New Arrivals · Plays

September 3, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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.

The 30-minute Shakespeare anthology : based on the plays of William Shakespeare

July 21, 2015
Newlin, Nick, author.
xvii, 297 pages ; 22 cm
"Including stage directions for all levels of experience"--Cover.
"Drawing on his eighteen years of experience as a teaching artist for Folger Shakespeare Library, Nick Newlin offers eighteen scenes to get young actors on their feet performing Shakespeare with confidence, understanding, and fun! Each scene averages five minutes in length, containing two to six characters, and features a monologue that young performers can use in performance, audition, or competition. Every scene has been 'road tested' by one of Newlin's student groups at the Folger's annual Secondary School Shakespeare Festival, and includes dynamic stage directions and incisive performance notes to help teachers and students bring Shakespeare's plays to life."

The Best American short plays.

July 20, 2015
New York : Applause Theatre Books,
v. ; 22 cm.

Teen boys' comedic monologues that are actually funny

July 20, 2015
Milwaukee, WI : Applause Imprint Logo, an Imprint of Hal Leonard Corporation, [2015]
vii, 204 pages ; 20 cm.

Men's comedic monologues that are actually funny

July 13, 2015
Miliwaukee, WI : Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, 2015.
viii, 235 pages ; 20 cm

The realistic Joneses

July 10, 2015
Eno, Will, 1965-
New York : Theatre Communications Group, 2015.
75 pages ; 22 cm

Selected works : a memoir in plays

July 9, 2015
McNally, Terrence, author.
New York : Grove Press, ©2015.
x, 658 pages ; 24 cm
At rise -- Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune -- The Lisbon Traviata -- Lips together, teeth apart -- A perfect Ganesh -- Love! Valour! Compassion! -- Master class -- And away we go -- Mothers and sons.
Since his first play, And Things That Go Bump in the Night, which premiered in 1965, McNally has proven himself to be a trailblazing figure and unique voice in American theater, known for his exploration of gay themes and his chronicling of America's changing social attitudes over the past fifty years. His thirty-three plays, nine musicals, three operas, and seven scripts for film and television, are a testament to his astonishing commitment to writing. In Selected Plays, for the very first time, McNally collects a set of eight plays that he considers the most important of his oeuvre, including the Tony-nominated Mothers and Sons and the critically acclaimed And Away We Go, neither of which have been previously published. Introducing each play with a personal essay that recounts an anecdote or discusses an aspect of the play that proceeds it, McNally himself frames his own life in the theater. Selected Plays is a landmark publication, a memoir in plays from one of America's most highly regarded and best-loved playwrights.

Real women have curves : a comedy

July 2, 2015
López, Josefina, 1969-
Woodstock, Ill. : Dramatic Pub., ©1996.
80 pages ; 19 cm

Shakespeare basics for grown-ups : everything you need to know about the bard

June 26, 2015
Foley, E. (Elizabeth)
326 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Previously published: London: Square Peg, 2014, under title: Shakespeare for grown-ups.
The life and times of William Shakespeare -- Will's words: Shakespeare's language and style -- The comedies -- The histories -- The tragedies -- The poems -- Epilogue.

Buyer & cellar

June 23, 2015
Tolins, Jonathan, author.
45 pages : 1 illustration ; 20 cm.
Cast: 1M
Alex More has a story to tell. A struggling actor in L.A., he takes a job working in the Malibu basement of a beloved megastar. One day, the Lady Herself comes downstairs to play. It feels like real bonding in the basement, but will their relationship ever make it upstairs? Buyer & Cellar is an outrageous comedy about the price of fame, the cost of things, and the oddest of odd jobs.

Shakespeare in love : adapted for the stage by Lee Hall ; based on the screenplay by Marc Norman & Tom Stoppard.

June 23, 2015
Hall, Lee, 1966- author.
104 pages ; 21 cm
First published in 2014 by Faber and Faber Limited, London.

The way we get by : a play

June 23, 2015
LaBute, Neil, author.
98 pages ; 21 cm
"Slyly profound and irresistibly passionate, The Way We Get By is Neil LaBute's audacious tale of a very modern romance"--Back cover.

