New Arrivals · Plays

February 9, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Choir boy

February 8, 2016
McCraney, Tarell Alvin.
New York : Theatre Communications Group, 2015.
133 pages ; 22 cm
""An exhilarating, multi-layered new play."--The Guardian"Stirring and stylishly told. McCraney's crispest and most confident work."-Daily News"Greatly affecting. It takes a brave writer to set his language against the plaintive beauty of the hymns and spirituals. but McCraney's speech holds its own, locating poetry even in casual vernacular and again demonstrating his gift for simile and metaphor."-The Village Voice. The Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys is dedicated to the creation of strong, ethical black men. Pharus wants nothing more than to take his rightful place as leader of the school's legendary gospel choir, but can he find his way inside the hallowed halls of this institution if he sings in his own key? Known for his unique brand of urban lyricism, Tarrell Alvin McCraney follows up his acclaimed trilogy The Brother/Sister Plays with this affecting portrait of a gay youth trying to find the courage to let the truth about himself be known. Set against the sorrowful sounds of hymns and spirituals, Choir Boy premiered at the Royal Court in London before receiving its Off-Broadway premiere in summer 2013 to critical and popular acclaim. Tarell Alvin McCraney is author of The Brother/Sister Plays: The Brothers Size, In the Red and Brown Water, and Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet. Other works include Wig Out!, set in New York's drag clubs, and The Breach, which deals with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. His awards include the 2009 Steinberg Playwrights Award and the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award."-- Provided by publisher.

Crisis in faith & Great white death : two screenplays

February 5, 2016
Spurlock, Sherry L., author.
[Place of publication not identified] : [CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform], [2013]
i, 101, 106 pages ; 28 cm
"In 2007, The Office of Letters and Light created a new writing challenge called Script Frenzy, allowing participants the opportunity to write a complete screenplay in 30 days. Despite having never attempted to write any sort of script before, Sherry Spurlock decided to accept the challenge. She successfully completed the 2007 challenge with "Crisis of faith," a drama of angels in a coffee house discussing Life. She completed the 2008 Script Frenzy with "Great white death," a story of a zombie invasion in a nightclub during a level 2 snow emergency. For better or worse, these two screenplays prove that anything can be accomplished with a little determination and a lot of coffee."--Page [4] of cover.

William Shakespeare's tragedy of the Sith's revenge : Star Wars part the third

February 2, 2016
Doescher, Ian.
165 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"Disney / Lucasfilm."
A tongue-in-cheek conclusion to the best-selling series that adapts Star Wars scripts in Shakespeare's iambic pentameter augments the story of the fall of the house of Skywalker with stirring soliloquies, inside jokes and Elizabethan-style illustrations.

The Norton Shakespeare

December 22, 2015
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2016]
xxxiv, 3438, A1-A53 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
The Norton Shakespeare has long been acclaimed worldwide for its vibrant introductions, first among them Stephen Greenblatt's General Introduction, a richly textured portrait of Shakespeare's work and world. This Third Edition introduces a meticulously edited new text created by an expert international team of textual editors, a new introduction to the theater of Shakespeare's time, new performance notes, and hundreds of fine-tuned glosses that aid readers' understanding of the plays and poems. More than 170 Elizabethan and Jacobean illustrations round out this handsome volume, which is indispensable to all who love Shakespeare.

China doll : a play

December 17, 2015
Mamet, David, author.
82 pages ; 22 cm
"This complex new work from celebrated playwright David Mamet revolves around a wealthy man, his young fiancée, and an airplane. The man has just bought a new plane as a wedding present for the girl. He intends to go into semiretirement and enjoy himself. While in the process of leaving his office, and giving last minute instructions to his young assistant, he takes one final phone call." --

