New Arrivals · Plays

September 18, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Contemporary monologues for men

September 17, 2014
London : Nick Hern Books, [2014].
164 pages ; 20 cm
Arnold from 3 Sisters on Hope Street / Diane Samuels and Tracy Ann Oberman -- Oliver Cromwell from 55 Days / Howard Brenton -- Nick from About A Goth / Tom Wells -- Nick from Angels / Ronan O'Donnell -- Simon from Apologia / Alexi Kaye Campbell -- Carl from Before It Rains / Katherine Chandler -- Cam from Boys / Ella Hickson -- Eddie from Bully Boy / Sandi Toksvig -- Jim from Chatroom / Enda Walsh -- Honey from Cressida / Nicholas Wright -- Donal from Days of Wine and Roses / Owen McCafferty, after JP Miller -- Mitya from Delirium / Enda Walsh -- Jude from Eight / Ella Hickson -- Nugget from First Person Shooter / Paul Jenkins -- Chris from Gilt / Stephen Greenhorn, Rona Munro and Isabel Wright -- Chima from God's Property / Arinze Kene -- Lee from Holes in the Skin / Robert Holman -- Felix from Invisible / Tena Štivĭcicʹ -- Michael from Japes / Simon Gray -- Davey from Jerusalem / Jez Butterworth -- Jonah from Jonah and Otto by Robert Holman -- Shane from Ladies Down Under / Amanda Whittington -- Ian from Lagan / Stacey Gregg -- Kehinde from Little Baby Jesus / Arinze Kene -- Unspecified from Love and Information / Caryl Churchill -- Thomas from Misterman / Enda Walsh -- Chuggs from Mogadishu / Vivienne Franzmann -- Mark from Mother Teresa is Dead / Helen Edmundson -- Mustafa from Mustafa / Laylah Ahmed -- David from Mydidae / Jack Thorne -- Sam from NSFW / Lucy Kirkwood -- Cash from The Pain and the Itch / Bruce Norris -- Nigel from The People Next Door / Henry Adam -- Peribanz from Peribanez / Lope de Vega, in a version by Tanya Ronder -- Jack from Pieces / Hywel John -- Valya from Playing the Victim / The Presnyakov Bothers, translated by Sasha Dugdale -- Kevin from Port Authority / Conor McPherson -- Sam from Precious Little Talent / Ella Hickson -- Oliver from The Pride / Alexi Kaye Campbell -- Man from Purgatorio / Ariel Dorfman -- Purdy from Purple Heart / Bruce Norris -- Robert from Push Up / Roland Schimmelpfenning, translated by Maja Zade -- The Man from The River / Jez Butterworth -- Kevin from Snuff / Davey Anderson -- Charlie from Stoopud Fucken Animals / Joel Horwood -- C from Terminus / Mark O'Rowe -- Vernon from Vernon God Little / DBC Pierre, adapted by Tanya Ronder -- Teenage Muslim from Voices from the Mosque / Alecky Blythe -- Teenager from What We Know / Pamela Carter -- Patsy from The Winterling / Jez Butterworth
50 monologues from some of the greatest writers working today, each prefaced with a summary of the vital information you need to place the piece in context and perform it to the best of your ability.

Tennessee Williams : mad pilgrimage of the flesh

September 12, 2014
Lahr, John, 1941- author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2014]
xv, 765 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Blood-hot and personal -- The heart can't wait -- The erotics of absence -- Fugitive mind -- Thunder of disintegration -- Beanstalk country -- Kookhood -- Waving and drowning -- The long farewell -- The sudden subway.


September 2, 2014
xxxvi, 85 pages : genealogical table ; 21cm
This stunning translation by award-winning poet, Robin Robertson reinvigorates Euripides' masterpiece. Updated for contemporary readers, Robertson brings the ancient verse to fervid, brutal life, revealing a work of art as devastating and relevant today as it was in the fifth century BC.

Dear Elizabeth : a play in letters from Elizabeth Bishop to Robert Lowell and back again

September 2, 2014
Ruhl, Sarah, 1974- author.
New York : Faber and Faber, Inc., an affiliate of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
xvi, 76 pages ; 21 cm
"From 1947 to 1977, Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop exchanged more than four hundred letters. Cataloging the composition of their poems, their travel and daily routines, the pyrotechnics of their romantic relationships, and the profound affection they had for each other, these letters are the most intimate record of both poets and one of the greatest correspondences in American letters. In Dear Elizabeth, Sarah Ruhl adapts Lowell and Bishop's thirty-year correspondence into a stage play."-- Provided by publisher.

