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Theater Games for Rehearsal: A Director's Handbook (2011)

Gives advice on selecting a play, auditioning a cast, and creating a stage space, shows how to conduct acting workshops, and demonstrates rehearsal techniques.

Theater Games for Rehearsal: A Director's Handbook
The Storm (2011)

One of Ostrovsky’s most poetical works, The Storm is set in Kalinov, a provincial town on the banks of the Upper Volga. Trapped in an unhappy marriage, Katerína is tormented by her widowed mother-in-law, Marfa Kabanova. Katerína seeks solace in an affair with a similarly toermented young lover, and the confession of this affair to her husband leads ultimately to tragedy. The Storm was a great success on its first performance the Maly Theatre, Moscow, in November 1859, and continues to be cr...

The Storm
The Domestic Crusaders (2011)

The Domestic Crusaders focuses on a day in the life of a modern Muslim Pakistani-American family of six eclectic, unique members, who convene at the family house to celebrate the twenty-first birthday of the youngest child. With a background of 9-11 and the scapegoating of Muslim Americans, the tensions and sparks fly among the three generations, culminating in an intense family battle as each "crusader" struggles to assert and impose their respective voices and opinions, while still attempt...

The Domestic Crusaders
The Actor In You: Sixteen Simple Steps to Understanding the Art of Acting (2011)

The Actor in You introduces aspiring actors to beginning acting by helping them realize and develop the basic acting skills they already possess and hone them for the stage. By drawing the principles of acting from observations about everyday behavior, the author shows acting students how they already possess many acting skills. Acclaimed for its direct and enjoyable writing style, The Actor in You draws on exercises and examples from well-known plays, and popular television programs to lead th...

The Actor In You: Sixteen Simple Steps to Understanding the Art of Acting
Our Day Out: Improving Standards in English through Drama (2011)

This revised version of Willy Russell's much loved play won rave reviews when it opened in Liverpool in 2009. Slightly updated and featuring more songs, it retains all the humor and appeal of the original. This educational edition in Methuen Drama's Critical Scripts series has been prepared by national Drama in Secondary English experts Ruth Moore and Paul Bunyan, building on a decade of highly effective work and research. Mrs Kay's Progress Class are off to Alton Towers - until Mr Briggs ...

Our Day Out: Improving Standards in English through Drama
Candida (2011)

Probably Shaw's most popular play, Candida recounts the love sickness of young poet Eugene Marchbanks for Candida, wife of the Rev. Morell. At first, Morell is amused; but when he begins to doubt his wife's love, he becomes disturbed and angered. The poet becomes the stronger suitor, Morell realizes his weaknesses and Candida, one of the most remarkable women in dramatic literature, gives strength to her husband and teaches Marchbanks how to love. Harris offers a superb adaptation for competitio...

Candida
Mark Ravenhill (2011)

Mark Ravenhill is the first book to provide a detailed analysis of the work of arguably the most important dramatist to have emerged from the British theatre over the past twenty years. Shopping and F***ing (1996), with its unrelenting representation of dysfunctional youth, dark humour and graphic sex and violence, was seen by many to uniquely capture the social and political fallout of a decade, and Ravenhill fast attained a status as the ‘rude boy’ of British theatre. However, the numerous ...

Mark Ravenhill
The Scarlet Letter (2011)

The Scarlet Letter is an 1850 romantic work of fiction in a historical setting, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. It is considered to be his magnum opus.[1] Set in 17th-century Puritan Boston during the years 1642 to 1649, it tells the story of Hester Prynne, who conceives a daughter through an adulterous affair and struggles to create a new life of repentance and dignity. Throughout the book, Hawthorne explores themes of legalism, sin, and guilt.

The Scarlet Letter
Love Town (2010)

Comedy 5m, 3f, Possible Cast Expansion / Interior Sea Spray is a charming beach town, perfect for romantic getaways and cliff-side proposals. While tourists walk around with stars in their eyes, the locals take their lumps and watch their relationships fray and fizzle. Karl is a self-professed good guy who bought the little village dream for his wife, only to have her run off with the town aromatherapist. Now he's stuck with a quaint souvenir shop he never wanted, and the vengeful impulse ...

Love Town
The God of Carnage: A Play (2010)

What happens when two sets of parents meet up to deal with the unruly behavior of their children? A calm and rational debate between grown-ups about the need to teach kids how to behave properly? Or a hysterical night of name-calling, tantrums, and tears before bedtime?

