New Arrivals · Plays

April 15, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Shakespeare in America : an anthology from the revolution to now

April 14, 2014
xxxi, 724 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm.
The pausing American loyalist / Anonymous -- Epilogue to Coriolanus / Jonathan M. Sewall -- The tragic genius of Shakspeare: an ode / Peter Markoe -- Letter to John Quincy Adams / John Adams -- Stratford on Avon / Washington Irving -- Prize ode / Charles Sprague -- The Character of Desdemona / John Quincy Adams -- Hazlitt's characters of Shakspeare / Edgar Allan Poe -- First impressions of Miss Cushman's Romeo / J. M. W -- Indians of North America / Maungwudaus -- Account of the terrific and fatal riot at the New-York Astor Place Opera House / Anonymous -- Shakspeare, or, the Poet / Ralph Waldo Emerson -- Hawthorne and his Mosses / Herman Melville -- Ira Aldridge / William Wells Brown -- Recollections of a gifted woman / Nathaniel Hawthorne -- Drama's vitallest expression is the common day / Emily Dickinson -- Address delivered at the opening of the New Theatre at Richmond / Henry Timrod -- Letter to James H. Hackett / Abraham Lincoln -- The killing of Julius Caesar localized / Mark Twain -- Shakespeare Tercentennial Celebration, April 23, 1864 / Oliver Wendell Holmes -- Letter to the National Intelligencer / John Wilkes Booth -- The Coming storm / Herman Melville -- Shylock, a burlesque / G. W. H. Griffin -- Othello / Mary Preston -- In the Old Churchyard at Fredericksburg / Frederick Wadsworth Loring -- What lurks behind Shakspere's historical plays? / Walt Whitman -- The art of Edwin Booth: Hamlet / William Winter -- Shakespeare / William Dean Howells -- From Between the acts: Antony and Cleopatra / Willa Cather -- Shakespeare's Americanisms / Henry Cabot Lodge -- A modern Lear / Jane Addams -- The Hiartville Shakespeare Club / Belle Marshall Locke -- The birthplace / Henry James -- Autobiographical dictation / Mark Twain -- Shakespeare: made in America / George Santayana -- Out, Out / Robert Frost -- Shakespeare's heroines as human beings / Charlotte Perkins Gilman -- Heart of the race / Charles Mills Gayley -- Hamlet and his problems / T. S. Eliot -- To Mark Anthony in heaven / William Carlos Williams -- Shakespeares of 1922 / Lorenz Hart and Morrie Ryskind -- John Barrymore's Hamlet / Stark Young -- Shakespeare for America / George F. Whicher -- Shakespeare and American culture / Joseph Quincy Adams -- The Macbeth murder mystery / James Thurber -- Orson Welles's Julius Caesar / Sidney B. Whipple -- Japanese Hamlet / Toshio Mori -- Shakespeare in Harlem / Langston Hughes -- Paul Robeson's Othello / Samuel Sillen -- Laurence Olivier's Henry V / James Agee -- Preface to G. I. Hamlet / Maurice Evans -- Brush up your Shakespeare / Cole Porter -- The abuse of greatness / Hollis Alpert -- The immortal bard / Isaac Asimov -- Shakespeare's last word: justice and redemption / John Berryman -- Hipsters, flipsters, and finger-poppin daddis / Lord Buckley -- Carlus / Hyam Plutzik -- General Macbeth / Mary McCarthy -- After dark / Adrienne Rich -- Orson Welles: there ain't no way / Pauline Kael -- From Run-through / John Houseman -- Bus soft ... real soft / Woody Allen -- Caliban in blue / Walter McDonald -- Cora Lee / Gloria Naylor -- West Side Story / Dramatists Guild Landmark Symposium -- The Shakespeare marathon / Frank Rich and Joseph Papp -- Address to the Royal Society of Arts / Sam Wanamaker -- Shakespeare in Iceland / Jane Smiley -- Actors / Cynthia Ozick -- Daily grind / B. J. Ward -- From NETS / Jen Bervin.
This anthology traces the surprising story of how Americans made Shakespeare their own through a wide range of genres. The writers included range from the 1800s to the present day, and offer testimony to Shakespeare's profound and enduring influence.

