the wife of the man of many wiles

Believe what you want to. Believe that I wove, If you wish, twenty years, and waited, while you Were knee-deep in blood, hip-deep in goddesses. I’ve not much to show for twenty years’ weaving— I have but one half-finished cloth at the loom. Perhaps it’s the lengthy, meticulous grieving. Explain how you want to. Believe…

play thirty seven: the spirits play

Author: Kuo Pao Kun Published: 1998 Translator: C.J.W.L.Lee and Lee Chee Keng Synopsis: Five Japanese spirits – a General, a Man, a Mother, a Girl and a Poet – recall their life experience in the Second World War. They are collectively thrown into turmoil in the process of recollection and recall, and in their wish to “make…

play thirty three: oh, the humanity and other good intentions

Author: Will Eno Published: 2011 Synopsis: This collection of five short plays is explained best the Writer’s Note. “The five short plays that make up Oh, The Humanity and other good intentions move toward feeling by way of thought, and toward gratitude by way of loss. These largely sane plays feature people alone or in pairs, or…

an irish airman foresees his death

I know that I shall meet my fate, Somewhere among the clouds above; Those that I fight I do not hate, Those that I guard I do not love; My country is Kiltartan Cross, My countrymen Kiltartan’s poor, No likely end could bring them loss Or leave them happier than before. Nor law, nor duty…

play eleven: the caucasian chalk circle

Author: Bertolt Brecht Translator: James and Tania Stern with W.H. Auden Synopsis: to make sure we never get too close, the primary narrative is presented as a play-within-a-play. Soviet peasants in dispute over land abandoned by retreating Nazi forces tell the story of young servant woman Grusha Vashnadze and how she saves the life of child…