These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
November 22, 2016
Greenberg, Richard, 1958- author.
New York : Blue Rider Press, 
xviii, 300 pages ; 21 cm
Apology to Oprah -- Introduction -- Manifesto. Wisdom -- City. Selves ; Well, you've just been a delight, or New York City in the eighties ; Mediocrity: an appreciation ; I completely agree, but: two nostaldias ; Local character ; Weatherless Chelsea ; As I was saying to Kitty Genovese ; Here, too, is New York ; Here's an idea ; In the moment ; My racial incident -- City Friends. Trapped ; My friend, the murderer manqué ; Surprising friend ; Socialism ; Worst-case scenario ; Friendship ; Cute idea -- Storytelling. My first-world problem and Go fuck yourself ; Origin myth ; Genre/role ; Rich peaople ; Selling out ; Triumph ; A plea for universal misunderstanding ; Presence ; Anecdote -- Health, education. Goodness ; Doctors/diagnosticians ; Sleep ; Oblivion ; Malpractice ; Age -- City friends, new and updated. Deferred ; On liking racist things -- Obligatory. My best recipe -- Several dead women of whom I was fond. Maeve and Fredda ; In order of disappearance -- Things are looking up, maybe; and back. Opinions ; Nuptials ; Byrne the witch: my radical youth ; On the other hand... ; A paradox explained ; Ignorance ; Meaning ; The sump ; Trees ; Dinner ; Local character, part 2.
"David Sedaris meets Garrison Keillor in this hysterically funny and thoughtful collection of original essays by Tony Award-winning playwright Richard Greenberg, who shares anecdotes and observations gathered from a lifetime of perfecting Rules for Others to Live By. Between worrying about his artist friends and reconciling his complicated feelings about New York City, Pulitzer finalist Richard Greenberg still finds time to be something of a hermit--and it seems to be working out for him. As a playwright, he says, the time spent alone making up stories about fictional characters has sharpened his sensitivity to real life and all of the bizarre, unpredictable, and even unimaginable people beyond one's front door. In Rules for Others to Live By, he shares stories from his life, observations from two decades of residence on a three-block stretch of New York City, and musings from his brilliant, if not a little unusual, mind. Spanning a range of topics from friendship to writing, urban life to visiting parents, health crises to hypochondria and other paranoid tendencies, Greenberg's distinct and hilarious voice articulates our own mild obsessions and the idiosyncrasies we can only hope will go unnoticed in a crowd"-- Provided by publisher.
November 16, 2016
Gelb, Arthur, 1924-2014, author.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 
xxv, 869 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
"A Marian Wood book."
Upheaval -- About Agnes -- Mistress, secretary, wife, and mother -- "Time's winged chariot" -- Unraveling.
"Celebrated for their books on Eugene O'Neill and enjoying access to a trove of previously sealed archival material, the Gelbs deliver their final volume on the stormy life and brilliant oeuvre of this Nobel Prize-winning American playwright. This is a tour through both a magical moment in American theater and the troubled life of a genius. Not a peep show or a celebrity gossip fest, this book is a brilliant investigation of the emotional knots that ensnared one of our most important playwrights. Handsome, charming when he wanted to be, O'Neill was the flame women were drawn to--all, that is, except his mother, who never let him forget he was unwanted. By Women Possessed follows O'Neill through his great successes, the failures he was able to shrug off, and the long eclipse, a twelve-year period in which, despite the Nobel, nothing he wrote was produced. But ahead lay his greatest achievements: The Iceman Cometh and Long Day's Journey into Night. Both were ahead of their time and both received lukewarm receptions. It wasn't until after his death that his widow, the keeper of the flame, began a fierce and successful campaign to restore his reputation. The result is that today, just over 125 years after his birth, O'Neill is a towering presence in the theater, his work--always in performance here and abroad--still electrifying audiences. Perhaps of equal importance, he is the acknowledged father of modern American theater, the man who paved the way for the likes of Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Edward Albee, and a host of others. But, as Williams has said, at a cost: 'O'Neill gave birth to the American theater and died for it'"-- Provided by publisher.
November 10, 2016
New York : Theatre Communications Group, 2007.
xvi, 77 pages ; 23 cm.
September 30, 2016
New York : Theatre Communications, 2016.
ix, 149 pages ; 22 cm
"This year for Thanksgiving, the Blake family gathers in a new Chinatown apartment shared by daughter Brigid and her boyfriend: a typical housing space for New York, cramped with people and all the compassion, cares, and consternation they bring with them."-- Provided by publisher.
September 23, 2016
Dickson, Andrew, 1979- author.
xvi, 700 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Subtitle from cover.
