New Arrivals · Plays

October 9, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Gilgamesh : the life of a poem

October 8, 2019
Schmidt, Michael, 1947- author.
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2019]
xvii, 165 pages ; 23 cm
Preface -- Introduction -- Riddles -- Two roads diverge -- Tablet 1 -- Tablet 2 -- Tablet 3 -- Tablet 4 -- Tablet 5 -- Tablet 6 -- Tablet 7 -- Tablet 8 -- Tablet 9 -- Tablet 10 -- Tablet 11 -- Tablet 12 -- Imagining Gilgamesh -- Getting a grip -- What sort of poem? (1) -- What sort of poem? (2) -- Gilgamesh reads us -- How you tell it -- Postface.
"Reflections on a lost poem and its rediscovery by contemporary poets. Gilgamesh is the most ancient long poem known to exist. It is also the newest classic in the canon of world literature. Lost for centuries to the sands of the Middle East but found again in the 1850s, it tells the story of a great king, his heroism, and his eventual defeat. It is a story of monsters, gods, and cataclysms, and of intimate friendship and love. Acclaimed literary historian Michael Schmidt provides a unique meditation on the rediscovery of Gilgamesh and its profound influence on poets today. Schmidt describes how the poem is a work in progress even now, an undertaking that has drawn on the talents and obsessions of an unlikely cast of characters, from archaeologists and museum curators to tomb raiders and jihadis. Fragments of the poem, incised on clay tablets, were scattered across a huge expanse of desert when it was recovered in the nineteenth century. The poem had to be reassembled, its languages deciphered. The discovery of a pre-Noah flood story was front-page news on both sides of the Atlantic, and the poem's allure only continues to grow as additional cuneiform tablets come to light. Its translation, interpretation, and integration are ongoing. In this illuminating book, Schmidt discusses the special fascination Gilgamesh holds for contemporary poets, arguing that part of its appeal is its captivating otherness. He reflects on the work of leading poets such as Charles Olson, Louis Zukofsky, and Yusef Komunyakaa, whose own encounters with the poem are revelatory, and he reads its many translations and editions to bring it vividly to life for readers."--Publisher's website.

Mikhail Bulgakov's Master & Margarita, or, The devil comes to Moscow

August 15, 2019
Van Itallie, Jean Claude, 1936-
New York : Dramatists Play Service, ©1995.
69 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm

Black Medea : adaptations for modern plays

August 15, 2019
Amherst, NY : Cambria Press, [2013]
x, 343 pages ; 24 cm.
"Euripides' Medea is one of the most popular Greek tragedies in the contemporary theatre. Numerous modern adaptations see the play as painting a picture of the struggle of the powerless under the powerful, of women against men, of foreigners versus natives. The play has been adapted into colonial and historical contexts to lend its powerful resonances to issues of current import. Black Medea is an anthology of six adaptations of the Euripidean tragedy by contemporary American playwrights that present Medea as a woman of color, combined with interviews, analytical essays and introductions which frame the original and adaptations. Placing six adaptations side by side and interviewing the playwrights in order to gain their insights into their work allows the reader to see how an ancient Greek tragedy has been used by contemporary American artists to frame and understand African American history. Of the six plays present in the volume, three have never before been published and one of the others has been out of print for almost thirty years. Thus the volume makes available to students, scholars and artists a significant body of dramatic work not currently available. Black Medea is an important book for scholars, students, artists and libraries in African American studies, classics, theatre and performance studies, women and gender Studies, adaptation theory and literature. Theatre companies, universities, community theatres, and other producing organizations will also be interested in the volume."--Amazon.com.

Euripides' Medea : a new version

August 8, 2019
Bartlett, Mike, 1980-
London : Methuen Drama, 2012.
83 pages ; 20 cm.
"This startlingly modern version of Euripides' classic tragedy explores the private fury bubbling under public behaviour and how in today's world a mother, fuelled by anger at her husband's infidelity, might be driven to commit the worst possible crime."--Publisher's description.

