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The God of Hell

Written by Sam Shepard

The God of Hell
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Category: Drama - American
Imprint: Vintage
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: April 2005
Price: $12.00
Can. Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9651-0 (1-4000-9651-0)
Pages: 112
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Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Shepard’s latest play is an uproarious, brilliantly provocative farce that brings the gifts of a quintessentially American playwright to bear on the current American dilemma.

Frank and Emma are a quiet, respectable couple who raise cows on their Wisconsin farm. Soon after they agree to put up Frank’s old friend Haynes, who is on the lam from a secret government project involving plutonium, they’re visited by Welch, an unctuous government bureaucrat from hell. His aggressive patriotism puts Frank, Emma, and Haynes on the defensive, transforming a heartland American household into a scene of torture and promoting a radioactive brand of conformity with a dangerously long half life.


“Startling.... Apocalyptic.... A confident and unsettling scenario of surreal doom.” —The New Yorker

“A robust new farce that shows Mr. Shepard’s gift for finding deadpan surrealism in bucolic speech.” —The New York Times

“Deliriously entertaining and deeply scary.... A shivering work of existential mystery.” —Newsday



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
Sam Shepard has written forty-five plays, twelve of which have won Obie Awards. In 1979 he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Buried Child, and in 1984 he gained an Oscar nomination for his performance in The Right Stuff. His screenplay for Paris, Texas won the Golden Palm Award at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival, and he wrote and directed the film Far North in 1988. Other plays by Shephard include Curse of the Starving Class, True West, Fool for Love, and A Lie of the Mind. In 1986 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.





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