Muzeeka part 1, camera 2

Muzeeka is a play about American soldiers of the Vietnam War who have television contracts. It serves as a satire of both the war and mainstream American society. Written in 1968, it is one of the most notable of playwright John Guare's early works. This video is the first segment of an early production of the play at the Kingston Mines Theater in Chicago.

00:00Copy video clip URL Gray screen.

00:26Copy video clip URL Opening scene of the play – “In Which Argue Sings the Penny.” The main character (Argue) sings an odd, patriotic song.

01:51Copy video clip URL “In Which Argue Says “I Love You.” Argue is in bed with his wife, and professes love to her.

02:44Copy video clip URL “In Which Argue Has a Vision.” Argue gets a job with the Music Corp. of America, which creates Muzak. He enthusiastically explains¬†how he will change and disturb mankind with his own secret music, and they will send the whole universe dancing into exhaustion and peace.

13:23Copy video clip URL “In Which Argue Makes a Terrible Discovery About Himself.” Argue goes to meet a prostitute while his wife delivers their child.

25:20Copy video clip URL Argue tells the prostitute that although he lives in suburban Connecticut, he wants to be closer to the lifestyle of Greenwich Village. She calls him out as a phony to the audience.

32:31Copy video clip URL Tape ends mid-scene.



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