The culmination of 50 years of Zen meditation set against a 10,000 mile unescorted trip to China in 1987, when tinkling bicycles in the streets—no cars, no high rises and everyone earning the same $20 wage—were the norms. On a meditational journey that took him to temples and monasteries, Schwartz seeks to describe the experience of meditation from the ‘inside.’
Composed of two interwoven coming-of-age stories, one told by a 15-year-old paperboy who finds himself a reluctant media hero and the other a 65-year-old window who charts herself coming alive again, The Extraordinary Pupfish is a rural California story involving the sale of an abandoned gold mine that threatens to pollute a town’s groundwater, and in which both narrators unwittingly become each other’s enemy.
Playwrights for Tomorrow, Volume 9 (1972)
Psalms for Two Davids, a sweeping epic of the young King David confronting his future self through a vision from the prophet Samuel, the play foreshadows the rebellion and death of David’s beloved son Absalom, which challenges his faith but leads to an ultimate affirmation of life.
New Theater for Now, Volume 2 (1970)
Tilt (formerly untilted), a play set in a psychiatric ward where an architecture student on LSD redesigns the room without any doors or windows, confusing his doctor, medical team and ultimately sending them on a psychedelic trip which explores the nature of reality.