Father comes home from the wars (parts 1, 2 & 3)

June 22, 2015
Parks, Suzan-Lori.
New York : Theatre Communications Group, 2015.
159 pages : music ; 22 cm
"The stunning first installment of a new American Odyssey, set over the course of the Civil War, and penned by Pulitzer Prize & Tony Award winner Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog).Offered his freedom if he joins his master in the ranks of the Confederacy, Hero, a slave, must choose whether to leave the woman and people he loves for what may be yet another empty promise. As his decision brings him face-to-face with a nation at war with itself, the loved ones Hero left behind debate whether to escape or wait for his return, only to discover that for Hero, free will may have come at a great spiritual cost. A devastatingly beautiful dramatic work filled with music, wit and great lyricism, Father Comes Home From the Wars is an epic tale about holding on to who we are and what we love in a country that both brings us together and rips us apart. Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) enjoyed its world premiere production in October-December 2014, Off-Broadway at The Public Theater."-- Provided by publisher.

Radium girls : a play in two acts

June 16, 2015
Gregory, D. W.
Woodstock, Ill. : Dramatic Pub., ©2003.
110 pages ; 19 cm

Collected plays 1987-2004 : with stage and radio plays of the 1930s & 40s

June 15, 2015
Miller, Arthur, 1915-2005.
901 pages ; 21 cm.
I can't remember anything (1987) -- Clara (1987) -- The golden years (1941/1987) -- Almost everybody wins (1984/1990) -- The ride down Mt. Morgan (1991) -- The last Yankee (1993) -- Broken glass (1994) -- The Ryan interview, or How it was around here (1995) -- Mr. Peters' connections (1998) -- Resurrection blues (2002) -- Finishing the picture (2004) -- The grass still grows (1939) -- The half-bridge (1942) -- Captain Paul (1941) -- Buffalo Bill disremembers (1941) -- The battle of the ovens (1942) -- Thunder from the mountains (1942) -- Glider doctor (1944) -- Mare Island and back (1945) -- On screenwriting and language (Almost everybody wins) -- Author's note (Almost everybody wins) -- About theatre language (The last Yankee) -- Preface (Mr. Peters' connections).

The seven good years : a memoir

June 15, 2015
Keret, Etgar, 1967- author.
171 pages ; 22 cm
"The seven years between the birth of Etgar Keret's son and the death of his father were good years, though still full of reasons to worry. Lev is born in the midst of a terrorist attack. Etgar's father gets cancer. The threat of constant war looms over their home and permeates daily life"-- Provided by publisher.

Woyzeck : a play

June 5, 2015
LaBute, Neil, author.
91 pages ; 21 cm
Includes the short monologue, Kandahar.
Woyzeck -- Kandahar.
"Included in this volume is Neil LaBute's provocative new monologue Kandahar, in which a soldier back from Afghanistan calmly explains his devastating actions of the day before. This gripping short work is both a stand-alone piece and a trenchant modern-day exploration of the potent and enduring themes of Woyzeck."--Page [4] of cover.

