Muzeeka part 1, camera 1

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.

00:18Copy 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.

02:36Copy 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.

09:43Copy video clip URL “In Which Argue Makes a Terrible Discovery About Himself.” Argue goes to meet a prostitute while his wife delivers their child.

19:24Copy 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, and later to his face. Argue receives news of his child’s birth right as he’s about to finish having sex with the prostitute.

31:38Copy video clip URL The prostitute comes down into the audience towards the end of the scene.

32:52Copy video clip URL Tape ends right as a new scene is about to begin.



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