"An earlier version of this book was published as The rough guide to Shakespeare"--Title page verso.
September 7, 2016
Aguirre, Carmen, 1967- author.
Toronto : Random House Canada, 2016.
279 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"A stunning follow-up to Carmen Aguirre's bestselling and Canada Reads-winning first memoir, Something Fierce. A powerful, heartfelt and grippingly honest memoir of finding meaning in life and one's voice as an artist after being a teenaged revolutionary, and of developing the strength to confront a childhood trauma. Carmen Aguirre has lived many lives, all of them to the full. At age six she was a Chilean refugee adjusting to life as a Latina in North America. At eighteen she was a revolutionary dissident married to a generous-hearted man she couldn't fully love. In her early twenties she fought to find her voice as an actress and to break away from the stereotypical roles thrust upon her--Housekeeper, Hotel Maid, Mexican Hooker #1--all the while navigating the complex paths of lust and heartbreak. As she grew in her career, Aguirre became a writer, a director, an actress, and then a mother, but alongside her many multi-faceted identities was another that was unbearable to embrace yet impossible to escape; that of the thirteen-year-old girl attacked by one of Canada's most feared rapists. Thirty-three years after the assault, Aguirre decided it was time to meet the man who changed her life. Fierce, funny and enlightening, Aguirre interweaves her account of overcoming the attack that shook her world with a host of stories of life and love. From her passionate but explosive relationship with a gorgeous Argentinian basketball player to the all-consuming days at drama school in Vancouver; from the end of the Chilean revolutionary dream to life among the Chicano theatre scene of Los Angeles; from the child who was made the victim of a terrible crime to the artist who found the courage to confront her assailant, Aguirre tells a story of strength and survival that will leave you speechless."-- Provided by publisher.
August 24, 2016
New York : The Modern Library, 2016.
xxvii, 826 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Plays include: Aeschylus: the Persians, Oresteia, Prometheus bound; Sophocles: Oedipus the king, Antigone, Electra, Oedipus at Colonus; Euripides: Alcestis, Medea, Hippolytus, Electra, Trojan women, Helen, Bacchae.
Persians ; The Oresteia: Agamemnon ; The Oresteia: Libation bearers ; The Oresteia: Eumenides ; Prometheus bound / Aeschylus -- Oedipus the king ; Antigone ; Electra ; Oedipus at Colonus / Sophocles -- Alcestis ; Medea ; Hippolytus ; Electra ; Trojan women ; Helen ; Bacchae / Euripides.
August 4, 2016
New York : Applause Theatre Books,
v. ; 22 cm.
August 1, 2016
Baker, Annie, 1981- author.
154 pages ; 23 cm
July 18, 2016
Williams, Tennessee, 1911-1983, author.
xv, 197 pages ; 21 cm.
Introduction -- A recluse and his guest -- Now the cats with jeweled claws -- Steps must be gentle -- Ivan's widow -- This is the peaceable kingdom -- Aimez-vous Ionesco? -- The demolition downtown -- Lifeboat drill -- Once in a lifetime -- The strange play.
"This new collection of fantastic, lesser-known one-acts contains some of Williams's most potent, witty and wild late plays written from 1971 to 1982--Upper East Side ladies dine out during the apocalypse in Now the Cats With Jeweled Claws; a pair of nonagenarians struggle to cope on the Queen Elizabeth II in Lifeboat Drill; the poet Hart Crane makes peace with his mother at the bottom of the ocean in Steps Must Be Gentle; and madness bewitches the occupants during a nursing home strike in This Is the Peaceable Kingdom. Previously unpublished late plays include Aimez-Vous Ionesco?, a parody of the Theater of the Absurd; A Recluse and His Guest, a fable about a traveling woman in a dark world who can only go forward, never back; and Ivan's Widow, in which a psychiatrist and his young female patient engage in sexual power play that leads to murder."-- Provided by publisher
July 15, 2016
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
New York : SparkNotes, ©2003.
viii, 311 pages ; 20 cm.
Presents the original text of Shakespeare's play side by side with a modern version, with marginal notes and explanations and full descriptions of each character.
June 21, 2016
Wilder, Thornton, 1897-1975, author.
