New Arrivals · Plays

January 22, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The quality of mercy : reflections on Shakespeare

January 21, 2015
Brook, Peter, 1925- author.
London, England : Nick Hern Books, 2013.
viii, 116 pages ; 23 cm.
Includes index.
"Nick Hern book"--Title page.
Introduction -- Alas, poor Yorick or What if Shakespeare fell off the wall? -- I was there : how Mercutio got his laugh -- Baked in that pie : cooking up Titus Andronicus -- Who holds the scales? or Measure still for measure -- Nor live so long : on King Lear -- The hour glass : every grain helps -- A cook and a concept : dreaming the dream -- There is a world elsewhere : the readiness is all -- The quality of mercy : on Prospero -- Epilogue -- A chronology of Peter Brook's Shakespeare productions -- Index of play titles and characters.
One of the world's most revered theatre directors reflects on a fascinating variety of Shakespearean topics.

Goodnight Desdemona (good morning Juliet)

January 21, 2015
MacDonald, Ann-Marie.
Toronto : Playwrights Canada Press, 1997, ©1990.
87 pages ; 22 cm
A play.

The assembled parties

January 19, 2015
Greenberg, Richard, 1958- author.
New York : Theatre Communications Group, 2014.
ix, 112 pages ; 22 cm
""The Assembled Parties is Greenberg's most richly emotional work in years, and the most beautifully detailed."--New York magazine. "This tragicomedy shocks us into realizing how hungry we have been for witty and wounded grown-ups who toss off gorgeously written observations without knowing how little we know about what we think we know."--Newsday. Meet the Bascovs, an Upper West Side Jewish family in 1980. In an opulent apartment overlooking Central Park, former movie star Julie and her sister-in-law Faye bring their families together for a traditional holiday dinner on a night when things don't go as planned. Twenty years later, as 2001 approaches, the Bascovs's seemingly picture-perfect life may be about to crumble. An incisive portrait of a family grasping for stability at the dawn of a new millennium, The Assembled Parities premiered on Broadway in 2013 to rave reviews and a Tony Award nomination for Best Play.Richard Greenberg has written two dozen plays in his thirty-year career, including Take Me Out (Tony Award for Best Play, Drama Desk Award, NY Drama Critics Circle Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Lucille Lortel Award), The Dazzle (Outer Critics Circle Award), Three Days of Rain (L.A. Drama Critics Award, Pulitzer Prize finalist), The American Plan, the book for a musical adaptation of Far From Heaven, and many more. He has received the Oppenheimer Award for a new playwright as well as the first PEN/Laura Pels Award for a playwright in mid-career"-- Provided by publisher.

The nether : a play

January 16, 2015
Haley, Jennifer, author.
Evanston, Illinois : Northwestern University Press, 2014.
74 pages ; 23 cm

Wendy & Peter Pan

January 15, 2015
Hickson, Ella, author.
London : Nick Hern Books, 2013.
119 pages ; 20 cm
"This production of Wendy and Peter Pan was first performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, on 10 December 2013"--Page [iv].

The Apple family : scenes from life in the country

January 9, 2015
Nelson, Richard, 1950-
New York : Theatre Communications Group, 2014.
xi, 381 pages ; 22 cm
""Sharp, engrossing. a soft-spoken play of ideas."-Time, on That Hopey Changey Thing"A soul-stirring new play. Mr. Nelson has a peerless grasp of the perils of family intimacy."-The New York Times, on Sweet and Sad"Sorry-one of the best plays to emerge this fall in New York-affirms the Apple cycle as the prolific Nelson's most satisfying drama to date."-The Washington PostThis critically acclaimed, searing play cycle about loss, memory, and remembrance follows the Apple family of Rhinebeck, New York, as they grapple with events both personal and current in the immediate present: the 2010 election (That Hopey Changey Thing), the tenth anniversary of 9/11 (Sweet and Sad), Barack Obama's re-election (Sorry), and the fiftieth anniversary of JFK's assassination, (Regular Singing, which will premiere at NYC's Public Theater on the anniversary: November 22, 2013). This quartet of plays, directed by the author, has featured an ensemble of six actors who, together, have delivered a master class on acting for the stage.Richard Nelson's many plays include Rodney's Wife, Goodnight Children Everywhere, the Drama Desk-nominated Franny's Way and Some Americans Abroad, Tony Award-nominated Two Shakespearean Actors, and James Joyce's The Dead (with Shaun Davey), for which he won a Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical. Over the next ten years, Nelson will be collaborating with pre-eminent translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky on a major translations series of important Russian plays, beginning with Nikolai Gogol's The Inspector in 2014. "-- Provided by publisher.

