New Arrivals · Plays

November 25, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Die Mommie die! : a comic thriller

November 24, 2015
Busch, Charles.
New York, NY : Samuel French, ©2008.
85 pages ; 20 cm

The open house

November 19, 2015
Eno, Will, 1965-
New York : Theatre Communications Group, 2015.
71 pages ; 22 cm
""Anarchic and deliciously clever."-The Huffington Post"If the American family drama were a trout (stay with me), playwright Will Eno would gut it, shellac it, mount it on a plaque, and make it wiggle and croon 'Take Me to the River.' What I mean is that his work combines studied banality, sneaky weirdness, and formal ingenuity."-Time Out New York. People have been born into families since people started getting born at all. Playwrights have been trying to write family plays for a long time, too. And typically these plays try to answer endlessly complicated questions of blood and duty and inheritance and responsibility. They try to answer the question, "Can things really change?" People have been trying nobly for years and years to have plays solve in two hours what hasn't been solved in many lifetimes. This has to stop. The Open House is an hour and twenty minutes, with no intermission.Acclaimed playwright Will Eno brings his signature irreverence to this subversive sendup of the archetypal family drama. The Open House won the 2014 Obie Award for Playwriting and the 2014 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play. Will Eno's most recent plays include The Open House (Signature Theatre, New York, 2014; Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award for Best Play), Gnit (Humana Festival of New American Plays, 2013) and The Realistic Joneses (Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, 2012; Broadway, 2014). His play Middletown received the Horton Foote Prize, and Thom Pain (based on nothing) was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize. Eno lives in Brooklyn, New York. "-- Provided by publisher.

The poetry of Yehuda Amichai

November 19, 2015
Amichai, Yehuda.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
xxiv, 551 pages : 24 cm

Behind the beautiful forevers : a play

November 17, 2015
Hare, David, 1947-
119 pages ; 21 cm
"Based on the book by Katherine Boo."

The blue touch paper : a memoir

November 16, 2015
Hare, David, 1947-
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 2015.
xiv, 347 pages, 8 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
One of Britain's best-known screenwriters and dramatists presents a vibrant account of becoming a writer amid the enormous flux of postwar England, from his university days at Cambridge to his breakthrough success as a playwright.

Lost lake : a play

November 6, 2015
Auburn, David, 1969-
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
68 pages ; 21 cm
"An engrossing new drama from the author of Proof, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award The lakeside rental cabin Veronica has managed to afford is a far cry from the idyllic getaway she and her children were planning. Exhausted from her life as a New York City nurse and by her troubled marriage, Veronica finds herself on vacation without any adult company except for Hogan, the disheveled property owner, who becomes more unreliable by the day. Hogan has problems of his own, problems that Veronica finds herself inevitably--and irrevocably--pulled into. David Auburn's Lost Lake is a tense, carefully wrought drama about the surprising, complicated friendship formed by two very different people with no one else to turn to"-- Provided by publisher.

The Penguin Arthur Miller : collected plays

October 19, 2015
Miller, Arthur, 1915-2005, author.
New York : Penguin Books, 2015.
xix, 1286 pages ; 24 cm.
"1915 The Miller Centennial 2015"--Spine.
"To celebrate the centennial of his birth, the collected plays of America's greatest twentieth-century dramatist in a Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition In the history of postwar American art and politics, Arthur Miller casts a long shadow as a playwright of stunning range and power whose works held up a mirror to America and its shifting values. The Penguin Arthur Miller celebrates Miller's creative and intellectual legacy by bringing together the breadth of his plays, which span the decades from the 1930s to the new millennium. From his quiet debut, The Man Who Had All the Luck, and All My Sons, the follow-up that established him as a major talent, to career hallmarks like The Crucible and Death of a Salesman, and later works like Mr. Peters' Connections and Resurrection Blues, the range and courage of Miller's moral and artistic vision are here on full display. Including eighteen plays--some known by all and others that will come as discoveries to many readers--The Penguin Arthur Miller is a collectible treasure for fans of Miller's drama and an indispensable resource for students of the theatre. The Penguin Arthur Miller includes: The Man Who Had All the Luck, All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, An Enemy of the People, The Crucible, A View from the Bridge, After the Fall, Incident at Vichy, The Price, The Creation of the World and Other Business, The Archbishop's Ceiling, The American Clock, Playing for Time, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, The Last Yankee, Broken Glass, Mr. Peters' Connections, and Resurrection Blues. For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators"-- Provided by publisher.

