New Arrivals · Plays

April 28, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Prodigal son

April 27, 2016
Shanley, John Patrick, author.
©2016
vi, 75 pages ; 22 cm
"'What I admire most is that his plays are beautifully well made, economical, sharp and coherent. He's not a misanthrope, but he's in pursuit of why people behave as badly as they do along with having a great compassion for them. That's an unusual and interesting combination.'--Tony Kushner, on John Patrick ShanleyWhen a troubled but gifted boy from the South Bronx finds himself shipped off to a private school in New Hampshire, the adjustment to the alien environment will lead to his ultimate dissolution or redemption. Teachers in the affluent institution do not know what to make of the new boisterous student, though the challenge really lies in his self-perception. Like his most celebrated play, Doubt, the author has based this new work on his own personal experiences of growing up as a teenager in the South Bronx and his time spent at a prep school in New England. Shanley has created an elemental study of a young's man search for his place in the world. John Patrick Shanley's plays include Outside Mullingar, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Savage in Limbo, and Dirty Story, along with his "Church and State" trilogy, Doubt, Defiance, and Storefront Church. For his play Doubt, he received both the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. He has nine films to his credit, including the five-time Oscar-nominated Doubt, and Moonstruck, which received the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. The Writers Guild of America awarded Shanley the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award in Writing."-- Provided by publisher.

The cat's meow

April 25, 2016
Peros, Steven, 1966-
New York, NY : Samuel French New York, ©2009.
75 pages ; 21 cm
Based on the true story of a mysterious Hollywood death, The Cat's Meow offers a fascinating cross section of Jazz Age characters who intersect for one notorious weekend on board William Randolph Hearst's yacht in 1924. The play was adapted for film in 2002, with a screenplay by the author, directed by Peter Bogdanovich, and starring Kirsten Dunst, Eddie Izzard, and Edward Herrmann. Weekend guests include: Charlie Chaplin, who has been carrying on with movie star Marion Davies, a secret known to Davies' paramour, the married--and much older--Hearst; and movie mogul Thomas Ince, who is hoping to revive his flagging fortunes by forming a partnership with Hearst. Playing with fire, Ince tries to convince Hearst that he can handle both Marion's movie career, and her private life as well.--From publisher description.

The quality of life

April 19, 2016
Anderson, Jane, 1954-
New York : Samuel French, c2010.
77 p. ; 22 cm.
Play for 2 males and 2 females.
"#29111"--T.p. verso.
Dinah and Bill, a devout, church-going couple from the Midwest are struggling to keep their lives intact after the loss of their daughter. Dinah is compelled to reconnect with her left-leaning cousins in Northern California who're going through their own trials. Jeannette and Neil have lost their home to a wildfire and Neil has cancer. However they seem to have accepted their situation with astounding good humor, living in a yurt on their burn site and celebrating life with hits of pot and glasses of good red wine. Bill and Dinah are both moved and perplexed by their cousins' remarkable equanimity. But their sympathy turns to rage when they find out Jeannette is planning to take her own life to avoid a life of grief without her beloved Neil.

Exceptional monologues 1 : for men and women

April 8, 2016
New York : Samuel French, ©2010.
130 pages ; 21 cm
Monologues.
Includes indexes.
Male dramatic monologues: Sunken living room / David Caudle -- Billboard / Michael Vukadinovich -- Lizards / Megan Mostyn-Brown -- New York / David Rimmer -- Circuitry / Andrew Barrett -- Additional particulars / Ed Simpson -- Treasure Island / Ken Ludwig -- Nest / Bathsheba Doran -- Outrage / Itamar Moses -- Jerome Bixby's the man from earth / Richard Schenkman -- Three musketeers / Ken Ludwig -- Dead city / Sheila Callaghan -- Everythings turning into beautiful / Seth Zvi Rosenfeld -- Truth and reconciliation / Etan Frankel -- The receptionist / Adam Brock -- Trying / Joanna McClelland Glass.