Our late night : and A thought in three parts

August 29, 2014
Shawn, Wallace.
New York : Theatre Communications Group, 2008.
xv, 86 pages ; 22 cm
Our late night -- A thought in three parts.

All the way

August 20, 2014
Schenkkan, Robert, 1953-
New York : Grove, 2014.
xiv, 125 p. ; 21 cm.
Chronicles the first 11 months of Lyndon Baines Johnson's presidency. The story tells how nation-shifting legislation was accomplished and how the presidency was won in 1964.--Director's note.

Seagull (thinking of you) : with Away uniform and Family

August 14, 2014
Satter, Tina, author.
Brooklyn, New York : 53rd State Press, 2013.
186 p. : col. ill., music ; 19 cm.

Killer Joe

August 5, 2014
Letts, Tracy, 1965- author.
New York, NY : Theatre Communications Group, [2014].
82 pages ; 22 cm
"A definitively dysfunctional family gives in to its basest instincts and is forced to face hidden truths in this twisted modern-day fairy tale by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of August: Osage County. Performed in fifteen countries and twelve languages since its 1998 stage debut, Killer Joe is "a terrifically tasty potboiler. It has the enjoyable hairpin turns of the standard mystery thriller, but it's the skewed shifting relationships that keep you hooked" (The New York Times). Now a critically acclaimed film adapted by the playwright and starring Matthew McConaughey. Tracy Letts is the author of the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play August: Osage County (soon to be a feature film starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts). His other plays include Bug, Superior Donuts, and Man from Nebraska, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is an ensemble member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago as playwright and actor."-- Provided by publisher.

The great God pan

August 5, 2014
Herzog, Amy.
New York : Theatre Communications Group, [2014].
69 pages ; 22 cm
"The newest play by 'one of the brightest new talents in the theater.'"-The New York Times"Herzog's writing is surefooted and quietly brilliant. At 33, she has the grace and insights of a mature writer."-Slant Magazine"An intelligent, delicately articulate writer."-The Village VoiceJamie's life in Brooklyn seems just fine: a beautiful girlfriend, a burgeoning journalism career, and parents who live just far enough away. But when a possible childhood trauma comes to light, lives are thrown into a tailspin. Unsettling and deeply compassionate, The Great God Pan tells the intimate tale of what is lost and won when a hidden truth is suddenly revealed. Known for delicately detailed character studies that subtly balance humor and insight, the Obie Award-winning playwright of 4000 Miles will premiere her newest drama at New York City's Playwrights Horizons in fall 2012.Amy Herzog received the 2011 Whiting Writers' Award and the 2008 Helen Merrill Award for Aspiring Playwrights. Her plays have been produced or developed at the Yale School of Drama, Ensemble Studio Theater, Arena Stage, The Actors Theatre of Louisville, New York Stage and Film, Provincetown Playhouse and ACT in San Francisco. Her critically acclaimed works include 4,000 Miles, After the Revolution, and Belleville. "-- Provided by publisher.

The Best American short plays.

July 28, 2014
New York : Applause Theatre Books,
v. ; 22 cm.

William Shakespeare's the Jedi doth return

July 25, 2014
Doescher, Ian, author.
Philadelphia : Quirk Books, [2014]
165 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Star Wars part the sixth"--Title page.
"Lucas Books"--Title page.
Han Solo entombed in carbonite, the princess taken captive, the Rebel Alliance besieged, and Jabba the Hutt engorged. Now Luke Skywalker and his Rebel band must seek fresh allies in their quest to thwart construction of a new Imperial Death Star.

Lucky guy

July 23, 2014
Ephron, Nora, author.
75 pages ; 20 cm
12 men, 2 women.
"The charismatic and controversial tabloid columnist Mike McAlary covered the scandal- and graffiti-ridden New York of the 1980s. From his sensational reporting of New York's major police corruption to the libel suit that nearly ended his career, the play dramatizes the story of McAlary's meteoric rise, fall and rise again, ending with his coverage of the Abner Louima case for which he won the Pulitzer Prize, shortly before his untimely death on Christmas Day, 1998."--Dramatists Play Service website

100 : (monologues)

