New Arrivals · Plays

July 23, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

100 : (monologues)

July 22, 2014
Bogosian, Eric.
New York : Theatre Communications Group, [2014].
xix, 321 pages ; 22 cm
From "Men Inside" (1981): Freakshow ; Superman! ; Nice Shoes ; Party! ; Held Down ; Rodeo ; Christmas Tree ; Looking Out for Number 1 -- From "Voices of America" (1982): New Action Army ; Sale, Sale, Sale! ; Li'l Doggie Dog Food ; Real Italian ; Fat Fighter -- From "Men in Dark Times" (1982): The Leader -- From "Advocate" (1982): The Throat ; Alone Together -- From "Funhouse" (1983): In the Dark ; Insurance ; Inside ; The Specialist ; Starving Children ; Calamari ; Honey, I'm Home! ; The Pacer ; Shining Star -- From "Drinking in America" (1986): Journal ; American Dreamer ; Ceramic Tile ; Commercial ; Melting Pot ; Our Gang ; No Problems ; Godhead ; The Law ; Fried-Egg Deal -- From "Talk Radio" (1987): It's Not How Much You Make, It's How Much You Take Home ; Denise ; I'm Here. I'm Here Every Night -- From "Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll" (1991): Grace of God ; Benefit ; Dirt ; The Stud ; Stag ; Bottleman ; Candy ; Rock Law ; X-Blow ; Live ; Dog Chameleon ; Artist -- From "Notes from Underground" (1993): April 14 ; May 18 -- From "Pounding Nails in the Floor With My Forehead" (1994): America ; Molecules ; Intro ; Inner Baby ; The Glass ; Red ; The Fan ; Rash ; The Recovering Male ; Medicine ; The Messenger ; Blow Me -- From "31 Ejaculations" (1996): Number 19 -- From "Wake Up and Smell the Coffee" (2001): The Promise ; Intro ; Voice in the Wilderness ; Faith ; Arabs ; The Offer ; The Airport ; Gold Card ; Upgrade ; Harmonious ; Breakthrough ; The Audition ; The Ladder ; In the Air ; Captain ; The Crash ; The Meeting ; Sheep ; The Highway -- From "This Is Now!" (2005): This Is Now ; Smoking ; Cheese -- Orphans (1980-2000): Confession ; The Quiet Man ; Beat Poem ; Food ; Little Dog ; Art ; The Dream ; Reach Out ; No Crime ; Victim ; Gated ; Wood ; Poem -- Building Character : My Method for Creating the Solos / an essay by the author.
""This new collection by one of America's premier performers and most innovative and provocative artists includes one hundred monologues from his acclaimed plays and solo shows including: Drinking in America; Men Inside; Pounding Nails in the Floor with My Forehead; Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll, and more. Also included are additional pieces from the Pulitzer Prize finalist Talk Radio and Notes from Underground."-- Provided by publisher.

Hitchcock's partner in suspense : the life of screenwriter Charles Bennett

July 14, 2014
Bennett, Charles, 1899-1995.
Lexington, Kentucky : University Press of Kentucky, [2014]
xvi, 279 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Preface / John Charles Bennett -- Sowing the wind -- Duty, honour, country -- Shakespearean actor -- Keith Chesterton: my most unforgettable character -- Sensation -- Alfred Hitchcock and my early talkies -- Alfred Hitchcock: a strange and bewildering character -- Study of the Hitchcock-Bennett partnership / John Charles Bennett -- Cause for alarm -- The British Film Colony and Errol Flynn -- War in his pocket -- A secret agent -- Unto the breach -- Foreign correspondent -- Unconquered -- No escape -- Curtain call -- Where danger lives / John Charles Bennett -- The avenger / John Charles Bennett -- A tribute.

Family furniture

July 11, 2014
Gurney, A. R. (Albert Ramsdell), 1930-
58 pages ; 20 cm
"Amid the gin and tonics, vichyssoise, and tennis doubles of Buffalo's summer sscene, siblings Nick and Peggy must confront their mother's possible infidelity, their father's apparent indiffference, and thehir own increasingly complicated love lives. Family furniture is a coming-of-age-tale of one certain summer when everything shifts."--publishers description.