Much ado about nothing

August 6, 2019
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2018.
lvii, 292 pages : illustrations, maps ; 17 cm.
"Includes detailed explanatory notes"--Spine.
Editor's preface -- Shakespeare's Much ado about nothing -- Reading Shakespeare's language: Much ado about nothing -- Shakespeare's life -- Shakespeare's theater -- The publication of Shakespeare's plays -- An introduction to this text -- Text of the play with commentary -- Textual notes.
These updated editions of classic plays feature new cover art along with the complete text of each work, full explanatory notes, scene-by-scene plot summaries, a key to famous lines and phrases, and illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books. Reissue. (Plays/Drama).

Shakespeare's dramatic art, and his relation to Calderon and Goethe

June 4, 2019
Ulrici, Hermann, 1806-1884.
London : Chapman Brothers, 1846.
xiv pages, 554 pages ; 23 cm
Nolan Room Collection.
"Translator's preface" signed: A.J.W.M. [i.e. A.J.W. Morrison].

The revolutionists : a comedy, a quartet, a revolutionary dream fugue, a true story

May 21, 2019
Gunderson, Lauren, author.
©2018
73 pages ; 20 cm
Four beautiful badass women lose their heads in this irreverent, girl-powered comedy set during the French Revolution's Reign of Terror. Playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, former queen (and fan of ribbons) Marie Antoinette, and Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle hang out, murder Marat, and try to beat back the extremist insanity in 1793 Paris. This grand and dream-tweaked comedy is about violence and legacy, art and activism, feminism and terrorism, compatriots and chosen sisters, and how we actually go about changing the world. It's a true story. Or total fiction. Or a play about a play. Or a raucous resurrection ... that ends in a song and a scaffold -- Back cover.

William Shakespeare's much ado about mean girls

April 19, 2019
Doescher, Ian, author.
©2019
175 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"Inspired by the work of Tina Fey and William Shakespeare."
"A Pop Shakespeare Book"--Title page verso.
"Return to North Shore High in this totally fetching retelling of Tina Fey's 2004 film Mean Girls, written in the style of the Bard of Avon. This comedy of manners follows Cady Heron's journey from lowly homeschooled jungle freak to most popular girl at North Shore to social pariah. Peopled with queen bees, wannabes, misfits, and nerds, this Elizabethan makeover of a millennial tale proves that all that glitters is not gold; sometimes it's cold, hard Plastic"--Back cover.

What blest genius? : the jubilee that made Shakespeare

April 15, 2019
Stott, Andrew McConnell, 1969- author.
©2019
xxii, 249 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"In September 1769, three thousand people descended on Stratford-Upon-Avon to celebrate the artistic legacy of the town's most famous son, William Shakespeare. Attendees included the rich and powerful, the fashionable and the curious, eligible ladies and fortune hunters, and a horde of journalists and profiteers. For three days, they paraded through garlanded streets, listened to songs and oratorios, and enjoyed masked balls. It was a unique cultural moment—a coronation elevating Shakespeare to the throne of genius. Except it was a disaster. The poorly planned Jubilee imposed an army of Londoners on a backwater hamlet peopled by hostile and superstitious locals, unable and unwilling to meet their demands. Even nature refused to behave. Rain fell in sheets, flooding tents and dampening fireworks, and threatening to wash the whole town away."--Page [2] of cover.

The cake

April 12, 2019
Brunstetter, Bekah, author.
©2018
73 pages ; 21 cm
Cast: 1 male, 3 females.
"Della makes cakes, not judgment calls--those she leaves to her husband, Tim. But when the girl she helped raise comes back home to North Carolina to get married, and the fiancé is actually a fiancée, Della's life gets turned upside down. She can't really make a cake for such a wedding, can she? For the first time in her life, Della has to think for herself." --Page 4 of cover.

Pride and prejudice

April 9, 2019
Hamill, Kate, author.
©2018
100 pages ; 20 cm
"2 men, 3 women, 3 n/s (doubling)"--back cover.
This isn't your grandmother's Austen! Bold, surprising, boisterous, and timely, this P&P for a new era explores the absurdities and thrills of finding your perfect (or imperfect) match in life. The outspoken Lizzy Bennet is determined to never marry, despite mounting pressure from society. But can she resist love, especially when that vaguely handsome, mildly amusing, and impossibly aggravating Mr. Darcy keeps popping up at every turn?! Literature's greatest tale of latent love has never felt so theatrical, or so full of life than it does in this effervescent adaptation. Because what turns us into greater fools... than the high-stakes game of love?

