Drama. POSTCARDS ON PARADE explores the glorious traditions of the American musical, gives them a spin, and injects them with surreal pizazz and linguistic highs in this concept musical for the 1990s.Three gatherings of dealers and collectors of old postcards provide reality that is constantly confronted and undermined by free-ranging fantasy, as postcard images spring unpredictably into song and dance. As these postcard clan gatherings move from Narragansett to Miami Beach to Wichita, one couple, Stan and Valerie, split, and a second couple, Kevin and Tim, impacted by AIDS, deepen their commitment.
Poet, librettist, novelist, editor, and performance artist Kenward Elmslie was born in New York City in 1929. Elmslie became a central figure in the New York School and, as the editor of Z magazine and Z Press books, promoted the work of fellow poets John Ashbery, Bill Berkson, Joe Brainard, Edwin Denby, Joanne Kyger, James Schuyler, Anne Waldman, and numerous others. Among his many poetry collections are Pavilions, Girl Machine, Motor Disturbance (winner of the Frank O'Hara Award), Tropicalism, and Routine Disruptions: Selected Poems & Lyrics. Elmslie is also the author of six opera librettos, including Lizzie Borden, as well as the musical plays Lola, The Grass Harp (based on the work by TrumanCapote), Palais Bimbo, and POSTCARDS ON PARADE. Elmslie's honors include a grant from the Ford Foundation, the Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative Poetry, and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. He lives in New York City and Calais, Vermont, in a home he shared with his longtime partner and artistic collaborator, Joe Brainard.Author City: USA