New Arrivals · Plays

July 11, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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."

100 reasons Shake-speare was the Earl of Oxford

January 19, 2018
Whittemore, Hank, author.
x, 317 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Introduction -- A man of the theatre -- Hamlet and Oxford -- Footprints -- Oxford the writer -- Tributes and allusions -- The university wits -- Writers in wartime -- The Italian connection -- The mighty line -- Oxford and Elizabeth -- The sonnets -- Special knowledge -- The French match -- Aspects of plays -- Fingerprints -- Final stages -- Postscript: A man and his life.

Indecent : a play

January 10, 2018
Vogel, Paula, author.
New York : Theatre Communications Group, 2017.
viii, 77 pages ; 22 cm
"When Sholem Asch wrote God of Vengeance in 1907, he didn't imagine the height of controversy the play would eventually reach. Performing at first in Yiddish and German, the play's subject matter wasn't deemed contentious until it was produced in English, when the American audiences were scandalized by the onstage depiction of an amorous affair between two women. Paula Vogel's newest work traces the trajectory of the show's success through its tour in Europe to its abrupt and explosive demise on Broadway in 1923--including the arrest of the entire production's cast and crew"--Page [4] of cover.

M. Butterfly

December 26, 2017
Hwang, David Henry, 1957- author.
113 pages ; 21 cm
Also includes the author's 1988 afterword.
"Based on a true story that stunned the world, M. Butterfly opens in a cramped prison cell where diplomat Rene Gallimard is being held captive by the French government--and by his own illusions. In the darkness of his cell, he recalls a time when desire seemed to give him wings. A time when Song Liling, the beautiful Chinese diva, touched him with a love as vivid, as seductive--and as elusive--as a butterfly. How could he have known that his true love was, in fact, a spy for the Chinese government--and a man disguised as a woman? In a series of flashbacks, the diplomat relives the twenty-year affair from temptation to seduction, from its consummation to the scandal that ultimately consumed them both. But in the end, there remains only one truth: whether Gallimard's passion was a flight of fancy, it sparked the most vigorous emotions of his life. M. Butterfly was a sensation when it premiered in 1988, and it remains one of the most compelling, explosive, and slyly humorous dramas ever to light the Broadway stage, a work of unrivaled brilliance, illuminating the conflict between men and women, the differences between East and West, racial stereotypes--and the shadows we cast around our most cherished illusions"--Cover.

A midsummer night's dream

December 22, 2017
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616, author.
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2014.
xii, 180 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm.
An improved, larger-format edition of the Cambridge School Shakespeare plays, extensively rewritten, expanded and produced in an attractive new design.

Keeping on keeping on

December 18, 2017
Bennett, Alan, 1934- author.
xi, 722 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"A collection of Bennett's diaries and essays (2005 to 2015)."
The diaries, 2005-2015 -- Baffled at a bookcase -- Fair play -- The history boys, film diary -- Introductions to: The habit of art, Hymn, Cocktail sticks, People -- Foreword to The coder special archive -- Art and Yorkshire -- Nights at the opera -- Bruce McFarlane, 1903-1966 -- John Schlesinger, 1926-2003 -- The national Theatre at fifty -- On Nicholas Hytner -- Introduction to Denmark hill and The hand of God -- Denmark hill -- The hand of God.
Bringing together the hilarious, revealing, and lucidly intelligent writing of one of England's best-known literary figures, Keeping on keeping on contains Alan Bennett's diaries from 2005 to 2015--with everything from his much celebrated essays to his irreverent comic pieces and reviews--reflecting on a decade that saw four major theater premieres and the films of The history boys and The lady in the van. A chronicle of one of the most important literary careers of the twentieth century, Keeping on keeping on is a classic history of a life in letters.

Junk : a play

December 4, 2017
Akhtar, Ayad, author.
New York : Back Bay Books, Little Brown & Company, 2017.
xvi, 157 pages ; 21 cm
"A fast-paced economic thriller that exposes the financial deal making behind the mergers and acquisitions boom of the 1980s"--Publisher's web site.

Cleopatra : I am fire and air

November 6, 2017
Bloom, Harold, author.
xiii, 138 pages ; 22 cm.
Offers an in-depth exploration of Shakespeare's character Cleopatra, delving into the complexities of her personality as well as how the author's understanding of her has evolved over the years.