July 22, 2014
Bogosian, Eric.
New York : Theatre Communications Group, [2014].
xix, 321 pages ; 22 cm
From "Men Inside" (1981): Freakshow ; Superman! ; Nice Shoes ; Party! ; Held Down ; Rodeo ; Christmas Tree ; Looking Out for Number 1 -- From "Voices of America" (1982): New Action Army ; Sale, Sale, Sale! ; Li'l Doggie Dog Food ; Real Italian ; Fat Fighter -- From "Men in Dark Times" (1982): The Leader -- From "Advocate" (1982): The Throat ; Alone Together -- From "Funhouse" (1983): In the Dark ; Insurance ; Inside ; The Specialist ; Starving Children ; Calamari ; Honey, I'm Home! ; The Pacer ; Shining Star -- From "Drinking in America" (1986): Journal ; American Dreamer ; Ceramic Tile ; Commercial ; Melting Pot ; Our Gang ; No Problems ; Godhead ; The Law ; Fried-Egg Deal -- From "Talk Radio" (1987): It's Not How Much You Make, It's How Much You Take Home ; Denise ; I'm Here. I'm Here Every Night -- From "Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll" (1991): Grace of God ; Benefit ; Dirt ; The Stud ; Stag ; Bottleman ; Candy ; Rock Law ; X-Blow ; Live ; Dog Chameleon ; Artist -- From "Notes from Underground" (1993): April 14 ; May 18 -- From "Pounding Nails in the Floor With My Forehead" (1994): America ; Molecules ; Intro ; Inner Baby ; The Glass ; Red ; The Fan ; Rash ; The Recovering Male ; Medicine ; The Messenger ; Blow Me -- From "31 Ejaculations" (1996): Number 19 -- From "Wake Up and Smell the Coffee" (2001): The Promise ; Intro ; Voice in the Wilderness ; Faith ; Arabs ; The Offer ; The Airport ; Gold Card ; Upgrade ; Harmonious ; Breakthrough ; The Audition ; The Ladder ; In the Air ; Captain ; The Crash ; The Meeting ; Sheep ; The Highway -- From "This Is Now!" (2005): This Is Now ; Smoking ; Cheese -- Orphans (1980-2000): Confession ; The Quiet Man ; Beat Poem ; Food ; Little Dog ; Art ; The Dream ; Reach Out ; No Crime ; Victim ; Gated ; Wood ; Poem -- Building Character : My Method for Creating the Solos / an essay by the author.
""This new collection by one of America's premier performers and most innovative and provocative artists includes one hundred monologues from his acclaimed plays and solo shows including: Drinking in America; Men Inside; Pounding Nails in the Floor with My Forehead; Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll, and more. Also included are additional pieces from the Pulitzer Prize finalist Talk Radio and Notes from Underground."-- Provided by publisher.

Hitchcock's partner in suspense : the life of screenwriter Charles Bennett

July 14, 2014
Bennett, Charles, 1899-1995.
Lexington, Kentucky : University Press of Kentucky, [2014]
xvi, 279 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Preface / John Charles Bennett -- Sowing the wind -- Duty, honour, country -- Shakespearean actor -- Keith Chesterton: my most unforgettable character -- Sensation -- Alfred Hitchcock and my early talkies -- Alfred Hitchcock: a strange and bewildering character -- Study of the Hitchcock-Bennett partnership / John Charles Bennett -- Cause for alarm -- The British Film Colony and Errol Flynn -- War in his pocket -- A secret agent -- Unto the breach -- Foreign correspondent -- Unconquered -- No escape -- Curtain call -- Where danger lives / John Charles Bennett -- The avenger / John Charles Bennett -- A tribute.

Family furniture

July 11, 2014
Gurney, A. R. (Albert Ramsdell), 1930-
58 pages ; 20 cm
"Amid the gin and tonics, vichyssoise, and tennis doubles of Buffalo's summer sscene, siblings Nick and Peggy must confront their mother's possible infidelity, their father's apparent indiffference, and thehir own increasingly complicated love lives. Family furniture is a coming-of-age-tale of one certain summer when everything shifts."--publishers description.

Annapurna : a play

July 10, 2014
White, Sharr.
New York : Overlook Duckworth, [2014]
95 pages : portrait ; 21 cm
"Twenty years ago, Emma walked out on her husband, cowboy-poet Ulysses, in the middle of the night. Now hearing he's in dire strait, she tracks him down in the wilds of Colorado to a filthy trailer, where he's hooked to an oxygen tank and cooking sausage in the nude, save a scruffy loincloth of an apron. Their reunion, charged by rage and compassion, brings back the worst and best of their former bond."--Page [4] of cover.

Hands on a hardbody

July 8, 2014
Wright, Doug, 1962- author.
107 pages ; 21 cm

Seeing stars in Dixie : a play in two acts

July 7, 2014
Osborne, Ron.
New York : Samuel French, c2001.
61 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
It's 1956 and Hollywood has arrived in Natchez, Mississippi with its brightest stars to film Raintree County. Meanwhile at Clemmie's, a Natchez tea room, the widowed proprietor who has a fascination with movies and a secret admirer, oversees her own cast of characters: Tootie, her take charge friend; Jo Beth, a former beauty queen; Glease, a man more comfortable with women than macho men, and Marjorie, an unethical social climber. Competition for a small role in the movie brings out the best and worst of these memorable characters. Twists, turns and revelations lead Clemmie to trade a moment of fame for love and the chance to impact the lives of people dear to her.

