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A Strange Loop

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Winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

“To watch this show is to enter, by some urgent, bawdy magic, an ecstatic and infinitely more colorful version of the famous surreal lithograph by M. C. Escher: the hand that lifts from the page, becoming almost real, then draws another hand, which returns the favor. Which came first? A Strange Loop is complex, teasing, thrilling.” —Vinson Cunningham, New Yorker

Usher is a Black, queer writer, working a day job he hates while writing his original musical: a piece about a Black, queer writer, working a day job he hates while writing his original musical. This blistering musical follows a young artist at war with a host of demons—not least of which are the punishing thoughts in his own head—in an attempt to understand his own strange loop.

About the Author

Michael R. Jackson holds a BFA and MFA in playwriting and musical theater writing from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. His awards include the Jonathan Larson Grant, a Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award, a Whiting Award, and a Hull-Warriner Award. A Strange Loop is Michael's professional debut. It was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2020.

"An exhilarating cocktail of hilarious lyrical complexity... Michael R. Jackson is a musical talent with deep wells of invention."

--Helen Shaw "Time Out New York" To watch this show is to enter, by some urgent, bawdy magic, an ecstatic and infinitely more colorful version of the famous surreal lithograph by M. C. Escher: the hand that lifts from the page, becoming almost real, then draws another hand, which returns the favor. Which came first?--Vinson Cunningham "New Yorker" A full-on laparoscopy of the heart, soul, and loins... A Strange Loop is a gutsy, jubilantly anguished musical with infectious melodies by the very deft Michael R. Jackson.--Ben Brantley "New York Times"

"Brilliant... Harrowing...one-of-a-kind... Hyper-observant and hyper-verbal, Jackson lets his remorselessly satirical eye wander, to hilarious and devastating effect...What makes A Strange Loop so powerful, is not an attempt to find 'our common humanity' but an insistence on speaking its own idiosyncratic truth."

--Adam Green "Vogue" A metafictional musical that tracks the creative process of an artist transforming issues of identity, race, and sexuality that once pushed him to the margins of the cultural mainstream into a meditation on universal human fears and insecurities.-- "Pulitzer Prize Committee" Exhilarating and wickedly funny. A triumph!--Sara Holdren "New York Magazine"

Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
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Length:
120 pages
Format: Paperback