Inspired in part by a widely reported incident in Manhattan in 1983—in which a young black man talked his way into wealthy white homes by pretending to be the son of Sidney Poitier—Six Degrees of Separationexplores fraudulence in its various insidious forms. As a play, it is a singular tragicomedy of race, class, and manners. In its dazzling exchanges, the Guare’s work ponders such troubling verities as white liberal guilt, greed, loveless families, and the false aesthetic of New York City in the 1990s. (paraphrased from flap copy)
Six Degrees of Separation premiered on May 16, 1990 and was nominated for both the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play of that year. Stockard Channing and john Guare won Obie Awards for Best Actress and Best Script respectively. Thanks to its success, the play was adapted for film in 1993. Stockard Channing reprised her award-winning role and was joined on screen by Will Smith and Kevin Bacon.
- Title: Six Degrees of Separation
- Playwright: John Guare
- Publisher: Random House
- Place: New York
- Year: 1990
- First Edition
- Length: 120pp
- Dimensions: 5.75” x 8.5”
- Condition: The jacket is intact but with a slight tear at the top of the back fold. The orange and brown particulars are in perfect condition and have gilding on the particulars on the spine. The pages are clean—no folds, tears, or extraneous marks.