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The Comedies (2008)

Terence was the outstanding comedic playwright of his generation and one of the founding fathers of European comic drama. All six of his plays survive and are collected in this volume. Acknowledged as classics soon after his early death, admired above all for their style but also for their insights into human nature, these plays have been imitated by authors as diverse Molière and P.G. Wodehouse. They deal with the love-life of adolescent boys and with associated tensions in their relations wit...

The Comedies
Liveness: Performance in a Mediatized Culture (2008)

Liveness: Performance in a Mediatized Culture addresses what may be the single most important question facing all kinds of performance today. What is the status of live performance in a culture dominated by mass media? Since its first appearance, Philip Auslander's ground-breaking book has helped to reconfigure a new area of study. Looking at specific instances of live performance such as theatre, rock music, sport, and courtroom testimony, Liveness offers penetrating insights into media cult...

Liveness: Performance in a Mediatized Culture
The Vocal Arts Workbook + DVD: A practical course for developing the expressive range of your voice (2008)

This practical workbook and DVD helps actors to fully develop expressive voice skills to communicate thoughts and feelings with precision and power. At the heart of the book are practical projects, with examples supplied on the accompanying DVD, which enables you to: -connect your breath with your voice -meet the demands of your performance -use your voice expressively with pitch and range Each chapter consists of an introductory Framework; Explorations; Exercises; Follow Up work; Sugges...

The Vocal Arts Workbook + DVD: A practical course for developing the expressive range of your voice
Actor Training the Laban Way: An Integrated Approach to Voice, Speech, and Movement (2008)

Individual, partner, and group exercises to make any actor more expressive * Crucial acting tips based on the work of distinguished theorist Rudolf Laban * 65 original illustrations of anatomy and warm-up exercises Actors, improve your skills and become more expressive in body and voice by following the teachings of Rudolf Laban, one of the most important movement theorists of the twentieth century. This in-depth, fully illustrated guide offers a groundbreaking approach to understanding phys...

Actor Training the Laban Way: An Integrated Approach to Voice, Speech, and Movement
The Savoy Operas: The Complete Gilbert and Sullivan (2008)

A treasury of all fourteen of the beloved Savoy Operas GILBERT AND SULLIVAN’S comic operas are some of the world’s best-loved musical works, delighting audiences with their joyous wit and extravagant wordplay. From the triumphant comic romps The Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore, and The Mikado to less frequently performed gems such as the partially lost work Thespis, all appear here in their most accurate and faithful form. Including fascinating new commentary on each work, performance hist...

The Savoy Operas: The Complete Gilbert and Sullivan
The Well of the Saints (2008)

Is blindness a curse or a blessing? Is a cure always the blessing one might think or is it sometimes not what a person really wants? J M Synge (1871 - 1909) was an Irish poet and playwright. He participated in the founding of the Abbey Theatre. The Well of the Saints is a three-act comedy. Synge used a story of bind people cured by a well on the Aran Islands told to him by Martin Conneely as a basis for his play. Martin and Mary are a blind couple who believe themselves to be beautiful. When a ...

The Well of the Saints
Don Carlos (2008)

This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally important and have elected to bring the book back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed wor...

Don Carlos
The Dixie Swim Club (2008)

Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina's Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other's lives. THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of thirty-three years. Sheree, the spunky team captain, desperately tries to maintain her organized and "perfec...

The Dixie Swim Club
Mitch Albom's Tuesdays with Morrie (2008)

Tuesdays with Morrie is a 1997 non-fiction novel by American writer Mitch Albom. The story was later adapted by Thomas Rickman into a TV movie of the same name directed by Mick Jackson, which aired on 5 December 1999 and starred Jack Lemmon and Hank Azaria. The book topped the New York Times Non-Fiction Bestsellers of 2000. This novel tells the true story of retired sociology professor Morrie Schwartz and his relationship with his students. On his graduation, Mitch Albom, the narrator, tells h...