New York : Theatre Communications Group, 2016.
viii, 124 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
""The character of Nora has fascinated me for a long time but I felt that the play, in the form I knew, was too dated. I would not have been interested in accepting the part in the Archer version, because the lines were too stiffly artificial and lacked conviction. The Thornton Wilder adaptation, however, has restored life and credibility to a drama, which is still one of the finest efforts in our theatrical literature." -Ruth Gordon, Cincinnati Times-Star, October 27, 1937 "It's a thrill to encounter this collaboration between these two pioneers of modern theater. Wilder has created a brilliant version of Ibsen's great play, which is taut, conversational and pulsing with life nearly eighty years after it was written. Of course, Wilder worked on A Doll's House while writing Our Town. There are incredible echoes between Nora and Emily-two young women who poignantly confront their own mortality and must say good-bye to life as they know it." -Arin Arbus, director, A Doll's House, Theatre for a New Audience, May 1, 2016 Not staged until 2016, since its record-breaking Broadway premiere starring Ruth Gordon in 1937, this is the first publication of the adaptation of Ibsen's classic drama as revitalized through the shrewd lens of American drama master Thornton Wilder. With clarifying dialogue, Wilder uproots this classic from Norway and funnels it through an American lens. The marriage of Ibsen's naturalistic style melds with Wilder's knack for emotional nuance to create a demonstrative edition of the revered A Doll's House. Henrik Ibsen is often referred to as the father of modern realism. He is most well known for his plays Hedda Gabler, Ghosts, The Master Builder, The Wild Duck, Peer Gynt, and An Enemy of the People. Thornton Wilder is considered to be one of the most accomplished American playwrights and novelists of the twentieth century. He received three Pulitzer Prize Awards for Our Town (1938), The Skin of Our Teeth (1943) and The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1928). His novel The Eighth Day received The National Book Award in 1968. Our Town is the most-produced American play in the world"-- Provided by publisher.
June 17, 2016
Josipovici, Gabriel, 1940- author.
xi, 279 pages ; 23 cm
"William Shakespeare's Hamlet is probably the best-known and most commented upon work of literature in Western culture. The paradox is that it is at once utterly familiar and strangely elusive--very like our own selves, argues Gabriel Josipovici in this stimulating and original study. Moreover, our desire to master this elusiveness, to "pluck the heart out of its mystery, " as Hamlet himself says, precisely mirrors what is going on in the play; and what Shakespeare's play demonstrates is that to conceive human character (and works of art) in this way is profoundly misguided. Rather than rushing to conclusions or setting out a theory of what Hamlet is "about, " therefore, we should read and watch patiently and openly, allowing the play to unfold before us in its own time and trying to see each moment in the context of the whole. Josipovici's valuable book is thus an exercise in analysis which puts the physical experience of watching and reading at the heart of the critical process--at once a practical introduction to a great and much-loved play and a sophisticated intervention in some of the key questions of theory and aesthetics of our time"-- Provided by publisher.
June 17, 2016
Vickers, Brian, author.
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2016.
xxi, 387 pages : illustrations, facsimiles ; 25 cm
King Lear at the printer -- Adjusting text space to print space in the Shakespeare folio and quartos -- Nicholas Okes compresses the play -- Nicholas Okes abridges it -- One play, one manuscript, two printed books -- The Folio editors regularize Shakespeare -- The King's Men abridge a tragedy -- The "two versions" revisited -- Conclusion : toward a new consensus.
"For over two hundred years editors were united in their decision to bring together the King Lear texts of the Quarto (1608) and the First Folio (1623) to produce a single text that was the basis for all modern productions and interpretations. In the 1980s a group of influential scholars argued that the two texts represent distinct stages in the life of King Lear, as Shakespeare revised his play in the light of theatrical performance. In The One King Lear, Sir Brian Vickers challenges this widely accepted theory, arguing that the cuts in the Quarto text, which are too insignificant to have been made to shorten the play, were in fact carried out by the printer because he had underestimated the amount of paper he would need. As for the Folio, the cuts removed passages of a reflective or descriptive nature and were probably made by the theatre company to speed up the action. At stake in this textual argument is the way Shakespeare's play is read and performed"--Publisher's information.
June 17, 2016
Hooks, Adam G., author.
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2016.
x, 207 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction: A life in print : toward a Shakespearean bio-bibliography -- 1. Shakespeare's poems and Shakespeare's printer : Richard Field and the narratives of Shakespearean authorship -- 2. Sweet and swaggering : Shakespeare's plays, Playfere's sermons, and their publisher Andrew Wise -- 3. 'All in one volume' : Shakespeare's quartos, the First Folio, and their printer William Jaggard -- 4. Making plays : booksellers and the bio-bibliography of Shakespeare.
