New Arrivals · Plays

April 18, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

A midsummer night's dream : a guide to the play

April 17, 2015
Halio, Jay L.
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2003.
xiv, 168 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Textual history -- Contexts and sources -- Dramatic structure -- Themes -- Critical approaches -- The play in performance -- The play on film.

Baby with the bathwater, and, Laughing wild : two plays

April 17, 2015
Durang, Christopher, 1949-
New York : Grove Press, 1989, ©1988.
166 pages ; 21 cm
Baby with the bathwater -- Laughing wild.

Mothers and sons

April 9, 2015
McNally, Terrence, author.
New York, NY : Dramatists Play Service, [2014]
46 pages ; 20 cm
A play for 2 men, 1 woman, 1 child.
"Originally produced at the Bucks County Playhouse in June 2013"--Page 4.
At turns funny and powerful, Mothers and Sons portrays a woman who pays an unexpected visit to the New York apartment of her late son's partner, who is now married to another man and has a young son. Challenged to face how society has changed around her, generations collide as she revisits the past and begins to see the life her son might have led.

The tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

April 7, 2015
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
New York : Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2012, c1992.
lv, 374 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.

The Shakespeare book

March 31, 2015
New York, New York : Dk Publishing, 2015.
352 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
"Whether you are new to the poetry and proses of Shakespeare, and in need of a guide through the complex plots and unfamiliar language, or looking for a fresh perspective on his much-loved plays and sonnets, this book will shed light on the work of one of world literature's greatest figures"--Page [4] of cover.

Tales of the marvellous and news of the strange

March 26, 2015
London : Penguin Classics, 2014.
xliii, 447 pages ; 24 cm
"The first English translation of a Medieval Arab fantasy collection"--Cover.

Emma : a play

March 25, 2015
Jory, Jon.
New York : Playscripts, Inc., c2010.
61 p. ; 22 cm.

Pride and prejudice : a romantic comedy

March 25, 2015
Jory, Jon.
New York : Playscripts, Inc., c2010.
82 p. ; 22 cm.

Follies of God : Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog

March 19, 2015
Grissom, James, author.
New York, NY : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
403 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes index.
"An extraordinary book that masterfully illuminates the dream-like writing world of Tennessee Williams; the actresses he worked with and those who inspired him to create his Amanda Wingfield, his Blanche DuBois, Stella Kowalski, Alma Winemiller, Lady Torrance, and the other now iconic characters of his plays that revolutionized the American theater of the mid-20th century"-- Provided by publisher.

Matchbox theatre : thirty short entertainments

March 18, 2015
Frayn, Michael.
175 pages ; 21 cm

The annotated Importance of being earnest

March 5, 2015
Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900.
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2015.
xii, 268 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm

The country house

February 25, 2015
Margulies, Donald.
New York : Theatre Communications Group, 2015.
171 pages ; 21 cm
"Margulies is literate and intellectually stimulating. His ideas and language hold our attention and earn our respect."-New York"Donald Margulies has an unerring sense of language and the ability to penetrate deeply into the darkness of tangled human emotions."-VarietyGathering in their Berkshire home, a family of actors wrestles with fame, art, and (as always) each other. Brought back together for a melancholy purpose, the solemnity is quickly undercut by restless egos and inflamed temperaments. When the events of the weekend go off-script, secrets are spilled and bonds are broken. Inspired by-and often directly referencing -Chekhov's pastoral comedies, this witty and compelling new comedy unfolds in a fragile old home brimming with memories, new love, and discarded dreams.A funny and poignant comedy about a family of actors, from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies.Donald Margulies has won a Lucille Lortel Award, an American Theatre Critics Award, two Los Angeles Drama Critics Awards, two Obie Awards, two Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Awards, one Tony Award nomination, six Drama Desk Award nominations, two Pulitzer Prize nominations, and one Pulitzer Prize. His works have been performed on and off Broadway, and at major theaters across the United States, as well as a host of international cities"-- Provided by publisher.

The plays of Euripides in English in 2 volumes.

February 23, 2015
London : J.M. Dent & Co.; New York : E.P. Dutton & Co., [1906]
2 volumes ; 18 cm.
Maroon binding with gilt decoration on cover and spind, gilt top edge.
"First edition, April 1906; reprinted, August 1906."
v. 1. Introduction ; The cyclops ; Hecuba ; The Trojan dames ; Helen ; Electra ; Orestes ; Andromache ; Iphigenia in Aulis ; Iphigenia in Tauris -- v. 2. The Bacchanals ; Alcestis ; Medea ; Hippolytus ; Ion ; The Phœnician damsels ; The suppliants ; Hercules distracted ; The children of Hercules.