The God of Carnage: A Play
Ruined - A Play (2010)

Winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama A rain forest bar and brothel in the brutally war-torn Congo is the setting for Lynn Nottage’s extraordinary new play. The establishment’s shrewd matriarch, Mama Nadi, keeps peace between customers from both sides of the civil war, as government soldiers and rebel forces alike choose from her inventory of women, many already “ruined” by rape and torture when they were pressed into prostitution. Inspired by interviews she conducted in Africa with Congo...

Ruined - A Play
After Miss Julie (2010)

A new version of a world classic by one of Britain's best-known contemporary playwrights. After Miss Julie relocates August Strindberg's Miss Julie (1888) to an English country house in July 1945. In this radical re-imagining of theatre's first "naturalistic tragedy" the events of Strindberg's original are transposed to the night of the British Labour Party's "landslide" election victory.

After Miss Julie
Reasons to Be Pretty: A Play (2010)

In Reasons to Be Pretty, Greg’s tight-knit social circle is thrown into turmoil when his offhand remarks about a female coworker’s pretty face and his own girlfriend Steph’s lack thereof get back to Steph. But that’s just the beginning. Greg’s best buddy, Kent, and Kent’s wife, Carly, also enter into the picture, and the emotional equation becomes exponentially more complicated. As their relationships crumble, the four friends are forced to confront a sea of deceit, infidelity, and betrayed trus...

Reasons to Be Pretty: A Play
Noises Off (2010)

Noises Off, the classic farce by the Tony Award—winning author of Copenhagen, is not one play but two: simultaneously a traditional sex farce, Nothing On, and the backstage “drama” that develops during Nothing On’s final rehearsal and tour. The two begin to interlock as the characters make their exits from Nothing On only to find themselves making entrances into the even worse nightmare going on backstage. In the end, at the disastrous final performance, the two plots can be kept separate no lon...

Noises Off
Sondheim on Music: Minor Details and Major Decisions (2010)

Stephen Sondheim is widely regarded as the most important composer and lyricist of musical theater in the second half of the 20th century. Celebrating his 80th birthday, this new edition of Sondheim on Music finds him in these guided interviews expounding in great depth and detail on his craft. As a natural teacher, thoughtful and opinionated, Sondheim discusses the art of musical composition, lyric writing, the collaborative process of musical theater, and how he thinks about his own work. Wher...

Sondheim on Music: Minor Details and Major Decisions
Theater Geek (2010)

What do Natalie Portman, Robert Downey, Jr., Zach Braff, and Mandy Moore have in common? Before they were stars, they were campers at Stagedoor Manor, the premier summer theater camp for children and teenagers. Founded in 1975, Stagedoor continues to attract scores of young performers eager to find kindred spirits, to sing out loud, to become working actors—or maybe even stars. Every summer for the past thirty-five years, a new crop of campers has come to the Catskills for an intense, often wre...

Theater Geek
Love Never Dies (2010)

Love Never Dies is a musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater and later Charles Hart, and book by Lloyd Webber, Slater and Ben Elton. It is a sequel to the Lloyd Webber musical The Phantom of the Opera. The plot is not based on the story-line in the original book by Gaston Leroux, and Lloyd Webber has stated "I don't regard this as a sequel – it's a stand-alone piece". The musical is set in 1907, which Lloyd Webber states is "ten years roughly after the end of the origi...

Love Never Dies
Road Show (2010)

Road Show, Stephen Sondheim’s first musical since his 1994 Tony Award–winner Passion, is making its highly anticipated New York premiere this season at the Public Theater. The show—with the book by John Weidman, Sondheim’s collaborator from Pacific Overtures and Assassins—has been in development for several years with productions in Chicago and Washington, DC, and grew from an idea that germinated in Sondheim’s mind some fifty years ago. The show dramatizes the real-life Mizner brothers, followi...

Road Show
My Fair Roxane (2010)

A piano, a well-worn trunk of theatrical props, and an audience's imagination transform virtually any performance space into a musical evening at the Bakery of Poets. The establishment's proprietor and our narrator, Ragueneau, sets the stage for the tale of the fair Roxane as three very different men attempt to woo her. "Ambition and deceit we'll see, romance and battle too. In short, we'll see the stuff of life...and death before we're through." "My Fair Roxane" combines verse, dialogue and son...

My Fair Roxane
The Musical Lady. A farce as it is acted at the Theatre-Royal in Drury-Lane (2010)

The 18th century was a wealth of knowledge, exploration and rapidly growing technology and expanding record-keeping made possible by advances in the printing press. In its determination to preserve the century of revolution, Gale initiated a revolution of its own: digitization of epic proportions to preserve these invaluable works in the largest archive of its kind. Now for the first time these high-quality digital copies of original 18th century manuscripts are available in print, making them ...