The hard problem

October 7, 2015
Stoppard, Tom, author.
New York : Grove, 2015.
76 pages ; 21 cm

The mystery plays

October 7, 2015
Aguirre-Sacasa, Roberto.
New York : Dramatists Play Service, ©2005.
66 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
"The Mystery plays received the 2002 Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center's Fund for New American Plays"--Page 4.
"The Mystery plays is two plays ... separated by an intermission. Characters from the first play cross over into the second."--Author's note.
The filmmaker's mystery -- Ghost children.
THE MYSTERY PLAYS is two interrelated one acts, loosely based on the tradition of the medieval mystery plays. In the first play, THE FILMMAKER'S MYSTERY, Joe Manning, a director of horror films, survives a terrible train wreck--only to be haunted by the ghost of Nathan West, one of the passengers who didn't survive. As the police investigate Joe, he investigates Nathan, desperate to understand why he survived and what Nathan's specter could possible want. In the second play, GHOST CHILDREN, Joe's attorney and friend, Abby Gilly, travels to a small town in rural Oregon to make peace with the man who brutally murdered her parents and younger sister sixteen years earlier. The man--the murderer--is her older brother. Like the original medieval mystery plays, THE MYSTERY PLAYS wrestles with the most profound of human ideas: the mysteries of death, the after-life, religion, faith, and forgiveness--in a uniquely American way.


October 7, 2015
Edgar, David, 1948-
London : Nick Hern Books, 1995.
xiv, 105 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Published in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
"First performed at the other place, Stratford-upon-Avon, 12 October 1994."
Text of production first performed At The Other Place, Stratford-Upon-Avon, 12 October 1994.

The year of Lear : Shakespeare in 1606

October 6, 2015
Shapiro, James S., 1955- author.
xi, 367 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm
"Preeminent Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro shows how the tumultuous events in England in 1606 affected Shakespeare and shaped the three great tragedies he wrote that year--King Lear, Macbeth, and Antony and Cleopatra. In the years leading up to 1606, since the death of Queen Elizabeth and the arrival in England of her successor, King James of Scotland, Shakespeare's great productivity had ebbed, and it may have seemed to some that his prolific genius was a thing of the past. But that year, at age forty-two, he found his footing again, finishing a play he had begun the previous autumn--King Lear--then writing two other great tragedies, Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra. It was a memorable year in England as well--and a grim one, in the aftermath of a terrorist plot conceived by a small group of Catholic gentry that had been uncovered at the last hour. The foiled Gunpowder Plot would have blown up the king and royal family along with the nation's political and religious leadership. The aborted plot renewed anti-Catholic sentiment and laid bare divisions in the kingdom. It was against this background that Shakespeare finished Lear, a play about a divided kingdom, then wrote a tragedy that turned on the murder of a Scottish king, Macbeth. He ended this astonishing year with a third masterpiece no less steeped in current events and concerns: Antony and Cleopatra. The Year of Lear sheds light on these three great tragedies by placing them in the context of their times, while also allowing us greater insight into how Shakespeare was personally touched by such events as a terrible outbreak of plague and growing religious divisions. For anyone interested in Shakespeare, this is an indispensable book"-- Provided by publisher.

Luna gale

September 30, 2015
Gilman, Rebecca Claire, author.
London : Faber And Faber, 2015.
112 pages ; 20 cm

The Rising Water trilogy : plays

September 25, 2015
Biguenet, John, author.
Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, [2015]
xiv, 217 pages ; 22 cm
Rising Water -- Shotgun -- Mold.

Airline highway : a play

September 25, 2015
D'Amour, Lisa, 1969-
x, 149 pages ; 23 cm
"Airline highway is a rollicking play that, with great insight, humor, and subtlety, examines a tight-knit community of "outsiders" over the course of a single, legendary day. The Hummingbird Hotel is the figurative or literal home for a group of strippers, French Quarter service workers, hustlers, and poets who are bound together by their bad luck, bad decisions, and complete lack of pretense. Presiding over them is Miss Roby, a beloved former burlesque performer who has requested a funeral before she dies. As the people whose lives she has touched gather to celebrate her, they must face themselves, each other, and the consequence of the choices they have made. Airline highway shows us the tenuous hold that community, authenticity, and real-time ritual have on a rapidly gentrifying New Orleans." --Back cover.

The theater of war : what ancient Greek tragedies can teach us today

September 22, 2015
Doerries, Bryan, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
284 pages ; 21 cm
Learning through suffering -- PTSD is from BC -- American Ajax -- Prometheus in solitary -- Heracles in hospice.