"Selling Shakespeare tells a story of Shakespeare's life and career in print, a story centered on the people who created, bought, and sold books in the early modern period. The interests and investments of publishers and booksellers have defined our ideas of what is 'Shakespearean', and attending to their interests demonstrates how one version of Shakespearean authorship surpassed the rest. In this book, Adam G. Hooks identifies and examines four pivotal episodes in Shakespeare's life in print: the debut of his narrative poems, the appearance of a series of best-selling plays, the publication of collected editions of his works, and the cataloguing of those works. Hooks also offers a new kind of biographical investigation and historicist criticism, one based not on external life documents, nor on the texts of Shakespeare's works, but on the books that were printed, published, sold, circulated, collected, and catalogued under his name"-- Provided by publisher.
June 17, 2016
Bearman, Robert, author.
viii, 196 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
June 10, 2016
Smith, Emma (Emma Josephine), author.
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2016.
xiv, 379 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
June 2, 2016
Gunderson, Lauren, author.
63 pages ; 20 cm
Cast: 1 man, 4 women.
"Commissioned by and premiered at South Coast Repertory ... in Costa Mesa, California, with support from the Elizabeth George Foundation, as part of the 2011 Pacific Playwrights Festival"--page 3.
When Henrietta Leavitt begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she isn't allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joins a group of women "computers," charting the stars for a renowned astronomer who calculates projects in "girl hours" and has no time for the women's probing theories. As Henrietta, in her free time, attempts to measure the light and distance of stars, she must also take measure of her life on Earth, trying to balance her dedication to science with family obligations and the possibility of love. The true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt explores a woman's place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women's ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. Social progress, like scientific progress, can be hard to see when one is trapped among earthly complications; Henrietta Leavitt and her female peers believe in both, and their dedication changed the way we understand both the heavens and Earth.
May 16, 2016
Los Angeles, CA : A Barnacle Book/Rare Bird Books, 
xiii, 432 pages ; 22 cm
"Barnacle crucial editions, definitive and uncensored."
Introduction -- Caribbean interrogations of The Emperor Jones / Lowell Fiet -- The Emperor Jones / Eugene O'Neill -- "Croak wit your boots on!": the arrested dialectic of Eugene O'Neill's The hairy ape / Anthony Dawahare -- Terror and The hairy ape / Richard Murphet -- The hairy ape: a comedy of ancient and modern life / Eugene O'Neill -- Kate Valk on performing O'Neill with the Wooster Group: an interview / Rick Mitchell -- Revising and reviving the S.S. Glencairn: Richard Maxwell's (re)evaluation of language in O'Neill's early plays / Les Hunter -- Plays (S.S. Glencairn series): production notes ; The moon of the Caribees, Bound East for Cardiff, The long voyage home, In the zone / Eugene O'Neill -- The First World War in Europe and in America: a gendered reading of antiwar plays by the Provincetown Players / Noelia Hernando-Real -- Play. The game: a morality play in one act / Louise Bryant -- Play. Aria da Capo / Edna St. Vincent Millay.
"Experimental O'Neill compiles in a single volume six of Eugene O'Neill's early plays: The hairy ape, The Emperor Jones, and what are often referred to as "The S.S. Glencairn Plays," four related one-acts. With extensive companion essays and critical analysis, this indispensable volume brings together some of O'Neill's often overlooked and still highly controversial works. Exploring themes of race, capitalism, and isolation, these plays use a mix of realism and expressionism to highlight the human condition in groundbreaking drama that is at once thematically evocative of its era and fundamentally ahead of its time. Additionally, the book contains important new essays about the Wooster Group's experimental productions of these plays by O'Neill, the Provincetown Players, and two one-acts by female dramatists of the era."--Page  of cover.
May 13, 2016
O'Neal, John, 1940- author.
New York : Theatre Communications Group, 2016.
xxviii, 446 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Artist and activist John O'Neal is best known for his Junebug Jabbo Jones cycle of plays, a remarkable collection of tales and anecdotes drawn from African American oral literature, which he has performed all over the globe. Four of these plays are included in this volume, along with four of O'Neal's other works: large-scale ensemble productions, first performed by his ensemble company Junebug Productions, as well as in collaboration with A Travelling Jewish Theater (San Francisco, California), Roadside Theater (Kentucky), and Pregones Theater (Bronx, New York). John O'Neal co-founded the Free Southern Theater in 1963 as a cultural arm of the southern Civil Rights movement, as well as Junebug Productions, a professional African American arts organization in New Orleans. For FST, O'Neal worked as a field director for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and worked as national field program director with the Committee for Racial Justice. He has written eighteen plays, a musical comedy, poetry, and several essays, and has performed throughout the United States, Canada, France, and Scandinavia. He is the recipient of the Award of Merit from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, the United States Artists Award, and a Ford Foundation Award"-- Provided by publisher.
