New Arrivals · Plays

June 21, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.


June 20, 2017
Nottage, Lynn, author.
112 pages ; 22 cm
A play.
"In one of the poorest cities in America, Reading, Pennsylvania, a group of down-and-out factory workers struggles to keep their present lives in balance, ignorant of the financial devastation looming in their near futures. Set in 2008, the powerful crux of this new play is knowing the fate of the characters long before it's even in their sights. Based on Nottage's extensive research and interviews with real residents of Reading, Sweat is a topical reflection of the present and poignant outcome of America's economic decline."--Provided by publisher.


May 26, 2017
Rogers, J. T., 1968- author.
xiv, 118 pages ; 22 cm
"Oslo tells the surprising true story of the back-channel talks, unlikely friendships, and quiet heroics that led to the 1993 Oslo Accords between the Israelis and Palestinians" --Back cover.

The great society

May 10, 2017
Schenkkan, Robert, 1953- author.
New York : Grove Press, 2017.
133 pages ; 21 cm
"A play"--Cover.
"In the years from 1965 to 1968, LBJ struggles to fight a 'war on poverty' even as his war in Vietnam spins out of control. Besieged by political opponents, Johnson marshals all his political wiles to try to pass some of the most important social programs in U.S. history, while the country descends into chaos over the war and backlash against civil rights"--Back cover.

Falstaff : give me life

April 12, 2017
Bloom, Harold, author.
xi, 158 pages ; 22 cm.
Prelude -- Playing Falstaff -- Beautiful, laughing, living speech -- Hotspur: die all, die merrily -- Whose Falstaff is it? -- Bardolph's nose -- Falstaff rises in the body -- Foregrounding Falstaff -- Darkening Falstaff -- Shakespeare darkening -- Who plays the King -- Ancient Pistol and Doll Tearsheet -- Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown -- Shallow and silence: Falstaff at recruitment -- Prince John of Lancaster at betrayal -- Falstaff on sherris sack -- Master Robert Shallow and Falstaff -- Falstaff in Shallow's orchard -- The arrest of Mistress Quickly and Doll Tearsheet -- The rejection of Falstaff -- The death of Sir John Falstaff.

Mr. Burns and other plays

April 6, 2017
Washburn, Anne (Anne Elizabeth), author.
ix, 340 pages ; 22 cm
I have loved strangers -- The small -- Mr. Burns -- 10 out of 12.
"Anne Washburn's plays blend naturalistic human presence with formal thought experiments that drive at the question of what storytelling means to human survival. Via high-and-low storytelling, Washburn writes about contemporary and near-future culture, calling on Homer, Euripides, the Prophet Jeremiah, the world of fantasy games and The Simpsons" -- Cover.

My life to live

March 28, 2017
Nixon, Agnes, 1922-2016, author.
New York : Crown Archetype, 2017.
xv, 266 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Paper dolls -- The problem with perfection -- Guiding lights -- The mills of God -- The promise of a kiss -- The eighth child -- Lieutenant Priester -- Freedom of opportunity -- New frontiers -- Search for tomorrow -- Best man -- Settling down -- The tie that binds -- Pine Valley dreams -- One life to live -- Make 'em laugh, make 'em cry, make 'em wait -- The power of the pencil -- The ratings speak -- Actors and me -- Time and tide.
In this memoir, Agnes Nixon--the television pioneer who wrote and produced the award-winning soap operas All my children and One life to live--outlines her own dramatic life and how she broke network taboos about controversial issues and began a long line of female showrunners.

The black statue : a negro farce in one act and one scene

March 8, 2017
White, Charles, 1821-1891, author.
New York : Frederic A. Brady, [1900?]
27 pages : illustration ; 19 cm.
Copy in Genealogy and Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection, comes with original tan paper wrapper, with front cover partially detached and back cover missing.
"As performed by Charley White"--Cover.

A silent woman : a farce in one act

March 7, 2017
Lacy, Thomas Hailes, 1809-1873.
New York : Robert M. De Witt, [1835?]
8 pages : plan ; 20 cm.
Copy in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection, bound in original tan paper wrappers with detached covers.
"First performed August 17, 1835 ... To which are added a description of the costumes, cast of the characters ... and the whole of the stage business."