The dramas of Sophocles rendered in English verse, dramatic & lyric

February 23, 2015
London : J.M. Dent & Co.; New York : E.P. Dutton & Co., 1906.
xx, 396 pages ; 18 cm.
Maroon binding with gilt decoration on cover and spind, gilt top edge. With original cloth bookmark.
Antigone -- Ajax -- Electra -- Oedipus Tyrannus -- Trachiniae -- Philoctetes -- Oedipus Coloneus -- Fragments of the lost dramas.

The story of the Iliad : a dramatic retelling of Homer's epic and the last days of Troy

February 20, 2015
Armitage, Simon, 1963-
New York ; London : Liveright Publishing Corporation, A Division of W. W. Norton & Company, [2015]
viii, 137 pages ; 21 cm
"Originally published in Great Britain under the title THE LAST DAYS OF TROY."--t.p. verso.

Stage Kiss

February 19, 2015
Ruhl, Sarah, 1974-
New York : Theatre Communications Group, 2014.
146 pages ; 22 cm
""Wickedly clever. Ruhl's unique, breezily elegant dialogue is fully present, as is her pleasingly loopy logic."-Variety"In the smart, rollicking Stage Kiss. passion and fidelity engage in a kind of elegant pas de deux. The play manages to be both wholly original and instantly recognizable. with its combination of hilarity and trenchancy."-The New YorkerAward-winning playwright Sarah Ruhl brings her unique mix of lyricism, sparkling humor, and fierce intelligence to her new romantic comedy, Stage Kiss. When estranged lovers He and She are thrown together as romantic leads in a long-forgotten 1930s melodrama, the line between off-stage and on-stage begins to blur. A "knockabout farce that channels Noël Coward and Michael Frayn" (Chicago Tribune), Stage Kiss is a thoughtful and clever examination of the difference between youthful lust and respectful love. Ruhl, one of America's most frequently produced playwrights, proves that a kiss is not just a kiss in this whirlwind romantic comedy, fresh off its acclaimed New York premiere at Playwrights Horizons in winter 2014.Sarah Ruhl's other plays include the Pulitzer Prize finalists In the Next Room (or the vibrator play) and The Clean House, as well as Passion Play, Dead Man's Cell Phone, Demeter in the City, Eurydice, Melancholy Play, and Late: a cowboy song. She is the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, a PEN/Laura Pels Award, and a MacArthur Fellowship. Her plays have premiered on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and have been produced in many theaters around the world. "-- Provided by publisher.

Small engine repair : a play

February 3, 2015
Pollono, John, author.
94 pages ; 21 cm.
"Former high school buddies Frank, Swaino and Packie--now past their prime--meet off-hours one night in Frank's out-of-the-way repair shop under cloudy circumstances that only Frank seems to have a handle on. As Frank breaks out the good scotch, he kicks into motion an evening that abruptly accelerates from macho posturing and grievance airing to reveal a shocking, darker purpose: Enter Chad, a plugged-in, preppy college jock, whose arrival--to sell the townies some ecstasy, he thinks--sets this taut, twisty, comic thriller on its breathless course."--Page [4] of cover.

The Jacksonian

February 2, 2015
Henley, Beth, author.
New York : Dramatists Play Service, 2014.
54 pages ; 20 cm
A play for 2 men and 3 women.

The quality of mercy : reflections on Shakespeare

January 21, 2015
Brook, Peter, 1925- author.
London, England : Nick Hern Books, 2013.
viii, 116 pages ; 23 cm.
Includes index.
"Nick Hern book"--Title page.
Introduction -- Alas, poor Yorick or What if Shakespeare fell off the wall? -- I was there : how Mercutio got his laugh -- Baked in that pie : cooking up Titus Andronicus -- Who holds the scales? or Measure still for measure -- Nor live so long : on King Lear -- The hour glass : every grain helps -- A cook and a concept : dreaming the dream -- There is a world elsewhere : the readiness is all -- The quality of mercy : on Prospero -- Epilogue -- A chronology of Peter Brook's Shakespeare productions -- Index of play titles and characters.
One of the world's most revered theatre directors reflects on a fascinating variety of Shakespearean topics.

