Surprise 69YearOld Linguists Plays to Premier in New York Europe

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis Share CONTACT: Philip Montgomery PHONE:(713) 831-4792E-MAIL: [email protected] Surprise: 69-Year-Old Linguist’s Plays to Premier in NewYork, EuropeRice Lecturer Mitchell Never Expected to See His WorkPerformed on World StagesSince the 69-year-old Douglas Mitchellwas a little boy and watched his Cherokee grandfather hang a bank robber from astreetlamp, the Rice linguist has had a fascination with death—a fascinationresulting in numerous one-act plays whose fans include Edward Albee, thePulitzer Prize-winning playwright. In October, a Dutch company will begin a national tour of twoAmerican plays—one by Albee and one by Mitchell—with Albee directing both plays.Rattlestick Productions, a theater company in New York City, will produce two ofMitchell’s plays in December. Finally, a literary agent has purchased many ofhis plays to sell to German theaters.Mitchell’s plays are not morbid. His audiences laugh and chuckleat his characters, such as the man who wants to amputate his leg just to fit inwith a twisted family or the villagers who pack their old people onto ice flowsand send them off to die with a blanket and a good-bye. It’s the plays’ wit andhumor that looks deep into human fears that is attracting audiences in New Yorkand Europe.He started writing plays nine years ago, but limited himself tosmall workshops and productions at the homes of friends or small stages like theone in back of a Mexican restaurant, where waiters, patrons and actors competedfor space. Then he attracted the attention of Albee, who began promoting hiswork. Since then Mitchell’s career has taken off. It’s an auspicious beginning for a buddingplaywright.For more information about Douglas Mitchell or to schedule aninterview, please contact Philip Montgomery, assistant director of the Office ofMedia Relations, at (713) 831-4792 or .###last_img

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