Yoo-hoo and Hank Williams : a play

September 10, 2015
Moss, Gregory S., author.
79 pages ; 21 cm
"In "Yoo-Hoo and Hank Williams," Gregory S. Moss's quirkily re-imagined version of the American South in the fifties, the Yoo-Hoo Girl is a shy, eccentric romantic, fond of her fantasies and of instant foods (Rice-a-Roni, Jell-O, Salisbury steak TV dinners ), movie star magazines, Elvis, and of course Hank Williams. Her neighbors? They re pretty dreamy and eccentric too the Paperboy; big, loud Amy; and the old lady Madeleine aka Batty, who's prepared to wait out a nuclear strike in her basement with old Sears catalogs and lemonade to sustain her. Life here is crazy but simple, but then gets more crazy, more complicated, and more real, when the seductive Salesman turns up at the Yoo-Hoo Girl's house. A favorite with actors for its powerful, poignant, and highly original monologues and scenes, "Yoo-Hoo and Hank Williams "is a dark, absurdist delight."--Back cover.

All that you've seen here is God : new versions of four Greek tragedies : Ajax, Philoctetes, and Women of Trachis by Sophocles & Prometheus bound by Aeschylus

September 2, 2015
Sophocles, author.
New York : Vintage Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, 2015.
xiv, 464 pages ; 21 cm
Ajax / Sophocles -- Philoctetes / Sophocles -- Prometheus bound / Aeschylus -- Women of Trachis / Sophocles.

The Richard Wesley play anthology.

August 4, 2015
Wesley, Richard, 1945-
Montclair, New Jersey : Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, 2015.
318 pages ; 22 cm
Black terror -- The sirens -- The mighty gents -- The talented tenth -- Autumn.

The 30-minute Shakespeare anthology : based on the plays of William Shakespeare

July 21, 2015
Newlin, Nick, author.
xvii, 297 pages ; 22 cm
"Including stage directions for all levels of experience"--Cover.
"Drawing on his eighteen years of experience as a teaching artist for Folger Shakespeare Library, Nick Newlin offers eighteen scenes to get young actors on their feet performing Shakespeare with confidence, understanding, and fun! Each scene averages five minutes in length, containing two to six characters, and features a monologue that young performers can use in performance, audition, or competition. Every scene has been 'road tested' by one of Newlin's student groups at the Folger's annual Secondary School Shakespeare Festival, and includes dynamic stage directions and incisive performance notes to help teachers and students bring Shakespeare's plays to life."

The Best American short plays.

July 20, 2015
New York : Applause Theatre Books,
v. ; 22 cm.

Teen boys' comedic monologues that are actually funny

July 20, 2015
Milwaukee, WI : Applause Imprint Logo, an Imprint of Hal Leonard Corporation, [2015]
vii, 204 pages ; 20 cm.

Men's comedic monologues that are actually funny

July 13, 2015
Miliwaukee, WI : Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, 2015.
viii, 235 pages ; 20 cm

The realistic Joneses

July 10, 2015
Eno, Will, 1965-
New York : Theatre Communications Group, 2015.
75 pages ; 22 cm

Selected works : a memoir in plays

July 9, 2015
McNally, Terrence, author.
New York : Grove Press, ©2015.
x, 658 pages ; 24 cm
At rise -- Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune -- The Lisbon Traviata -- Lips together, teeth apart -- A perfect Ganesh -- Love! Valour! Compassion! -- Master class -- And away we go -- Mothers and sons.
Since his first play, And Things That Go Bump in the Night, which premiered in 1965, McNally has proven himself to be a trailblazing figure and unique voice in American theater, known for his exploration of gay themes and his chronicling of America's changing social attitudes over the past fifty years. His thirty-three plays, nine musicals, three operas, and seven scripts for film and television, are a testament to his astonishing commitment to writing. In Selected Plays, for the very first time, McNally collects a set of eight plays that he considers the most important of his oeuvre, including the Tony-nominated Mothers and Sons and the critically acclaimed And Away We Go, neither of which have been previously published. Introducing each play with a personal essay that recounts an anecdote or discusses an aspect of the play that proceeds it, McNally himself frames his own life in the theater. Selected Plays is a landmark publication, a memoir in plays from one of America's most highly regarded and best-loved playwrights.

Real women have curves : a comedy

July 2, 2015
López, Josefina, 1969-
Woodstock, Ill. : Dramatic Pub., ©1996.
80 pages ; 19 cm

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