Murder by the book : a thriller

July 7, 2014
Greenwood, Duncan.
London ; New York : S. French, c1982.
53 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
A thriller writer indulges in vitriolic word duels with his estranged wife until she shoots him. An amateur detective from the next flat attempts to solve the murder before calling the police. More deadly games are in store when the corpse rises and the tables are turned more than once for the victim and the killers.

Photograph 51

July 2, 2014
Ziegler, Anna.
New York : Dramatists Play Service, c2011.
60 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Cast: 5 men, 1 woman.
A play.
A funny and moving portrait of the unrequited life of Rosalind Franklin, one of the great female scientists of the twentieth century, and her fervid drive to map the contours of the DNA molecule. A chorus of physicists relives the chase, revealing the unsung achievements of this trail-blazing, fiercely independent woman. A play about ambition, isolation, and the race for greatness.--Publisher's website.

The last romance

July 2, 2014
DiPietro, Joe.
New York : Dramatists Play Service, c2011.
55 p. ; 20 cm.
A play for 2 men and 2 women.
"A crush can make anyone feel young again--even a widower named Ralph. On an ordinary day in a routine life, Ralph decides to take a different path on his daily walk--one that leads him to an unexpected second chance at love. Relying on a renewed boyish charm, Ralph attempts to woo the elegant, but distant, Carol. Defying Carol's reticence--and his lonely sister's jealousy--Ralph embarks on the trip of a lifetime, and regains a happiness that seemed all but lost."--P. [4] of cover.

The Oberon book of monologues for Black actors : classical and contemporary speeches from Black British plays : monologues for men. Volume 1

June 26, 2014
London : Oberon Books, [2013].
129 pages ; 21 cm
Moon on a rainbow shawl / Errol John -- Skyvers / Barry Reckord -- Smile orange / Trevor Rhone -- Nice / Mustapha Matura -- Sweet talk / Michael Abbensetts -- 11 Josephine House / Alfred Fagon -- Pantomime / Derek Walcott -- A Jamaican airman foresees his death / Fred D'Aguiar -- Two step / Rhashan Stone -- Something dark / Lemn Sissay -- Boy with beer / Paul Boakye -- Blackta / Nathaniel Martello-White -- Brother to brother / Michael McMillan -- The Westbridge / Rachel De-lahay -- Statement of regret / Kwame Kwei-Armah -- Little baby Jesus / Arinze Kene -- Fixer / Lydia Adetunji -- Bashment / Rikki Beadle-Blair -- Two horsemen / 'Biyi Bandele-Thomas -- Pandora's box / Ade Solanke -- Black t-shirt collection / Inua Ellams -- B is for Black / Courttia Newland -- The estate / Oladipo Agboluaje -- Joe Guy / Roy Williams -- Pure gold / Michael Bhim.

The Oberon book of monologues for Black actors : classical and contemporary speeches from Black British plays : monologues for women. Volume 1

June 26, 2014
London : Oberon Books Ltd, [2013].
119 pages ; 21 cm.
Flesh to a tiger / Barry Reckord -- The death of a black man / Alfred Fagon -- Strange fruit / Caryl Phillips -- Meetings / Mustapha Matura -- Rose's story / Grace Dayley -- Chiaroscuro / Jackie Kay -- Black street mammy / Trish Cooke -- The dragon can't dance / Earl Lovelace -- Mules / Winsome Pinnock -- To Rahtid / Sol B River -- Absolution / Malika Booker -- The gift / Roy Williams -- Shoot 2 win / Jo Melville, Tracey Daley and Jo Martin -- B is for black / Courttia Newland -- Two step / Rhashan Stone -- Fix up / Kwame Kwei-Armah -- Gone too far! / Bola Agbaje -- Black crows / Linda Brogan -- Muhammed Ali and me / Mojisola Adebayo -- Family man / Rikki Beadle-Blair -- Random / debbie tucker green -- Identity / Paul Anthony Morris -- Egusi soup / Janice Okoh -- Chewing gum dreams / Michaela Coel -- Resurrections in the season of the longest drought / 'Biyi Bandele-Thomas.

Detroit '67

June 26, 2014
Morisseau, Dominique, author.
London : Oberon Books, [2013].
96 pages ; 21 cm.

The shadow of the hummingbird

June 23, 2014
Fugard, Athol.
New York : Theatre Communications Group, 2014.
38 pages ; 22 cm

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