Three Somebodies (Paperback)

Plays about Notorious Dissidents: Scum - Jack the Rapper - Art Was Here

By Kat Georges

Three Rooms Press, 9781941110546, 192pp.

Publication Date: March 13, 2018



In THREE SOMEBODIES: Plays About Notorious Dissidents, poet-playwright Kat Georges offers a trio of fascinating, cutting edge plays about notorious dissidents--people who shook up the world-- for better or worse, including "SCUM: The Valerie Solanas Story," "Art Was Here," inspired by poet-pugilist and Dada precursor Arthur Cravan, and "Jack the Rapper," a mash-up of Jack the ripper and T. S. Eliot.

Shakespeare had his kings and princes. Georges chose royalty of the infamous variety: Valerie Solanas, author of The SCUM Manifesto, who famously shot Andy Warhol. Arthur Cravan--nephew of Oscar Wilde, wild child pugilist and poet--whose legendary antics preceded and influenced the Dada movement. Jack the Ripper as sculpted through the words of Eliot's poem "Rhapsody on a Windy Night."

All three plays received their world premieres at San Francisco's notorious Marilyn Monroe Memorial Theater, known for its focus on "demolished texts, deconstructed classics, and new works." As such, the plays are not representative of standard "bio-dramas." Rather these are stripped down, twisted, juxtaposed, hard-bent works of intensity designed to bring each of the subjects to life as three-dimensional portraits, and to examine their particular personas from the inside out. The subjects of these three plays refused to be handcuffed by linear drama so they roar to life in twists and shouts, psychedelic tremors, and whirlwind ebullience.

Playwright Georges paints each of these plays with bold, innovative strokes that expand the boundaries of the theatrical milieu. As compelling to read off the page as to perform, these three plays offer sharp dialogue and prismatic views of their rebellious subjects, casting aside stereotypical, bullet-pointed personalities to establish new perspectives on their subjects.

About the Author

Kat Georges is an internationally known poet and playwright, who cofounded San Francisco's Marilyn Monroe Memorial Theater in 1992, where she served as co-artistic director for eight years. Her previous books include the poetry collections Our Lady of the Hunger, Punk Rock Journal, and Slow Dance at 120 Beats Per Minute. Her work has appeared in journals worldwide, including The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry (Thunder's Mouth Press), The Verdict Is In (as editor; Manic D Press), and Ladyland: Anthologie de Littérature Féminine Américaine (13E Note Editions). Her nonfiction prose has been published in San Francisco Examiner, Orange County Register, La Habra Daily Express, and more. She was born and raised in Southern California, where--following her graduation from California State University, Fullerton--she published The Eye Magapaper, an acclaimed music journal covering the SoCal punk scene in the early 80s. She is cofounder and codirector of Three Rooms Press and currently lives in New York City.