The taming of the shrew

April 9, 2014
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2003.
xiii, 198 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Introduction -- Date and theatrical context -- The Shrew in the context of Shakespeare's own work -- Sources -- The taming of the shrew on stage -- Critical approaches -- Postscript : working on the play -- Recent textual, critical and stage interpretations -- Note on the text -- List of characters -- The play -- Textual analysis -- Appendixes: Passages from A Shrew -- The staging of Induction 2 -- Music in the play -- Reading list.
For this updated edition Ann Thompson has added new sections to the introduction which describe the 'deeply problematic' nature of debates about the play and its reception since the 1980s. She discusses recent editions and textual, performance and critical studies.

One man, two guvnors

April 2, 2014
Bean, Richard, 1956-
67 pages ; 20 cm
Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small-time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect a debt from his fiancee's dad. But Roscoe is really his sister, Rachel, posiing as her own dead brother, who's been killed by her boyfriend, Stanley Stubbers. Holed up at The Cricketers Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be reunited with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple.

F. Scott Fitzgerald's The great Gatsby

April 2, 2014
Levy, Simon, 1949-
New York : Dramatists Play Service, c2013.
56 p. ; 20 cm.
Play for 5 men and 4 women (doubling, flexible casting)
"Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire, passionately pursues the elusive Daisy Buchanan. Nick Carraway, a young newcomer to Long Island, is drawn into their world of obsession, greed and danger. The breathtaking glamour and decadent excess of the Jazz Age come to the stage in F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel, and in Simon Levy's adaptation, approved by the Fitzgerald Estate"--Back cover.

Little women

April 2, 2014
Reeves, Emma.
London : Oberon Books, c2004.
96 p ; 21 cm.

Henry V

March 12, 2014
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
New York : Modern Library 2010.
xxix, 229 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
"The version of Henry V and the corresponding footnotes that appear in this volume were originally published in: William Shakespeare, complete works, edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen, published in 2007 by Modern Library, a division of Random House, Inc."--t.p. verso.

William Shakespeare's The empire striketh back : Star Wars part the fifth

March 12, 2014
Doescher, Ian, author.
172 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"Lucas Books."

Lillian Hellman : an imperious life

March 11, 2014
Gallagher, Dorothy.
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2014]
vi, 171 pages ; 22 cm.

A nice family gathering : a comedy

March 10, 2014
Olson, Phil.
New York, NY : S. French, Inc., c2006.
105 p. : ill. ; 18 cm.
"A nice family gathering was first produced at Lonny Chapman Group Repertory Theatre in Los Angeles, California, in March, 2000"--P. [4].
"A Nice Family Gathering is a story about a man who loved his wife so much, he almost told her. It's Thanksgiving Day and the first family gathering at the Lundeen household since the Patriarch died. At the gathering, Dad comes back as a ghost with a mission; to tell his wife he loved her, something he neglected to tell her while he was alive. After all, they were only married for 41 years. The problem is, she can't hear or see him. The trouble begins when Mom invites a date for dinner."--Publisher's website.

O starry starry night : a play

March 10, 2014
Walcott, Derek.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, [2014].
106 pages ; 21 cm
"A new play by Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott, exploring the fraught friendship between master painters Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin"-- Provided by publisher.

Sherlock Holmes and the adventure of the Suicide Club

March 10, 2014
Hatcher, Jeffrey, 1957- author.
New York : Dramatists Play Service, [2013].
68 pages ; 20 cm
"The world premiere ... was originally commissioned and produced by Arizona Theatre Company, Tuscon/Phoenix, Arizona"--P. 2.
Arthur Conan Doyle's famous characters are dropped into a story inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson's novella The Suicide Club. In the heart of London, powerful men gather to play a game: murder. This is the Suicide Club; the newest member is Sherlock Holmes. Why does Holmes wish to die? Can his friend Dr. Watson save him? Or doesn't Holmes want to be saved?

Dead accounts

February 24, 2014
Rebeck, Theresa.
Hanover, NH : PiP, 2012.
115 p. ; 22 cm.
With forewords by the playwright and opening night director.

The importance of being earnest and four other plays

February 14, 2014
Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900.
New York : Barnes & Noble Classics, c2003.
xxix, 384 p. ; 21 cm.
The importance of being earnest -- Lady Windermere's fan -- A woman of no importance -- An ideal husband -- Salomé.

