New Arrivals · Plays

May 27, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Oxford illustrated Shakespeare dictionary

May 26, 2015
Crystal, David, 1941-
Oxford : Oxford University Press, [2015]
352 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm.

The Irish curse

May 19, 2015
Casella, Martin.
New York : Samuel French, ©2010.
65 pages ; 21 cm
"#29694"--Title page verso.
A group of professionally successful Irish-American men meet every Wednesday night in a Catholic Church basement as a self-help group for men with small penises, this alleged Irish trait the focus of the weekly sessions. One evening a blue-collar guy joins the group and challenges everything the others think about the Irish curse, and their obsession with body image, unmasking questions of identity, masculinity, sex, and relationships they must face every day.

Fish in the dark : a play

May 18, 2015
David, Larry, author.
New York : Grove Press, 2015.
vii, 91 pages ; 21 cm
Fish in the Dark is the astonishing playwriting debut by Larry David, the multiple Emmy-winning star of Curb Your Enthusiasm and co-creator of Seinfeld. This sidesplitting play, a testimony to David's great writing talent, is also his first time on Broadway--in fact, his first time acting on stage since eighth grade. In Fish in the Dark, Larry David stars as Norman Drexel, a man in his fifties who is average in most respects except for his hyperactive libido. As Norman and his family try to navigate the death of a loved one, old acquaintances and unsettled arguments resurface with hilarious consequences.

Ballyturk

May 18, 2015
Walsh, Enda.
New York : Theatre Communications Group, [2015]
58 pages ; 21 cm
The lives of two men unravel over the course of ninety minutes. Where are they? Who are they? What room is this, and what might be beyond the walls? Gut-wrenchingly funny and achingly sad, and featuring jaw-dropping moments of physical comedy, Ballyturk is an ambitious, profound and tender work from one of Ireland's leading playwrights.

Wolf Hall ; and, Bring up the bodies : the stage adaptation

May 18, 2015
Mantel, Hilary, 1952- author.
New York : Picador, 2015.
vi, 265 pages ; 21 cm
"The stage adaptation of Wolf Hall and Bring up the bodies was originally published in Great Britain by Fourth Estate [in 2014]"--Title page verso.
Introduction / Mike Poulton -- Notes on characters / Hilary Mantel -- Characters -- Wolf Hall -- Bring up the bodies.
"Hilary Mantel's Thomas Cromwell novels are the most formidable literary achievements of recent times, both recipients of the Man Booker Prize. Adapted by Mike Poulton, the plays were premiered by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, in December 2013, directed by Jeremy Herrin. This edition contains a substantial set of notes by Hilary Mantel on each of the principal characters, offering a unique insight into the plays and an invaluable resource to any theater companies wishing to stage them. Wolf Hall begins in England in 1527. Henry has been King for almost twenty years and is desperate for a male heir; but Cardinal Wolsey cannot deliver the divorce he craves. Yet for a man with the right talents, this crisis could be an opportunity. Thomas Cromwell is a commoner who has risen in Wolsey's household--and he will stop at nothing to secure the King's desires and advance his own ambitions. In Bring Up the Bodies, the volatile Anne Boleyn is now Queen, her career seemingly entwined with that of Cromwell. But when the King begins to fall in love with plain Jane Seymour, the ever-pragmatic Cromwell must negotiate within an increasingly perilous Court to satisfy Henry, defend the nation, and above all, to secure his own rise in the world. "-- Provided by publisher.

Grounded

May 18, 2015
Brant, George, 1969- author.
London : Oberon Books, 2013.
71 pages ; 21 cm.
Play.
Seamlessly blending the personal and the political, Grounded follows an F16 fighter pilot whose unexpected pregnancy ends her career in the sky. Repurposed to flying remote-controlled drones in Afghanistan from an air-conditioned trailer near Vegas, the Pilot struggles through twelve-hour work days hunting terrorists while tending to her family at night. Grounded will enjoy a 2013-14 rolling world premiere from the National New Play Network.

25 *10-minute plays for teens

May 15, 2015
Milwaukee, WI : Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, An Imprint of Hal Leonard Corporation, [2014]
vii, 240 pages ; 20 cm.
Plays for high schools -- Bam! Ka-pow! / Joe Musso -- Club foot / Wendy MacLeod -- Interpreting a dream / Judy Klass -- Jax-in-a-box / Jeff Goode -- Last first kiss / Chad Beckim -- The last party / Emily Chadick Weiss -- Leviticus / Bekah Brunsletter -- Lockdown with Pinky / C.S. Hanson -- Mandala / John J. Kelly -- The other side / Merridith Allen -- Play Shakespeare / George Freek -- Red sugary sweet dreams / Daniel John Kelley -- The rising cost of vinyl / Mark Rigney -- Rmeo + Julez / Michael Salomon -- Second kiss / Andrea Lepcio -- She came in through the bathroom window / Tira Palmquist -- Sno-globe & the big zip / Sharyn Rothstein -- Plays for middle schools -- Band geeks / Kayla Cagan -- The cell phone epidemic / Claudia Haas -- Oenone / Ashley Cowan -- The present midnight / Constance Congdon -- Team B.L. or doing the lightning bolt! / Alex Brown -- The star-spangled wooly bully / Steve Kopman -- White bra with a pink bow / Charlene A. Donaghy.

The millionaire and the bard : Henry Folger's obsessive hunt for Shakespeare's first folio

May 11, 2015
Mays, Andrea E., author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
xvi, 350 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Prologue -- The Good [That Men Do] Is Oft Interred with Their Bones -- Adieu...Remember Me -- Whatever You Do, Buy -- My Shakespeare, Rise -- Had I the Money, You Would Come... -- Had I the Means, I would not Hesitate to Buy -- The Most Precious Book in the World -- A Shakespeare Discovery -- Do... Devise Some Way to Get the Books -- The False Folio -- I Am an American -- Portrait of a Collector -- Thou Art a Moniment, Without a Tombe -- It is the Key of our Hearts -- Epilogue.
"Today it is the most valuable book in the world. Recently one sold for over five million dollars. It is the book that rescued the name of William Shakespeare and half of his plays from oblivion. The Millionaire and the Bard tells the miraculous and romantic story of the making of the First Folio, and of the American industrialist whose thrilling pursuit of the book became a lifelong obsession." -- Provided by publisher.

Best monologues from The best American short plays.

May 8, 2015
Milwaukee [Wisconsin] : Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, 2014-
volumes ; 20 cm.
Editor: v.1-<v.3> William W. Demastes.

Who am I this time? : (& other conundrums of love)

May 7, 2015
Posner, Aaron, author.
©2014
63 pages : music ; 20 cm

The tragedy of Macbeth

April 23, 2015
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2013.
liv, 249 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"Includes detailed explanatory notes"--Spine.
"An updated edition"--Title page.

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.
©2014
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
Euripides.
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
Sophocles.
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.

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