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Episode Info: I recently met and spoke with New York City playwright, Jonathan Leaf, about the challenges and success of his new play DECONSTRUCTION. He has written numerous plays and most recently had a successful run for DECONSTRUCTION which played at the Storm Theater in New York City.  I was lucky enough to see it and experience firsthand the intelligent thought provocation that his work achieves.   DECONSTRUCTION dives into the one of the main scandals in the field of literary criticism . . . “Set in 1949, the play imagines the rumored love affair between famous novelist Mary McCarthy and young aspiring academic Paul de Man. Later in his life, de Man gained worldwide notoriety as the foremost American promoter of deconstruction, a concept inspired by German philosopher Martin Heidegger. The story exposes de Man’s hidden past in war-torn Belgium, where he was suspected as an embezzler and Nazi collaborator.”   The play has been extremely well received: ” . . .Jonathan Leaf’s Deconstruction Bravely and Brilliantly Delves into the Difficulties of Truth . . .” – Victoria Ordin, Broadway World “… an erudite detective story, an inquiry into a man’s personality wrapped up in an in inquiry about philosophical concepts … Leaf strikes a rare balance between narrative and thesis, between action and thought. – Kyle Smith, The New Criterion “Peterson and Dobbins handle their roles admirably, particularly as the emotional pitch of events escalates. Dobbins is a convincing McCarthy, shifting seamlessly between vulnerability and icy wit, while Peterson’s amorphous de Man manages to be both repulsive and pitiable. These subtleties are facilitated by Leaf’s smart script and the simple set, constituted largely of scattered books.” – Ian Tuttle, National Review “ … a REFRESHING and CONTEMPORARY take on love and philosophy.” – Read more »

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