Annapurna : a play

July 10, 2014
White, Sharr.
New York : Overlook Duckworth, [2014]
95 pages : portrait ; 21 cm
"Twenty years ago, Emma walked out on her husband, cowboy-poet Ulysses, in the middle of the night. Now hearing he's in dire strait, she tracks him down in the wilds of Colorado to a filthy trailer, where he's hooked to an oxygen tank and cooking sausage in the nude, save a scruffy loincloth of an apron. Their reunion, charged by rage and compassion, brings back the worst and best of their former bond."--Page [4] of cover.

Hands on a hardbody

July 8, 2014
Wright, Doug, 1962- author.
107 pages ; 21 cm

Seeing stars in Dixie : a play in two acts

July 7, 2014
Osborne, Ron.
New York : Samuel French, c2001.
61 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
It's 1956 and Hollywood has arrived in Natchez, Mississippi with its brightest stars to film Raintree County. Meanwhile at Clemmie's, a Natchez tea room, the widowed proprietor who has a fascination with movies and a secret admirer, oversees her own cast of characters: Tootie, her take charge friend; Jo Beth, a former beauty queen; Glease, a man more comfortable with women than macho men, and Marjorie, an unethical social climber. Competition for a small role in the movie brings out the best and worst of these memorable characters. Twists, turns and revelations lead Clemmie to trade a moment of fame for love and the chance to impact the lives of people dear to her.

Murder by the book : a thriller

July 7, 2014
Greenwood, Duncan.
London ; New York : S. French, c1982.
53 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
A thriller writer indulges in vitriolic word duels with his estranged wife until she shoots him. An amateur detective from the next flat attempts to solve the murder before calling the police. More deadly games are in store when the corpse rises and the tables are turned more than once for the victim and the killers.

Photograph 51

July 2, 2014
Ziegler, Anna.
New York : Dramatists Play Service, c2011.
60 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Cast: 5 men, 1 woman.
A play.
A funny and moving portrait of the unrequited life of Rosalind Franklin, one of the great female scientists of the twentieth century, and her fervid drive to map the contours of the DNA molecule. A chorus of physicists relives the chase, revealing the unsung achievements of this trail-blazing, fiercely independent woman. A play about ambition, isolation, and the race for greatness.--Publisher's website.

The last romance

July 2, 2014
DiPietro, Joe.
New York : Dramatists Play Service, c2011.
55 p. ; 20 cm.
A play for 2 men and 2 women.
"A crush can make anyone feel young again--even a widower named Ralph. On an ordinary day in a routine life, Ralph decides to take a different path on his daily walk--one that leads him to an unexpected second chance at love. Relying on a renewed boyish charm, Ralph attempts to woo the elegant, but distant, Carol. Defying Carol's reticence--and his lonely sister's jealousy--Ralph embarks on the trip of a lifetime, and regains a happiness that seemed all but lost."--P. [4] of cover.

The Oberon book of monologues for Black actors : classical and contemporary speeches from Black British plays : monologues for men. Volume 1

June 26, 2014
London : Oberon Books, [2013].
129 pages ; 21 cm
Moon on a rainbow shawl / Errol John -- Skyvers / Barry Reckord -- Smile orange / Trevor Rhone -- Nice / Mustapha Matura -- Sweet talk / Michael Abbensetts -- 11 Josephine House / Alfred Fagon -- Pantomime / Derek Walcott -- A Jamaican airman foresees his death / Fred D'Aguiar -- Two step / Rhashan Stone -- Something dark / Lemn Sissay -- Boy with beer / Paul Boakye -- Blackta / Nathaniel Martello-White -- Brother to brother / Michael McMillan -- The Westbridge / Rachel De-lahay -- Statement of regret / Kwame Kwei-Armah -- Little baby Jesus / Arinze Kene -- Fixer / Lydia Adetunji -- Bashment / Rikki Beadle-Blair -- Two horsemen / 'Biyi Bandele-Thomas -- Pandora's box / Ade Solanke -- Black t-shirt collection / Inua Ellams -- B is for Black / Courttia Newland -- The estate / Oladipo Agboluaje -- Joe Guy / Roy Williams -- Pure gold / Michael Bhim.