Broke-ology

April 5, 2019
Jackson, Nathan Louis.
New York : Dramatists Play Service, ©2010.
53 pages ; 20 cm
Broke-ology is about the King family who have weathered the hardships of life and survived with their love for each other intact. The fther lives in the house the boys grew up in. He's alone, but he maintains his allegiance with their mother in his own way. When the brothers are called home to take care of him, they find themselves strangely at odds.

Macbeth : a dagger of the mind

April 3, 2019
Bloom, Harold, author.
New York : Scribner, 2019.
xiii, 139 pages ; 22 cm.
And nothing is, but what is not -- False face must hide what the false heart doth know -- A dagger of the mind, a false creation -- In the great hand of God I stand -- Tear to pieces that great bond / which keeps me pale -- We are yet but young in deed -- What, will the line stretch out to th' crack of doom -- Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him -- My way of life / is fallen into the sere, the yellow leaf -- The time is free.
From the ambitious and mad titular character to his devilish wife Lady Macbeth to the moral and noble Banquo to the mysterious Three Witches, Macbeth is one of William Shakespeare's more brilliantly populated plays and remains among the most widely read, performed in innovative productions set in a vast array of times and locations, from Nazi Germany to Revolutionary Cuba. Macbeth is a distinguished warrior hero, who over the course of the play, transforms into a brutal, murderous villain and pays an extraordinary price for committing an evil act. A man consumed with ambition and self-doubt, Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's most vital meditations on the dangerous corners of the human imagination. Award-winning writer and beloved professor Harold Bloom investigates Macbeth's interiority and unthinkable actions with razor-sharp insight, agility, and compassion. He also explores his own personal relationship to the character: Just as we encounter one Anna Karenina or Jay Gatsby when we are seventeen and another when we are forty, Bloom writes about his shifting understanding--over the course of his own lifetime--of this endlessly compelling figure, so that the book also becomes an extraordinarily moving argument for literature as a path to and a measure of our humanity. Bloom is mesmerizing in the classroom, wrestling with the often tragic choices Shakespeare's characters make. He delivers that kind of exhilarating intimacy and clarity in Macbeth, the final book in an essential series.

Shakespeare's library : unlocking the greatest mystery in literature

March 29, 2019
Kells, Stuart, author.
©2018
322 pages ; 24 cm
William the Conqueror -- The mystery -- The quarry -- The search begins -- The master investigator -- The bibliomaniac -- The league of radical gentlemen -- The mystery deepens -- The Musikbibliothek -- Alias William Jones -- Emperor and grand lama -- The conspiracy -- The country bumpkin -- The inbetweener -- Bibliotheca Mitchelliana -- Bibliotheca Jonsoniana -- Closet games -- All perfect things -- A writer's library.
"Millions of words of scholarship have been expended on the world's most famous author and his work. And yet a critical part of the puzzle, Shakespeare's library, is a mystery. For four centuries people have searched for it: in mansions, palaces and libraries; in riverbeds, sheep pens and partridge coops; and in the corridors of the mind. Yet no trace of the bard's manuscripts, books or letters has ever been found. The search for Shakespeare's library is much more than a treasure hunt. Knowing what the Bard read informs our reading of his work, and it offers insight into the mythos of Shakespeare and the debate around authorship. The library's fate has profound implications for literature, for national and cultural identity, and for the global Shakespeare industry. It bears on fundamental principles of art, identity, history, meaning and truth"-- Provided by publisher.

William Shakespeare's The tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

March 6, 2019
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
Hauppauge, N.Y. : Barron's, 2006.
vii, 69 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Uses a graphic novel format to tell about a prince of Denmark who seeks revenge for his father's murder.