Outside Mullingar

February 13, 2014
Shanley, John Patrick.
New York : Theatre Communications Group, [2014].
xii, 65 pages ; 22 cm.
""In the work of John Patrick Shanley, the truth is as charming as it is painful, reality as touched with magic as it is factual, and existence as absolute as it is illusory."--BOMB magazineFor Anthony and Rosemary, introverted misfits straddling forty, love seems unlikely. In this very Irish story with a surprising depth of poetic passion, these yearning, eccentric souls fight their way towards solid ground and happiness. Their journey is heartbreaking, funny as hell, and ultimately, deeply moving. Set in the Irish countryside, Outside Mullingar has been dubbed the "Irish Moonstruck" and will premiere on Broadway in 2014, starring Debra Messing and Brian F. O'Byrne and helmed by Doug Hughes, the Tony Award-winning director of Doubt.John Patrick Shanley is from the Bronx. His plays include Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Savage in Limbo, and Dirty Story. His trilogy Church and State began with Doubt, followed by Defiance and Storefront Church. For his play Doubt, the playwright received both the Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize. He has nine films to his credit, including the five-time Oscar-nominated Doubt with Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, and Viola Davis. Other films include Five Corners, Alive, Joe Versus The Volcano, and Live From Baghdad for HBO (Emmy nomination). For Moonstruck, he received both the Writers Guild Award and the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. The Writers Guild of America awarded Shanley the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award in Writing"-- Provided by publisher.

Rapture, blister, burn

February 11, 2014
Gionfriddo, Gina.
Hanover, NH : Smith and Kraus, c2012.
ix, 139 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
"After grad school, Catherine and Gwen chose polar opposite paths. Catherine build a career as a rockstar academic, while Gwen built a home with her husband and children. Decades later, unfulfilled in polar opposite ways, each woman covets the other's life, comencing a dangerous game of musical charis -- the prize being Gwen's husband."

The other place : a play

January 31, 2014
White, Sharr, author.
96 pages ; 21 cm

Angels in America : a gay fantasia on national themes

January 14, 2014
Kushner, Tony.
New York : Theatre Communications Group, 2013.
xi, 333 pages ; 23 cm
"2013 revised edition"--Title page.
Part one: millennium approaches -- Part two: Perestroika.

Nikolai and the others / a play by Richard Nelson ; preface by André Bishop.

January 9, 2014
Nelson, Richard, 1950-
New York : Overlook Duckworth, 2013.
160 p. cm.
"It's 1948 and during a spring weekend in Westport, Connecticut, a close-knit group of Russian émigrés, including choreographer George Balanchine, composer Igor Stravinsky, conductor Serge Koussevitsky, painter/set designer Sergey Sudeikin, and composer Nikolai Nabokov, gather to eat, drink and talk. In Nikolai and the others Richard Nelson imagines the relationships between Balanchine and Stravinsky, their friends, lovers, wives and ex-wives, supporters, and dancers (including Maria Tallchief and Nicholas Magallanes), at the time of their historic collaboration on the ballet Orpheus. Later that year, Orpheus would be the spectacular inaugural production of the newly formed New York City Ballet. The play also explores the controversial ways American art and artistic institutions were funded at the outset of the Cold War--including the subtle hand of the State Department in the post-war cultural scene."--P. [4] of cover.

Oedipus tyrannus, Electra, and Antigone

December 26, 2013
New York : Hinds, [189-]
146 p. ; 16 cm.

Teddy Ferrara

December 9, 2013
Shinn, Christopher.
New York, NY : Theatre Communications Group, 2013.
124 pages ; 22 cm
""Mr. Shinn is among the most provocative and probing of American playwrights today."-The New York Times"Chris Shinn explores politics and ethics without moralizing and finds justice and beauty in intimate life, keenly observed and rendered scrupulously, unapologetically, fearlessly. I admire his work enormously."-Tony KushnerWhen a campus tragedy makes national headlines, Gabe, a senior who runs the Queer Students Group, discovers that events surrounding the tragedy aren't as straightforward as they seem. A Pulitzer Prize finalist's searing play about what happens when a tragedy sparks a movement - and the truth gets lost along the way. World Premiere at Chicago's Goodman Theatre in winter 2013.Christopher Shinn's works include Where Do We Live, Four, Other People, What Didn't Happen, On the Mountain, and The Coming World. He has received the Obie Award for playwriting and a Guggenheim Fellowship in Playwriting, and has also been shortlisted for the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Play and nominated for an Olivier Award for Most Promising Playwright. "-- Provided by publisher.