April 29, 2016
Keenan, Jillian, author.
xii, 334 pages ; 22 cm
A midsummer night's dream : stand and unfold -- The tempest: were I human -- The winter's tale: an aspect more favorable -- Romeo and Juliet: these violent delights -- The taming of the shrew: rough with love -- Hamlet: nothing, my Lord -- Twelfth night: what should I do -- Love's labor's lost: wonder of the world -- Antony and Cleopatra: here is my space -- Macbeth: double, double -- King Lear: speak -- Othello: beast with two backs -- Cymbeline: what we may be -- As you like it: what you will.
"When it came to understanding love, a teenage Jillian Keenan had nothing to guide her--until a production of The Tempest sent Shakespeare's language flowing through her blood for the first time. In Sex with Shakespeare, she tells the story of how the Bard's plays helped her embrace her unusual sexual identity and find a love story of her own."-- Provided by publisher.
April 27, 2016
Shanley, John Patrick, author.
vi, 75 pages ; 22 cm
"'What I admire most is that his plays are beautifully well made, economical, sharp and coherent. He's not a misanthrope, but he's in pursuit of why people behave as badly as they do along with having a great compassion for them. That's an unusual and interesting combination.'--Tony Kushner, on John Patrick ShanleyWhen a troubled but gifted boy from the South Bronx finds himself shipped off to a private school in New Hampshire, the adjustment to the alien environment will lead to his ultimate dissolution or redemption. Teachers in the affluent institution do not know what to make of the new boisterous student, though the challenge really lies in his self-perception. Like his most celebrated play, Doubt, the author has based this new work on his own personal experiences of growing up as a teenager in the South Bronx and his time spent at a prep school in New England. Shanley has created an elemental study of a young's man search for his place in the world. John Patrick Shanley's plays include Outside Mullingar, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Savage in Limbo, and Dirty Story, along with his "Church and State" trilogy, Doubt, Defiance, and Storefront Church. For his play Doubt, he received both the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. He has nine films to his credit, including the five-time Oscar-nominated Doubt, and Moonstruck, which received the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. The Writers Guild of America awarded Shanley the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award in Writing."-- Provided by publisher.
April 25, 2016
Peros, Steven, 1966-
New York, NY : Samuel French New York, ©2009.
75 pages ; 21 cm
Based on the true story of a mysterious Hollywood death, The Cat's Meow offers a fascinating cross section of Jazz Age characters who intersect for one notorious weekend on board William Randolph Hearst's yacht in 1924. The play was adapted for film in 2002, with a screenplay by the author, directed by Peter Bogdanovich, and starring Kirsten Dunst, Eddie Izzard, and Edward Herrmann. Weekend guests include: Charlie Chaplin, who has been carrying on with movie star Marion Davies, a secret known to Davies' paramour, the married--and much older--Hearst; and movie mogul Thomas Ince, who is hoping to revive his flagging fortunes by forming a partnership with Hearst. Playing with fire, Ince tries to convince Hearst that he can handle both Marion's movie career, and her private life as well.--From publisher description.
April 19, 2016
Anderson, Jane, 1954-
New York : Samuel French, c2010.
77 p. ; 22 cm.
Play for 2 males and 2 females.
Dinah and Bill, a devout, church-going couple from the Midwest are struggling to keep their lives intact after the loss of their daughter. Dinah is compelled to reconnect with her left-leaning cousins in Northern California who're going through their own trials. Jeannette and Neil have lost their home to a wildfire and Neil has cancer. However they seem to have accepted their situation with astounding good humor, living in a yurt on their burn site and celebrating life with hits of pot and glasses of good red wine. Bill and Dinah are both moved and perplexed by their cousins' remarkable equanimity. But their sympathy turns to rage when they find out Jeannette is planning to take her own life to avoid a life of grief without her beloved Neil.
April 8, 2016
New York : Samuel French, ©2010.
130 pages ; 21 cm
Male dramatic monologues: Sunken living room / David Caudle -- Billboard / Michael Vukadinovich -- Lizards / Megan Mostyn-Brown -- New York / David Rimmer -- Circuitry / Andrew Barrett -- Additional particulars / Ed Simpson -- Treasure Island / Ken Ludwig -- Nest / Bathsheba Doran -- Outrage / Itamar Moses -- Jerome Bixby's the man from earth / Richard Schenkman -- Three musketeers / Ken Ludwig -- Dead city / Sheila Callaghan -- Everythings turning into beautiful / Seth Zvi Rosenfeld -- Truth and reconciliation / Etan Frankel -- The receptionist / Adam Brock -- Trying / Joanna McClelland Glass.