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Selected Plays of Alphonse Allais

September 15th, 2014 · 2 Comments


I’ve selected, translated, and annotated a choice selection of plays by Alphonse Allais for this book. First aired in the cabarets and theaters of Paris in the rollicking 1890s, these plays include satire, absurdism, he-she sketches, a burlesque operetta, even a play for dogs.  You’ll find ten monologues, three one-act plays, and twelve shorter skits drawn from Allais’s columns for Le Journal, Le Chat Noir, and other papers.  It also includes my introduction and notes, a frontispiece I drew, and photos from the original 1899 production of The Miserable Wretch and the Good Genie.  It’s 124 pages, and it’s available from Black Scat Books.  It’s proto-Dada at its most delicious!

(Posted by Doug Skinner)

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 mamie // Sep 15, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    I’d like to produce the play for dogs!

  • 2 Doug // Sep 16, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    I should warn you that they’re bad dogs.

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