Fault lines : three plays

November 26, 2013
Billon, Nicolas, 1978-
92 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
"Edited for the press by Leigh Nash and Alana Wilcox"--Colophon.
Greenland -- Iceland -- Faroe Islands.

2 prospectors : the letters of Sam Shepard & Johnny Dark

November 15, 2013
Austin : University of Texas Press, 2013.
xv, 383 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Text on lining papers.
"The Southwestern Writers Collection Series originates from the Wittliff Collections, a repository of literature, film, music, and Southwestern and Mexican photography established at Texas State University/San Marcos"--Title page verso.
Machine generated contents note: Editor's Introduction -- Acknowledgments -- Characters -- The Letters -- Caption List -- Index.
"Pulitzer Prize-winning author of plays such as True West, Fool For Love, and Buried Child, and Academy Award-nominated actor in many films, including The Right Stuff, Sam Shepard is arguably America's finest working dramatist. He has said many times that he will never write a memoir. But he has written intensively about his inner life and creative work to his former father-in-law and housemate, Johnny Dark. This book gathers nearly 40 years of their correspondence, which provides the most honest and complete record of Shepard's professional and personal lives that he is ever likely to publish. The book is illustrated with Dark's candid, revealing photographs of Shepard and their mutual family across many years, as well as facsimiles of numerous letters. It makes a perfect companion to Treva Wurmfeld's recent film, Shepard & Dark"-- Provided by publisher.

William Shakespeare and others : collaborative plays

November 15, 2013
Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
782 pages : illustrations, facsimiles ; 24 cm.
General introduction -- Arden of Faversham -- Locrine -- Edward III -- The Spanish tragedy (with additions) -- Thomas Lord Cromwell -- Sir Thomas More -- The London prodigal -- A Yorkshire tragedy -- Mucedorus (with additions) -- Double falsehood, or, The distressed lovers -- Authorship and attribution -- From script to stage.

Sex plays

November 15, 2013
Bogosian, Eric, author.
New York : Theatre Communications Group, Inc., [2013]
135 pages ; 21 cm
1 + 1 1 -- Skunkweed.
"A born storyteller with perfect pitch."--The New York Times "Greatly and bilaterally talented. spiky, stinging, caustic without cauterizing. And funny."--New York One of America's premier performers and most innovative and provocative artists offers his two newest plays: Skunkweed details the culture clash between a Los Angeles screenwriter and a working-class girl and her rural Florida clan in a hotel room, and 1+1 explores desire, greed, and responsibility to others through the lives of an aspiring actress, assistant restaurant manager, and a photographer. About the characters in 1+1, Eric Bogosian recently stated, "Bri, Phil, and Carl are based on people I've found intensely interesting my whole life: a good-looking hustler, an ambitious pretty girl, and a 'good guy' who always seems to finish last. The story is a parable. All my plays are. My plays are not expositions of a specific time and place. Rather, I try to find a way to set them so that the audience can immerse itself in a situation. I don't have answers. I have questions." Eric Bogosian is a writer and actor who has authored five full-length plays and created six full-length solos for himself, including Talk Radio; subUrbia; Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll; Pounding Nails in the Floor with My Forehead; and Drinking in America. He is the recipient of three OBIE Awards and a Drama Desk Award, and has toured throughout the United States and Europe. "-- Provided by publisher.

Heartless : a play

November 15, 2013
Shepard, Sam, 1943-
New York : Vintage Books, A Division of Random House LLC, 2013.
120 pages ; 21 cm
"A Vintage Books Original."
When Roscoe, a 65-year-old Cervantes scholar, runs off with a young woman named Sally, he decides to stay a while in her family home. Soon he discovers that Sally's house--once inhabited by James Dean; perched precariously over the San Fernando valley--is filled with secrets, sadness, and haunted women who cannot leave themselves or anyone else in peace. From Lucy, Sally's suspicious sister, to Mable, their Shakespeare-quoting invalid mother, to Elizabeth, Mable's lovely and mysteriously mute nurse, the forces of the house conspire to make Roscoe question his assumptions about everything. As scars and histories are revealed, Shepard shows, as only he can, what happens when the secrets simmering within a family boil over. "Heartless" masterfully explores the irrevocability of our pasts--and the possibility of life begun anew.

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