New Arrivals · Plays

December 19, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Humana Festival ... : the complete plays.

December 18, 2014
Newbury, VT : Smith & Kraus.
v. ; 22 cm.
Vols. for 1993-<2013> include plays produced at the annual Humana Festival held at the Actors Theatre of Louisville.
"A Smith and Kraus book."

Collected plays, 1964-1982

December 17, 2014
Miller, Arthur, 1915-2005.
New York : Library of America, ©2012.
823 pages ; 21 cm.
"Eleven ... plays .. along with a screenplay ... and two dramatic sketches ... presented [principally] in the order of their first public performances ... with a selection of Miller's notes and essays on the plays"--Note on the texts.
After the fall (1964) -- Incident at Vichy (1964) -- The price (1968) -- Fame (1970) -- The reason why (1970) -- The creation of the world and other business (1972) -- Up from paradise (1974) -- The American clock (1974; rev. 1984) -- The Poosidin's resignation (1976) -- The archbishop's ceiling (1977; rev. 1984) -- Playing for time (1980) -- I think about you a great deal (1982) -- Elegy for a lady (1982) -- Some kind of love story (1982) -- Notes and essays on the plays (1964-1982).
This volume--the second on The Library of America's definitive edition of the works of Arthur Miller--offers an unprecedented look at the extraordinary middle phase of an essential American dramatist. Here are fourteen plays, from Broadway hits to previously unpublished rarities, that trace Miller's evolving genius as he experimented with new forms and themes. Included are After the Fall, a tour de force exploration of guilt, responsibility, and history that shocked the public with its apparent depiction of Miller's life with Marilyn Monroe; Incident at Vichy, a devastating one-act dramatizing the roundup of Jews in Vichy, France; The Price, an intimate drama about two brothers and their inheritance, Miller's biggest commercial success since Death of a Salesman; The Archbishop's Ceiling, a tense and intricately plotted exploration of creativity and the Cold War; Playing for Time, a groundbreaking teleplay based on the story of the Women's Orchestra of Auschwitz; and many more.

Collected plays, 1944-1961

December 17, 2014
Miller, Arthur, 1915-2005.
New York : Library of America : Distributed to the trade in the United States by Penguin Putnam, c2006.
774 p. ; 21 cm.
The man who had all the luck (1944) -- All my sons (1947) -- Death of a salesman (1949) -- An enemy of the people (adaptation, 1950) -- The crucible (1953) -- A memory of two Mondays (1955) -- A view from the bridge (one-act version, 1955) -- A view from the bridge (two-act version, 1956) -- The misfits (1961).
A collection of some of the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright's most definitive works includes "All My Sons," "Death of a Salesman," "The Crucible," "A View from the Bridge," and five additional plays.

Best contemporary monologues for men 18-35

December 15, 2014
Milwaukee, WI : Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, 2014.
ix, 200 pages ; 20 cm

Constellations

December 11, 2014
Payne, Nick.
©2012
76 pages ; 21 cm

The happiest song plays last

December 9, 2014
Hudes, Quiara Alegría, author.
New York : Theatre Communications Group, 2014.
viii, 87 pages ; 22 cm
"A play"--Jacket.
"At the dawn of the Arab Spring in an ancient Jordanian town, an Iraq War veteran struggles to overcome the traumas of combat by taking on an entirely new and unexpected career: action-film hero. At the same time, halfway around the world in a cozy North Philadelphia kitchen, his cousin takes on a heroic new role of her own: as the heart and soul of her crumbling community, providing hot meals and an open door for the needy. A search for redemption, humility, and one's place in the world, this is the final installment in Quiara Alegría Hudes's The Elliot trilogy"-- Provided by publisher.

Ideas of order : a close reading of Shakespeare's sonnets

December 5, 2014
Rudenstine, Neil L.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
243 pages ; 24 cm
"An approachable and indispensable guide to Shakespeare's sonnets Shakespeare's sonnets are the greatest single work of lyric poetry in English, as passionate, daring, intimate, and moving as any love poems we may encounter. And yet, they are often misunderstood--as W. H. Auden remarked, "more nonsense has been talked and written, more intellectual and emotional energy expended in vain, on the sonnets of Shakespeare than on any other literary work in the world." Ideas of Order instills pleasure in this extraordinary verse, revealing an underlying narrative within the 154 poems that illuminates the work--providing a guide that inspires a new understanding of this complex masterpiece. The Elizabethan scholar and former Harvard University president Neil L. Rudenstine makes a compelling case for the existence of a dramatic arc within the work through an expert interpretation of distinct groups of sonnets in relationship to one another.The sonnets show us a poet in turmoil who falls for a young man who returns his affections--and the love is utterly transformative, binding him in such an irresistible way that it survives a number of heartbreaks. The poet and young man are equally attracted to a "dark lady," and both become enmeshed with her in an affair of lust and betrayal. Rudenstine's intimate reading explores the relationship between major groups of poems: the expressions of love, the transgressions, the longings, the jealousies, and the reconciliations. Along with his expert critical narrative, Ideas of Order includes all of Shakespeare's sonnets. This enlightening book is an invaluable companion for Shakespeare neophytes and experienced readers alike"-- Provided by publisher.

