New Arrivals · Plays

February 24, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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.


August 1, 2016
Baker, Annie, 1981- author.
154 pages ; 23 cm

Now the cats with jeweled claws : and other one-act plays

July 18, 2016
Williams, Tennessee, 1911-1983, author.
xv, 197 pages ; 21 cm.
Introduction -- A recluse and his guest -- Now the cats with jeweled claws -- Steps must be gentle -- Ivan's widow -- This is the peaceable kingdom -- Aimez-vous Ionesco? -- The demolition downtown -- Lifeboat drill -- Once in a lifetime -- The strange play.
"This new collection of fantastic, lesser-known one-acts contains some of Williams's most potent, witty and wild late plays written from 1971 to 1982--Upper East Side ladies dine out during the apocalypse in Now the Cats With Jeweled Claws; a pair of nonagenarians struggle to cope on the Queen Elizabeth II in Lifeboat Drill; the poet Hart Crane makes peace with his mother at the bottom of the ocean in Steps Must Be Gentle; and madness bewitches the occupants during a nursing home strike in This Is the Peaceable Kingdom. Previously unpublished late plays include Aimez-Vous Ionesco?, a parody of the Theater of the Absurd; A Recluse and His Guest, a fable about a traveling woman in a dark world who can only go forward, never back; and Ivan's Widow, in which a psychiatrist and his young female patient engage in sexual power play that leads to murder."-- Provided by publisher

King Lear

July 15, 2016
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
New York : SparkNotes, ©2003.
viii, 311 pages ; 20 cm.
Presents the original text of Shakespeare's play side by side with a modern version, with marginal notes and explanations and full descriptions of each character.

A doll's house

June 21, 2016
Wilder, Thornton, 1897-1975, author.
New York : Theatre Communications Group, 2016.
viii, 124 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
""The character of Nora has fascinated me for a long time but I felt that the play, in the form I knew, was too dated. I would not have been interested in accepting the part in the Archer version, because the lines were too stiffly artificial and lacked conviction. The Thornton Wilder adaptation, however, has restored life and credibility to a drama, which is still one of the finest efforts in our theatrical literature." -Ruth Gordon, Cincinnati Times-Star, October 27, 1937 "It's a thrill to encounter this collaboration between these two pioneers of modern theater. Wilder has created a brilliant version of Ibsen's great play, which is taut, conversational and pulsing with life nearly eighty years after it was written. Of course, Wilder worked on A Doll's House while writing Our Town. There are incredible echoes between Nora and Emily-two young women who poignantly confront their own mortality and must say good-bye to life as they know it." -Arin Arbus, director, A Doll's House, Theatre for a New Audience, May 1, 2016 Not staged until 2016, since its record-breaking Broadway premiere starring Ruth Gordon in 1937, this is the first publication of the adaptation of Ibsen's classic drama as revitalized through the shrewd lens of American drama master Thornton Wilder. With clarifying dialogue, Wilder uproots this classic from Norway and funnels it through an American lens. The marriage of Ibsen's naturalistic style melds with Wilder's knack for emotional nuance to create a demonstrative edition of the revered A Doll's House. Henrik Ibsen is often referred to as the father of modern realism. He is most well known for his plays Hedda Gabler, Ghosts, The Master Builder, The Wild Duck, Peer Gynt, and An Enemy of the People. Thornton Wilder is considered to be one of the most accomplished American playwrights and novelists of the twentieth century. He received three Pulitzer Prize Awards for Our Town (1938), The Skin of Our Teeth (1943) and The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1928). His novel The Eighth Day received The National Book Award in 1968. Our Town is the most-produced American play in the world"-- Provided by publisher.

Hamlet : fold on fold

June 17, 2016
Josipovici, Gabriel, 1940- author.
xi, 279 pages ; 23 cm
"William Shakespeare's Hamlet is probably the best-known and most commented upon work of literature in Western culture. The paradox is that it is at once utterly familiar and strangely elusive--very like our own selves, argues Gabriel Josipovici in this stimulating and original study. Moreover, our desire to master this elusiveness, to "pluck the heart out of its mystery, " as Hamlet himself says, precisely mirrors what is going on in the play; and what Shakespeare's play demonstrates is that to conceive human character (and works of art) in this way is profoundly misguided. Rather than rushing to conclusions or setting out a theory of what Hamlet is "about, " therefore, we should read and watch patiently and openly, allowing the play to unfold before us in its own time and trying to see each moment in the context of the whole. Josipovici's valuable book is thus an exercise in analysis which puts the physical experience of watching and reading at the heart of the critical process--at once a practical introduction to a great and much-loved play and a sophisticated intervention in some of the key questions of theory and aesthetics of our time"-- Provided by publisher.

The one King Lear

June 17, 2016
Vickers, Brian, author.
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2016.
xxi, 387 pages : illustrations, facsimiles ; 25 cm
King Lear at the printer -- Adjusting text space to print space in the Shakespeare folio and quartos -- Nicholas Okes compresses the play -- Nicholas Okes abridges it -- One play, one manuscript, two printed books -- The Folio editors regularize Shakespeare -- The King's Men abridge a tragedy -- The "two versions" revisited -- Conclusion : toward a new consensus.
"For over two hundred years editors were united in their decision to bring together the King Lear texts of the Quarto (1608) and the First Folio (1623) to produce a single text that was the basis for all modern productions and interpretations. In the 1980s a group of influential scholars argued that the two texts represent distinct stages in the life of King Lear, as Shakespeare revised his play in the light of theatrical performance. In The One King Lear, Sir Brian Vickers challenges this widely accepted theory, arguing that the cuts in the Quarto text, which are too insignificant to have been made to shorten the play, were in fact carried out by the printer because he had underestimated the amount of paper he would need. As for the Folio, the cuts removed passages of a reflective or descriptive nature and were probably made by the theatre company to speed up the action. At stake in this textual argument is the way Shakespeare's play is read and performed"--Publisher's information.

Selling Shakespeare : biography, bibliography, and the book trade

June 17, 2016
Hooks, Adam G., author.
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2016.
x, 207 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction: A life in print : toward a Shakespearean bio-bibliography -- 1. Shakespeare's poems and Shakespeare's printer : Richard Field and the narratives of Shakespearean authorship -- 2. Sweet and swaggering : Shakespeare's plays, Playfere's sermons, and their publisher Andrew Wise -- 3. 'All in one volume' : Shakespeare's quartos, the First Folio, and their printer William Jaggard -- 4. Making plays : booksellers and the bio-bibliography of Shakespeare.
"Selling Shakespeare tells a story of Shakespeare's life and career in print, a story centered on the people who created, bought, and sold books in the early modern period. The interests and investments of publishers and booksellers have defined our ideas of what is 'Shakespearean', and attending to their interests demonstrates how one version of Shakespearean authorship surpassed the rest. In this book, Adam G. Hooks identifies and examines four pivotal episodes in Shakespeare's life in print: the debut of his narrative poems, the appearance of a series of best-selling plays, the publication of collected editions of his works, and the cataloguing of those works. Hooks also offers a new kind of biographical investigation and historicist criticism, one based not on external life documents, nor on the texts of Shakespeare's works, but on the books that were printed, published, sold, circulated, collected, and catalogued under his name"-- Provided by publisher.

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