Shakespeare in 100 objects : treasures from the Victoria and Albert Museum.

January 9, 2015
London : Nick Hern Books, 2014.
x, 333 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
"Within the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the world's leading museum of art and design, there lies and extraordinary wealth of material relating to a single individual: the playwright William Shakespeare. This book presents a fascinating selection of one hundred objects - often surprising, always delightful - chosen by the museum's curators for the insight each affords into the world of Shakespeare and his plays ... The result is a book that not only underlines Shakespeare's infinite variety, but also reveals his astonishing legacy in material things, a substantial pageant that has not faded."--Page [2] of cover
"List of objects": pages 311-321.
Introduction -- Comedies -- Histories -- Tragedies.

Black heroes in monologues

January 8, 2015
Edwards, Gus.
Portsmouth, NH : Heinemann, c2006.
ix, 146 p. ; 23 cm.
Alberta Hunter, "Why I sung the blues" -- August Wilson, "Just chattin'" -- Bass Reeves, "Knowing the territory" -- Booker T. Washington, "The final key" -- Charles "Buddy" Bolden, "My own private blues" ; "Witness to the starting" (remembering Buddy Bolden) -- Coretta Scott King, "I remember" -- Elizabeth Hudson Smith, "A monument to me" -- Frederick Douglass : "Talkin' 'bout slavery" (a rap) ; "I will raise both my hands" -- "General" Buddoe, "We will ask, but we won't beg" -- Harriet Tubman, "Mr. John Brown and me" -- Hattie McDaniel, "Nobody knows and yet they talk" -- Jackie Robinson, "Baseball and character" -- James Baldwin, "A dream of deliverance" (a dual monologue) -- Joe Louis, "Faithful to the end" -- Joseph Cinque, "Memories of the Amistad" -- Daniel Louis "Satch" Armstrong, "Riffing" -- Mahalia Jackson : "The honest-to-god truth" (young Mahalia) ; "Why I sing gospel" -- Malcolm X, "Changes" -- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., "I want to make this clear" -- Nat Turner, "Meditations" (on the eve of his bold and daring enterprise) -- Oscar Micheaux : "Ambition and optimism" -- Paul Robeson, "Who I am, what I stand for" -- "Queen" Mary, "Tired a waitin'" -- Ralph Johnson Bunche, "A new world order" (a prayer) -- Rosa Parks, "Unsung heroes" -- St. Martin de Porres, "I am blessed" -- Sojourner Truth : "The power of words, starting to learn."

Best contemporary monologues for women 18-35

January 6, 2015
Milwaukee, WI : Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, 2014.
xi, 190 pages ; 20 cm

The writers : a history of American screenwriters and their Guild

January 5, 2015
Banks, Miranda J., 1972-
New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, 2015.
328 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Introduction -- The artist employee -- Two front lines -- The infant prodigy -- Mavericks -- Confederation -- Conclusion.

Best monologues from Best American short plays. Volume 2

January 2, 2015
Milwaukee, WI : Applause Theatre & Cinema, 2014.
ix. 284 pages ; 20 cm

Best monologues from the best American short plays. Volume one

January 2, 2015
Milwaukee, WI : Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, 2014.
xii, 288 pages ; 20 cm.
A must for all actors of all ages, beginners as well as seasoned veterans, and belongs in the libraries of all theater teachers looking for new and exciting material for their students.

50 African American audition monologues

December 22, 2014
Edwards, Gus.
Portsmouth, NH : Heinemann, c2002.
xii, 90 p. ; 22 cm.
Edwards has arranged the monologues by performance length, a key component in auditioning. Need a 30-second or a 3-minute piece? No problem. Just turn to these pages to find honest, vibrant material.

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


December 11, 2014
Payne, Nick.
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.
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.


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.
128 pages ; 21 cm.
Includes Production History page through September 2014.

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