Check out this rave review of Federer Versus Murray, published in the newest Salmagundi!
“I’ve rarely seen (an audience) so moved and stricken with grief as this one.”
The new issue of Salmagundi—Spring-Summer 2012—is just out and features the complete text of playwright Gerda Stevenson’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe hit “Federer Versus Murray,” as well as an interview with playwright-director-lead actress Gerda Stevenson, conducted by Skidmore professor Bob Boyers.
In a novel partnership with the 59E59 Theater in New York City, Salmagundi will distribute copies of its newest issue to all who attend Gerda Stevenson’s “Federer Vs Murray” during its three week run at the theater, which starts tonight.
To celebrate this collaboration Salmagundi is offering a two year subscription for $20 – usually the price of one- plus a free copy of the current issue (if you can’t make it to theatre) from April 1 – 22, 2012.
The new issue of Salmagundi—Spring-Summer 2012—is just out and features the complete text of playwright Gerda Stevenson’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe hit “Federer Versus Murray,” as well as a long interview with playwright-director-lead actress Gerda Stevenson, conducted by Skidmore professor Bob Boyers.
In a novel partnership with the 59E59 Theater in New York City, Salmagundi will distribute copies of its new spring/summer issue to all who attend Gerda Stevenson’s “Federer Vs Murray” during its three week run at the theater, which starts tonight.
“Tennis is the informing backdrop or metaphor for the play, but is by no means the subject,” says Robert Boyers, editor of Salmagundi. “The play is personal and political and tender and feral and thoroughly unnerving. It’s so unlike anything lately performed on American shores as to be completely disarming.”
Boyers and his wife, Peg, Salmagundi executive editor, were so taken with “Federer Vs Murrary” when they first saw it at the Edinburgh Festival last August that they saw it again with novelist Michael Ondaatje. Equally impressed, Ondaatje helped them to persuade Stevenson to commit the play to the pages of Salmagundi.
Because of this arrangement, the playwright then decided to submit her play to an international competition, which she won. That led in turn to the three-week run of the play at the 59E59 Theater. Here’s the link to information about the New York production:
To further celebrate this collaboration, Salmagundi is offering first time subscribers a two year subscription to the magazine for the one year rate of $20 — plus a free copy of the current issue even if you can’t make it to the theater. Please select the Subscribe Online option at the top of this page to take advantage of this offer before the last night of the production of “Federer Versus Murray” at the 59E59 Theater, April 22.
Among other gems to be found in the new issue:
• a long memoir by novelist Howard Norman on the suicide that took place in his house and led to repercussions that are still felt by the author and his poet-wife Jane Shore;
• the first installment of a regular SALMAGUNDI column by the great Yugoslav novelist Dubravka Ugresic, in which she writes about exile and the loss of a language and the miseries of living “in translation”;
• a series of shattering new poems by Pulitzer-prize winner Franz Wright;
• the 2011 Sigmund Freud Lecture delivered in Vienna last spring by novelist-essayist Siri Hustvedt, in which she considers the intermediate region between illness and “real life”.
You can join the others now,
body that wouldn’t let my body rest,
go back to the world, to avenues, the ordered
depths of the parks, like great terminals
that do not darken: stranger’s waiting for you
in a hundred rooms. Go back to them,
to increment and limitation: near the centered rose,
you watch her peel an orange
so the dyed rind falls in petals on her plate. This
is mastery, whose active
mode is dissection: the enforced light
shines on the blade. Sooner or later
you’ll begin to dream of me. I don’t envy you
those dreams. I can imagine how my face looks,
burning like that, afflicted with desire- lowered
face of your invention – how the mouth betrays
the isolated greed of the lover
as it magnifies and then destroys:
I don’t envy you that visitation.
And the women lying there – who wouldn’t pity them,
the way they turn to you, the way
they struggle to be visible. They make
a place for you in bed, a white excavation.
Then the sacrament, your bodies pieced together,
churning, churning, till the heat leaves them entirely –
sooner or later you will call my name –
cry of loss, mistaken
cry of recognition – meaning
someone who exists in memory: no voice
carries to that kingdom.
Salmagundi Issue No. 50