Category: Drama

  • Orpheus Descending and Suddenly Last Summer (New Directions Books)

    By Tennessee Williams

    Two of Tennessee Williams's such a lot respected dramas in one paperback variation for the 1st time.

    Orpheus Descending is a love tale, a plea for religious and creative freedom, in addition to a portrait of racism and intolerance. while charismatic drifter Valentine Xavier arrives in a Mississippi Delta city along with his guitar and snakeskin jacket, he turns into a set off for hatred and a magnet for 3 outcast souls: storekeeper woman Torrance, “lewd vagrant” Carol Cutrere, and spiritual visionary Vee Talbot.

    Suddenly final Summer, defined by way of its writer as a “short morality play,” has turn into certainly one of his such a lot infamous works due in no small half to the movie model starring Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, and Montgomery Clift that stunned audiences in 1959. A menacing story of insanity, jealousy, and denial,the horrors in Suddenly final Summer construct to a heart-stopping conclusion.

    With perceptive new introductions by way of playwright Martin Sherman ― he reframes Orpheus Descending in a political context and explores the psychology and sensationalism surrounding Suddenly final Summer ― this quantity additionally deals Williams’s similar essay, “The earlier, the current, and the Perhaps,” and a chronology of the playwright’s lifestyles and works.

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  • The Trojan Women and Other Plays (Oxford World's Classics)

    By Euripides, James Morwood

    This quantity of Euripides' performs deals new translations of the 3 nice conflict performs Trojan girls, Hecuba, and Andromache, within which the sufferings of Troy's survivors are harrowingly depicted. With unheard of depth, Euripides--whom Aristotle referred to as the main tragic of poets--describes the awful brutality that either ladies and kids endure in the course of conflict. but, within the war's aftermath, this brutality is challenged and a brand new battleground is published the place the ladies of Troy evince an overpowering greatness of spirit.
    We weep for the elderly Hecuba in her identify play and in Trojan Women, whereas even as we appreciate her resilience amid unrelieved anguish. Andromache, the slave-concubine of her husband's killer, endures her lifestyles within the victor's state with a stoic the Aristocracy. in their time but undying, those performs insist at the victory of the feminine spirit amid the horrors visited on them via the gods and males in the course of war.
    in regards to the sequence: For over a hundred years Oxford World's Classics has made on hand the broadest spectrum of literature from all over the world. each one reasonable quantity displays Oxford's dedication to scholarship, offering the main actual textual content plus a wealth of alternative important positive aspects, together with specialist introductions by means of prime specialists, voluminous notes to elucidate the textual content, up to date bibliographies for additional research, and masses more.
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  • Japes (Nick Hern Books Drama Classics)

    By Simon Gray

    Two brothers proportion the home they grew up in, after which proportion the girl they either love. they've got a daughter, yet who's the daddy? Spanning thirty years and supplying a brand new slant at the everlasting triangle, Simon Gray’s humorous, sardonic new play Japes is pushed via involuntary cruelties, destructive injuries of destiny of the negative ravages of time.
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  • A Boy and His Soul (Oberon Modern Plays)

    Where do you get SOUL? From looking at your mom and dad promote the home you grew up in? From studying the family members mystery approximately your loopy cousin? Or from the formative years documents present in your mom and dad’ basement? From Stevie, Aretha, Marvin, Chaka, Barry, Gladys…and Colman. Propelled via the beat of vintage soul, soft R&B and disco, this can be the soundtrack of a boy’s coming of age in 70s and 80s Philadelphia.

    A Boy and His Soul used to be the recipient of the Lucille Lortel Award top Solo express, GLAAD Media Award top Play On or Off Broadway and the ITBA top Solo express awards.

    "A blazingly charismatic performer." New York Times

    "Personal, poignant and smelly… [an] evocative, relocating piece a few guy who unearths himself and a wide a part of his identification via music." The Stage

    "A attractive and soft one-man show." day-by-day Telegraph

    "Its sprinkling of sharp observations coupled with a heartfelt love for the tune makes A Boy and His Soul difficult to resist." What's On Stage

    "The characters created through Domingo… are so vibrant, so likeable, so easily but vividly embodied… it's tough to resist." Official London Theatre

    "Leaves you yelping for more." Observer

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  • This is Our Youth

    By Kenneth Lonergan

    This Is Our Youth, Kenneth Lonergan's lacerating examine prosperous younger Manhattanites of the Nineteen Eighties, depicts days within the lives of 3 college-age top West Siders who're from filthy rich households yet residing in doped-up squalor. Dennis—with a well-known painter father and social activist mother—is a small-time drug broker and overall mess. His hero-worshipping buddy Warren has simply all of a sudden stolen $15,000 from his father, an abusive underwear magnate. while Jessica, a mixed-up prep university woman, exhibits up for a date, Warren pulls out a wad of debts and takes her off, awkwardly, for an evening of seduction. A wildly humorous, bittersweet, and relocating tale, This Is Our Youth is as trenchant because it was once upon its acclaimed preferable in 1996.
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  • Toast on Toast: Cautionary tales and candid advice

    Toast on Toast is the must-have publication for all budding actors - and non-actors too. during this half memoir, half 'how to behave' handbook, Steven Toast attracts on his gigantic and sundry stories, supplying the reader with a useful perception into his trip from college performs to RADA, and from 'It's a correct Royal Knockout' to the Colony Club.