Women of will : following the feminine in Shakespeare's plays

June 5, 2015
Packer, Tina, 1938- author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
xvii, 312 pages ; 25 cm
"This is a Borzoi book."
Warrior women : violence to negotiation. Understanding the structure : form and content ; Which came first ; The comedies ; Joan ; Margaret ; Elizabeth ; The drive to make plays ; An interlude. The Plague years -- The sexual merges with the spiritual : new knowledge. Romeo and Juliet : An interlude. Meditations on Shakespeare's use of the soul ; Troilus and Cressida ; Antony and Cleopatra ; The women who follo Juliet ; Benedick's choice : Beatrice ; An interlude. Dealing with loss : lamentation versus honor -- Living underground or dying to tell the truth. An interlude. Switching genders ; Overview of the progression of the cross-dressers ; Rosalind and 1599 ; Dying to tell the truth : Ophelia, Desdemona, Cordelia ; Measure for measure ; Twelfth night ; Descent of Shakespeare's psyche : All's well that ends well ; An interlude. Language in the body -- Chaos is come again : the lion eats the wolf. Overview : Hamlet leading into Macbeth ; Goneril and Regan ; Volumnia ; Timon of Athens ; An interlude. Creativity -- The maiden phoenix : the daughter redeems the father. Coming full-circle ; Pericles ; Cymbeline ; The winter's tale ; The tempest ; All is true : Henry VIII.
"From one of the country's foremost experts on Shakespeare and theatre arts, actor, director, and master teacher Tina Packer offers an exploration--fierce, funny, fearless--of the women of Shakespeare's plays. A profound, and profoundly illuminating, book that gives us the playwright's changing understanding of the feminine and reveals some of his deepest insights. Packer, with expert grasp and perception, constructs a radically different understanding of power, sexuality, and redemption. Beginning with the early comedies (The Taming of the Shrew, Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Comedy of Errors), Packer shows that Shakespeare wrote the women of these plays as shrews to be tamed or as sweet little things with no definable independent thought, virgins on the pedestal. The women of the histories (the three parts of Henry VI; Richard III) are, Packer shows, much more interesting, beginning with Joan of Arc, possibly the first woman character Shakespeare ever created. In her opening scene, she's wonderfully alive--a virgin, true, sent from heaven, a country girl going to lead men bravely into battle, the kind of girl Shakespeare could have known and loved in Stratford. Her independent resolution collapses within a few scenes, as Shakespeare himself suddenly turns against her, and she yields to the common caricature of his culture and becomes Joan the Enemy, the Warrior Woman, the witch; a woman to be feared and destroyed... As Packer turns her attention to the extraordinary Juliet, the author perceives a large shift. Suddenly Shakespeare's women have depth of character, motivation, understanding of life more than equal to that of the men; once Juliet has led the way, the plays are never the same again. As Shakespeare ceases to write about women as predictable caricatures and starts writing them from the inside, embodying their voices, his women become as dimensional, spirited, spiritual, active, and sexual as any of his male characters. Juliet is just as passionately in love as Romeo--risking everything, initiating marriage, getting into bed, fighting courageously when her parents threaten to disown her--and just as brave in facing death when she discovers Romeo is dead. And, wondering if Shakespeare himself fell in love (Packer considers with whom, and what she may have been like), the author observes that from Juliet on, Shakespeare writes the women as if he were a woman, giving them desires, needs, ambition, insight. Women of Will follows Shakespeare's development as a human being, from youth to enlightened maturity, exploring the spiritual journey he undertook. Packer shows that Shakespeare's imagination, mirrored and revealed in his female characters, develops and deepens until finally the women, his creative knowledge, and a sense of a larger spiritual good come together in the late plays, making clear that when women and men are equal in status and sexual passion, they can--and do--change the world."--Publisher's website.

Intimacy Idiot

June 4, 2015
Oliver, Isaac.
New York : Scribner, 2015.
ix, 274 pages ; 22 cm


June 2, 2015
Shaffer, Peter, 1926-
New York : Scribner, 2005.
x, 112 pages ; 21 cm
Originally published: Great Britain: Andre Deutsch, 1973.
Equus is Peter Shaffer's exploration of the way modern society has destroyed our ability to feel passion. Alan Strang is a disturbed youth whose dangerous obsession with horses leads him to commit an unspeakable act of violence. As psychiatrist Martin Dysart struggles to understand the motivation for Alan's brutality, he is increasingly drawn into Alan's web and eventually forced to question his own sanity. Equus is a timeless classic and a cornerstone of contemporary drama that delves into the darkest recesses of human existence.

Between us girls : everything you need to know before you drop your panties

May 28, 2015
Basher, Alessandra Cifali, author.
50 pages ; 23 cm
The first version of this play, called Papo Calcinha, was written and performed in 2002 in Sao Paulo, Brazil and due to its' success in Brazil, the author decided to translate, update and publish it in English -- from Author's Note.
"A play that sheds a fun but informative light on the serious topics of teenage sex and sexually-transmitted infections. Five 16-year-old girls discuss virginity, the differences between boys and girls, masturbation, orgasms, menstrual cycles, pregnancy, abortion, contraceptives and HIV/AIDS. Ashley thinks she might be pregnant. Tiffany doesn't know if she wants to lose her virginity. Taylor is ashamed to tell her friends that she is a virgin.Summer is educated about sex and open-minded. Hope is keeping a secret. Five girls, five different approaches on what it means to be a teenager with the same question: Am I protected?"--Back cover.

Tecumseh! : a play

May 27, 2015
Eckert, Allan W.
Lincoln, Neb. :, ©2000.
x, 176 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
"Originally published by Little, Brown & Company"--Title page verso.

Oxford illustrated Shakespeare dictionary

May 26, 2015
Crystal, David, 1941-
Oxford : Oxford University Press, [2015]
352 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm.

The Irish curse

May 19, 2015
Casella, Martin.
New York : Samuel French, ©2010.
65 pages ; 21 cm
"#29694"--Title page verso.
A group of professionally successful Irish-American men meet every Wednesday night in a Catholic Church basement as a self-help group for men with small penises, this alleged Irish trait the focus of the weekly sessions. One evening a blue-collar guy joins the group and challenges everything the others think about the Irish curse, and their obsession with body image, unmasking questions of identity, masculinity, sex, and relationships they must face every day.

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