New Arrivals · Plays

March 7, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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.
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 In great detail and including never-published insights drawn directly from Serling's personal correspondence, unpublished writings, speeches, and unproduced scripts, Nicholas Parisi explores Serling's entire, massive body of work.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.
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
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.
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.

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