    Along the way in which, he unearths the secrets and techniques of his good fortune. He discloses the right way to brush up on and extend your technical and vocal abilities, how you can nail a certified voiceover, and the way to house tricky paintings adventure employees in a recording studio. He additionally unearths the risks of typecasting, describes the customarily ruthless fight for 'top billing', and stocks many remarkable nuggets of advice.

    The outcome is a publication that may encourage and train an individual who desires to tread the floorboards. it is going to additionally tell (and entertain) anyone who easily desires to observe what a jobbing actor's lifestyles is admittedly like.
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  • Othello

    By William Shakespeare

    In Othello, Shakespeare creates strong drama from a wedding among the unique Moor Othello and the Venetian girl Desdemona that starts off with elopement and mutual devotion and ends with jealous rage and loss of life. Shakespeare builds many alterations into his hero and heroine, together with race, age, and cultural historical past. but so much readers and audiences think the couple’s powerful love may conquer those adjustments have been it now not for Iago, who units out to smash Othello. Iago’s fake insinuations approximately Desdemona’s infidelity draw Othello into his schemes, and Desdemona is subjected to Othello’s scary verbal and actual assaults.

    The authoritative version of Othello from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the depended on and typical Shakespeare sequence for college kids and normal readers, includes:

    -Freshly edited textual content according to the easiest early published model of the play

    -Full explanatory notes very easily put on pages dealing with the textual content of the play

    -Scene-by-scene plot summaries

    -A key to the play’s recognized strains and phrases

    -An creation to analyzing Shakespeare’s language

    -An essay through a number one Shakespeare pupil offering a contemporary standpoint at the play

    -Fresh pictures from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s giant holdings of infrequent books

    -An annotated consultant to additional reading

    Essay through Susan Snyder

    The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, is domestic to the world’s biggest selection of Shakespeare’s revealed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare students from world wide. as well as exhibitions open to the general public all year long, the Folger deals an entire calendar of performances and courses. for additional information, stopover at Folger.edu.
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  • Woyzeck: A Play

    By Neil LaBute

    His female friend, Marie, via whom he’s fathered a baby; Marie’s overpowering hope for the appealing Drum- significant; and the murderous final result of this oppressive admixture of conditions is indisputably one of many bleakest works of worldwide literature. it's also thought of via many to mark the start of contemporary drama. 

    In this robust adaption, Neil LaBute embraces the glittering darkness of Woyzeck's violent, erotic, inhumane international and uncompromisingly makes it his personal. From his establishing in an working theatre after which scene by way of macabre scene, LaBute imbues this vintage along with his singular depth and ethical imaginative and prescient, as he's taking it to its nightmarish conclusion. 

    Included during this quantity is Neil LaBute’s provocative new monologue “Kandahar,” within which a soldier again from Afghanistan evenly explains his devastating activities of the day sooner than. A gripping stand-alone piece, this brief paintings can be a trenchant modern day exploration of the powerful and enduring subject matters of Woyzeck.
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  • The Teen Rebels, Episode 4

    By Jacquel Chrissy May

    Episode four: an afternoon That No Groundhogs Came

    Josie Tremlett-Kahn, Moira Downing, Seth Burke, and Trixie Kalbrunner are compelled to paintings with Marion Henderson, a bully who as soon as reduce Josie's hair and ruined her existence. They choose to disclose him for the bully that he's and that unleashes a few tricky institution regulations that not one of the Rebels are ready to deal with.

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  • The Merchant of Venice (Folger Shakespeare Library)

    By William Shakespeare

    In The service provider of Venice, the trail to marriage is damaging. To win Portia, Bassanio needs to cross a attempt prescribed by way of her father’s will, selecting appropriately between 3 caskets or chests. If he fails, he may well by no means marry at all.

    Bassanio and Portia additionally face an impressive villain, the moneylender Shylock. In growing Shylock, Shakespeare turns out to have shared in a common prejudice opposed to Jews. Shylock could were considered as a villain simply because he was once a Jew. but he provides such robust expression to his alienation as a result of hatred round him that, in lots of productions, he emerges because the hero.

    Portia is so much remembered for her cover as a legal professional, Balthazar, particularly the speech within which she urges Shylock to teach mercy that “droppeth because the mild rain from heaven.”

    The authoritative version of The service provider of Venice from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the relied on and widespread Shakespeare sequence for college students and common readers, includes:

    -Freshly edited textual content in accordance with the simplest early published model of the play

    -Newly revised explanatory notes very easily put on pages dealing with the textual content of the play

    -Scene-by-scene plot summaries

    -A key to the play’s well-known traces and phrases

    -An advent to examining Shakespeare’s language

    -An essay via a number one Shakespeare student offering a contemporary viewpoint at the play

    -Fresh photos from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s great holdings of infrequent books

    -An updated annotated consultant to additional reading

    Essay by way of Alexander Leggatt

    The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, is domestic to the world’s biggest number of Shakespeare’s revealed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare students from around the world. as well as exhibitions open to the general public all year long, the Folger bargains an entire calendar of performances and courses. for additional info, stopover at Folger.edu.
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