The Oberon book of monologues for Black actors : classical and contemporary speeches from Black British plays : monologues for women. Volume 1

June 26, 2014
London : Oberon Books Ltd, [2013].
119 pages ; 21 cm.
Flesh to a tiger / Barry Reckord -- The death of a black man / Alfred Fagon -- Strange fruit / Caryl Phillips -- Meetings / Mustapha Matura -- Rose's story / Grace Dayley -- Chiaroscuro / Jackie Kay -- Black street mammy / Trish Cooke -- The dragon can't dance / Earl Lovelace -- Mules / Winsome Pinnock -- To Rahtid / Sol B River -- Absolution / Malika Booker -- The gift / Roy Williams -- Shoot 2 win / Jo Melville, Tracey Daley and Jo Martin -- B is for black / Courttia Newland -- Two step / Rhashan Stone -- Fix up / Kwame Kwei-Armah -- Gone too far! / Bola Agbaje -- Black crows / Linda Brogan -- Muhammed Ali and me / Mojisola Adebayo -- Family man / Rikki Beadle-Blair -- Random / debbie tucker green -- Identity / Paul Anthony Morris -- Egusi soup / Janice Okoh -- Chewing gum dreams / Michaela Coel -- Resurrections in the season of the longest drought / 'Biyi Bandele-Thomas.

Detroit '67

June 26, 2014
Morisseau, Dominique, author.
London : Oberon Books, [2013].
96 pages ; 21 cm.

The shadow of the hummingbird

June 23, 2014
Fugard, Athol.
New York : Theatre Communications Group, 2014.
38 pages ; 22 cm

Snow geese : a play

June 23, 2014
White, Sharr, author.
New York : Overlook Duckworth, 2014.
112 pages ; 21 cm

Some velvet morning : a play

June 23, 2014
LaBute, Neil, author.
New York, NY : The Overlook Press, 2014
104 pages ; 21 cm
"Velvet is enjoying a relaxing morning at home when Fred arrives on the doorstep of her apartment, suitcases in tow. He tells her he's finally left his wife to be with her, news to Velvet since she hasn't seen him in years and is now friends with Fred's recently married son ..."--Provided by publisher.
"This volume contains the stage version of this work, which is also a film directed by Neil LaBute, with Stanley Tucci and Alice Eve."--Page 4 of cover.

Long day's journey into night

June 20, 2014
O'Neill, Eugene, 1888-1953, author.
x, 263 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
A play.

The science of Shakespeare : a new look at the playwright's universe

June 18, 2014
Falk, Dan, author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2014.
xv, 364 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Arise, fair sun-- " : a brief history of cosmology -- "He that is giddy thinks the world turns round-- " : Nicolaus Copernicus, the reluctant reformer -- "This majestical roof fretted with golden fire-- " : Tycho Brahe and Thomas Digges -- "These earthly godfathers of heaven's lights-- " : the shadow of Copernicus and the dawn of science -- " --sorrow's eye, glazed with blinding tears-- " : the rise of English science and the question of the Tudor telescope -- "Who is it that can tell me who I am?" : a brief history of William Shakespeare -- "More things in heaven and earth-- " : the science of Hamlet -- " --a hawk from a handsaw" : reading Shakespeare, and reading into Shakespeare -- "Does the world go round?" : Shakespeare and Galileo -- "Treachers by spherical predominance-- " : the allure of astrology -- "Fair is foul, and foul is fair-- " : magic in the age of Shakespeare -- "A body yet distempered-- " : Shakespeare and medicine -- "Drawn with a team of little atomi-- " : living in the material world -- "As flies to wanton boys-- " : the disappearing gods -- "They say miracles are past-- ".
"William Shakespeare lived at a remarkable time--a period we now recognize as the first phase of the Scientific Revolution. New ideas were transforming Western thought, the medieval was giving way to the modern, and the work of a few key figures hinted at the brave new world to come: The methodical and rational Galileo, the skeptical Montaigne, and--as Falk convincingly argues--Shakespeare, who observed human nature just as intently as the astronomers who studied the night sky.In The Science of Shakespeare, we meet a colorful cast of Renaissance thinkers, including Thomas Digges, who published the first English account of the "new astronomy" and lived in the same neighborhood as Shakespeare; Thomas Harriot--"England's Galileo"--who aimed a telescope at the night sky months ahead of his Italian counterpart; and Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe, whose observatory-castle stood within sight of Elsinore, chosen by Shakespeare as the setting for Hamlet--and whose family crest happened to include the names "Rosencrans" and "Guildensteren." And then there's Galileo himself: As Falk shows, his telescopic observations may have influenced one of Shakespeare's final works.Dan Falk's The Science of Shakespeare explores the connections between the famous playwright and the beginnings of the Scientific Revolution--and how, together, they changed the world forever"-- Provided by publisher.

