the form of the iconic feminists, Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem.
The Sheltered Workshop: (6 males/2 females) farce: A Government Arts funding body accidently wires 600 grand to the wrong performance company and has less than 24 hours to retrieve the money before Prince Charles and a retinue of dignitaries show up for an awards ceremony to inaugurate a new cultural partnership.
Better Than death: (3 males/4 females) Drama: A Master of the Universe from the corporate world resisting the changing societal values as expressed by his sisters, wife and children is forced to confront his own mortality in facing the death of his mother and then taking charge in the care of his nephew, a fey, spoilt teenager who has been bullied by his uncle his entire life.
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About the Author
Jeremy Johnson is an Australian playwright, director and actor whose plays include: Helen Keller –The Musical, Blotto, Crystal Night, Bohemian Grove, The Virtuoso Parts I&II, Shavasana, Exiting the World of Alarm, Enemy of the People. He is a co-director of Songe Arts, a performing arts and film production company and lives in Sydney.
Jeremy Johnson: The Collected Plays Vol 2 * by Jeremy Johnson
Publication Date: June 8, 2013
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