About the Book
Two plays from a wholly original artist that reach beyond the traditional boundaries of theater to engage in the tangible artistic landscapes of their invented subjects. In Master, Hancock creates the character of a 20th century African-American artist called “Uncle Jimmy” Clemens, who left behind an enormous body of work for which he was never recognized, now on display in an art installation. The Convention of Cartography is a traveling art exhibit featuring the collected works of a nomadic artist named Mike whose work has posthumously been collected and installed in a pop-up museum. In these two works, Hancock explores the liminal spaces between language and silence, fiction and truth, and the known and the unknown.
About the Book
A double volume containing two works of astonishing invention that blend theater with art and artifact.
W. David Hancock's plays include Master, The Convention of Cartography, The Race of the Ark Tattoo, Deviant Craft, The Puzzle Locker, and Our Lot (with Kristin Newbom). Hancock’s work has been produced by the Foundry, Frontera, Clubbed Thumb, Rude Mechanicals, New City Theatre, Studio Roanoke, Salvage Vanguard, People’s Light & Theatre Company, Empty Space, Abbey Theatre (Dublin), Compagnie Elapse (Paris), and Théâtre des Carmes (Avignon). Ark Tattoo was recently installed at the Christian Bernst Gallery (Paris). Hancock’s fiction has appeared in The Massachusetts Review, Hunger Mountain Review, Permafrost, and (with Spencer Golub) Chicago Quarterly Review and Pear Noir!. He has received two Obie Awards for Playwriting, the Whiting Award, and a Cal Arts/Alpert Award. Current projects include Cathexis, an interactive, robot facilitated judicial event co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, and created in collaboration with Compagnie Elapse and partners in Holland, Belgium, Serbia and Bosnia.