Mitch Albom's Tuesdays with Morrie
The Plays and Fragments (2008)

The greatest writer of Greek New Comedy and the founding father of European comedy, Menander (c.341-290 BC) wrote over one hundred plays, of which only one complete play and substantial fragments of others survive. Until the twentieth century he was known to us only by short quotations in ancient authors. Since 1907 papyri found in the sand of Egypt have brought to light more and more fragments and in 1958 the papyrus text of a complete play was published, The Bad-Tempered Man (Dyskolos). His r...

The Plays and Fragments
Acting Class: Take a Seat (2008)

Previously only available to Katselas' students at the prestigious Beverly Hills Playhouse, Acting Class presents the concepts and methods that have helped lead a generation of actors to success on stage, in cinema, and on television. Now for the first time, this all-encompassing book is available to the general public, taking readers and sitting them in the legendary acting class of Milton Katselas, where he not only covers techniques and methods, but also includes valuable discussions on the ...

Acting Class: Take a Seat
One on One: The Best Men's Monologues for the 21st Century (2008)

Covering the best of Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional, and experimental theatre since 2000, One on One challenges actors to explore the inner self, develop skill and artistry for auditions, and deliver a knockout onstage performance. These monologues - sometimes comic, sometimes serious, and often both - tackle issues ranging from race, class, gender, relationships and romance to coming of age, mortality, 9/11, and the Iraq war.

One on One: The Best Men's Monologues for the 21st Century
The Improv Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Improvising in Comedy, Theatre, and Beyond (2008)

"The Improv Handbook" is a great new guide that covers the history of improvisation and includes chapters on spontaneity and the fundamentals of storytelling.Although there are already several successful books on the market about the theory and practice of improvised theatre, there's nothing comprehensive, helpful, fun and full of experience and advice."The Improv Handbook" is a great new guide from a husband and wife team who have years of studying, performance and teaching behind them. Beginni...

The Improv Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Improvising in Comedy, Theatre, and Beyond
Acting: Onstage and Off (2008)

Demonstrating how offstage performance can be effectively adapted for the theatre, as well as how onstage training can be applied toward leading a full life outside the theatre, ACTING: ONSTAGE AND OFF is a humorous yet informative book that discusses the interplay between life on and off the stage. You'll learn everything from the phases of actor training to body-relaxation techniques.

Acting: Onstage and Off
The Robbers (2008)

The Robbers (German: Die Räuber) was the first drama by German playwright Friedrich Schiller. The play was published in 1781 and premiered on January 13, 1782 in Mannheim, Germany. It was written towards the end of the German Romanticist Sturm und Drang ("Storm and Stress") movement and has been considered by many critics, such as Peter Brooks, to have influenced the development of European melodrama. The play astounded its Mannheim audience and made Schiller an overnight sensation. It later bec...

The Robbers
Acting: Make It Your Business - How to Avoid Mistakes and Achieve Success as a Working Actor (2008)

Acting: Make It Your Business, written by an award-winning, veteran casting director, puts the power to land jobs and thrive in any medium - stage, film, TV, or the Internet - directly into the hands of the actor. This blunt, wise, and often hilarious guide overflows with cutting-edge audition, marketing, and networking strategies, combining traditional techniques with those best suited for the digital age. Well-known actors and powerful agents make cameos throughout, offering newcomers and work...

Acting: Make It Your Business - How to Avoid Mistakes and Achieve Success as a Working Actor
The Actor's Art and Craft: William Esper Teaches the Meisner Technique (2008)

William Esper, one of the leading acting teachers of our time, explains and extends Sanford Meisner's legendary technique, offering a clear, concrete, step-by-step approach to becoming a truly creative actor. Esper worked closely with Meisner for seventeen years and has spent decades developing his famous program for actor's training. The result is a rigorous system of exercises that builds a solid foundation of acting skills from the ground up, and that is flexible enough to be applied to an...