Iraq + 100 : the first anthology of science fiction to have emerged from Iraq

October 16, 2017
221 pages ; 21 cm
Introduction / Hassan Blasim ; translated by Jonathan Wright -- Kahramana / Anoud -- The gardens of Babylons / Hassan Balsim ; translated by Jonathan Wright -- The corporal / Ali Bader ; translated by Elisabeth Jaquette -- The worker / Diaa Jubaili ; translated by Andrew Leber -- The day by day Mosque / Mortada Gzar ; translated by Katharine Halls -- Baghdad syndrome / Zhraa Alhaboby ; translated by Emre Bennett -- Operation Daniel / Khalid Kaki ; translated by Adam Talib -- Kuszib / Hassan Abdulrazzak -- The here and now prison / Jalal Hasan ; translated by Max Weiss -- Najufa / Ibrahim al-Marashi -- Afterword / Ra Page.
"In a calm and serene world, one has the luxury of imagining what the future might look like. Now try to imagine that future when your way of life has been devastated by forces beyond your control. Iraq + 100 poses a question to Iraqi writers (those who still live in that nation, and those who have joined the worldwide diaspora): What might your home country look like in the year 2103, a century after a disastrous foreign invasion? Using science fiction, allegory, and magical realism to challenge the perception of what it means to be "The Other", this groundbreaking anthology edited by Hassan Blasim contains stories that are heartbreakingly surreal, and yet utterly recognizable to the human experience. Though born out of exhaustion, fear, and despair, these stories are also fueled by themes of love, family, and endurance, and woven through with a delicate thread of hope for the future."

The Best American short plays.

September 26, 2017
New York : Applause Theatre Books,
v. ; 22 cm.

Pink mist

September 14, 2017
Sheers, Owen, 1974- author.
83 pages ; 22 cm
"From the author of I Saw a Man comes a powerful drama in verse that captures both the trauma of modern warfare and the difficulty of transitioning back to normal life after combat. In early 2008, three young friends from Bristol decide to join the army and are deployed to the conflict in Afghanistan. Within a short space of time the three men return to the women in their lives--a wife, a mother, a girlfriend--all of whom must now share the psychological and physical aftershocks of military service. Written from the points of view of each soldier, Sheers explores not only their experiences in the field of battle, but also the grueling process of recovery following a debilitating injury, the strain of PTSD on a new marriage, and the emotional toll of survivor's guilt among soldiers and their loved ones at home. Drawing on interviews with soldiers and their families, Pink Mist illuminates the enduring human cost of war and its all too often devastating effect upon the young lives pulled into its orbit. A work of great dramatic power, documentary integrity, and emotional intensity"-- Provided by publisher.


June 20, 2017
Nottage, Lynn, author.
112 pages ; 22 cm
A play.
"In one of the poorest cities in America, Reading, Pennsylvania, a group of down-and-out factory workers struggles to keep their present lives in balance, ignorant of the financial devastation looming in their near futures. Set in 2008, the powerful crux of this new play is knowing the fate of the characters long before it's even in their sights. Based on Nottage's extensive research and interviews with real residents of Reading, Sweat is a topical reflection of the present and poignant outcome of America's economic decline."--Provided by publisher.


May 26, 2017
Rogers, J. T., 1968- author.
xiv, 118 pages ; 22 cm
"Oslo tells the surprising true story of the back-channel talks, unlikely friendships, and quiet heroics that led to the 1993 Oslo Accords between the Israelis and Palestinians" --Back cover.

The great society

May 10, 2017
Schenkkan, Robert, 1953- author.
New York : Grove Press, 2017.
133 pages ; 21 cm
"A play"--Cover.
"In the years from 1965 to 1968, LBJ struggles to fight a 'war on poverty' even as his war in Vietnam spins out of control. Besieged by political opponents, Johnson marshals all his political wiles to try to pass some of the most important social programs in U.S. history, while the country descends into chaos over the war and backlash against civil rights"--Back cover.

Falstaff : give me life

April 12, 2017
Bloom, Harold, author.
xi, 158 pages ; 22 cm.
Prelude -- Playing Falstaff -- Beautiful, laughing, living speech -- Hotspur: die all, die merrily -- Whose Falstaff is it? -- Bardolph's nose -- Falstaff rises in the body -- Foregrounding Falstaff -- Darkening Falstaff -- Shakespeare darkening -- Who plays the King -- Ancient Pistol and Doll Tearsheet -- Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown -- Shallow and silence: Falstaff at recruitment -- Prince John of Lancaster at betrayal -- Falstaff on sherris sack -- Master Robert Shallow and Falstaff -- Falstaff in Shallow's orchard -- The arrest of Mistress Quickly and Doll Tearsheet -- The rejection of Falstaff -- The death of Sir John Falstaff.

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