As like as two peas : a farce in one act

March 7, 2017
Lille, Herbert.
London : Thomas Hailes Lacy, [1854?]
28 pages ; 19 cm
Copy in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection, unbound with front and back wrappers missing.

Rory O'More : a drama, in three acts : founded on the romance of that title

March 7, 2017
Lover, Samuel, 1797-1868.
New York : Samuel French, [between 1850 and 1869]
47 pages ; 19 cm.
Final page is blank.
Copy in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection, bound in original tan paper wrappers.

The orange girl : a drama, in a prologue and three acts

March 7, 2017
Leslie, Henry, 1830-1881.
New York : R.M. De Witt, [1864?]
42 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Copy in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection, unbound with front and back wrappers missing.

My bachelor days : a farce, in one act

March 7, 2017
Morton, John Maddison, 1811-1891.
London : S. French ; New York (38 E. 14th St.) : S. French & Son, [188-?]
16 pages ; 19 cm.
Copy in Genealogy and Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection, comes with original pink paper wrappers.

Love in humble life : a petite comedy, in one act : to which are added a description of the costume, cast of characters, entrances and exits, relative positions, and the whole of the stage business.

March 7, 2017
Payne, John Howard, 1791-1852.
New York : S. French, [1855?]
24 pages ; 18 cm.
Copy in Genealogy & Local History, Cincinnati Collection bound in original tan wrappers stitched with brown thread.

On the sly! : a farce, in one act

February 23, 2017
Morton, John Maddison, 1811-1891.
London : Thomas Hailes Lacy, [1864?]
30 pages ; 19 cm.
Copy in Genealogy and Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection, comes with original green paper wrappers with front cover detached.

The golden eagle, or, The privateer of '76 : a national drama in three acts and a prologue

February 23, 2017
Howe, J. B. (J. Burdett), 1828-1908.
New York : Samuel French, 1857.
37 pages ; 16 cm
Copy in Genealogy and Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection, comes with original tan paper wrappers with additional tan wrapper stitched with brown thread and title handwritten in blue ink.

The rival lovers : a negro farce in one act and one scene

February 23, 2017
White, Charles, 1821-1891.
New York : Frederic A. Brady. [©1856]
18 pages : illustration ; 19 cm.
Copy in Genealogy and Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection, comes with original tan paper wrappers with front cover detached.

Cherry bounce! : a farce, in one act

February 23, 2017
Raymond, R. J. (Richard John)
London : Thomas Hailes Lacy, [18--?]
18 pages : frontispiece 15 cm.
Copy in Genealogy and Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection, comes with original tan paper wrappers with front cover detached.

A spelling bee, or, The battle of the dictionaries : a new seasonable absurdity

February 23, 2017
Reece, Robert, 1838-1891.
London : E. Rimmel, 1876.
14 pages ; 21 cm
Cover title.
"First produced at the Gaiety Theatre, Strand, under the management of Mr. John Hollingshead, Wednesday, February 16th, 1876."

Sunshine through the clouds : a drama in one act

February 23, 2017
Lewes, George Henry, 1817-1878
London : Thomas Hailes Lacy, [1854?]
29 pages ; 19 cm
Copy in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection, bound in original pink paper wrappers.
"Adapted from 'La joie fait peur', by Madame de Girardin."

Three sisters

February 6, 2017
Letts, Tracy, 1965- author.
86 pages ; 22 cm

The lost plays of Greek tragedy. Volume 1, Neglected authors

January 4, 2017
Wright, Matthew (Matthew Ephraim), author.
London : Bloomsbury Academic, 2016.
xxix, 277 pages ; 24 cm

Shakespeare : investigate the bard's influence on today's world

December 15, 2016
Diehn, Andi, author.
118 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
Explores the language and themes of Shakespeare's plays and examines the playwright's reach in today's books, music, and movies.

Theatre for youth II : more plays with mature themes

December 12, 2016
xi, 473 pages ; 23 cm.