The Actor's Art and Craft: William Esper Teaches the Meisner Technique
One on One: The Best Men's Monologues for the Nineties (2008)

Covering the best of Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional, and experimental theatre since 2000, One on One challenges actors to explore the inner self, develop skill and artistry for auditions, and deliver a knockout onstage performance. These monologues - sometimes comic, sometimes serious, and often both - tackle issues ranging from race, class, gender, relationships and romance to coming of age, mortality, 9/11, and the Iraq war.

One on One: The Best Men's Monologues for the Nineties
The Best American Short Plays 2005 2006 (2008)

Applause is proud to continue the series that for over sixty years has been the standard of excellence for one-act plays in America. Our new editor Barbara Parisi has selected the following 15 plays: The Other Woman, by David Ives; The Hunchback of Central Park West, by Murray Schisgal; Props, by Michael Roderick; It's a ... Baby, by Cara Restaino; Kong by Pamela Sneed; Love on the B-Line, by Adam Kraar; The Mysteries of the Castle, by James Armstrong; Crab Cakes, by Joan Lipkin; Small Things, b...

The Best American Short Plays 2005 2006
Getting Married (2008)

There is no subject on which more dangerous nonsense is talked and thought than marriage. If the mischief stopped at talking and thinking it would be bad enough; but it goes further, into disastrous anarchical action. Because our marriage law is inhuman and unreasonable to the point of downright abomination, the bolder and more rebellious spirits form illicit unions, defiantly sending cards round to their friends announcing what they have done. Young women come to me and ask me whether I think t...

Getting Married
Respect for Acting (2008)

In her introduction to Respect for Acting, actress and teacher Uta Hagen talks about a time when she herself had no respect for the art of acting. "I used to accept opinions such as: 'You're just born to be an actor'; 'Actors don't really know what they're doing on stage'; 'Acting is just instinct--it can't be taught.'" But this attitude of "you got it or you don't" is fundamentally one that denigrates the craft, as she points out. Great actors do not perform effortlessly, or merely through lear...

Respect for Acting
All My Sons (2007)

Joe Keller and Herbert Deever, partners in a machine shop during the war, turned out defective airplane parts, causing the deaths of many men. Deever was sent to prison while Keller escaped punishment and went on to make a lot of money. In a work of tremendous power, a love affair between Keller's son, Chris, and Ann Deever, Herbert's daughter, the bitterness of George Keller, who returns from the war to find his father in prison and his father's partner free, and the reaction of a son to his fa...

All My Sons
The Seafarer (2007)

Conor McPherson returns to his native Dublin for the setting of his new play, which he will direct in a much-anticipated production at London’s National Theatre in fall 2006. It is Christmas Eve, and James “Sharky” Harkin, erstwhile fisherman/van driver/chauffeur, gathers with friends at the dingy flat he shares with his blind brother to drink booze and play cards. As Christmas Eve becomes Christmas Day, the familiar-looking stranger Mr. Lockhart reminds Sharky of the bargain he made when they l...

The Seafarer
Closer (2007)

The play focuses on the complex relationships, politics and morality of four people trading partners in search of love and lust. It uniquely blends elements of tragedy, comedy, and melodrama and challenges audience perceptions at every turn. Marber turns upside down romantic notions of love and sex uniting two people as one and pointedly challenges the idealistic notion that total honesty is the best way to preserve a relationship. As the four characters move in and out of relationships and expo...

Closer
Rabbit Hole (2007)

A story of loss, heartbreak, and forgiveness-told through daily moments and emotional hurdles-as a family moves on after the accidental death of their four-year-old. With a critically acclaimed Broadway premiere, featuring Cynthia Nixon and Tyne Daly, Rabbit Hole has been hailed as an artistic breakthrough for the highly regarded David Lindsay-Abaire.

