The Baltimore Waltz

  • Title: The Baltimore Waltz
  • Author: Paula Vogel
  • ISBN: 9780822213598
  • Page: 410
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Baltimore Waltz When Anna an unmarried schoolteacher is diagnosed with ATD Acquired Toilet Disease a fatal new malady with a high risk factor for elementary school teachers she and her brother Carl take flight t
    When Anna, an unmarried schoolteacher, is diagnosed with ATD, Acquired Toilet Disease, a fatal new malady with a high risk factor for elementary school teachers, she and her brother Carl take flight to Europe Anna decides she wants to drown herself in the sensuality of food and sex, while Carl becomes involved in a wild Third Mannish espionage scheme to find a cure for hiWhen Anna, an unmarried schoolteacher, is diagnosed with ATD, Acquired Toilet Disease, a fatal new malady with a high risk factor for elementary school teachers, she and her brother Carl take flight to Europe Anna decides she wants to drown herself in the sensuality of food and sex, while Carl becomes involved in a wild Third Mannish espionage scheme to find a cure for his sister on the Continent Something is not quite right with the scenario, and the largest hint is dropped when Anna shows slides of their trip to Europe where each frame looks exactly like Balti Carl s quest for a cure dead ends with a mad Viennese quack Their European idyll is broken by Carl s death, and the tragic revelation that the entire play was Anna s valiant fantasy to keep alive her brother s spirit when she could not save his life.

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    About Paula Vogel


    1. Paula Vogel is an American playwright and university professor She received the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play, How I Learned to Drive.Vogel was born in Washington, D.C to Donald Stephen Vogel, an advertising executive, and Phyllis Rita Bremerman, a secretary for United States Postal Service Training and Development Center She is a graduate of The Catholic University of America 1974, B.A and Cornell University 1976, M.A Vogel also attended Bryn Mawr College from 1969 to 1970 and 1971 to 1972.A productive playwright since the late 1970s, Vogel first came to national prominence with her AIDS related seriocomedy The Balti Waltz, which won the Obie award for Best Play in 1992 She is best known for her Pulitzer Prize winning play How I Learned To Drive 1997 , which examines the impact and echoes of child sexual abuse and incest Other notable plays include Desdemona, A Play About A Handkerchief 1979 The Oldest Profession 1981 And Baby Makes Seven 1984 Hot N Throbbing 1994 and The Mineola Twins 1996.Although no particular theme or topic dominates her work, she often examines traditionally controversial issues such as sexual abuse and prostitution Asserting that she writes the play backwards, moving from emotional circumstances and character to craft narrative structure, Vogel says, My writing isn t actually guided by issues I only write about things that directly impact my life Vogel adds, If people get upset, it s because the play is working Vogel s family, especially her late brother Carl Vogel, influences her writings Vogel says, In every play, there are a couple of places where I send a message to my late brother Carl Just a little something in the atmosphere of every play to try and change the homophobia in our world Carl s likeness appears in such plays as The Long Christmas Ride Home 2003 , The Balti Waltz, and And Baby Makes Seven Vogel tends to select sensitive, difficult, fraught issues to theatricalize, theatre theorist Jill Dolan comments, and to spin them with a dramaturgy that s at once creative, highly imaginative, and brutally honest 3 Her work embraces theatrical devices from across several traditions, incorporating, in various works, direct address, bunraku puppetry, omniscient narration, and fantasy sequences Critic David Finkel finds this breadth in Vogel s career to be reflective of a general tendency toward stylistic reinvention from work to work This playwright recoils at the notion of writing plays that are alike in their composition, Finkel writes She wants each play to be different in texture from those that have preceded it Vogel, a renowned teacher of playwriting, counts among her former students Susan Smith Blackburn Prize winner Bridget Carpenter, Obie Award winner Adam Bock, MacArthur Fellow Sarah Ruhl, and Pulitzer Prize winners Nilo Cruz and Lynn Nottage.During her two decades leading the graduate playwriting program and new play festival at Brown University, Vogel helped developed a nationally recognized center for educational theatre, culminating in the creation of the Brown Trinity Repertory Company Consortium with Oskar Eustis, then Trinity s artistic director, in 2002 She left Brown in 2008 to assume her current posts as adjunct professor and the Chair of the playwriting department at Yale School of Drama, and the Playwright in Residence at Yale Repertory Theatre Vogel previously served as an instructor at Cornell University during her graduate work in the mid 1970s.Recently Second Stage Theatre announced that they would be producing How I Learned To Drive as a part of their 2011 2012 season It will be the first New York City production of this show in 15 years.Subsequent to her Obie Award for Best Play 1992 and Pulitzer Prize in Drama 1998 , Vogel received the Award for Literature from The American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2004.She won the 1998 Susan Smith Blackburn P


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    1. "The Baltimore Waltz" is a bit of an extreme play. We meet two siblings; Anna and Carl. They are both on vacation, touring Venice in order to give Anna one last chance at seeing the world. She is dying of the fatal illness ATD (Acquired Toilet Disease). Anna's way of coping with her fated ending is by sleeping around with every man she desires while on her vacation. She often leaves her brother alone to tour venues by himself with only the accompaniment of his faithful stuffed bunny. There is al [...]

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    2. I liked this play because I enjoyed translating the French, German, and Spanish to myself in my head.I liked this play because I find works about AIDS fascinating, especially when they aren't obvious or sentimental.I liked this play because of the staging of the six stages of terminal illness.I did not like the baffling promiscuity of Anna -- am I supposed to take it that her brother, Carl, fucked away his last days, even though he had AIDS? Surely not. I did not like the baffling Third Man in t [...]

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    3. Gorgeous ending. Stretches of it felt a little disjointed as I neared the end, but I overall understood what everything meant. Wonderful use of props as symbols. I'm starting to notice the techniques Vogel uses in her plays to lay out themes and such. She's a master.

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    4. I can't decide what I thought of this play. I'm not sure I understood everything, but I also accidentally read the ENDING on the back cover before I had finished it, so that was a bit of a problem.

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    5. Vogel is a master playwright. Anna's self absorption is typical of living and healthy. She misses all clues of her brother's own mortality. There are, however, some odd bits that I don't quite get -- Anna's promiscuity and the rabbit. I would love to see this play staged.

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    6. One of the first American plays about HIV/AIDS. Exquisitely written and a heartbreaking but beautiful read.

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    7. Funny, thought provoking, and sweet all at the same time. I read it in search of a monologue and really enjoyed Anna's character. I would love to see it preformed.

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    8. Vogel's plays are wonderfully poignant. Highly recommended.

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    9. I loved the moment of realization when they are showing the slides from Europe and it really is just Baltimore and the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

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    10. A wonderful comic-noir about processing grief. As amazing, heartfelt, funny, and stylistically stunning as the movie it was inspired by. (The Third Man).

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    11. One more reason to adore Paula Vogel and her amazing, crazy work.

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    12. Interesting and clever. Contains graphic language and sex. Probably would be liked most readers, but not preferably for my own personal tastes.

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