The five exciting plays in this collection represent the diversity of the American theater in the 1980s. Vastly different in theme, style, and sensibility, these works share an element that characterizes many serious new productions of the decade — they first appeared in regional theaters and off-Broadway. In the 1980s the emergence of quality theaters from coast to coast has allowed the public to experience the visions of today's best playwrights. So here we have the distinctive black drama of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, the emotionally riveting western fantasy of Fool for Love, the artistic fulfillment depicted in Sunday in the Park with George, and the disturbing moral commentary of Aunt Dan and Lemon and Grown Ups.