New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1986. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's green cloth, spine and upper board gilt, illustrated endpapers, original illustrated dust jacket.
"I personally believe we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain." Double-signed first edition of the award-winning play by Jane Wagner. Called "a work of genius and compassion" by Gloria Steinem, the one-woman show starred comedic genius Lily Tomlin, Wagner's collaborator and wife, performing a variety of characters, unified under the singular persona of the opening "bag lady," who is attempting to communicate what modern society is like to an interstellar being. The play was praised not only for Tomlin's stellar performance, for which she won a Tony for Best Actress, but also for Wagner's hilarious yet incisive commentary on gender inequality and class disparity. A hit on Broadway in 1985, the play was shortly thereafter turned into a film written by John Bailey (1991). Illustrated throughout with black-and-white photos, many by Annie Leibovitz and Martha Swope, and photocollages by Wagner; with an afterword by radical feminist author Marilyn French. First printing, with complete number row to copyright page. Signed by Wagner and Tomlin on the half-title. Fine in price-clipped dust jacket. Item #2005