Beirut noir

December 10, 2015
251 pages : map ; 21 cm
Part I: When time does not exist. The bastard / Tarek Abi Samra -- Maya Rose / Zena El Khalil -- Pizza delivery / Bana Beydoun -- Under the tree of melancholy / Najwa Barakat -- Eternity and the hourglass / Hyam Yared -- Part II: Panorama of the soul. Beirut apples / Leila Eid -- Bird nation / Rawi Hage -- Dirty teeth / The Amazin' Sardine -- The boxes / Mazen Maarouf -- Rupture / Bachir Hilal -- Part III: Waiting for yesterday. The thread of life / Hala Kawtharani -- Without a trace / Mohamad Abi Samra -- The death of Adil Uliyyan / Abbas Beydoun -- Scent of a woman, scent of a city / Alawiya Sobh -- Sails on the sidewalk / Marie Tawk.

Between Riverside and crazy

December 8, 2015
Guirgis, Stephen Adly, author.
71 pages ; 22 cm
"Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama Written with humor, tenderness, grit and wonderment, Between Riverside and Crazy is an extraordinary new play: a dark comedy about a man trying to maintain control as the world unravels around him"-- Provided by publisher.

Die Mommie die! : a comic thriller

November 24, 2015
Busch, Charles.
New York, NY : Samuel French, ©2008.
85 pages ; 20 cm

The open house

November 19, 2015
Eno, Will, 1965-
New York : Theatre Communications Group, 2015.
71 pages ; 22 cm
""Anarchic and deliciously clever."-The Huffington Post"If the American family drama were a trout (stay with me), playwright Will Eno would gut it, shellac it, mount it on a plaque, and make it wiggle and croon 'Take Me to the River.' What I mean is that his work combines studied banality, sneaky weirdness, and formal ingenuity."-Time Out New York. People have been born into families since people started getting born at all. Playwrights have been trying to write family plays for a long time, too. And typically these plays try to answer endlessly complicated questions of blood and duty and inheritance and responsibility. They try to answer the question, "Can things really change?" People have been trying nobly for years and years to have plays solve in two hours what hasn't been solved in many lifetimes. This has to stop. The Open House is an hour and twenty minutes, with no intermission.Acclaimed playwright Will Eno brings his signature irreverence to this subversive sendup of the archetypal family drama. The Open House won the 2014 Obie Award for Playwriting and the 2014 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play. Will Eno's most recent plays include The Open House (Signature Theatre, New York, 2014; Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award for Best Play), Gnit (Humana Festival of New American Plays, 2013) and The Realistic Joneses (Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, 2012; Broadway, 2014). His play Middletown received the Horton Foote Prize, and Thom Pain (based on nothing) was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize. Eno lives in Brooklyn, New York. "-- Provided by publisher.

The poetry of Yehuda Amichai

November 19, 2015
Amichai, Yehuda.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
xxiv, 551 pages : 24 cm

Behind the beautiful forevers : a play

November 17, 2015
Hare, David, 1947-
119 pages ; 21 cm
"Based on the book by Katherine Boo."

The blue touch paper : a memoir

November 16, 2015
Hare, David, 1947-
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 2015.
xiv, 347 pages, 8 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
One of Britain's best-known screenwriters and dramatists presents a vibrant account of becoming a writer amid the enormous flux of postwar England, from his university days at Cambridge to his breakthrough success as a playwright.

Lost lake : a play

November 6, 2015
Auburn, David, 1969-
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
68 pages ; 21 cm
"An engrossing new drama from the author of Proof, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award The lakeside rental cabin Veronica has managed to afford is a far cry from the idyllic getaway she and her children were planning. Exhausted from her life as a New York City nurse and by her troubled marriage, Veronica finds herself on vacation without any adult company except for Hogan, the disheveled property owner, who becomes more unreliable by the day. Hogan has problems of his own, problems that Veronica finds herself inevitably--and irrevocably--pulled into. David Auburn's Lost Lake is a tense, carefully wrought drama about the surprising, complicated friendship formed by two very different people with no one else to turn to"-- Provided by publisher.