The Musical Lady. A farce as it is acted at the Theatre-Royal in Drury-Lane
A Talmud Tale: A Musical (2010)

Award-winning Talmud teacher Judith Abrams brings her love of Jewish tradition to the musical stage in this new musical drama. Rachel's bat mitzvah is nearing, and fights with her mother are heating up. Will the ceremony marking Rachel's coming of age instead tear apart her family? Assistance comes from an unlikely source: a friendly time-traveling angel who transports Rachel nearly 2,000 years to the ancient world of Talmudic Israel. There, a classic story of love and parental disapproval play...

A Talmud Tale: A Musical
Le Fanatisme, Ou Mahomet Le Prophete (2010)

Le fanatisme, ou Mahomet le Prophete, is a five-act tragedy written in 1736 by French playwright and philosopher Voltaire. It received its debut performance in Lille on 25 April 1741. The play is a study of religious fanaticism and self-serving manipulation based on an episode in the traditional biography of Muhammad in which he orders the murder of his critics.[1] Voltaire described the play as "written in opposition to the founder of a false and barbarous sect to whom could I with more propr...

Le Fanatisme, Ou Mahomet Le Prophete
Cromwell (2010)

Cromwell is a play by Victor Hugo written in 1827. It was a result of the creation of the literary circle around Hugo which identified itself as Romanticist, taking Shakespeare as their model dramatist rather than the Classicist models of Jean Racine and Pierre Corneille supported by the French Academy. The play was never performed on stage. It tells the story of Oliver Cromwell's internal disputes in being offered the crown of England. It is notable for its preface which is considered the man...

Cromwell
Finishing the Hat (2010)

The winner of seven Tonys, seven Grammys, an Oscar, and a Pulitzer Prize, Stephen Sondheim has become synonymous with the best in musical theatre. Now, in Finishing the Hat, he has not only collected his lyrics for the first time, he's giving readers a rare, personal look into his extraordinary shows and life. Along with the lyrics for all of his productions from 1954 to 1981 - including West Side Story, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, and Sweeney Todd, which have starred some of the mo...

Finishing the Hat
The King of the Dark Chamber (2010)

Rabindranath Tagore was a Bengali polymath who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. He was a poet, visual artist, playwright, novelist, educationist, social reformer, nationalist, business-manager and composer. Gitanjali (Song Offerings), Gora (Fair-Faced), and Ghare-Baire (The Home and the World) are among his best-known works. The King of the Dark Chamber was written in 1914. The play is an allegory of an individual's spiritual and personal awakening in their quest for beauty and truth....

The King of the Dark Chamber
World Stages, Local Audiences: Essays on Performance, Place and Politics (2010)

This book argues that the forms of intimacy and identification that come from being part of the public of a local performance, provide a potential model for rethinking our roles as world citizens. Using his own experience of recent theatrical practice in Vancouver as a starting point, Dickinson maps the spaces of connection and contestation, the flows of sentiment and social responsibility, produced by different communities in response to global sports spectacles. He also analyzes how such topic...

World Stages, Local Audiences: Essays on Performance, Place and Politics
For Love of the King - a Burmese Masque (2010)

For Love of the King - a Burmese Masque is presented here in a high quality paperback edition. This popular classic work by Oscar Wilde is in the English language. If you enjoy the works of Oscar Wilde then we highly recommend this publication for your book collection.

For Love of the King - a Burmese Masque
The Noël Coward Reader (2010)

From the Roaring Twenties through the Beatles era, Noël Coward virtually embodied sophistication and wit for the entire English-speaking world. His plays, songs, and short stories made him the darling of the literary set, and his screenplays attracted a mass audience. He was also an early advocate of television, although he claimed to prefer appearing on it to watching it. Day has assembled a chronological assortment of extracts from Coward’s immense oeuvre. A master of light verse, Coward penn...

The Noël Coward Reader
The Misanthrope (2010)

Alceste. No. My heart loathes you now, and this refusal alone effects more than all the rest. As you are not disposed, in those sweet ties, to find all in all in me, as I would find all in all in you, begone, I refuse your offer, and this much-felt outrage frees me for ever from your unworthy toils.

