Current Productions

Spring 2018 TDM Production
Three Americanisms

TDM’s Spring 2018 Theater Production is Three Americanisms
Written by Mac Wellman
Directed by Paul Lazar

Farkas Hall, 12 Holyoke Street
Thursday, April 12 at 7:30pm
Friday, April 13 at 7:30pm

Saturday, April 14 at 2pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, April 15 at 2pm

Tickets will be on sale at the Harvard Box Office.

Mac Wellman’s “Three Americanisms” is uniquely attuned to our current troubled times, despite its having been written close to thirty years ago. Via three interrelated monologues, the play depicts a trio of defensive, angry, vulnerable, fierce, suspicious, compelling people who are burdened with the cruel task of navigating an environment that is physically and psychically threatening and unpredictable.

Marjorie Pearlman speaks of “Wellman’s uncanny ability to capture the deep structure of contemporary experience in all of its absurdity and illogic.” This is most prevalent in the language of the play which Wellman describes as “full of clumsy constructions, double (and triple) negatives, demented neologisms, and every conceivable combination of out of fashion, dated, or wholly artificial slang…I found to my great surprise that the stuff possessed great expressive power, was usually about important ideas, and almost always was far more speakable than the better class of American language……..” Three Americanisms is a dark comic language experiment and a piercing social commentary. 

 Learn more about Paul Lazar and Big Dance Theater here: https://youtu.be/ZeJld3SeiKQ

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Paul Lazar on Three Americanisms