The reckoning : death and intrigue in the promised land---a true detective story

November 28, 2014
Bishop, Patrick (Patrick Joseph), author.
©2014
xii, 299 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
"One of Britain's most renowned military historians revisits the death of Zionist leader Avraham Stern--head of Israel's notorious Stern Gang--at the hand of a British policeman during WWII"-- Provided by publisher.

Interstellar : the complete screenplay with selected storyboards

November 28, 2014
Nolan, Jonathan, author.
New York : OPUS, [2014]
xix, 380 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Based on the film by Warner Bros. Pictures and Paramount Pictures.

Title and deed: monologue for a slightly foreign man ; Oh, the humanity and other good intentions

November 20, 2014
Eno, Will, 1965-
New York : Theatre Communications Group, Incorporated, 2014.
121 p. ; 21 cm.

Belleville

November 14, 2014
Herzog, Amy.
New York : Theatre Communications Group, 2014.
70 pages ; 22 cm

This is our youth : a play

October 24, 2014
Lonergan, Kenneth, author.
©2000
128 pages ; 21 cm.
Includes Production History page through September 2014.

The great American trailer park Christmas musical

October 23, 2014
Kelso, Betsy, author.
New York, NY : Dramatists Play Service Inc., [2014]
62 pages ; 25 cm
Musical.
2 men, 4 women.
It's holiday time down in Armadillo Acres, and everyone's filled with warmth and beer. But when a freak bout of amnesia strikes the trailer park Scrooge, neighborly love is put to the test.

Iphigenia among the Taurians

October 21, 2014
Euripides, author.
©2014
74 pages ; 22 cm

Eugene O'Neill : a life in four acts

October 17, 2014
Dowling, Robert M., 1970- author.
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2014]
xi, 569 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The ghosts at the stage door. The treasures of Monte Cristo ; School days of an apostate ; Anarchist in the tropics ; Exorcism in New York ; Return to Monte Cristo ; The (love) sick apprentice ; It takes a village -- "To be an artist or nothing." Washed ashore at land's end ; Below Washington Square ; "Turn back the universe" ; "The town is yours" ; Civilization unmasked ; The theatre F(r)eud -- "The Broadway show shop." Prometheus unbound ; Draining bitter cups ; Note to the Ku Klux Klan ; "God's hard, not easy" ; The novelist behind the mask "Old Doc" at Loon Lodge ; The soliloquy is dead! Long live-- what? -- Full fathom five. Uncharted seas ; L'Aeschylus du Plessis ; The Prodigal returns ; "The game isn't worth the candle" ; Pandora's box ; The tyranny of time ; silence's end ; "There's a lot to be said for being dead" -- Journey into light.
"A major new biography of the Nobel Prize-winning playwright whose brilliantly original plays revolutionized American theater"-- Provided by publisher.

The women of Lockerbie

October 16, 2014
Brevoort, Deborah Baley.
New York : Dramatists Play Service, c2005.
104 p. : front. ; 20 cm.
Cast: 2 men, 5 women.

The twelve dates of christmas : a comedy/holiday/solo play

October 15, 2014
Hoben, Ginna.
New York, NY : Playscripts Inc., [2012]
42 pages ; 22 cm

Tel Aviv noir

October 6, 2014
©2014
285 pages : map ; 22 cm.
Sleeping mask / Gadi Taub -- Women / Matan Hermoni -- The time-slip detective / Lavie Tidhar -- Slow cooking / Deakla Keydar -- Clear recent history / Gon Ben Ari -- Saïd the good / Antonio Ungar -- Swirl / Silje Bekeng -- My father's kingdom / Shimon Adaf -- Who's a good boy! / Julia Fermentto -- The tour guide / Yoav Katz -- Death in pajamas / Alex Epstein -- The expendables / Gai Ad -- Allergies / Etgar Keret -- Center / Assaf Gavron.

Disgraced : a play

October 1, 2014
Akhtar, Ayad.
New York : Back Bay Books, 2013.
xii, 98 p. ; 21 cm.
New York. Today. Corporate lawyer Amir Kapoor is happy, in love, and about to land the biggest career promotion of his life. But beneath the veneer, success has come at a price. When Amir and his artist wife, Emily, host an intimate dinner party at their Upper East Side apartment, what starts out as a friendly conversation soon escalates into something far more damaging.

