New Arrivals · Plays

August 21, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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.
©2014
75 pages ; 20 cm
Manuscript.
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-
©2014.
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.
©2013
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.
Play.

The shadow of the hummingbird

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

Snow geese : a play

June 23, 2014
White, Sharr, author.
New York : Overlook Duckworth, 2014.
112 pages ; 21 cm

Some velvet morning : a play

June 23, 2014
LaBute, Neil, author.
New York, NY : The Overlook Press, 2014
104 pages ; 21 cm
"Velvet is enjoying a relaxing morning at home when Fred arrives on the doorstep of her apartment, suitcases in tow. He tells her he's finally left his wife to be with her, news to Velvet since she hasn't seen him in years and is now friends with Fred's recently married son ..."--Provided by publisher.
"This volume contains the stage version of this work, which is also a film directed by Neil LaBute, with Stanley Tucci and Alice Eve."--Page 4 of cover.

Long day's journey into night

June 20, 2014
O'Neill, Eugene, 1888-1953, author.
©2014
x, 263 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
A play.

The science of Shakespeare : a new look at the playwright's universe

June 18, 2014
Falk, Dan, author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2014.
xv, 364 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Arise, fair sun-- " : a brief history of cosmology -- "He that is giddy thinks the world turns round-- " : Nicolaus Copernicus, the reluctant reformer -- "This majestical roof fretted with golden fire-- " : Tycho Brahe and Thomas Digges -- "These earthly godfathers of heaven's lights-- " : the shadow of Copernicus and the dawn of science -- " --sorrow's eye, glazed with blinding tears-- " : the rise of English science and the question of the Tudor telescope -- "Who is it that can tell me who I am?" : a brief history of William Shakespeare -- "More things in heaven and earth-- " : the science of Hamlet -- " --a hawk from a handsaw" : reading Shakespeare, and reading into Shakespeare -- "Does the world go round?" : Shakespeare and Galileo -- "Treachers by spherical predominance-- " : the allure of astrology -- "Fair is foul, and foul is fair-- " : magic in the age of Shakespeare -- "A body yet distempered-- " : Shakespeare and medicine -- "Drawn with a team of little atomi-- " : living in the material world -- "As flies to wanton boys-- " : the disappearing gods -- "They say miracles are past-- ".
"William Shakespeare lived at a remarkable time--a period we now recognize as the first phase of the Scientific Revolution. New ideas were transforming Western thought, the medieval was giving way to the modern, and the work of a few key figures hinted at the brave new world to come: The methodical and rational Galileo, the skeptical Montaigne, and--as Falk convincingly argues--Shakespeare, who observed human nature just as intently as the astronomers who studied the night sky.In The Science of Shakespeare, we meet a colorful cast of Renaissance thinkers, including Thomas Digges, who published the first English account of the "new astronomy" and lived in the same neighborhood as Shakespeare; Thomas Harriot--"England's Galileo"--who aimed a telescope at the night sky months ahead of his Italian counterpart; and Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe, whose observatory-castle stood within sight of Elsinore, chosen by Shakespeare as the setting for Hamlet--and whose family crest happened to include the names "Rosencrans" and "Guildensteren." And then there's Galileo himself: As Falk shows, his telescopic observations may have influenced one of Shakespeare's final works.Dan Falk's The Science of Shakespeare explores the connections between the famous playwright and the beginnings of the Scientific Revolution--and how, together, they changed the world forever"-- Provided by publisher.

Uncle Vanya

May 30, 2014
Baker, Annie, 1981-
New York : Theatre Communications Group, 2014.
vi, 114 pages ; 22 cm
"A refreshingly intimate and modern spin on a Chekhovian classic." Devastatingly beautiful. People are going to be talking about this one for years."? The Village VoiceOne of the most-produced playwrights in the United States, Annie Baker lends her truthful observation and elegant command of the colloquial to Chekhov's despairing masterpiece. A critical hit in its sold-out Off-Broadway premiere, this contemporary telling is "the most intimate and engaging exploration of Chekhov's bleak comedy since Andre; Gregory's Vanya on 42nd Street" (Bloomberg News). Annie Baker's works include The Aliens (Obie Award), Body Awareness, Circle Mirror Transformation (Obie Award), Nocturama, and The Flick. Recent honors include a New York Drama Critics Circle Special Citation, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize nomination, Time Warner Storytelling Fellowship, MacDowell Fellowship and commissions from Center Theater Group and Playwrights Horizons."-- Provided by publisher.

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