Rod Serling : his life, work, and imagination

March 4, 2019
Parisi, Nicholas, author.
©2018
xiv, 541 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Long before anyone had heard of alien cookbooks, gremlins on the wings of airplanes, or places where pig-faced people are considered beautiful, Rod Serling was the most prestigious writer in American television. As creator, host, and primary writer for The Twilight Zone, Serling became something more: an American icon. When Serling died in 1975, at the age of fifty, he was the most honored, most outspoken, most recognizable, and likely the most prolific writer in television history. Though best known for The Twilight Zone, Serling wrote over 250 scripts for film and television and won an unmatched six Emmy Awards for dramatic writing for four different series. His filmography includes the acclaimed political thriller Seven Days in May and cowriting the original Planet of the Apes. In great detail and including never-published insights drawn directly from Serling's personal correspondence, unpublished writings, speeches, and unproduced scripts, Nicholas Parisi explores Serling's entire, massive body of work. With a foreword by Serling's daughter, Anne Serling, Rod Serling: His Life, Work, and Imagination is part biography, part videography, and part critical analysis. It is a painstakingly researched look at all of Serling's work--in and out of The Twilight Zone." -- Provided by publisher.

The antipodes

February 22, 2019
Baker, Annie, 1981- author.
©2018
112 pages ; 22 cm
"In Annie Baker's The Antipodes, a group of people sit around a table telling, cataloging, and theorizing stories. Their purpose is never clear: are they brainstorming ideas for a TV show? A film? A mythology? This is a world where ghostly fables co-exist with mundane discussions of snacks and sexual exploits, where the vague instruction to tell stories about "something monstrous" though "it might not be a literal monster" becomes maddeningly impossible. Part satire, part sacred rite, The Antipodes asks what value stories have for a world in crisis." - back cover.

For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday : a play

February 18, 2019
Ruhl, Sarah, 1974- author.
New York : Theatre Communications Group, 2018.
xviii, 104 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"After their father's passing, five siblings gather to reminisce and recount the memories that shaped their childhoods. What Ann, the eldest sibling (and homage to Sarah Ruhl's real-life mother), remembers most clearly is performing as Peter Pan in grade school, playing a character who never had to grow up and indeed feeling as though she never would herself. Over the course of the family gathering, the siblings find comfort in their togetherness, in aging, and in shared memories. A lyrical new play about the suddenness of growing older and the enduring bonds of family, For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday is a sentimental tribute to feeling forever young"-- Provided by publisher.

The Shakespeare book

February 14, 2019
©2019
352 pages : illustrations (some color), photographs, portraits ; 23 cm.
The freelance writer 1589-1594 -- The Lord Chamberlain's man 1594-1603 -- The King's man 1603-1613.
The Shakespeare Book is the perfect primer to the works of William Shakespeare, packed with witty illustrations and inspirational quotes. Covering every work, from the comedies of Twelfth Night and As You Like It to the tragedies of Julius Caesar and Hamlet, plus lost plays and less well-known works of poetry. Easy-to-understand graphics and illustrations bring the themes, plots, characters and language of Shakespeare to life. This includes illustrated timelines which offer an at-a-glance summary of the action for each play. With detailed plot summaries and an in-depth analysis of the major characters and themes, this is a brilliant, innovative exploration of the entire canon of Shakespeare plays, sonnets and poetry. Whether you're a Shakespeare scholar or a student of the great Bard, The Shakespeare Book offers a fuller appreciation of his phenomenal talent and lasting legacy. (Trove).

