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Eric Bogosian

American Theatre Laboratory

Eric Bogosian’s performance work participates in this genre. In both his solo performances and his plays he isolates and re-presents media clichés, especially those that come to us from television, using theatrical conventions as a framing device. The New World was presented as a play, but it was really a grouping of some fifteen scenes of what could instantly be recognized as “American life,” structured by means of association rather than by a narrative. The evening was introduced by a host, eerily reminiscent of Rod Serling, who creepily insinuated an easy familiarity as he offered his viewers a privileged preview of what he was pleased to call reality.

The scenes themselves were varied. Some depicted domestic life, some public; a few showed instantly recognizable aspects of a clandestine life known more from movies than from experience. All had the feel of soap opera—a heightened emotional

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