Exceptional monologues 2 : for men and women

April 8, 2016
New York : Samuel French, ©2011.
165 pages ; 21 cm
Includes indexes.
Comedic monologues, male. End days / by Deborah Zoe Laufer ; When is a clock / by Matthew Freeman ; Back, back, back / by Itamar Moses ; Cockeyed / by William Missouri Downs ; Fuente / by Cusi Cram ; For better / by Eric Coble ; The 39 steps / by Patrick Barlow ; Aliens with extraordinary skills / by Saviana Stanescu ; What they have / by Kate Robin ; Men of Tortuga / by Jason Wells ; In the Sawtooths / by Dano Madden ; Skin deep / by Jon Lonoff ; Apostasy / by Gino DiIorio ; Easter Monday / by Hal Corley ; Shtick / by Henry Meyerson ; Dead man's cell phone / by Sarah Ruhl -- Comedic monologues, female. Wedding belles / by Alan Bailey and Ronnie Claire Edwards ; Up / by Bridget Carpenter ; Fuente / by Cusi Cram ; Out of sterno / by Deborah Zoe Laufer ; The divine fallacy / by Tina Howe ; Ayravana flies, or a pretty dish / by Sheila Callaghan ; For better / by Eric Coble ; Fatboy / by John Clancy ; All the King's women / by Luigi Jannuzzi ; Gorgons / by Don Nigro ; Showtime at First Baptist / by Ron Osborne -- Dramatic monologues, male. Fall / by Bridget Carpenter ; That pretty pretty, or, the rape play / by Sheila Callaghan ; Masked / by Ilan Hatsor, translated by Michael Taub ; Terre Haute / by Edmund White ; Living room in Africa / by Bathsheba Doran ; Gee's Bend / by Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder ; Water & power / by Richard Montoya ; Cell / by Judy Klass ; The thread men / by Thomas C. Dunn ; My first time / by Ken Davenport ; The kind that doesn't budge / by Lisa Soland ; Quint and Miss Jessel at Bly / by Don Nigro ; In the Sawtooths / by Dano Madden ; The four of us / by Itamar Moses ; Neighborhood 3: requisition of doom / by Jennifer Haley ; Sixty miles to Silver Lake / by Dan LeFranc ; The trials and tribulations of a trailer trash housewife / by Del Shores ; Elephant sighs / by Ed Simpson ; Make believe / by Kristin Anna Froberg ; The whipping man / by Matthew Lopez ; Lions / by Vince Melocchi ; French gold / by Don Nigro -- Dramatic monologues, female. Crooked / by Catherine Trieschmann ; Make believe / by Kristin Anna Froberg ; Pretty theft / by Adam Szymkowicz ; La gringa / by Carmen Rivera ; Aliens with extraordinary skills / by Saviana Stanescu ; Scab / by Sheila Callaghan ; Karlaboy / by Steven Peros ; My first time / by Ken Davenport ; Dead man's cell phone / by Sarah Ruhl ; What they have / by Kate Robin ; Beachwood Drive / by Steven Leigh Morris ; Kosher Lutherans / by William Missouri Downs ; Sensitivity / by Lisa Soland ; Anon / by Kate Robin ; Come to the garden / by Lisa Soland ; When is a clock / by Matthew Freeman ; God's ear / by Jenny Schwartz ; Bulrusher / by Eisa Davis ; Apostasy / by Gino DiIorio ; Stain / by Tony Glazer ; The trials and tribulations of a trailer trash housewife / by Del Shores.

Deadly murder

April 1, 2016
Foley, David, 1961-
New York : Samuel French, ©2010.
69 pages : plan ; 21 cm
"#29305"--Title page verso.
"Camille Dargus has fought her way up from humble beginnings to a glittering Manhattan lifestyle. She has beauty, brains, wealth, and a successful career as a jewelry designer for the leading lights of New York society. She also has a penchant for attractive young men. One night at a society gala she meets Billy, a handsome young waiter, and brings him back to her Soho apartment. But there's more to Billy than meets the eye, and Camille finds herself held hostage at gunpoint by a man who seems frighteningly familiar with the past Camille has struggled to forget. Over the course of one explosive night, Camille must use all her wits and cunning to save her life--and to prevent the dark secrets of her past from destroying everything she's worked for."--Publisher description.

Leading ladies : a new comedy

April 1, 2016
Ludwig, Ken.
New York : Samuel French, ©2006.
112 pages ; 18 cm
"In this comedy by the author of Lend Me A Tenor and Moon Over Buffalo, two English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, find themselves so down on their luck that they are performing "Scenes from Shakespeare" on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania. When they hear that an old lady in York, PA is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long lost English nephews, they resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash. The trouble is, when they get to York, they find out that the relatives aren't nephews, but nieces! Romantic entanglements abound, especially when Leo falls head-over-petticoat in love with the old lady's vivacious niece, Meg, who's engaged to the local minister. Meg knows that there's a wide world out there, but it's not until she meets "Maxine and Stephanie" that she finally gets a taste of it.

