New Arrivals · Plays

December 1, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Dear zealots : letters from a divided land

November 30, 2018
Oz, Amos, author.
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.


November 14, 2018
Morisseau, Dominique, author.
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
" 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

Harvey : a comedy in three acts

October 22, 2018
Chase, Mary, 1907-1981.
[Place of publication not identified] : Snowball Publishing, [2014]
72 pages ; 23 cm
When Elwood P. Dowd starts to introduce his imaginary friend, Harvey, a six-and-a-half-foot rabbit, to guests at a society party, his sister, Veta, has seen as much of his eccentric behavior as she can tolerate. She decides to have him committed to a sanitarium to spare her daughter, Myrtle Mae, and their family from future embarrassment. Problems arise, however, when Veta herself is mistakenly assumed to be on the verge of lunacy when she explains to doctors that years of living with Elwood's hallucination have caused her to see Harvey also! The doctors commit Veta instead of Elwood, but when the truth comes out, the search is on for Elwood and his invisible companion. When he shows up at the sanitarium looking for his lost friend Harvey, it seems that the mild-mannered Elwood's delusion has had a strange influence on more than one of the doctors. Only at the end does Veta realize that maybe Harvey isn't so bad after all.

The green pastures

October 11, 2018
Connelly, Marc, 1890-1980, author.
New York : Farrar & Rinehart, Inc., 1930.
xiii, 141 pages : illustrations, plates ; 27 cm
With cast of characters as presented at the Mansfield theatre, New York, 1930.
Copy in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Room, from the library of Joseph S. Stern, Jr. Bound in original green leather wrappers, spine stamped in gold.|5OC

Harvey Fierstein's Torch song trilogy : the celebrated landmark play, in both its original and newly revised versions.

October 2, 2018
Fierstein, Harvey, 1954- author.
New York : Ballantine Books, 2018.
xiii, 296 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Torch song trilogy. The International Stud -- Fugue in a nursery -- Widows and children first! -- Torch song.

Looking for Lorraine : the radiant and radical life of Lorraine Hansberry

September 21, 2018
Perry, Imani, 1972- author.
237 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction -- Migration song -- From heartland to the water's edge -- The girl who can do everything -- Bobby -- Sappho's poetry -- Raisin -- The trinity -- Of the faith of our fathers -- American radical -- The view from chitterling heights -- Homegoing -- Conclusion: retracing, may 2017.
"A revealing portrait of one of the most gifted and charismatic, yet least understood, Black artists and intellectuals of the twentieth century" -

The life of Henry V : with new and updated critical essays and a revised bibliography

September 14, 2018
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
New York, N.Y. : Signet Classic, [1998]
240 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm.
"A Signet classic."
Shakespeare: an overview -- Introduction -- The life of Henry V -- The sources of Henry V -- [Excerpt] from Characters of Shakespear's plays / William Hazlitt -- [Excerpt] from Ideas of good and evil / W.B. Yeats -- [Excerpt] from Shakespeare's history plays / E.M.W. Tillyard -- History and ideology: the instance of Henry V / Jonathan Dollimore and Alan Sinfield -- Enter Queen Isabel: the difference it makes / Diana E. Henderson -- Henry V on stage and screen / John Russell Brown -- Suggested references.
The drama about King Henry V's attempt to unite England under his rule, with notes and commentaries.

The Detroit project

August 3, 2018
Morisseau, Dominique, author.
New York : Theatre Communications Group, 2018.
290 pages ; 22 cm.
Paradise blue -- Detroit '67 -- Skeleton crew.
Three provocative dramas that make up a play cycle examining the sociopolitical history of Detroit. --Back cover.