The Penguin Arthur Miller : collected plays

October 19, 2015
Miller, Arthur, 1915-2005, author.
New York : Penguin Books, 2015.
xix, 1286 pages ; 24 cm.
"1915 The Miller Centennial 2015"--Spine.
"To celebrate the centennial of his birth, the collected plays of America's greatest twentieth-century dramatist in a Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition In the history of postwar American art and politics, Arthur Miller casts a long shadow as a playwright of stunning range and power whose works held up a mirror to America and its shifting values. The Penguin Arthur Miller celebrates Miller's creative and intellectual legacy by bringing together the breadth of his plays, which span the decades from the 1930s to the new millennium. From his quiet debut, The Man Who Had All the Luck, and All My Sons, the follow-up that established him as a major talent, to career hallmarks like The Crucible and Death of a Salesman, and later works like Mr. Peters' Connections and Resurrection Blues, the range and courage of Miller's moral and artistic vision are here on full display. Including eighteen plays--some known by all and others that will come as discoveries to many readers--The Penguin Arthur Miller is a collectible treasure for fans of Miller's drama and an indispensable resource for students of the theatre. The Penguin Arthur Miller includes: The Man Who Had All the Luck, All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, An Enemy of the People, The Crucible, A View from the Bridge, After the Fall, Incident at Vichy, The Price, The Creation of the World and Other Business, The Archbishop's Ceiling, The American Clock, Playing for Time, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, The Last Yankee, Broken Glass, Mr. Peters' Connections, and Resurrection Blues. For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators"-- Provided by publisher.

The hard problem

October 7, 2015
Stoppard, Tom, author.
New York : Grove, 2015.
76 pages ; 21 cm

The mystery plays

October 7, 2015
Aguirre-Sacasa, Roberto.
New York : Dramatists Play Service, ©2005.
66 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
"The Mystery plays received the 2002 Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center's Fund for New American Plays"--Page 4.
"The Mystery plays is two plays ... separated by an intermission. Characters from the first play cross over into the second."--Author's note.
The filmmaker's mystery -- Ghost children.
THE MYSTERY PLAYS is two interrelated one acts, loosely based on the tradition of the medieval mystery plays. In the first play, THE FILMMAKER'S MYSTERY, Joe Manning, a director of horror films, survives a terrible train wreck--only to be haunted by the ghost of Nathan West, one of the passengers who didn't survive. As the police investigate Joe, he investigates Nathan, desperate to understand why he survived and what Nathan's specter could possible want. In the second play, GHOST CHILDREN, Joe's attorney and friend, Abby Gilly, travels to a small town in rural Oregon to make peace with the man who brutally murdered her parents and younger sister sixteen years earlier. The man--the murderer--is her older brother. Like the original medieval mystery plays, THE MYSTERY PLAYS wrestles with the most profound of human ideas: the mysteries of death, the after-life, religion, faith, and forgiveness--in a uniquely American way.


October 7, 2015
Edgar, David, 1948-
London : Nick Hern Books, 1995.
xiv, 105 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Published in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
"First performed at the other place, Stratford-upon-Avon, 12 October 1994."
Text of production first performed At The Other Place, Stratford-Upon-Avon, 12 October 1994.

