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Collected Plays Review

     Playwright and poet, Gary Beck, has gathered together a series of human dramas that depict our society. From small casts to a larger cast, the stories developed reflect varied responses to the dilemmas of mankind. Each scenario is beautifully realized and reflects our world. Four plays are included in this collection. It also includes an appendix with director’s notes and suggestions for production.

     We do not choose who we love. Love transcends all boundaries of money, background and race. But sometimes our family does not understand this dynamic. Ellie and Bill are a biracial couple   who tangle with their siblings. Unexpected events change the way the family comes together in the play, T’Gether.

     Letters of Confinement is another small cast  play. This story takes place in a prison. A young man, Al, gets a job , as a prison guard, in an effort to leave city life in the Bronx. Al befriends a prisoner, Peels, who shows Al the ropes. Al and Peels discover their wives have something in common. Both wives are temporarily living with their respective mother-in-laws  in challenging circumstances. Riveting communication via letter writing allows the men to correspond with their wives.

   In Preliminary Hearing ,an attorney, Melona, has to drop her preconceived notions about a client, Barbara, as she learns her story. What on the surface appears to be cold blooded murder ,  may just be justified as self defense.

   Homeless shelters are special kinds of communities in their own right. This play, The Visit, a larger cast play, builds a story of lives who confront their problems in their own individual ways. The play takes place on Christmas Eve as they anticipate the arrival of the mayor and a meal. As events change and surprises occurr , this unlikely unit of people is determined to stay together.

   Gary Beck’s poignant and thoughtful dialogue  both challenge and enlighten our views of society. In place of attending a philosophical lecture, our thoughts become alive as we live them through the views of each character. Beck poses the question that the human condition comes in many different beginnings and is subject to many different endings. Some of which is based on choice.

Wave Length 

by

Gary Beck

For Immediate Release 

Wave Length follows Mike Sanchez, a Mexican-American boy, as he grows up in a run down trailer camp in a small Southern California beach town. Despite blond hair and blue eyes he’s stigmatized for his Hispanic last name. He delivers newspapers until the paper goes online. His mother’s boyfriend kicks him out of the trailer, then he lives on the beach where he becomes fascinated by surfing. A job in the Wave Length surf shop transforms him as he becomes a surfer, develops talents and abilities as he builds a meaningful life.

Wave Length is a 363 page novel in paperback with a price of $20.00, ISBN: 9390202280 published by Cyberwit Publishing. For  information or to request a review copy, contact: cyberwit@gmail.com 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/9390202280/ 

Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director and worked as an art dealer when he couldn’t earn a living in the theater. He has also been a tennis pro, a ditch digger and a salvage diver. His original plays and translations of Moliere, Aristophanes and Sophocles have been produced Off Broadway. His poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in hundreds of literary magazines and his published books include 26 poetry collections, 11 novels, 3 short story collections, 1 collection of essays and 2 collections of  plays. Published poetry books include:  Dawn in Cities, Assault on Nature, Songs of a Clerk, Civilized Ways, Displays,Perceptions, Fault Lines, Tremors, Perturbations, Rude Awakenings, The Remission of Order, Contusions and Desperate Seeker (Winter Goose Publishing. Forthcoming: Learning Curve and Ignition Point). Earth Links, Too Harsh For Pastels, Severance and Redemption Value (Cyberwit Publishing. Forthcoming: Fractional Disorder). His novels include a series ‘Stand to Arms, Marines’: Call to Valor, Crumbling Ramparts and Raise High the Walls (Gnome on Pig Productions) and Extreme Change (Winter Goose Publishing). Wave Length  (Cyberwit Publishing). His short story collections include: A Glimpse of Youth (Sweatshoppe Publications). Now I Accuse and other stories (Winter Goose Publishing) and Dogs Don’t Send Flowers and other stories (Wordcatcher Publishing). The Republic of Dreams and other essays (Gnome on Pig Productions). The Big Match and other one act plays (Wordcatcher Publishing). Collected Plays of Gary Beck Volume 1 (Cyberwit Publishing Forthcoming: Plays of Aristophanes translated, then directed by Gary Beck). Gary lives in New York City.

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Collected Plays Press Release

Collected Plays of Gary Beck Volume I

by

Gary Beck

For Immediate Release

The interracial social issue dramas are challenges to our times to remind us to be human. Three of the plays were produced for traditional theater going audiences. The Visit had several staged readings. As well as a six week run at an Off Broadway theater, T’Gether also toured isolated communities with performances for culturally deprived and disadvantaged audiences

Collected plays of Gary Beck Volume I is a 345 page book in paperback with a price of $20.00, ISBN: 9390202124 published by Cyberwit Publishing. For  information or to request a review copy, contact: cyberwit@gmail.com

https://www.amazon.com/dp/9390202124/

Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director and worked as an art dealer when he couldn’t earn a living in the theater. He has also been a tennis pro, a ditch digger and a salvage diver. His original plays and translations of Moliere, Aristophanes and Sophocles have been produced Off Broadway. His poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in hundreds of literary magazines and his published books include 26 poetry collections, 10 novels, 3 short story collections, 1 collection of essays and 2 collections of  plays. Published poetry books include:  Dawn in Cities, Assault on Nature, Songs of a Clerk, Civilized Ways, Displays, Perceptions, Fault Lines, Tremors, Perturbations, Rude Awakenings, The Remission of Order, Contusions and Desperate Seeker (Winter Goose Publishing. Forthcoming: Learning Curve and Ignition Point).Earth Links, Too Harsh For Pastels, Severance and Redemption Value (Cyberwit Publishing. Forthcoming: Fractional Disorder). His novels include a series ‘Stand to Arms, Marines’: Call to Valor, Crumbling Ramparts and Raise High the Walls (Gnome on Pig Productions) and Extreme Change (Winter Goose Publishing). Wavelength will be published by Cyberwit Publishing. His short story collections include: A Glimpse of Youth (Sweatshoppe Publications). Now I Accuse and other stories (Winter Goose Publishing) and Dogs Don’t Send Flowers and other stories (Wordcatcher Publishing). The Republic of Dreams and other essays (Gnome on Pig Productions). The Big Match and other one act plays (Wordcatcher Publishing). Collected Plays of Gary Beck Volume 1(Cyberwity Publishing Forthcoming: Plays of Aristophanes translated, then directed by Gary Beck). Gary lives in New York City.