Goodnight Desdemona (good morning Juliet)

January 21, 2015
MacDonald, Ann-Marie.
Toronto : Playwrights Canada Press, 1997, ©1990.
87 pages ; 22 cm
A play.

The assembled parties

January 19, 2015
Greenberg, Richard, 1958- author.
New York : Theatre Communications Group, 2014.
ix, 112 pages ; 22 cm
""The Assembled Parties is Greenberg's most richly emotional work in years, and the most beautifully detailed."--New York magazine. "This tragicomedy shocks us into realizing how hungry we have been for witty and wounded grown-ups who toss off gorgeously written observations without knowing how little we know about what we think we know."--Newsday. Meet the Bascovs, an Upper West Side Jewish family in 1980. In an opulent apartment overlooking Central Park, former movie star Julie and her sister-in-law Faye bring their families together for a traditional holiday dinner on a night when things don't go as planned. Twenty years later, as 2001 approaches, the Bascovs's seemingly picture-perfect life may be about to crumble. An incisive portrait of a family grasping for stability at the dawn of a new millennium, The Assembled Parities premiered on Broadway in 2013 to rave reviews and a Tony Award nomination for Best Play.Richard Greenberg has written two dozen plays in his thirty-year career, including Take Me Out (Tony Award for Best Play, Drama Desk Award, NY Drama Critics Circle Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Lucille Lortel Award), The Dazzle (Outer Critics Circle Award), Three Days of Rain (L.A. Drama Critics Award, Pulitzer Prize finalist), The American Plan, the book for a musical adaptation of Far From Heaven, and many more. He has received the Oppenheimer Award for a new playwright as well as the first PEN/Laura Pels Award for a playwright in mid-career"-- Provided by publisher.

The nether : a play

January 16, 2015
Haley, Jennifer, author.
Evanston, Illinois : Northwestern University Press, 2014.
74 pages ; 23 cm

Wendy & Peter Pan

January 15, 2015
Hickson, Ella, author.
London : Nick Hern Books, 2013.
119 pages ; 20 cm
"This production of Wendy and Peter Pan was first performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, on 10 December 2013"--Page [iv].

The Apple family : scenes from life in the country

January 9, 2015
Nelson, Richard, 1950-
New York : Theatre Communications Group, 2014.
xi, 381 pages ; 22 cm
""Sharp, engrossing. a soft-spoken play of ideas."-Time, on That Hopey Changey Thing"A soul-stirring new play. Mr. Nelson has a peerless grasp of the perils of family intimacy."-The New York Times, on Sweet and Sad"Sorry-one of the best plays to emerge this fall in New York-affirms the Apple cycle as the prolific Nelson's most satisfying drama to date."-The Washington PostThis critically acclaimed, searing play cycle about loss, memory, and remembrance follows the Apple family of Rhinebeck, New York, as they grapple with events both personal and current in the immediate present: the 2010 election (That Hopey Changey Thing), the tenth anniversary of 9/11 (Sweet and Sad), Barack Obama's re-election (Sorry), and the fiftieth anniversary of JFK's assassination, (Regular Singing, which will premiere at NYC's Public Theater on the anniversary: November 22, 2013). This quartet of plays, directed by the author, has featured an ensemble of six actors who, together, have delivered a master class on acting for the stage.Richard Nelson's many plays include Rodney's Wife, Goodnight Children Everywhere, the Drama Desk-nominated Franny's Way and Some Americans Abroad, Tony Award-nominated Two Shakespearean Actors, and James Joyce's The Dead (with Shaun Davey), for which he won a Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical. Over the next ten years, Nelson will be collaborating with pre-eminent translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky on a major translations series of important Russian plays, beginning with Nikolai Gogol's The Inspector in 2014. "-- Provided by publisher.

Shakespeare in 100 objects : treasures from the Victoria and Albert Museum.

January 9, 2015
London : Nick Hern Books, 2014.
x, 333 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
"Within the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the world's leading museum of art and design, there lies and extraordinary wealth of material relating to a single individual: the playwright William Shakespeare. This book presents a fascinating selection of one hundred objects - often surprising, always delightful - chosen by the museum's curators for the insight each affords into the world of Shakespeare and his plays ... The result is a book that not only underlines Shakespeare's infinite variety, but also reveals his astonishing legacy in material things, a substantial pageant that has not faded."--Page [2] of cover
"List of objects": pages 311-321.
Introduction -- Comedies -- Histories -- Tragedies.

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