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Plays, playscripts

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The Jew of Malta

The Jew of Malta

Author: Christopher Marlowe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2021

This Norton Critical Edition includes: The 1633 quarto (Q) text-the only authoritative version-with modernised spelling and silent alteration of obvious errors, of confusing punctuation and of word-form changes. A Textual Notes section follows the play. Editorial matter by Lloyd Kermode. Six illustrations and one map. An unusually rich selection of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century contexts, thematically organised to promote classroom discussion. Topics include Theater and Marlowe , Machiavelli and Mediterranean Identities and Ideas of the Jew . Twenty-seven critical interpretations spanning three centuries and including seven considerations of The Jew of Malta in performance. A chronology and a selected bibliography. About the Series Read by more than 12 million students over fifty-five years, Norton Critical Editions set the standard for apparatus that is right for undergraduate readers. The three-part format-annotated text, contexts and criticism-helps students to better understand, analyse and appreciate the literature, while opening a wide range of teaching possibilities for instructors. Whether in print or in digital format, Norton Critical Editions provide all the resources students need.

The Federal Theatre Project, 1935-1939

The Federal Theatre Project, 1935-1939

Author: Rania Karoula Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/12/2020

Investigates the explosive phenomenon of the Federal Theatre Project (FTP) from a transatlantic perspective Offers the first comparative study of the history, performances and politics of the FTP in a book form Contributes significantly to the study of Hallie Flanagan as the bridge between the FTP and the European avant-garde; it will also contribute to the study of Flanagan's own plays Draws and exposes further links between American modernism and its European counterparts (Meyerhold, Brecht, European avant-garde) Concentrates on close reading of unpublished plays (excerpts from scripts included), on the actual performance events but also on archival material collected by the writer and not previously published in a consistent manner Offers both a historical survey and theoretical analysis based on performance theories Engaging and informative, this book presents a comparative study of the history, performances and politics of the FTP by drawing and exposing further links between American modernism and its European counterparts. It concentrates predominantly on the New York division and its following units: the Living Newspaper, the Negro unit, the Children's unit and the Dance unit. Exploring a range of performances, it suggests that the FTP is responsible for an array of theatrical and dramatic experimentations but that it is also indebted to and carries on from the tradition of the European avant-garde and the contemporary modernist theatrical explorations.

Theatre of Anger

Theatre of Anger

Author: Olivia Landry Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/12/2020

In Theatre of Anger, Olivia Landry offers a provocative new vision of anger as more than just hate and violence. Studying the work of a new generation of transnational theatre practitioners in Berlin, she illuminates how anger can be an affirmative and critical tool in the project of social justice and resistance. To develop her theory of anger, Landry delves into philosophical texts, theatre history, and Black feminist theory from Aristotle, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, and Bertolt Brecht to Audre Lorde, bell hooks, and Sara Ahmed. Landry focuses not only on the social and political significance of the theatre of anger and the ways in which it rages against racism, antisemitism, Islamophobia, sexism, and homophobia, but also on its aesthetic and theoretical innovation. Through readings of key works, Theatre of Anger asks what it means in our present world to construct political theatre.

The Plays of George Colman the Younger

The Plays of George Colman the Younger

Author: George Colman Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/12/2020

Originally composed and published in 1981, this second book makes up two volumes of the plays of George Colman the Younger. Versatile, industrious, talented, Goerge Colman the Younger (1762-1836) followed Sheridan as England's most popular playwright. He wrote not only monologues, farces, pantomimes, comic operas, and straight comedies, but also hybrid three-act anticipations of melodrama.

The Plays of George Colman the Younger

The Plays of George Colman the Younger

Author: George Colman Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/12/2020

Originally composed and published in 1981, this second book makes up two volumes of the plays of George Colman the Younger. Versatile, industrious, talented, Goerge Colman the Younger (1762-1836) followed Sheridan as England's most popular playwright. He wrote not only monologues, farces, pantomimes, comic operas, and straight comedies, but also hybrid three-act anticipations of melodrama.