Uncle Vanya

May 30, 2014
Baker, Annie, 1981-
New York : Theatre Communications Group, 2014.
vi, 114 pages ; 22 cm
"A refreshingly intimate and modern spin on a Chekhovian classic." Devastatingly beautiful. People are going to be talking about this one for years."? The Village VoiceOne of the most-produced playwrights in the United States, Annie Baker lends her truthful observation and elegant command of the colloquial to Chekhov's despairing masterpiece. A critical hit in its sold-out Off-Broadway premiere, this contemporary telling is "the most intimate and engaging exploration of Chekhov's bleak comedy since Andre; Gregory's Vanya on 42nd Street" (Bloomberg News). Annie Baker's works include The Aliens (Obie Award), Body Awareness, Circle Mirror Transformation (Obie Award), Nocturama, and The Flick. Recent honors include a New York Drama Critics Circle Special Citation, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize nomination, Time Warner Storytelling Fellowship, MacDowell Fellowship and commissions from Center Theater Group and Playwrights Horizons."-- Provided by publisher.

The Laramie Project and The Laramie Project: ten years later

May 30, 2014
Kaufman, Moisés.
New York : Vintage Books, 2014.
202 pages ; 21 cm
"On October 7, 1988, a young gay man was discovered bound to a fence outside Laramie, Wyoming, savagely beaten and left to die in a shocking act of hate. Matthew Shepard's death became a national symbol of intolerance, but for the people of the town, the event was deeply personal. In the aftermath, Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project went to Laramie and conducted more than 200 interviews with its people. From the transcripts, the playwrights constructed an extraordinary chronicle of life there after the murder. The Laramie Project has become both a modern classic--one of the most-performed theater pieces in America--and a powerful tool of activism. Now, in this expanded edition, The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later adds an essential coda to the original work, revisiting the town a decade after the tragedy to find a community grappling with its legacy and place in history. The two plays comprise a deeply moving theatrical cycle that explores the depths to which humanity can sink--and the heights of compassion to which we can rise"-- Provided by publisher.

Hearts like fists

May 21, 2014
Szymkowicz, Adam.
New York : Dramatists Play Service, c2013.
60 p. ; 20 cm.
2M, 5W.
"First produced by Mandi Moss and Jason Moyer for Theatre of NOTE in Los Angeles, California, opening on August 3, 2012"--p. 5.
A superhero noir comedy about the dangers of love. The city's heart beats with fear: Doctor X is sneaking into apartments and injecting lovers with a lethal poison. Lisa's heart beats with hope: Now that she's joined the elite Crimefighters, maybe she can live a life with meaning. And every beat of Peter's wounded heart brings him closer to death, but he's designing an artificial replacement that will never break. Can the Crimefighters stop Doctor X? Do Peter and Lisa have a chance at love? And who is the girl with a face like a plate?

An Iliad

May 20, 2014
Peterson, Lisa (Playwright)
New York : Dramatists Play Service, ©2013.
55 pages ; 20 cm
A play for 1 man (flexible casting).
"Originally produced by Seattle Repertory Theatre in Seattle, Washington, opneing on April 9, 2010"--p. 6.
An Iliad is a modern-day retelling of Homer's classic. Poetry and humor, the ancient tale of the Trojan War and the modern world collide in this captivating theatrical experience. The setting is simple: the empty theater. The time is now: the present moment. The lone figure onstage is a storyteller -- possibly Homer, possibly one of the many bards who followed in his footsteps. He is fated to tell this story throughout history.

Lorca : living in the theatre

April 22, 2014
Edwards, Gwynne, author.
240 pages, 16 unnumbered pages plates : illustrations ; 22 cm