The collected poems of Bertolt Brecht

February 14, 2019
Brecht, Bertolt, 1898-1956, author.
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W. W. Norton & Company, [2019]
xx, 1286 pages ; 24 cm
The Domestic Breviary and Other Poems, 1913-1924 -- Uncollected Poems 1913-1918 -- Songs for the Guitar by Bert Brecht and His Friends -- Psalms -- Uncollected Poems 1919-1924 -- Bertolt Brecht's Domestic Breviary -- The Berlin Years -- 1925-1933 -- Uncollected Poems 1925-1926 -- Augsburg Sonnets -- The Reader for City Dwellers -- Uncollected Poems 1927-1930 -- Songs and Verses from Kuhle Wampe and The Mother -- Uncollected Poems 1931-1933 -- Poems of Exile -- Svendborg Poems and Other Poems, 1933-1938 -- Uncollected Poems 1933-1934 -- Songs from Round Heads and Pointed Heads -- Uncollected Poems 1934-1936 -- Poems for Margarete Steffin, 1932-1937 -- Poems from the German War Primer Complex -- Uncollected Poems 1936-1937 -- Some Poems for Ruth Berlau -- Poems on Senora Carrar -- Uncollected Poems 1937-1938 -- Svendborg Poems -- The War Years -- Poems in Europe and America, 1938-1945 -- Studies -- Uncollected Poems 1939-1940 -- Steffin Collection -- Songs for Life of Galileo, Mother Courage, The Good Person of Szecchwan, and Other Plays -- Poems for Margarete Steffin, 1938-1941 -- Children's Crusade 1939 -- Uncollected Poems 1941-1942 -- Chinese Poems -- Hollywood Elegies -- Uncollected Poems 1943-1945 -- After the War -- Buckow Elegies and Other Late Poems, 1945-1956 -- Uncollected Late Poems -- Buckow Elegies -- Uncollected Poems 1953-1956.
"The most extensive English translation of Brecht's poetry to date"--Back of dust jacket.

Ben Hecht : fighting words, moving pictures

February 7, 2019
Hoffman, Adina, author.
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2019]
x, 245 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
He was, according to Pauline Kael, "the greatest American screenwriter." Jean-Luc Godard called him "a genius" who "invented 80 percent of what is used in Hollywood movies today." Besides tossing off dozens of now-classic scripts-including Scarface,Twentieth Century, and Notorious-Ben Hecht was known in his day as ace reporter, celebrated playwright, taboo-busting novelist, and the most quick-witted of provocateurs. During World War II, he also emerged as an outspoken crusader for the imperiled Jews of Europe, and later he became a fierce propagandist for pre-1948 Palestine's Jewish terrorist underground. Whatever the outrage he stirred, this self-declared "child of the century" came to embody much that defined America-especially Jewish America-in his time. Hecht's fame has dimmed with the decades, but Adina Hoffman's vivid portrait brings this charismatic and contradictory figure back to life on the page. Hecht was a renaissance man of dazzling sorts, and Hoffman-critically acclaimed biographer, former film critic, and eloquent commentator on Middle Eastern culture and politics-is uniquely suited to capture him in all his modes.

Dear zealots : letters from a divided land

November 30, 2018
Oz, Amos, author.
©2018
140 pages ; 20 cm
"An urgent and deeply necessary work, Dear Zealots offers three ... essays that speak directly to our present age, on the rise of zealotry in Israel and around the world. From the incomparable Amos Oz comes a series of three essays: on the universal nature of fanaticism and its possible cures, on the Jewish roots of humanism and the need for a secular pride in Israel, and on the geopolitical standing of Israel in the wider Middle East and internationally. Dear Zealots is classic Amos Oz—fluid, rich, masterly, and perfectly timed for a world in which polarization and extremism are rising everywhere. The essays were written, Oz states, "first and foremost" for his grandchildren: they are a patient, learned telling of history, religion, and politics, to be thumbed through and studied, clung to even, as we march toward an uncertain future."-- Provided by publisher.

Pipeline

November 14, 2018
Morisseau, Dominique, author.
©2018
90 pages ; 22 cm
A play.
"With profound compassion and lyricism, Morisseau brings us a powerful play that delves into the urgent issue of the “school-to-prison” pipeline that ensnares people of color. Issues of class, race, parenting, and education in America are brought to the frontlines, as we are left to question the systematic structures that ultimately trap underserved communities."--Back cover

The Oresteia : Agamemnon, Women at the graveside, Orestes at Athens

November 8, 2018
Aeschylus, author.
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, A Division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2018]
xxxiii, 172 pages : map ; 22 cm
"...in this translation they have been retitled as Agamemnon, Women at the Graveside, and Orestes at Athens."--page xiv.
Agamemnon -- Women at the graveside -- Orestes at Athens.

The collected plays of Chaim Potok

November 7, 2018
Potok, Chaim, author.
Rhinebeck, New York : Adam Kadmon Books/Monkfish Book Publishing Company, [2018]
xxi, 328 pages ; 24 cm

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