Rabbit Hole
Merry Wives - The Musical (2007)

When Sir John Falstaff sets out to woo a rich mistress to solve his financial worries, he soon discovers that the wives of Windsor are more than a match for him. Love, song, laughter, and merriment combine in a new musical version of Shakespeare's popular comedy.

Merry Wives - The Musical
Musical Scene Study : The Musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein (2007)

The Rodgers & Hammerstein Musical Scene Study Guide is the first book of its kind, featuring both comic and dramatic scenes and songs from 10 R&H musicals (Oklahoma!, Carousel, Allegro, South Pacific, The King and I, Me and Juliet, Flower Drum Song, The Sound of Music, State Fair, and Cinderella) for the purpose of musical scene study work. It contains a total of 22 scenes, organized by the number of men and women in each scene. Each scene includes: * an introduction to the musical from which it...

Musical Scene Study : The Musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein
The Light in the Piazza (2007)

Composer Adam Guettel, best known for his Floyd Collins, has teamed with Prelude to a Kiss playwright Craig Lucas to create a passionate and soaring new musical based on Elizabeth Spencer’s 1960 novella, which was first published as an entire issue of The New Yorker. It is the story of an American ingénue abroad, whose chance meeting of a charming young Italian in a Florentine piazza sets off a whirlwind romance—with an unsettling revelation. The Light in the Piazza opens on Broadway at the Lin...

The Light in the Piazza
Spring Awakening (2007)

Spring Awakening is an extraordinary new rock musical with book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Grammy Award-nominated recording artist Duncan Sheik. Inspired by Frank Wedekind’s controversial 1891 play about teenage sexuality and society’s efforts to control it, the piece seamlessly merges past and present, underscoring the timelessness of adolescent angst and the universality of human passion.

Spring Awakening
The Color Purple: A New Musical (2007)

Our piano/vocal folio features 13 songs from the Oprah Winfrey-produced Broadway adaptation of the powerful Alice Walker novel. Includes: The Color Purple * Hell No! * Mysterious Ways * Push Da Button * Too Beautiful for Words * What About Love? * and more. The arrangements are standard piano/vocal format with the melody in the piano part.

The Color Purple: A New Musical
The Cycle Path - A Stage Musical (2007)

The remarkable story of a woman who suffers from and overcomes Conversion Syndrome Disorder (CSD), a rare, crippling and extremely frightening condition which causes physical paralysis bought on by anxiety. This real life story describes how Fiona experienced domestic abuse, family problems and how she managed somehow to overcome all this not knowing for years what her illness was. She is now a successful journalist and activist. The Cycle Path is an admirable story of hope and empowerment and ...

The Cycle Path - A Stage Musical
Oklahoma!: The Making of an American Musical (2007)

The first collaboration of famed music-and-lyrics team Rodgers and Hammerstein, Oklahoma! still has "more than six hundred productions per year," but, according to University of North Carolina music department chair Carter, the musical has never received a "scholarly" treatment. This meticulously researched, soundly reported tome covers much of the same territory as Max Wilk's 1993 title, OK! The Story of Oklahoma!, but instead of calling on the testimony of cast and crew, Carter delves into the...

Oklahoma!: The Making of an American Musical
Jackson Pollock the Musical (2007)

Driven genius, misunderstood drunk, the most influential, elusive and provocative artist of the modern world? Jackson Pollock the Musical is a tragi-comic, imaginary musical journey to discover the nature of the greatest American painter of the 20th Century, his death by car crash and his continuation in the Underworld. With eighteen original songs - ranging through traditional spiritual, folk, bebop, swing, music hall, free jazz, concrete and early electronic/experimental audio - Jackson Pollo...

Jackson Pollock the Musical
Singing in Musical Theater: The Training of Singers and Actors (2007)

What does it take to be a musical theatre performer? What kind of training is required to do eight shows a week--acting, dancing, and singing in a wide variety of vocal styles? This insider's look into the unique demands of musical theatre performance establishes connecting links between voice training for the singer and drama school training for the actor.

