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Journey to Purity by Rochelle Owens

Journey to Purity
by Rochelle Owens

$26.95  paperback / free PDF download
2009, 189 pages, 7.9 x 4.9

ISBN: 978-0979757358

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Touching, sometimes shocking, poignant memoir of off-off-Broadway avant garde art and theatre. Rochelle Owens takes us back to the 1970s in this ingenious and provocative novel written in the 70s about the journeys of a collection of intriguing and uniquely compelling characters towards personal satisfaction and fulfillment. On their quests for self-definition, each of them cannot escape a rich and unbridled inner life that impinges upon, at times, impedes, their getting to the desired destination, further complicated by the grips they imagine they want to and often succeed in putting on each other. Moved by brilliantly original modes of narration through their world s town and country, with stunning descents into their mythic and psychic undergrounds, Elly, Martina, and the unforgettable Chucky Craydon, the would-be American artist who has imprisoned himself in an upstate New York exilic condition out of which his compulsive and outrageous letter-writing is his only release, and all the rest of their company remind us with a nostalgic vengeance of a time gone by, though hardly over and done with.

A central figure in the international avant–garde for over forty years, Rochelle Owens is a playwright, poet, translator, and video artist. She is the author of four collections of plays, Futz and What Came After (Random House, 1968), The Karl Marx Play and Others (Dutton, 1974), Futz and Who Do You Want Peire Vidal (Broadway Play Publishing, 1986) and more recently Plays by Rochelle Owens. She also edited Spontaneous Combustion: Eight New American Plays. She has published eighteen books of poetry, the most recent being Solitary Workwoman (Junction Press, 2011). A pioneer in the experimental off–off Broadway theatre movement, she is widely known as one of the most innovative and controversial writers of her generation, whose groundbreaking work has influenced subsequent experimental playwrights and poets. Since its first publication in 1961, her play Futz has become a classic of the American avant–garde theatre and an international success. In 1969, it was made into a film, which has attained a cult following. Her plays have been presented worldwide and in festivals in Edinburgh, Avignon, Paris, and Berlin, and have been translated into various languages. Owens has been a participant in the Festival Franco–Anglais de Poésie, and has translated Liliane Atlan’s novel Les passants, The Passersby (Henry Holt, 1989). A recipient of five Village Voice Obie awards and honors from the New York Drama Critics Circle, she has held fellowships from the NEA, Ford, Guggenheim, Rockefeller (Bellagio), and numerous other foundations. A member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild, she has taught at the University of California, San Diego and the University of Oklahoma, and has held residencies at Brown University and the University of Southwestern Louisiana. She has lectured and read widely in the United States and Europe.

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