The Misanthrope
The Betrothal: A Sequel to the Blue Bird, a Fairy Play in Five Acts and Eleven Scenes (2010)

Maurice Polydore Marie Bernard Maeterlinck was a francophone Belgian playwright, poet, and essayist who wrote in French. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1911. The main themes in his work are death and the meaning of life. His plays form an important part of the Symbolist movement.

The Betrothal: A Sequel to the Blue Bird, a Fairy Play in Five Acts and Eleven Scenes
6 Characters in Search of an Author (2010)

First performed in 1921 with Romans calling out 'Madhouse!' from the audience, "Six Characters in Search of an Author" has remained the most famous and innovative of Pirandello's plays. Often labeled a satirical tragicomedy, this play initiated the anti-illusionism movement of the early twentieth century, rejecting realism in favor of a more symbolic, dreamlike quality. When an acting company's rehearsal is interrupted by six family members who wish their life story to be enacted, the result is...

6 Characters in Search of an Author
Il gioco delle parti (2010)

L’azione si svolge tutta nell’arco di trentasei ore, da una sera a un mattino. In una città; qualunque. Leone Gala è tradito dalla moglie, Silia, con il suo migliore amico, Guido Venanzi. Ma egli è uomo di mondo, e pertanto, senza drammi apparenti, ha accettato di andarsene da casa e di lasciare il suo posto a Guido: purché tutto avvenga nel rispetto delle forme imposte dal suo ruolo sociale. E ora tanto civile perbenismo ossessiona Silia, la quale appena le si presenta una fortuita occasione –...

Il gioco delle parti
A Voyage Round My Father (2010)

In John Mortimer's most famous and highly autobiographical play, a young man looks back on an unconventional childhood and youth overshadowed by his irascible and eccentric father. Sent away to boarding school to be 'prepared for life', he finds teachers deranged by shell shock after the First World War and boys who try to coat their ordinary home lives with romance. As the Second World War begins, the mild-mannered protagonist tries to become a writer, but is compelled to become a barrister lik...

A Voyage Round My Father
Strife (2010)

WILDER. [Breaking in fussily.] It's a regular mess. I don't like the position we're in; I don't like it; I've said so for a long time. [Looking at WANKLIN.] When Wanklin and I came down here before Christmas it looked as if the men must collapse. You thought so too, Underwood.

Strife
Marriage à la Mode (2010)

Marriage à-la-Mode was first performed in London in 1673 by the King's Company. It is written in a combination of prose, blank verse and heroic couplets. It has often been praised as Dryden's best comedic endeavour, and it's said that "the comic scenes are beautifully written, and Dryden has taken care to connect them with the serious plot by a number of effective links. He writes with . . . one of the most thoughtful treatments of sex and marriage that Restoration comedy can show." The play co...

Marriage à la Mode
Herman and Dorothea (2010)

Herman and Dorothea
Victorian Pantomime (2010)

One of the most neglected areas of study in nineteenth-century theater is pantomime: this book provides a comprehensive overview of pantomime in the Victorian period, ranging from the ideological positions perpetrated by pantomime to discussions of practitioners and enthusiastic spectators, such as E.L. Blanchard, Lewis Carroll and John Ruskin.

Victorian Pantomime
Three Plays: The Political Theater of Howard Zinn (2010)

Best-selling historian Howard Zinn is celebrated for looking at history not from the perspective of those in power but rather from the viewpoint of those who speak truth to power. In his plays Marx in Soho, Emma, and Daughter of Venus, Zinn applies that principle with enormous zest and great doses of drama and humor. A much-admired public intellectual himself, Zinn here brings to life the radicals Emma Goldman and Karl Marx, and in the previously unpublished Daughter of Venus explores ethical q...

Three Plays: The Political Theater of Howard Zinn
Theorizing Black Theatre: Art Versus Protest in Critical Writings, 1898-1965 (2010)

The rich history of African-American theatre has often been overlooked, both in theoretical discourse and in practice. This volume seeks a critical engagement with black theatre artists and theorists of the twentieth century. It reveals a comprehensive view of the Art or Propaganda debate that dominated twentieth century African-American dramatic theory. Among others, this text addresses the writings of Langston Hughes, W.E.B. DuBois, Alain Locke, Lorraine Hansberry, Amiri Baraka, Adrienne Kenn...

Theorizing Black Theatre: Art Versus Protest in Critical Writings, 1898-1965
Brand (2010)

Brand is a play by the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. It is a verse tragedy, written in 1865 and first performed in Stockholm on 24 March 1867. Brand was an intellectual play that caused many people to "think outside the box". Brand is a priest who wants to take consequence of his choices, and is therefore deeply bound to doing the "right thing". He believes primarily in the will of man, and lives by the device "all or nothing". To make compromises is therefore difficult, or by his moral s...