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Extreme Change Press Release

Extreme Change
A novel by

Gary Beck

For Immediate Release

A middle class family flees the crime and poverty of Detroit for a fresh start in New York City. A fire leaves them homeless and they are forced into the nightmare of the homeless system. A determined woman saves her family and new friends from a violent gang, so they can start a new life.

Extreme Change is a 277 page novel. Available in paperback with a retail price of $15.99. ISBN: 978-1-941058-99-2, the kindle edition is $5.99. Published by Winter Goose Publishing. Available now through all major retailers. For information or to request a review copy, contact:
jessica@wintergoosepublishing.com

 

 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/194105899X

Gary Beck has spent most of his life as a theater director and as an art dealer when he couldn’t earn a living in the theater. He has also been a tennis pro, a ditch digger and a salvage diver. His original plays and translations of Moliere, Aristophanes and Sophocles have been produced Off Broadway. His poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in hundreds of literary magazines and his published books include 26 poetry collections, 10 novels, 3 short story collections, 1 collection of essays and 1 collection of one-act plays. Published poetry books include:  Dawn in Cities, Assault on Nature, Songs of a Clerk, Civilized Ways, Displays, Perceptions, Fault Lines, Tremors, Perturbations, Rude Awakenings, The Remission of Order, Contusions and Desperate Seeker(Winter Goose Publishing. Forthcoming: Learning Curve and Ignition Point). Blossoms of Decay, Expectations, Blunt Force, Transitions, Mortal Coil and Temporal Dreams (Wordcatcher Publishing, Forthcoming: Redemption Value and Fractional Disorder). Earth Links, Too Harsh For Pastels and Severance (Cyberwit Publishing). His novels include a series ‘Stand to Arms, Marines’: Call to Valor, Crumbling Ramparts and Raise High the Walls (Gnome on Pig Productions). Acts of Defiance, Flare Up and Still Defiant (Wordcatcher Publishing. Forthcoming: Until the Bell and Pirate Spring). Extreme Change(Winter Goose Publishing). His short story collections include: A Glimpse of Youth (Sweatshoppe Publications). Now I Accuse and other stories (Winter Goose Publishing) and Dogs Don’t Send Flowers and other stories(Wordcatcher Publishing). The Republic of Dreams and other essays (Gnome on Pig Productions). The Big Match and other one act plays (Wordcatcher Publishing, Forthcoming: Collected Plays of Gary Beck Volume 1 and Four Plays by Moliere – Translated then Directed by Gary Beck)). Plays of Aristophanes, translated then directed by Gary Beck will be published by Cyberwit Publishing. Gary lives in New York City.
 

Winter Goose Publishing is an independent publisher founded in 2011. We are a royalty-paying publisher dedicated to putting out the best literature in prose, poetry and art; covering a variety of genres. For more information go to:http://wintergoosepublishing.com/ 

Too Harsh For Pastels Review –  LB Sedlacek

Gary Beck is not afraid to examine harsh subjects in this new collection of poems.

In “Treacherous Path” he delves into American in the 50’s:   “Somehow / poverty was ignored,” “Then television entered our homes / accompanied by advertising / promoting wondrous goods / denied previous generations,”.  It is a time capsule of a poem. 

In “Unequal Conditions” he looks at  people who can’t pay their power bill while “Ravenous Appetite” is about a hungry child in “our promised land.” “Downsized” looks at job loss.

He is very brave to write about the emergency room in a poem by the same name.

From “Emergency Room”: “I feel sick. /
I have trouble breathing. / I rush to the
emergency room. / The make me wait. /
I sit for twenty minutes / on a stained plastic
bench / retaining the liquids / of blood,
vomit, urine, / stifling my breath…”

He captures the waiting room of an ER well, the desperateness, the hope for help, the true life experience most all of us have probably endured.

In “Art for the People” he gets to the heart of just that:  introspection and art.

“Before abstract painting / people didn’t
always know / what the picture meant.”
Lines like these keep you entranced and
wanting to read more.

You can tell when reading these poems that Beck has experienced a thing or two. His poems condense or expand relationships, emotions, experiences into verses that resonate. He is articulate and seems to know just what to write.

These poems give impact, they aren’t  just made up of carelessly tossed together words. Because we are human, it’s good to have words that relate to that and everything else.

In the poem “Rigorous Journey” you will feel like you become part of it as you read it. 

“In the throb and pulse / of an
omnivorous city / we come and go /
so often unaware / of the fear, pain, death /
concealed from us by confining walls …”

This poetry book will make your heart stop, your emotions pound, your thoughts electric and that’s what poetry is meant to be.  It’s the kind of poetry book that makes you want to read or hear poems – it’s the kind of poetry book that leaves you wanting more.

Portland Metrozine Temporal Dreams Review

Temporal Dreams – Basha Krasnoff – Portland Metrozine
 
Congratulations on the publication of “Temporal Dreams.” As always your work is provocative and dares the reader to move into sometimes uncomfortable spaces to come to terms with the
truths you tell.
 
The Portland Metrozine is thrilled to share your work with our ever-growing literary community and we welcome your submissions.We continue to follow your accomplishments and thank you
for including us in your mailings.