New Arrivals · Plays

March 9, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The black statue : a negro farce in one act and one scene

March 8, 2017
White, Charles, 1821-1891, author.
New York : Frederic A. Brady, [1900?]
27 pages : illustration ; 19 cm.
Copy in Genealogy and Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection, comes with original tan paper wrapper, with front cover partially detached and back cover missing.
"As performed by Charley White"--Cover.

A silent woman : a farce in one act

March 7, 2017
Lacy, Thomas Hailes, 1809-1873.
New York : Robert M. De Witt, [1835?]
8 pages : plan ; 20 cm.
Copy in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection, bound in original tan paper wrappers with detached covers.
"First performed August 17, 1835 ... To which are added a description of the costumes, cast of the characters ... and the whole of the stage business."

As like as two peas : a farce in one act

March 7, 2017
Lille, Herbert.
London : Thomas Hailes Lacy, [1854?]
28 pages ; 19 cm
Copy in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection, unbound with front and back wrappers missing.

Rory O'More : a drama, in three acts : founded on the romance of that title

March 7, 2017
Lover, Samuel, 1797-1868.
New York : Samuel French, [between 1850 and 1869]
47 pages ; 19 cm.
Final page is blank.
Copy in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection, bound in original tan paper wrappers.

The orange girl : a drama, in a prologue and three acts

March 7, 2017
Leslie, Henry, 1830-1881.
New York : R.M. De Witt, [1864?]
42 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Copy in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection, unbound with front and back wrappers missing.

My bachelor days : a farce, in one act

March 7, 2017
Morton, John Maddison, 1811-1891.
London : S. French ; New York (38 E. 14th St.) : S. French & Son, [188-?]
16 pages ; 19 cm.
Copy in Genealogy and Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection, comes with original pink paper wrappers.

Love in humble life : a petite comedy, in one act : to which are added a description of the costume, cast of characters, entrances and exits, relative positions, and the whole of the stage business.

March 7, 2017
Payne, John Howard, 1791-1852.
New York : S. French, [1855?]
24 pages ; 18 cm.
Copy in Genealogy & Local History, Cincinnati Collection bound in original tan wrappers stitched with brown thread.

On the sly! : a farce, in one act

February 23, 2017
Morton, John Maddison, 1811-1891.
London : Thomas Hailes Lacy, [1864?]
30 pages ; 19 cm.
Copy in Genealogy and Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection, comes with original green paper wrappers with front cover detached.

The golden eagle, or, The privateer of '76 : a national drama in three acts and a prologue

February 23, 2017
Howe, J. B. (J. Burdett), 1828-1908.
New York : Samuel French, 1857.
37 pages ; 16 cm
Copy in Genealogy and Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection, comes with original tan paper wrappers with additional tan wrapper stitched with brown thread and title handwritten in blue ink.

The rival lovers : a negro farce in one act and one scene

February 23, 2017
White, Charles, 1821-1891.
New York : Frederic A. Brady. [©1856]
18 pages : illustration ; 19 cm.
Copy in Genealogy and Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection, comes with original tan paper wrappers with front cover detached.

Cherry bounce! : a farce, in one act

February 23, 2017
Raymond, R. J. (Richard John)
London : Thomas Hailes Lacy, [18--?]
18 pages : frontispiece 15 cm.
Copy in Genealogy and Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection, comes with original tan paper wrappers with front cover detached.

A spelling bee, or, The battle of the dictionaries : a new seasonable absurdity

February 23, 2017
Reece, Robert, 1838-1891.
London : E. Rimmel, 1876.
14 pages ; 21 cm
Cover title.
"First produced at the Gaiety Theatre, Strand, under the management of Mr. John Hollingshead, Wednesday, February 16th, 1876."

Sunshine through the clouds : a drama in one act

February 23, 2017
Lewes, George Henry, 1817-1878
London : Thomas Hailes Lacy, [1854?]
29 pages ; 19 cm
Copy in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection, bound in original pink paper wrappers.
"Adapted from 'La joie fait peur', by Madame de Girardin."

Three sisters

February 6, 2017
Letts, Tracy, 1965- author.
86 pages ; 22 cm

The lost plays of Greek tragedy. Volume 1, Neglected authors

January 4, 2017
Wright, Matthew (Matthew Ephraim), author.
London : Bloomsbury Academic, 2016.
xxix, 277 pages ; 24 cm

Shakespeare : investigate the bard's influence on today's world

December 15, 2016
Diehn, Andi, author.
118 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
Explores the language and themes of Shakespeare's plays and examines the playwright's reach in today's books, music, and movies.

Theatre for youth II : more plays with mature themes

December 12, 2016
xi, 473 pages ; 23 cm.

Rules for others to live by : comments and self-contradictions

November 22, 2016
Greenberg, Richard, 1958- author.
New York : Blue Rider Press, [2016]
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.

By women possessed : a life of Eugene O'Neill

November 16, 2016
Gelb, Arthur, 1924-2014, author.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Random House, [2016]
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
Wilson, August.
New York : Theatre Communications Group, 2007.
xvi, 77 pages ; 23 cm.

The humans

September 30, 2016
Karam, Stephen.
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.

The Globe guide to Shakespeare : the plays, the productions, the life

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.

Mexican hooker #1 : and my other roles since the revolution

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.

The Greek plays : sixteen plays by Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides

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.

The Best American short plays.

August 4, 2016
New York : Applause Theatre Books,
v. ; 22 cm.

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