The Great God Pan

The Great God Pan The Great God Pan is a haunting deeply affecting play about the interaction of identity psychology and pathology Ms Herzog writes with keen sensitivity to the complex weave of feelings embedded in a

  • Title: The Great God Pan
  • Author: Amy Herzog
  • ISBN: 9781559364447
  • Page: 282
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Great God Pan is a haunting, deeply affecting play about the interaction of identity, psychology and pathology Ms Herzog writes with keen sensitivity to the complex weave of feelings embedded in all human relationships, with particular attention to the way we tiptoe around areas of radioactive emotion New York Times Whatever the ideal contemporary American drama The Great God Pan is a haunting, deeply affecting play about the interaction of identity, psychology and pathology Ms Herzog writes with keen sensitivity to the complex weave of feelings embedded in all human relationships, with particular attention to the way we tiptoe around areas of radioactive emotion New York Times Whatever the ideal contemporary American drama is, it has to look a lot like The Great God Pan It is provocative and subtle, slowly, carefully revelatory, sweetly moving, thought provoking, funny and insightful New York Observer An intelligent, delicately articulate writer Village Voice A moving and unsettling look at the nature of identity and the vagaries of memory With subtlety and compassion, Herzog contemplates how well we can really know ourselves BackstageJamie s life in Brooklyn seems just fine a beautiful girlfriend, a burgeoning journalism career, and parents who live just far enough away But when a possible childhood trauma comes to light, lives are thrown into a tailspin Unsettling and deeply compassionate, The Great God Pan tells the intimate tale of what is lost and won when a hidden truth is suddenly revealed.Amy Herzog s plays include 4000 Miles Pulitzer Prize finalist , After the Revolution and Belleville Ms Herzog is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Whiting Writers Award, an Obie Award and the Helen Merrill Award for Aspiring Playwrights.

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    1. I will be playing Paige in this show in a Dallas production in a few months. After reading it for auditions, I was struck by authenticity with which insecurities are displayed here. This play explores where the lines get blurry when it comes to memory and past experiences informing our behavior in adult life. I must admit, I prefer this to Belleville, which I'm sure is an unpopular opinion. I think there is more balance to this piece and more of an inquisitive nature while still submerging into [...]

    2. I thought the play was a great take on sexual repression and the theme of trauma and the mind self defense mechanisims and the way sexual trauma manifest itself in our daily lives. Much like so many other reviewers I did not connect with any of the characters. I do feel that the different scenes flow together nicely.

    3. Great characters and dialogue - A delicate and short play that touches on the not so delicate subjects of child molestation and abortion. Herzog is one of my favorite playwrights out there but I think this play could have benefitted with a little more action.

    4. This brief, delicately probing play concerns the aftermath of a disclosure of sexual abuse: the male, Jamie, in a couple with Paige, is asked out by an old friend, Frank, whose father, Frank discloses, has confessed to participation in un-solicited sexual abuse with Frank (and, it's presumed, others) when Frank and Jamie were young boys. Jamie is forced to try to account for his own experience with Frank's father in the abuse case Frank is litigating in court. Paige, meantime, is asking herself [...]

    5. An interesting play about the vagrancies of memory and the negative life impact of repression as it relates to sexual molestation. Plays are generally hard on characterization and can usually only focus either on plot or character. Herzog, being a masterful playwright, did both ably but I didn't feel connected to anyone in the play, unfortunately.

    6. I loved some of the scenes in this play. But as a whole, I just wanted more. But I appreciate the story as it is universal.

    7. Pretty good play but not her best worth reading. I think as I read another child abuse play. But good like the humor in it.

    8. Some steadily realistic dialogue, but I didn't feel like I was reading anything new here. It didn't feel like there was much in the way of movement in the piece, the first scene felt largely the same as the last, but not in a meaningful 'circular' way. The characters were lovely and grounded, though, and this definitely makes me want to read her other plays.

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