Mel Gordon's Cabarets of Death

Mel Gordon's Cabarets of Death

Author: Mel Gordon, Joanna Ebenstein Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/12/2020

Three idiosyncratically macabre cabaret-restaurants in Monmartre, each with its own grotesque portrayal of the afterworlds of Hell, Heaven, and Nothingness.From 1892 until 1954, three cabaret-restaurants in the Montmartre district of Paris captivated tourists with their grotesque portrayals of death in the afterworlds of Hell, Heaven, and Nothingness. Each had specialized cuisines and morbid visual displays with flashes of nudity and shocking optical illusions. These cabarets were considered the most curious and widely featured amusements in the city. Entrepreneurs even hawked graphic postcards of their ironic spectacles and otherworldly interiors. Cabarets of Death documents the dinner shows, the character interactions with guests, and the theatrical goings-on in these unique establishments. Presenting original images and drawings from contemporary journals, postcards, tourist brochures, and menus, Mel Gordon leads a tour of these idiosyncratically macabre institutions, and grants us unique access to a form of popular spectacle now gone.

Exiles

Exiles

Author: James Joyce Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/12/2020

'That is my fear. That I stand between her and any moments of life that should be hers...' Set against the backdrop of the Home Rule Crisis of 1912, Exiles is James Joyce's only surviving play. It tells the story of writer Richard Rowan and his common-law wife Bertha, characters drawn from Joyce's own life with Nora Barnacle. After a decade of absence from Dublin, Richard and Bertha have returned home from Rome, still unmarried, with their young son Archie. Richard hopes that he will be greeted as a returning genius and rewarded with a comfortable university position. But this aspiration ends up taking a back seat to the erotic crisis that is unleashed by the couple's return to the place where they first met, and their encounters with two old flames and friends. In this play, Joyce revisits his own agonizing feelings of jealousy that were precipitated by similar trips home to Dublin. In the introduction and notes, Keri Walsh provides a comprehensive look issues of gender, sexuality, and performance as well as considering the nationalist and sectarian contexts of Dublin in 1912, the year of the play's setting.

A Critical Edition of John Fletcher's Comedy, Monsieur Thomas, or, Father's Own Son

A Critical Edition of John Fletcher's Comedy, Monsieur Thomas, or, Father's Own Son

Author: John Fletcher Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/12/2020

Published in 1987: This thesis presents an edition of the author's play, Monsieur Thomas, with a substantial introduction in several sections and a sizeable apparatus.

The Plays of Colley Cibber

The Plays of Colley Cibber

Author: Rodney L. Hayley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/12/2020

Originally collated and published in 1980, this volume contains the plays of Colley Cibber, edited and with an introduction by Rodney L. Hayley. The book contains The Lady's Last Stake, The Rival Fools, Ximena, The Non-Juror and The Refusal.

A Critical Edition of I SIr John Oldcastle

A Critical Edition of I SIr John Oldcastle

Author: Jonathan Rittenhouse Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/12/2020

Originally published in 1984, this book contains the full text of I, Sir John Oldcastle, alongside critical and textual notes, including an examination of the authors and the theatrical background and assessment. For such an obscure play, I Sir John Oldcastle has had a varied printing history and has been printed eighteen times since its original 1600 publication date. The text here is a modern-spelling version and archaic forms are only presered where rhyme or metre requires them, or when modernization obscres rather than clarifies the required sense of the word.

John Marston's The Wonder of Women or The Tragedy of Sophonisba

John Marston's The Wonder of Women or The Tragedy of Sophonisba

Author: William Kemp Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/12/2020

Originally published in 1979, this volume includes the full text of James Marston's The Wonder of Women, alongside critical and textual notes. Previously to this volume, Sophonisba had appeared in print five times, once independently and four times in collections of Marston's plays; the first edition is a quarto printed in 1606 by John Windet.

The Plays of Isaac Bickerstaff

The Plays of Isaac Bickerstaff

Author: Peter A. Tasch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/12/2020

This compilation of Isaac Bickerstaff's plays was originally compiled and published in 1981, and the plays written in the 1760s-70s. Edited and with an introduction by Peter A. Tasch, the volume contains seven plays: The Captive; He Wou'd if He Cou'd; or, An Old Fool worse than Any; The Recruiting Serjeant; 'Tis Well it's no Worse; The Brickdust-Man and Milk-Maid; The Sultan, or A Peep into the Seraglio; and The Spoil'd Child.