Rules for others to live by : comments and self-contradictions

November 22, 2016
Greenberg, Richard, 1958- author.
New York : Blue Rider Press, [2016]
xviii, 300 pages ; 21 cm
Apology to Oprah -- Introduction -- Manifesto. Wisdom -- City. Selves ; Well, you've just been a delight, or New York City in the eighties ; Mediocrity: an appreciation ; I completely agree, but: two nostaldias ; Local character ; Weatherless Chelsea ; As I was saying to Kitty Genovese ; Here, too, is New York ; Here's an idea ; In the moment ; My racial incident -- City Friends. Trapped ; My friend, the murderer manqué ; Surprising friend ; Socialism ; Worst-case scenario ; Friendship ; Cute idea -- Storytelling. My first-world problem and Go fuck yourself ; Origin myth ; Genre/role ; Rich peaople ; Selling out ; Triumph ; A plea for universal misunderstanding ; Presence ; Anecdote -- Health, education. Goodness ; Doctors/diagnosticians ; Sleep ; Oblivion ; Malpractice ; Age -- City friends, new and updated. Deferred ; On liking racist things -- Obligatory. My best recipe -- Several dead women of whom I was fond. Maeve and Fredda ; In order of disappearance -- Things are looking up, maybe; and back. Opinions ; Nuptials ; Byrne the witch: my radical youth ; On the other hand... ; A paradox explained ; Ignorance ; Meaning ; The sump ; Trees ; Dinner ; Local character, part 2.
"David Sedaris meets Garrison Keillor in this hysterically funny and thoughtful collection of original essays by Tony Award-winning playwright Richard Greenberg, who shares anecdotes and observations gathered from a lifetime of perfecting Rules for Others to Live By. Between worrying about his artist friends and reconciling his complicated feelings about New York City, Pulitzer finalist Richard Greenberg still finds time to be something of a hermit--and it seems to be working out for him. As a playwright, he says, the time spent alone making up stories about fictional characters has sharpened his sensitivity to real life and all of the bizarre, unpredictable, and even unimaginable people beyond one's front door. In Rules for Others to Live By, he shares stories from his life, observations from two decades of residence on a three-block stretch of New York City, and musings from his brilliant, if not a little unusual, mind. Spanning a range of topics from friendship to writing, urban life to visiting parents, health crises to hypochondria and other paranoid tendencies, Greenberg's distinct and hilarious voice articulates our own mild obsessions and the idiosyncrasies we can only hope will go unnoticed in a crowd"-- Provided by publisher.

By women possessed : a life of Eugene O'Neill

November 16, 2016
Gelb, Arthur, 1924-2014, author.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Random House, [2016]
xxv, 869 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
"A Marian Wood book."
Upheaval -- About Agnes -- Mistress, secretary, wife, and mother -- "Time's winged chariot" -- Unraveling.
"Celebrated for their books on Eugene O'Neill and enjoying access to a trove of previously sealed archival material, the Gelbs deliver their final volume on the stormy life and brilliant oeuvre of this Nobel Prize-winning American playwright. This is a tour through both a magical moment in American theater and the troubled life of a genius. Not a peep show or a celebrity gossip fest, this book is a brilliant investigation of the emotional knots that ensnared one of our most important playwrights. Handsome, charming when he wanted to be, O'Neill was the flame women were drawn to--all, that is, except his mother, who never let him forget he was unwanted. By Women Possessed follows O'Neill through his great successes, the failures he was able to shrug off, and the long eclipse, a twelve-year period in which, despite the Nobel, nothing he wrote was produced. But ahead lay his greatest achievements: The Iceman Cometh and Long Day's Journey into Night. Both were ahead of their time and both received lukewarm receptions. It wasn't until after his death that his widow, the keeper of the flame, began a fierce and successful campaign to restore his reputation. The result is that today, just over 125 years after his birth, O'Neill is a towering presence in the theater, his work--always in performance here and abroad--still electrifying audiences. Perhaps of equal importance, he is the acknowledged father of modern American theater, the man who paved the way for the likes of Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Edward Albee, and a host of others. But, as Williams has said, at a cost: 'O'Neill gave birth to the American theater and died for it'"-- Provided by publisher.

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