William Shakespeare's Jedi the last : Star Wars part the eighth

August 2, 2018
Doescher, Ian, author.
Philadelphia, Pa. : Quirk Books, [2018]
172 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"Disney/Lucasfilm"--Title page.
"The Star Wars saga continues, with Bard of Avon providing some of the biggest shocks yet! Alack, the valiant Resistance must flee from the scoundrels of the First Order, and it falls to Rey, Finn, Poe, Rose, and BB-8 to take up arms against sea of troubles. Can they bring Snoke's schemes to woe, destruction, ruin, and decay? Will Luke Skywalker take the stage once more, and aid General Leia in the winter of her discontent? Authentic meter, stage directions, reimagined movie scenes and dialogue, and hidden Easter eggs throughout will entertain and impress fans of Star Wars and Shakespeare alike. Every scene and character from the film appears in the play, along with twenty woodcut-style illustrations that depict an Elizabethan version of the Star Wars galaxy"-- Provided by publisher.

William Shakespeare's The Clone Army attacketh : Star Wars part the second

August 2, 2018
Doescher, Ian, author.
Philadelphia, Pa. : Quirk Books, [2015]
164 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
A retelling of The attack of the clones in iambic pentameter, the style of Shakespeare. Between duty to the Jedi, attraction to Padmâe, and concern for his beloved mother, yeoman Jedi Anakin Skywalker struggles to be master of his fate. The path he chooses will determine not just his own destiny, but that of the entire Republic. Alack the day!

William Shakespeare's The force doth awaken : Star Wars part the seventh

August 2, 2018
Doescher, Ian, author.
Philadelphia, Pa. : Quirk Books, [2017]
165 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
A retelling of The Force awakens in iambic pentameter, the style of Shakespeare. To BB-8 or not to BB-8? That is the question! Star-crossed lovers reunite, a lost knight is found, and tragedy befalls the house of Solo.

William Shakespeare's The phantom of menace : Star Wars' part the first

August 2, 2018
Doescher, Ian, author.
Philadelphia, Pa. : Quirk Books, [2015]
173 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
A retelling of The phantom menace in the style of Shakespeare, featuring a disguised queen, a young hero, and two fearless knights facing a hidden, vengeful enemy.

Thinking Shakespeare : a working guide for actors, directors, students... and anyone else interested in the bard

July 10, 2018
Edelstein, Barry, author.
New York : Theatre Communications Group, 2018.
xi, 468 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"Thinking Shakespeare was originally published by Spark Publishing, 2007"--Verso t.p.
A thought at a time: why am I using this word now? -- What actors do: the basic techniques of acting -- That would be scanned: Scansion and the architecture of the verse line -- Acting is arguing: the art of using language to persuade -- The word against the word: antithesis, the indispensable tool -- Different voices: the changing height of Shakespearean language -- One line at a time: phrasing with the verse line -- Putting it together: the fundamentals in action: a review -- Sweet varied notes: the music of the language, and its rhythm, tempo, and pace -- Verbiage: the power of Shakespeare's verbs -- But how do you really feel? Irony, wit, humor, and emotion -- Suit the action to the world: thought, text, and stage business -- What the other guy is thinking: thinking the text in scenes -- More prosaic concerns: thinking Shakespeare's prose -- What's past is prologue: some conclusions -- Some resources: works worth keeping close at hand.
"Thinking Shakespeare gives theater artists practical advice about how to make Shakespeare's words feel spontaneous, passionate, and real. Based on Barry Edelstein's thirty-year career directing Shakespeare's plays, this book provides the tools that artists need to fully understand and express the power of Shakespeare's language"--Back cover.

100 plays for the first hundred days

July 2, 2018
Parks, Suzan-Lori, author.
New York : Theatre Communications Group, 2018.
93 pages ; 22 cm
In reaction to the extraordinary events of the first hundred days of the presidency of Donald J. Trump, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks has created a unique and personal response to one of the most tumultuous times in our recent history--a play diary for each day of the presidency, to capture and explore the events as they unfolded. Known for her distinctive lyrical dialogue and powerful sociopolitical themes, Parks's 100 Plays for the First Hundred Days is the powerful and provocative everyman's guide to the Trumpian universe of uncertainty, confusion, and chaos.