Sex with strangers : a play

September 30, 2014
Eason, Laura.
New York : Overlook Duckworth, 2014.
126 p. ; 21 cm.
Twenty-something sex blogger Ethan tracks down his idol, the gifted but obscure 40-something novelist Olivia. Each has something the other needs but as attraction turns to sex both must confront the dark side of ambition.

The flick

September 25, 2014
Baker, Annie, 1981- author.
New York : Theatre Communications Group, 2014.
177 pages ; 22 cm
In a run-down movie theater in central Massachusetts, the tiny battles and not-so-tiny heartbreaks of three underpaid employees play out in the empty aisles, becoming more gripping than the lackluster, second-run movies on screen.

Grasses of a thousand colors

September 25, 2014
Shawn, Wallace.
New York : Theatre Communications Group, 2014.
89 pages ; 22 cm
Originally published by New York, Theatre Communications Group, 2009.

Contemporary monologues for men

September 17, 2014
London : Nick Hern Books, [2014].
164 pages ; 20 cm
Arnold from 3 Sisters on Hope Street / Diane Samuels and Tracy Ann Oberman -- Oliver Cromwell from 55 Days / Howard Brenton -- Nick from About A Goth / Tom Wells -- Nick from Angels / Ronan O'Donnell -- Simon from Apologia / Alexi Kaye Campbell -- Carl from Before It Rains / Katherine Chandler -- Cam from Boys / Ella Hickson -- Eddie from Bully Boy / Sandi Toksvig -- Jim from Chatroom / Enda Walsh -- Honey from Cressida / Nicholas Wright -- Donal from Days of Wine and Roses / Owen McCafferty, after JP Miller -- Mitya from Delirium / Enda Walsh -- Jude from Eight / Ella Hickson -- Nugget from First Person Shooter / Paul Jenkins -- Chris from Gilt / Stephen Greenhorn, Rona Munro and Isabel Wright -- Chima from God's Property / Arinze Kene -- Lee from Holes in the Skin / Robert Holman -- Felix from Invisible / Tena Štivĭcicʹ -- Michael from Japes / Simon Gray -- Davey from Jerusalem / Jez Butterworth -- Jonah from Jonah and Otto by Robert Holman -- Shane from Ladies Down Under / Amanda Whittington -- Ian from Lagan / Stacey Gregg -- Kehinde from Little Baby Jesus / Arinze Kene -- Unspecified from Love and Information / Caryl Churchill -- Thomas from Misterman / Enda Walsh -- Chuggs from Mogadishu / Vivienne Franzmann -- Mark from Mother Teresa is Dead / Helen Edmundson -- Mustafa from Mustafa / Laylah Ahmed -- David from Mydidae / Jack Thorne -- Sam from NSFW / Lucy Kirkwood -- Cash from The Pain and the Itch / Bruce Norris -- Nigel from The People Next Door / Henry Adam -- Peribanz from Peribanez / Lope de Vega, in a version by Tanya Ronder -- Jack from Pieces / Hywel John -- Valya from Playing the Victim / The Presnyakov Bothers, translated by Sasha Dugdale -- Kevin from Port Authority / Conor McPherson -- Sam from Precious Little Talent / Ella Hickson -- Oliver from The Pride / Alexi Kaye Campbell -- Man from Purgatorio / Ariel Dorfman -- Purdy from Purple Heart / Bruce Norris -- Robert from Push Up / Roland Schimmelpfenning, translated by Maja Zade -- The Man from The River / Jez Butterworth -- Kevin from Snuff / Davey Anderson -- Charlie from Stoopud Fucken Animals / Joel Horwood -- C from Terminus / Mark O'Rowe -- Vernon from Vernon God Little / DBC Pierre, adapted by Tanya Ronder -- Teenage Muslim from Voices from the Mosque / Alecky Blythe -- Teenager from What We Know / Pamela Carter -- Patsy from The Winterling / Jez Butterworth
50 monologues from some of the greatest writers working today, each prefaced with a summary of the vital information you need to place the piece in context and perform it to the best of your ability.

Tennessee Williams : mad pilgrimage of the flesh

September 12, 2014
Lahr, John, 1941- author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2014]
xv, 765 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Blood-hot and personal -- The heart can't wait -- The erotics of absence -- Fugitive mind -- Thunder of disintegration -- Beanstalk country -- Kookhood -- Waving and drowning -- The long farewell -- The sudden subway.

Bacchae

September 2, 2014
Euripides.
©2014
xxxvi, 85 pages : genealogical table ; 21cm
This stunning translation by award-winning poet, Robin Robertson reinvigorates Euripides' masterpiece. Updated for contemporary readers, Robertson brings the ancient verse to fervid, brutal life, revealing a work of art as devastating and relevant today as it was in the fifth century BC.

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