Perfect mendacity

April 1, 2016
Wells, Jason.
New York : Samuel French, ©2010.
77 pages ; 21 cm
Four men, 1 woman.
"#29664"--Title page verso.
"Walter Kreutzer, a microbiologist for a defense contractor, is being investigated by his employers over an incriminating memo that was leaked to the media. Walter thinks his Moroccan wife may have done the whistle-blowing, and to protect her--and himself--Walter needs to learn how to beat a lie detector, and fast. D'avore Peoples, a polygraph consultant, is happy to help--for a price, of course. But D'avore's technique will require Walter to look deep within himself, a terrifying prospect for a man hiding from his past. With his best friend spying on him, his wife intent on opening old wounds, and D'avore uncovering dark secrets, Walter's desperate journey toward the perfect lie becomes a spiral into paranoia and bitter reckoning"--Page 4 of cover.

Worlds elsewhere : journeys around Shakespeare's globe

March 31, 2016
Dickson, Andrew, 1979- author.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2016.
xxvii, 484 pages ; 25 cm
"There are 83 copies of the First Folio in a vault beneath Capitol Hill, the world's largest collection. Well over 150 Indian movies are based on Shakespeare's plays-more than in any other nation. If current trends continue, there will soon be more high-school students reading The Merchant of Venice in Mandarin Chinese than in early-modern English. Why did this happen-and how? Ranging ambitiously across four continents and 400 years, Worlds Elsewhere is an eye-opening account of how Shakespeare went global. Seizing inspiration from the playwright's own fascination with travel, foreignness and distant worlds, Dickson takes us on an extraordinary journey-from Hamlet performed by English actors tramping through Poland in the early 1600s to twenty-first century Shanghai, where Shashibiya survived Mao's Cultural Revolution to become an honored Chinese author. En route we visit Nazi Germany, where Shakespeare became an unlikely favorite, and delve into the history of Bollywood, where Shakespearian stories helped give birth to Indian cinema. In Johannesburg, we discover how Shakespeare was enlisted into the fight to end apartheid. In California, we encounter him as the most popular playwright of the American frontier. Both a cultural history and a literary travelogue, the first of its kind, Worlds Elsewhere explores how Shakespeare became the world's writer, and how his works have changed beyond all recognition during the journey"-- Provided by publisher.

The night alive : and other plays

March 30, 2016
McPherson, Conor, 1971- author.
New York : Theatre Communications Group, 2016.
xiii, 302 pages ; 21 cm
The night alive -- The birds -- The veil.
"On The Night Alive:"A beautiful new play. There's not another dramatist living who could pull off [what McPherson] exercises so exquisitely here. Kindles a glow, both warming and chilling, you rarely experience at the theater."-The New York Times On The Birds:"Deliciously chilling. spring-loaded with tension."-Irish Independent On The Veil:"Bold and intriguing. McPherson keeps you guessing to the last."-Financial TimesTommy's not a bad man, he's just getting by-renting a decrepit room in his Uncle Maurice's house and hopping from one get-rich-quick scheme to the other. Then one day he comes to the aid of the also-struggling Aimee, and together, they just might make something-extraordinary-of their lives. With inimitable warmth, style, and craft, The Night Alive deftly mines the humanity to be found in the most unlikely of situations. Also included in the volume is The Birds, a suspenseful, atmospheric adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's enthralling short story, and The Veil, set around a haunted house hemmed in by a restive, starving populace, which weaves Ireland's troubled colonial past into a riveting tale about the pursuit of love, the transcendental, and the circular nature of time. Conor McPherson is an award-winning Irish playwright educated at University College Dublin. His best-known works include The Weir (1999 Olivier Award for Best New Play), Dublin Carol, The Seafarer (Tony nomination for Best Play), Shining City (Tony nomination for Best Play), and Port Authority. "-- Provided by publisher.

Ken Ludwig's Baskerville : a Sherlock Holmes mystery

March 25, 2016
Ludwig, Ken, author.
[New York] : Samuel French, [2015].
90 pages ; 21 cm
A play for four males and one female.
A comedic adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle's classic The hound of the Baskervilles.

Will's words : how William Shakespeare changed the way you talk

March 22, 2016
Sutcliffe, Jane, author.
Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, [2016]
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm

Shakespeare on toast : getting a taste for the bard

March 11, 2016
Crystal, Ben, author.
©2016
viii, 278 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Originally published: Icon Books Ltd, 2008.

The book of grace

March 2, 2016
Parks, Suzan-Lori.
©2016
112 pages ; 22 cm
"The Book of Grace is a three-person drama in which a young man returns home to south Texas to confront his father, unearthing deep-seated passions and ambition."-- Provided by publisher.

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.
©2015
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.
©2015
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." -- Amazon.com

Beirut noir

December 10, 2015
©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.
©2015
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-
©2014
119 pages ; 21 cm
"Based on the book by Katherine Boo."

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