Singing in Musical Theater: The Training of Singers and Actors
The Theatre of Illusion (2007)

L'Illusion Comique is a comedic play by Pierre Corneille, written in 1636. In its use of meta-theatricality (plays-within-the-play), it is far ahead of its time. It was first performed at the Hôtel de Bourgogne in 1636 and published in 1639. Corneille wrote this piece at the age of 29 and had already written seven other plays. L'Illusion comique marks a turning point in his career. This piece can be regarded as the end of an apprenticeship during which the author demonstrates his literary prow...

The Theatre of Illusion
Tell It Like It Is: Fifty Monologues for Talented Teens (2007)

This is a thought-provoking new collection of monologues by best-selling author Peg Kehret! Each monologue creates a moment of recognition that makes both the performer and the audience smile - and think! Most are structured to provide insights of discovery to reveal who we are and why. Every young actor performing one of these monologues will recount a memorable event that opened the way to maturity. But there's more than just provocative thoughts in this collection - many of the monologues ca...

Tell It Like It Is: Fifty Monologues for Talented Teens
The Art of Comedy: Getting Serious About Being Funny (2007)

Want to know a secret? Sssshhhh. Great comedy actors aren’t born...they’re made. Who makes them? Paul Ryan, that’s who. Now Ryan, the top comedy acting coach in Hollywood, shares his secrets in The Art of Comedy, a step-by-step guide for turning actors into comedy actors. Packed with exercises, The Art of Comedy explains exactly how to build a character, how to incorporate improvisation into a written scene, where to turn for comic inspiration, and how to increase your comedic imagination. Also ...

The Art of Comedy: Getting Serious About Being Funny
The Government Inspector (2007)

The Government Inspector, also known as The Inspector General, is a satirical play by the Russophone Ukrainian playwright and novelist Nikolai Gogol. Originally published in 1836, the play was revised for an 1842 edition. Based upon an anecdote allegedly recounted to Gogol by Pushkin,[1] the play is a comedy of errors, satirizing human greed, stupidity, and the extensive political corruption of Imperial Russia. According to D. S. Mirsky, the play "is not only supreme in character and dialogue ...

The Government Inspector
The Comedies of Machiavelli (2007)

This volume of sparkling translations - "The Woman From Andros", Machiavelli's version of Terence's classic comedy; "The Mandrake", the earliest and perhaps greatest Italian theatrical classic of all; and "Clizia", a work inspired by Plautus' "Casin" - brings to life in English plays whose racy vernacular language, subtle characterisation, and innovative dramatic construction preceded Shakespeare's establishment of English-speaking theatrical comedy by more than a half century.

The Comedies of Machiavelli
The Middle Class Gentleman (2007)

Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, also known as Molière (1622- 1673) was a French playwright and actor who is considered one of the greatest masters of comedy in Western literature. He studied at the Jesuit Clermont College, then left to begin a life in the theatre. Thirteen years on the road as an actor helped him to polish his comic abilities, while he also began writing combining Commedia dell'Arte elements with the more refined French comedy. Through the patronage of a few aristocrats including the br...

The Middle Class Gentleman
L'Avare (2007)

Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, dit Molière, (1622-1673) est un dramaturge et acteur de théâtre français. Considéré comme l'âme de la Comédie-Française, il en est toujours l'auteur le plus joué. Impitoyable pour le pédantisme des faux savants, le mensonge des médecins ignorants, la prétention des bourgeois enrichis, Molière aime la jeunesse qu'il veut libérer des contraintes absurdes. Très loin des rigueurs de la dévotion ou de l'ascétisme, son r?'le de moraliste s'arrête là où il l...

