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ISBN: 0822213095
Author: Robert Schenkkan
Language: English
Publisher: Dramatist's Play Service (January 1998)
Pages: 264
Category: Dramas & Plays
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.2
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The Kentucky Cycle is a series of nine one-act plays by Robert Schenkkan that explores American mythology, particularly the mythology of the West, through the intertwined histories of three fictional families struggling over a portion of land in the.

The Kentucky Cycle is a series of nine one-act plays by Robert Schenkkan that explores American mythology, particularly the mythology of the West, through the intertwined histories of three fictional families struggling over a portion of land in the Cumberland Plateau. The play won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The Kentucky Cycle was the result of several years of development, starting in New York City at New Dramatists and the Ensemble Studio Theatre.

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Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Inc. (October 1, 1985).

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The Pulitzer Prize–winning cycle of one-act plays spanning two centuries of American history: hauntingly memorable . .

The Pulitzer Prize–winning cycle of one-act plays spanning two centuries of American history: hauntingly memorable poetic impulse (Time). One of the most important contemporary works of political theater, The Kentucky Cycle was awarded the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for its astute and dramatically epic investigation of the brutal birth of America. Set in the Appalachian Mountains and spanning seven generations-from 1775 to 1975-this saga of rural Kentucky digs beneath our American mythology to confront the truth of our national history.

The Kentucky Cycle" is simply put, a blaze of theatrical energy. Mr. Schenkkan has written a masterful piece of descriptive literature that leads the reader on a journey where each protagonist is forced into devastating behavior and choices, only so they could ultimately survive. And survive they do, and ultimately live lives filled with ambition, loss, love, and ultimately, redemption

Robert Schenkkan visited the Cumberlands in southeastern Kentucky in.

Robert Schenkkan visited the Cumberlands in southeastern Kentucky in 1981. He was living in Louisville where two of his earlier plays, Intermission and Lunch Break, were in production at the Actor's Theatre of Louisville. Schenkkan's first attempt to shape the material resulted in a one-act play completed in 1984. This eventually became one of the nine acts in the full production. After winning the Pulitzer, it played at the Kennedy Center in Washington, . in 1993 and on Broadway in 1994.

The patriarch starts off the show by treating us to a particularly nasty example of white interaction with Native Americans; his descendants show throughout the play that things haven't changed as much as we might like to think.

Dramatist's Play Service. The patriarch starts off the show by treating us to a particularly nasty example of white interaction with Native Americans; his descendants show throughout the play that things haven't changed as much as we might like to think. The author doesn't attempt to whitewash the story with the nobility of the working poor, but he also spares little kindness to the wealthy landowners who exploit local misery for their own gain. The play is well written, a bit grim in parts (many parts), but engaging and able to hold the interest.

Spanning two centuries and seven generations, this is the story of three families whose lives are irrevocably intertwined.

Plays dramatize what life was like in Kentucy during the pioneer days

Comments:

Delari
3.5 stars

I picked this up after reading Schenkkan's amazing "All The Way" - which tells the story of LBJ's attempts at getting the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act passed (it won numerous awards). This set of plays won the 1992 Pulitizer Prize. The overall plot and storyline captures an aspect of the American experience - it won for that, rather than the dialogue (which lacks deep meaning or lyrical value).

This is a collection of 9 short plays that all take place on the same Kentucky land - a wild patch of wilderness that eventually becomes a homestead/farm, then a mining operation and then a barren land. It starts in 1775 and follows the stories of the Rowen (primarily), Talbert and Biggs families. It checks in every 20 to 40 years on the families in the land. It is the story of everyday people and how lives are effected by the business of the respective age. Violence is ongoing. All of this is a stark commentary on American life.

1775 and 1776: The first two plays take place at the outbreak of the American Revolution, but that war doesn't factor in the lives of the characters because it is far away and this is the frontier. Land is taken from Indians, a woman is taken and the Rowens and Biggs start out on this patch of Kentucky land.

1792: The property passes from a father to a son. Family roles are discussed.

1819: The power of banks.

1861: The Civil War effects the Rowen and Talbert families.

1890: Mining companies show an interest in the region.

1920: The mines are in full operation. The workers are taken advantage of and a union in formed.

1954: There are deaths in the mines due to a failure of the unions to check the owners. There is much corruption.

1975: The mines are gone. The land is barren. The descendants of the Rowens, Talberts and Biggs try to make sense of their lives after the land has been decimated and there is no more work.
ChallengeMine
A haunting tale of generational violence and dysfunction. Not only could I not put the book down but I can’t stop thinking about it now, even days later. The story is still reverberating in my mind.

The book is actually a compilation of six one act plays that follow the Rowen family from 1775 to 1975. It portrays the dog eat dog world of the beginning frontier days in Kentucky, followed by the equally harsh times during the Civil War, and ending with the ruthless controlling coal companies as they make their way into the region. Through it all you witness the Rowen family fight to make it by often choosing the most savage solutions to their problems and passing down their cruelty to the next generation.

I was surprised to learn that the author is not from Kentucky. He so accurately illustrated the brutality and poverty I’ve witnessed in Eastern Kentucky that I was sure he’d experienced it first hand.
luisRED
I've seen a production of this play, and the only word to describe it is "masterpiece"--and an extraordinary one at that. In my opinion, this is *THE* great American play. The Kentucky Cycle is an incredibly ambitious play that doesn't reveal its cards too quickly. Stay with it and be patient, and the payoff will be immense. I think some of the other reviewers here have missed the whole point of the play--while this is nominally about Kentucky, it's ambitions are far bigger, and Kentucky is nothing but a metaphor for America. This is an "alternative" telling of the story of the United States' domestic history, and it's a brutal story without the heroics and glorious themes that popular history teaches us. There is a lot of truth that Schenkkan explores and puts forward that gets whitewashed over in the conventional historical narrative. We overlook this truth not because it's not true, but rather because it's uncomfortable. This is provoking, challenging, and very powerful stuff. Anyone who crosses the path of this play and does not read it (or even better, see it) is cheating themselves out of a great, transcendent experience. If Robert Schenkkan ever sees this--thank you for creating something so magnificent. The Kentucky Cycle deserves every last bit of praise it has received--and then some.
Katishi
Brilliantly conceived story of three families told over nine amazing short plays. Life in eastern Kentucky over the two hundred year period culminating in 1981. This was, for me, like finding hidden treasure. A moving and unexpected delight!
Alsalar
Really strong opening, captivating how it created a perfect ambiance starting with the first cycle. Some cycles definitely more interesting but this entire work keeps the imagination going throughout. The sense of time and place is powerful.
Jugami
Long and depressing, reads more like a novel than a play, which makes it well-worth reading. Just make sure it is raining, you have plenty of time, and don't need a buzz kill.
Hirah
This book is one of the most beautiful works I've ever read. Whether you just like plays or you are an American history enthusiast, this work is extremely unique, touching, and poetic.
My son, who is a playwright, highly recommended this! I still haven't read it myself, but purchased it for a friend of mine who is a writer. She told me she loved the writing and found it very inspiring.

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