Conversations with Meredith Monk, 2014. 

The second of PAJ Publications’ “Performance Ideas” series presents a richly detailed portrait of the internationally renowned composer, performer, director, and filmmaker who has helped to create the new vocabularies of contemporary performance. Reflecting on her body of work in music, performance, and film over five decades, Monk offers fascinating insights into how she works, the questions she asks herself as an artist, and the deeply held personal views of art practice as spiritual practice fundamental to her artistic process.

Read a Selection: Preface by Bonnie Marranca

 

New Europe, 2009.

Edited by Bonnie Marranca and Malgorzata Semil, with an Introduction by Bonnie Marranca. A collection of seven plays that explore issues of terrorism, immigration, youth, globalization, families, and post-communist culture in the years since the fall of the Berlin Wall and expansion of the European Union. Includes works by Igor Bauersima (Switzerland), Małgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk (Poland), Goran Stefanovski(Macedonia), Petr Zelenka (Czech Republic), Roland Schimmelpfennig (Germany), Juan Mayorga (Spain), and Jon Fosse (Norway).

Read a Selection: Preface

 

Performance Histories, 2008.

Essays and interviews on performance and ethics, art as spiritual practice, the theatre of food, avant-garde legacies in theatre and visual art performance. Featuring commentaries on Wallace Shawn, Maria Irene Fornes, The Wooster Group, Robert Wilson and conversations with Susan Sontag, Robert Jay Lifton, Peter Sellers.

 

Read a Selection: Performance, a Personal History

Read a Selection: The Wooster Group: A Dictionary of Ideas

 

A Slice of Life: Contemporary Writers on Food, 2003.

Edited with a Preface by Bonnie Marranca. Contributions by Susan Sontag, Umberto Eco, Roland Barthes, M.F.K. Fisher, Alice Walker, Calvin Trillin, Wole Soyinka, Isabel Allende, Wendell Berry, and others.

 

Conversations on Art and Performance, 1999.

Edited by Bonnie Marranca and Gautam Dasgupta, with an Introductory by Bonnie Marranca. More than two-dozen talks gathered from PAJ, with influential figures in contemporary arts and culture, including Edward Said, Charles Mee, Susan Sontag,Trisha Brown, John Cage, Richard Foreman, Robert Jay Lifton, Philip Glass, Mac Wellman, John Ashbery, and Laurie Anderson.

 

Ecologies of Theater, 1996.

Perspectives on performance, text, and landscape, including concepts on dramaturgy as an ecology; mus/ecology; autobiology. Essays on John Cage, Gertrude Stein, Robert WIlson, Meredith Monk, Rachel Rosenthal, Heiner Müller, and others.

Read a Selection: Presence of Mind

 

Plays for the End of the Century, 1996.

Edited with an Introduction by Bonnie Marranca. Includes plays by Adrienne Kennedy, Reza Abdoh, Maria Irene Fornes, Erik Ehn, Richard Foreman, and others.

 

 

Hudson Valley Reader, 1995, paperback version of 

Hudson Valley Lives, 1991.

Edited and introduced with biographical and historical notes by Bonnie Marranca. A collection of writings by people who lived in or traveled through the Hudson Valley from the 17th century to the present, including Frederic Church, Henry James, Andrew Jackson Downing, Alexander Hamilton, Robert Juet, Walt Whitman, John Burroughs, Robert Fulton, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Thomas Cole, and others.

Read a Selection: Preface

 

Interculturalism and Performance: Writings From PAJ, 1991.

Edited by Bonnie Marranca and Gautam Dasgupta, with an Introduction by Bonnie Marranca. Contributions by Victor Turner, Richard Schechner, Tadashi Suzuki, Edward Said, Lee Breuer, and others.

 

American Garden Writing, 1988 (expanded 2003).

Edited with Preface and biographical and historical notes by Bonnie Marranca. Writings by George Washington, Michael Pollan, Jamaica Kincaid, Thomas Jefferson, Edith Wharton, Beatrix Farrand, Elizabeth Lawrence, and others.

Read a Selection: Preface

 

Theatrewritings, 1984.

Recipient of the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism. Essays on Pirandello, Chekhov, Richard Foreman, Lillian Hellman, Sam Shepard, Meredith Monk, and on Nuclear Theatre, The Politics of Performance, The Wooster Group.

Read a Selection: Pirandello, A Work in Progress

 

American Dreams: The Imagination of Sam Shepard, 1981.

Edited with an Introduction by Bonnie Marranca. Essays and interviews by critics, actors, directors, and commentary by Shepard.

 

The Theatre of Images: Robert Wilson, Richard Foreman, Lee Breuer, 1977 (Updated with new Afterword in 1996).

Edited with Introductory essays by Bonnie Marranca.

Read a Selection: Preface

 

Theatre of the Ridiculous: Jack Smith, Kenneth Bernard, Charles Ludlam, Ronald Tavel, 1979.

Edited by Bonnie Marranca and Gautam Dasgupta. Plays and documents  by Jack Smith, Ronald Tavel, Kenneth Bernard, Charles Ludlam.

 

Animations: A Trilogy for Mabou Mines by Lee Breuer, 1979.

Edited by Bonnie Marranca and Gautam Dasgupta, with an Introduction by Bonnie Marranca.