The wolves : a play

June 27, 2018
DeLappe, Sarah, author.
175 pages ; 23 cm
"The Wolves follows nine teenage girls as they warm up for their indoor soccer games. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, the team navigates big questions and wages tiny battles with all the vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. As the teammates warm up in sync, a symphony of overlapping dialogue spills out their concerns. By season's and play's end, amidst the wins and losses, rivalries and tragedies, they are tested and ready--they are The Wolves." -- Back cover

ShakesFear and how to cure it : the complete handbook for teaching Shakespeare

June 18, 2018
Cohen, Ralph Alan, 1945- author.
xix, 375 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Originally published: USA, 2006.
Part I: Seven deadly preconceptions of teaching Shakespeare -- Eight don'ts of teaching Shakespeare -- Nine Dos of teaching Shakespeare -- Student complaint no. 1: "Shakespeare's too hard" -- Student complaint no. 2: "Shakespeare is boring and/or irrelevant" -- Part II: The plays -- Appendix: A personal guide to Shakespeare on screen.


May 10, 2018
Stoppard, Tom, author.
New York, NY : Grove Press, 2018.
100 pages ; 21 cm
"With his characteristically brilliant wordplay and extraordinary scope, Tom Stoppard has in Hapgood devised a play that 'spins an end-of-the-Cold-War tale of intrigue and betrayal, interspersed with explanations of the quixotic behavior of the electron and the puzzling properties of light' (New York Times). It falls to Hapgood, an extraordinary British intelligence officer, to try to unravel the mystery of who is passing along top-secret scientific discoveries to the Soviets, but as she does so, the web of personal and professional betrayals-doubles and triples and possibly quadruples-continues to multiply"--Provided by publisher.

Tyrant : Shakespeare on politics

May 7, 2018
Greenblatt, Stephen, 1943- author.
212 pages ; 22 cm
Oblique angles -- Party politics -- Fraudulent populism -- A matter of character -- Enablers -- Tyranny triumphant -- The instigator -- Madness in great ones -- Downfall and resurgence -- Resistible rise -- Coda.
"As an aging, tenacious Elizabeth I clung to power, a talented playwright probed the social causes, the psychological roots, and the twisted consequences of tyranny. In exploring the psyche (and psychoses) of the likes of Richard III, Macbeth, Lear, Coriolanus, and the societies they rule over, Stephen Greenblatt illuminates the ways in which William Shakespeare delved into the lust for absolute power and the catastrophic consequences of its execution."--

Lear : the great image of authority

April 26, 2018
Bloom, Harold, author.
New York : Scribner, 2018.
xi, 160 pages ; 22 cm.
"Harold Bloom, regarded by some as the greatest Shakespeare scholar of our time, presents an intimate, wise, deeply compelling portrait of King Lear--the third in his series of five short books about the great playwright's most significant personalities, hailed as Bloom's "last love letter to the shaping spirit of his imagination" on the front page of The New York Times Book Review"-- Provided by publisher.

The penitent : a play

April 13, 2018
Mamet, David, author.
79 pages ; 22 cm
"This new drama about ethical boundaries and pressures of the legal system, digs deep into American corruption and the degradation of social mores. The Penitent follows the story of an acclaimed psychiatrist who refuses to testify in court on behalf of his patient -- an act that might undo everything he's worked for"--Provided by publisher.

The luck of friendship : the letters of Tennessee Williams and James Laughlin

March 8, 2018
Williams, Tennessee, 1911-1983, author.
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2018]
xl, 392 pages ; 24 cm

The world only spins forward : the ascent of Angels in America

February 21, 2018
Butler, Isaac, author.
437 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes index.

Shakespeare survey.

January 23, 2018
Cambridge [Eng.] : New York ; Cambridge University Press, 1948-<2002>
v. : ill., facsims. ; 26 cm.
Each vol. also has distinctive title.
"An annual survey of Shakespearian study & production."

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