The year of Lear : Shakespeare in 1606

October 6, 2015
Shapiro, James S., 1955- author.
xi, 367 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm
"Preeminent Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro shows how the tumultuous events in England in 1606 affected Shakespeare and shaped the three great tragedies he wrote that year--King Lear, Macbeth, and Antony and Cleopatra. In the years leading up to 1606, since the death of Queen Elizabeth and the arrival in England of her successor, King James of Scotland, Shakespeare's great productivity had ebbed, and it may have seemed to some that his prolific genius was a thing of the past. But that year, at age forty-two, he found his footing again, finishing a play he had begun the previous autumn--King Lear--then writing two other great tragedies, Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra. It was a memorable year in England as well--and a grim one, in the aftermath of a terrorist plot conceived by a small group of Catholic gentry that had been uncovered at the last hour. The foiled Gunpowder Plot would have blown up the king and royal family along with the nation's political and religious leadership. The aborted plot renewed anti-Catholic sentiment and laid bare divisions in the kingdom. It was against this background that Shakespeare finished Lear, a play about a divided kingdom, then wrote a tragedy that turned on the murder of a Scottish king, Macbeth. He ended this astonishing year with a third masterpiece no less steeped in current events and concerns: Antony and Cleopatra. The Year of Lear sheds light on these three great tragedies by placing them in the context of their times, while also allowing us greater insight into how Shakespeare was personally touched by such events as a terrible outbreak of plague and growing religious divisions. For anyone interested in Shakespeare, this is an indispensable book"-- Provided by publisher.

Luna gale

September 30, 2015
Gilman, Rebecca Claire, author.
London : Faber And Faber, 2015.
112 pages ; 20 cm

The Rising Water trilogy : plays

September 25, 2015
Biguenet, John, author.
Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, [2015]
xiv, 217 pages ; 22 cm
Rising Water -- Shotgun -- Mold.

Airline highway : a play

September 25, 2015
D'Amour, Lisa, 1969-
x, 149 pages ; 23 cm
"Airline highway is a rollicking play that, with great insight, humor, and subtlety, examines a tight-knit community of "outsiders" over the course of a single, legendary day. The Hummingbird Hotel is the figurative or literal home for a group of strippers, French Quarter service workers, hustlers, and poets who are bound together by their bad luck, bad decisions, and complete lack of pretense. Presiding over them is Miss Roby, a beloved former burlesque performer who has requested a funeral before she dies. As the people whose lives she has touched gather to celebrate her, they must face themselves, each other, and the consequence of the choices they have made. Airline highway shows us the tenuous hold that community, authenticity, and real-time ritual have on a rapidly gentrifying New Orleans." --Back cover.

The theater of war : what ancient Greek tragedies can teach us today

September 22, 2015
Doerries, Bryan, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
284 pages ; 21 cm
Learning through suffering -- PTSD is from BC -- American Ajax -- Prometheus in solitary -- Heracles in hospice.

Yoo-hoo and Hank Williams : a play

September 10, 2015
Moss, Gregory S., author.
79 pages ; 21 cm
"In "Yoo-Hoo and Hank Williams," Gregory S. Moss's quirkily re-imagined version of the American South in the fifties, the Yoo-Hoo Girl is a shy, eccentric romantic, fond of her fantasies and of instant foods (Rice-a-Roni, Jell-O, Salisbury steak TV dinners ), movie star magazines, Elvis, and of course Hank Williams. Her neighbors? They re pretty dreamy and eccentric too the Paperboy; big, loud Amy; and the old lady Madeleine aka Batty, who's prepared to wait out a nuclear strike in her basement with old Sears catalogs and lemonade to sustain her. Life here is crazy but simple, but then gets more crazy, more complicated, and more real, when the seductive Salesman turns up at the Yoo-Hoo Girl's house. A favorite with actors for its powerful, poignant, and highly original monologues and scenes, "Yoo-Hoo and Hank Williams "is a dark, absurdist delight."--Back cover.

All that you've seen here is God : new versions of four Greek tragedies : Ajax, Philoctetes, and Women of Trachis by Sophocles & Prometheus bound by Aeschylus

September 2, 2015
Sophocles, author.
New York : Vintage Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, 2015.
xiv, 464 pages ; 21 cm
Ajax / Sophocles -- Philoctetes / Sophocles -- Prometheus bound / Aeschylus -- Women of Trachis / Sophocles.

The Richard Wesley play anthology.

August 4, 2015
Wesley, Richard, 1945-
Montclair, New Jersey : Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, 2015.
318 pages ; 22 cm
Black terror -- The sirens -- The mighty gents -- The talented tenth -- Autumn.

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