Shakespeare in America : an anthology from the revolution to now

April 14, 2014
xxxi, 724 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm.
The pausing American loyalist / Anonymous -- Epilogue to Coriolanus / Jonathan M. Sewall -- The tragic genius of Shakspeare: an ode / Peter Markoe -- Letter to John Quincy Adams / John Adams -- Stratford on Avon / Washington Irving -- Prize ode / Charles Sprague -- The Character of Desdemona / John Quincy Adams -- Hazlitt's characters of Shakspeare / Edgar Allan Poe -- First impressions of Miss Cushman's Romeo / J. M. W -- Indians of North America / Maungwudaus -- Account of the terrific and fatal riot at the New-York Astor Place Opera House / Anonymous -- Shakspeare, or, the Poet / Ralph Waldo Emerson -- Hawthorne and his Mosses / Herman Melville -- Ira Aldridge / William Wells Brown -- Recollections of a gifted woman / Nathaniel Hawthorne -- Drama's vitallest expression is the common day / Emily Dickinson -- Address delivered at the opening of the New Theatre at Richmond / Henry Timrod -- Letter to James H. Hackett / Abraham Lincoln -- The killing of Julius Caesar localized / Mark Twain -- Shakespeare Tercentennial Celebration, April 23, 1864 / Oliver Wendell Holmes -- Letter to the National Intelligencer / John Wilkes Booth -- The Coming storm / Herman Melville -- Shylock, a burlesque / G. W. H. Griffin -- Othello / Mary Preston -- In the Old Churchyard at Fredericksburg / Frederick Wadsworth Loring -- What lurks behind Shakspere's historical plays? / Walt Whitman -- The art of Edwin Booth: Hamlet / William Winter -- Shakespeare / William Dean Howells -- From Between the acts: Antony and Cleopatra / Willa Cather -- Shakespeare's Americanisms / Henry Cabot Lodge -- A modern Lear / Jane Addams -- The Hiartville Shakespeare Club / Belle Marshall Locke -- The birthplace / Henry James -- Autobiographical dictation / Mark Twain -- Shakespeare: made in America / George Santayana -- Out, Out / Robert Frost -- Shakespeare's heroines as human beings / Charlotte Perkins Gilman -- Heart of the race / Charles Mills Gayley -- Hamlet and his problems / T. S. Eliot -- To Mark Anthony in heaven / William Carlos Williams -- Shakespeares of 1922 / Lorenz Hart and Morrie Ryskind -- John Barrymore's Hamlet / Stark Young -- Shakespeare for America / George F. Whicher -- Shakespeare and American culture / Joseph Quincy Adams -- The Macbeth murder mystery / James Thurber -- Orson Welles's Julius Caesar / Sidney B. Whipple -- Japanese Hamlet / Toshio Mori -- Shakespeare in Harlem / Langston Hughes -- Paul Robeson's Othello / Samuel Sillen -- Laurence Olivier's Henry V / James Agee -- Preface to G. I. Hamlet / Maurice Evans -- Brush up your Shakespeare / Cole Porter -- The abuse of greatness / Hollis Alpert -- The immortal bard / Isaac Asimov -- Shakespeare's last word: justice and redemption / John Berryman -- Hipsters, flipsters, and finger-poppin daddis / Lord Buckley -- Carlus / Hyam Plutzik -- General Macbeth / Mary McCarthy -- After dark / Adrienne Rich -- Orson Welles: there ain't no way / Pauline Kael -- From Run-through / John Houseman -- Bus soft ... real soft / Woody Allen -- Caliban in blue / Walter McDonald -- Cora Lee / Gloria Naylor -- West Side Story / Dramatists Guild Landmark Symposium -- The Shakespeare marathon / Frank Rich and Joseph Papp -- Address to the Royal Society of Arts / Sam Wanamaker -- Shakespeare in Iceland / Jane Smiley -- Actors / Cynthia Ozick -- Daily grind / B. J. Ward -- From NETS / Jen Bervin.
This anthology traces the surprising story of how Americans made Shakespeare their own through a wide range of genres. The writers included range from the 1800s to the present day, and offer testimony to Shakespeare's profound and enduring influence.

The taming of the shrew

April 9, 2014
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2003.
xiii, 198 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Introduction -- Date and theatrical context -- The Shrew in the context of Shakespeare's own work -- Sources -- The taming of the shrew on stage -- Critical approaches -- Postscript : working on the play -- Recent textual, critical and stage interpretations -- Note on the text -- List of characters -- The play -- Textual analysis -- Appendixes: Passages from A Shrew -- The staging of Induction 2 -- Music in the play -- Reading list.
For this updated edition Ann Thompson has added new sections to the introduction which describe the 'deeply problematic' nature of debates about the play and its reception since the 1980s. She discusses recent editions and textual, performance and critical studies.

One man, two guvnors

April 2, 2014
Bean, Richard, 1956-
67 pages ; 20 cm
Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small-time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect a debt from his fiancee's dad. But Roscoe is really his sister, Rachel, posiing as her own dead brother, who's been killed by her boyfriend, Stanley Stubbers. Holed up at The Cricketers Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be reunited with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple.

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