Brand
The Master Builder (2010)

The Master Builder is a play by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. It was first published in 1892 and first performed in Berlin on 19 January 1893.

The Master Builder
The Works of Henrik Ibsen (2010)

1928. The works of the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, who is generally acknowledged as the founder of modern prose drama. Contents: Hedda Gabbler; Ghosts; An Enemy of the People; A Doll's House; The League of Youth; The Wild Duck; The Master Builder; Pillars of Society; Rosmersholm; and Peer Gynt.

The Works of Henrik Ibsen
The Dramatic Works of Gerhart Hauptmann, Volume 1: Social Dramas (2010)

The present edition of Hauptmann's works contains all of his plays with the exception of a few inconsiderable fragments and the historical drama _Florian Geyer_. The latter has been excluded by reason of its great length, its divergence from the characteristic moods of Hauptmann's art, and that failure of high success which the author himself has implicitly acknowledged. The arrangement of the volumes follows, with such modifications as the increase of material has made necessary, the met...

The Dramatic Works of Gerhart Hauptmann, Volume 1: Social Dramas
O'Flaherty V. C. (2010)

O'FLAHERTY. If you'd been brought up by my mother, sir, you'd know better than to joke about her. What I'm telling you is the truth; and I wouldn't tell it to you if I could see my way to get out of the fix I'll be in when my mother comes here this day to see her boy in his glory, and she after thinking all the time it was against the English I was fighting.

O'Flaherty V. C.
The Miraculous Revenge: Little Blue Book #215 (2010)

The misadventures of an alcoholic investigator.

The Miraculous Revenge: Little Blue Book #215
John Bull's Other Island (2010)

John Bull's Other Island is a comedy about Ireland, written by G. Bernard Shaw in 1904. Shaw himself was born in Dublin, yet this is the only play of his where he thematically returned to his homeland. The play deals with Larry Doyle, originally from Ireland, but who has turned his back on his heritage to fit in with the English and Tom Broadbent, his English (and very Machiavellian) business partner. They are civil engineers who run a firm in London. They go to Roscullen, where Doyle was born...

John Bull's Other Island
Captain Brassbound's Conversion (2010)

BRASSBOUND. Nervous, sir! no. Nervousness is not in my line. You will find me perfectly capable of saying what I want to say--with considerable emphasis, if necessary. Sir Howard assents with a polite but incredulous nod.

Captain Brassbound's Conversion
Llanto por Ignacio Sanchez Mejias (2010)

Federico García Lorca (Fuente Vaqueros, provincia de Granada, 5 de junio de 1898 – entre Víznar y Alfacar, ibídem, 19 de agosto de 1936) fue un poeta, dramaturgo y prosista español, también conocido por su destreza en muchas otras artes. Adscrito a la llamada Generación del 27, es el poeta de mayor influencia y popularidad de la literatura española del siglo XX. Como dramaturgo, se le considera una de las cimas del teatro español del siglo XX, junto con Valle-Inclán y Buero Vallejo. Murió ejecut...

Llanto por Ignacio Sanchez Mejias
La zapatera prodigiosa Farsa violenta en dos actos (2010)

Federico García Lorca (Fuente Vaqueros, provincia de Granada, 5 de junio de 1898 – entre Víznar y Alfacar, ibídem, 19 de agosto de 1936) fue un poeta, dramaturgo y prosista español, también conocido por su destreza en muchas otras artes. Adscrito a la llamada Generación del 27, es el poeta de mayor influencia y popularidad de la literatura española del siglo XX. Como dramaturgo, se le considera una de las cimas del teatro español del siglo XX, junto con Valle-Inclán y Buero Vallejo. Murió ejecut...

La zapatera prodigiosa Farsa violenta en dos actos
El público Drama en cinco cuadros (2010)

Federico García Lorca (Fuente Vaqueros, provincia de Granada, 5 de junio de 1898 – entre Víznar y Alfacar, ibídem, 19 de agosto de 1936) fue un poeta, dramaturgo y prosista español, también conocido por su destreza en muchas otras artes. Adscrito a la llamada Generación del 27, es el poeta de mayor influencia y popularidad de la literatura española del siglo XX. Como dramaturgo, se le considera una de las cimas del teatro español del siglo XX, junto con Valle-Inclán y Buero Vallejo. Murió ejecut...

El público Drama en cinco cuadros

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