L'Avare
Achieving Flawless Auditions and Performances (2007)

This Laura King mini-series includes 2 powerful self-hypnosis CDs: Laura King s Improve Memory and Increase Concentration and the Laura King Release Performance Anxiety that guides you, the performer, through the process of how to prepare your body and mind for your upcoming audition and performance. Often time s actors and actresses sabotage their own performances way before they even set foot on the stage. This insightful self-hypnosis mini-series by Laura King teaches you how to improve your...

Achieving Flawless Auditions and Performances
O Locura O Santidad (2007)

1901. The text of the play is in Spanish. With introduction and notes by J. Geddes and Freeman M. Josselyn. From the Introduction: The remarkable career of Jose Echegaray in science, politics and letters during the latter half of the nineteenth century has attracted the attention of students in each of these departments of human activity. Indeed, the results of Echegaray has accomplished in any one of these branches entitle him to a distinguished position. To the student of letters, this fact i...

O Locura O Santidad
The Great Galeoto: Folly Or Saintliness, Two Plays Done From The Verse Of Jose Echegaray (2007)

Two Plays Done From The Verse Of Jose Echegaray.

The Great Galeoto: Folly Or Saintliness, Two Plays Done From The Verse Of Jose Echegaray
Die Leiden Des Jungen Werthers (2007)

The Sorrows of Young Werther (Die Leiden des jungen Werthers) is an epistolary and loosely autobiographical novel by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, first published in 1774; a revised edition of the novel was published in 1787. Werther was an important novel of the Sturm und Drang period in German literature, and influenced the later Romantic literary movement. The book made Goethe one of the first international literary celebrities. Toward the end of his life, a personal visit to Weimar became cr...

Die Leiden Des Jungen Werthers
Orphee (2007)

Set in contemporary Paris, the movie is a variation of the classic Greek myth of Orpheus. At the Café des Poètes, a brawl is staged by acolytes of the Princess (Casares) and the young poet Cègeste (Edouard Dermithe), a rival of Orpheus, is killed. Cègeste's body is taken to the Princess's car by her associates, and Orpheus (Marais) is asked to accompany them as a witness. They drive to a chateau (the landscape through the car windows are presented in negative) accompanied by abstract poetry on ...

Orphee
Underfoot in Show Business (2007)

It's a book about show business, where fame is the stock in trade. Each year there are hundreds of stagestruck kids arrive in New York determined to crash the theatre, firmly convinced they're destined to be famous Broadway stars or playwrights.

Underfoot in Show Business
The Dramatic Works of Gerhart Hauptmann, Volume 2: Social Dramas (2007)

Primarily in recognition of his fruitful, varied and outstanding production in the realm of dramatic art, Gerhart Hauptmann recieved a Nobel Prize in 1912. Contents of Volume 1: Preface Introduction Before DawnThe Weavers (Die Weber)The Beaver Coat (Der Biberpelz)The Conflagration (Der rote Hahn) Contents of Volume 2:IntroductionDrayman Henschel (Fuhrmann Henschel)Rose Bernd (Rose Bernd)The Rats (Die Ratten)The present edition of Hauptmann's works contains all of his plays with the exception of...

The Dramatic Works of Gerhart Hauptmann, Volume 2: Social Dramas
Euripides Alcestis, Medea, Hippolytus (2007)

This new volume of three of Euripides' most celebrated plays offers graceful, economical, metrical translations that convey the wide range of effects of the playwright's verse, from the idiomatic speech of its dialogue to the high formality of its choral odes.

Euripides Alcestis, Medea, Hippolytus
The Canvas Barricade (2007)

In print for the first time, Donald Jack's comedy The Canvas Barricade was the first modern play performed on the main stage of the Stratford Festival (1961). The original cast included Peter Donat, Kate Reid, Jack Creley, Amelia Hall, Zoe Caldwell, and Bruno Gerussi. Misty Woodenbridge, a painter, has rejected the materialism of modern so ciety for life in a tent by the Ottawa River, where he lives as carefree as the fabled grasshopper, eating stolen apples and painting masterpieces. But as su...

The Canvas Barricade

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