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Back Back Back; Celebrity Row; Outrage

Three Plays

Itamar Moses

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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ISBN10: 0865479054
ISBN13: 9780865479050

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Itamar Moses has been hailed as one of America's most talented young playwrights since his critically acclaimed Bach at Leipzig debuted in 2005. In this anthology of three new plays, Moses blurs the line between fact and fiction, dramatizing today's most infamous news stories. In Back Back Back, the pressures of performance and reputation get the best of three professional baseball players when they are forced to reveal their not-so-natural secrets to winning the game. In Celebrity Row, Moses imagines what Timothy McVeigh, Ted Kaczynski, the 1993 World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Yousef, and the Latin Kings leader Luis Felipe would have philosophized about when they were inhabitants of the same maximum security prison in Colorado. Finally, in Outrage, the dangerous teacher-disciple relationship calls all of academia into question with the help of none other than Socrates and Bertolt Brecht.


Praise for Back Back Back; Celebrity Row; Outrage

"To call Itamar Moses ‘promising' no longer makes sense. He is already one of America's most accomplished playwrights."—Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal

"No one plays king of the hill more craftily than Itamar Moses . . . Back Back Back, Moses's taut, beautifully modulated three-hander about steroid use among pro baseballers, feels like a homecoming."—Rob Weinert-Kendt, Time Out New York

"Celebrity Row delivers a dramatically powerful discourse on the nature of crime and punishment in the turbulent twenty-first century. This show will spark debates."—Tom Williams, Chicago Critic

"[Outrage] burns with manic energy and crackles with sparkling wit."—Justin Sanders, The Portland Mercury

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Read an Excerpt



A press room in the Olympic Village. KENT is talking to the press. He is wearing a Team USA baseball uniform. Perhaps he is seated at a table, at a microphone.

KENT: Well, geez. Um, honestly?...

About the author

Itamar Moses

Itamar Moses' previous works include Bach at Leipzig (Faber, 2005) and The Four of Us (Faber, 2008). He lives in Brooklyn.