Thursday, May 5, 2016

"Poor Herman"--title of a new play: Being Austenized is Being Osterized.

I'm just looking at the title, here, "Poor Herman," not commenting on Doss's work. You could apply that title to the ongoing Austenizing of Herman Melville.  Write a sequel to MOBY-DICK, write the lost THE ISLE OF THE CROSS, write a biography of Ungar, write a book about Ahab's wife, write about a Byronic love affair with Augusta, write about Hawthorne and Melville in Love Grove (rats, though, that's been done!). &c. &c. "Poor Herman."

From Greg Lennes's site:
"Poor Herman" is a new play in development by Elizabeth Doss. Austin Texas playwright Elizabeth Doss is a three-times great-granddaughter of Herman Melville. Doss uses an all-female cast to unearth a little-known chapter in Melville’s life when he was struggling to salvage his declining reputation after the initial critical and financial failure of his now epic “Moby-Dick.” The five-woman cast play every character in Melville’s life including Melville himself and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Opens Thursday; 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through May 28. Off Center, 2211 Hidalgo St. $10-$25. 512-686-6621

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