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Plays, playscripts

See below for a selection of the latest books from Plays, playscripts category. Presented with a red border are the Plays, playscripts books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Plays, playscripts books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

The Haystack

The Haystack

Author: Al Blyth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/01/2020

Neil and Zef are two twenty-something computer whizzes with questionable dress sense and a highly developed interest in video games and Netflix. They're also the UK's 'National Defence Information Security Team' - recruited by GCHQ for their sky-high IQs and ability to work quickly and discreetly, no questions asked. With unfettered access to the world's data and infinite powers of electronic intrusion, these unlikely agents are essential cogs in the national security machine. But when their window onto intelligence operations shows them more than they were meant to see, they begin to question their roles in a system whose reach is unlimited but whose safeguards are not... Al Blyth's explosive espionage thriller challenges the 'nothing to hide, nothing to fear' mantra and explores how we can live honestly, love freely, and stay authentic when the advances in cutting-edge technology outpace the law.

The Drama of German Expressionism A German-English Bibliography

The Drama of German Expressionism A German-English Bibliography

Author: Claude Hill, Ralph Ley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/01/2020

Originally published in 1960, this bibliography with more than five thousand items provided an indispensable tool for those interested in the German expressionist plays. The volume contains a general bibliography on German expressionistic drama and as well as sixteen leading German playwrights: Barlach, Brecht, Bronnen, Goering, Hasenclever, Jahnn, Johst, Kaiser, Kokoschka, Kornfeld, Rubiner, Sorge, Sternheim, Toller, Unruh, and Werfel.

Under Milk Wood

Under Milk Wood

Author: Dylan Thomas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/01/2020

New Russian Drama An Anthology

New Russian Drama An Anthology

Author: Richard Schechner Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/01/2020

New Russian Drama took shape at the turn of the new millennium-a time of turbulent social change in Russia and the former Soviet republics. Emerging from small playwriting festivals, provincial theaters, and converted basements, it evolved into a major artistic movement that startled audiences with hypernaturalistic portrayals of sex and violence, daring use of non-normative language, and thrilling experiments with genre and form. The movement's commitment to investigating contemporary reality helped revitalize Russian theater. It also provoked confrontations with traditionalists in society and places of power, making theater once again Russia's most politicized art form. This anthology offers an introduction to New Russian Drama through plays that illustrate the versatility and global relevance of this exciting movement. Many of them address pressing social issues, such as ethnic tensions and political disillusionment; others engage with Russia's rich cultural legacy by reimagining traditional genres and canons. Among them are a family drama about Anton Chekhov, a modern production play in which factory workers compose haiku, and a satirical verse play about the treatment of migrant workers, as well a documentary play about a terrorist school siege and a postdramatic text that is only two sentences long. Both politically and aesthetically uncompromising, they chart new paths for performance in the twenty-first century. Acquainting English-language readers with these vital works, New Russian Drama challenges us to reflect on the status and mission of the theater.

The Last Years

The Last Years

Author: Caroline Rehder Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2020

The Last Years are two heart-warming plays about acceptance, putting the past into perspective and learning to say goodbye, despite the difficulties. In 'The Last Dance', we follow Hercules during a period of mourning after the loss of his long term partner, and his efforts to come to terms with the new life ahead. Our hero, who is not at all heroic, talks to and continually grumbles with his wife's ghost. The family Cat and Dog act as the chorus, keeping up a running commentary on the foibles of both their master and mistress as these two try to come to terms with this new and unwished for separation. 'Mouse the Unready' follows the story of Mouse who has recently discovered that he has a serious heart problem. He immediately enters into long negotiations with Omega- that is, Death- about when and how he can be allowed to die, but Omega, as we know, can be ruthless.

Now That We're Men A Play and True Life Accounts of Boys, Sex & Power

Now That We're Men A Play and True Life Accounts of Boys, Sex & Power

Author: Marquis Rodriguez, Dominic Fumusa Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/01/2020

Following up Slut, her explosive 2015 play and guidebook for combating sexism and sexual violence, Katie Cappiello turns her perceptive eyes and ears to the lived experiences of young men as they try on sexuality and masculinity. Compassionate and piercingly insightful, this play and guidebook razes rape culture, interrogates traditional notions of masculinity, and breeds accountability-without sacrificing boys. The guidebook contains the play, an activist guide, and raw dispatches from teenagers and young men.

Faustus: That Damned Woman

Faustus: That Damned Woman

Author: Chris Bush Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/01/2020

Award winning playwright Chris Bush reimagines the Faust myth to explore what we must sacrifice to achieve greatness, and the legacy that we leave behind. Faustus: That Damned Woman is a radical new work in which the iconic character of Faustus becomes a woman who makes the ultimate sacrifice in order to traverse centuries and change the course of history. It is premiered at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre in January 2020, in a co production with Headlong and Birmingham Repertory Theatre, prior to a UK tour. Extra Content: 'I wanted to create an epic, ambitious, gothic, baroque fever dream of a piece that took a well known classic and inverted it to say something truthful about the contemporary female experience.' Chris Bush on her play Faustus: That Damned Woman, in The Guardian, 11 December 2019.

The Gift

The Gift

Author: Janice Okoh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/01/2020

An outrageous play about imperialism, cross racial adoption, cultural appropriation... and tea. Brighton, 1862. A day in the life of Sarah, an African girl, adopted by Queen Victoria and raised in the Queen's circles. Today is the eve of her having to return to Africa, but will she go The Present. A day in the life of Sarah, a black middle class woman staying in a Cheshire village with her husband and small child. They are paid a visit by well meaning neighbours who have something to confess... The two Sarahs meet Queen Victoria for tea. This won't be your regular tea party... Janice Okoh's play The Gift is premiered on a UK tour by Eclipse Theatre, from January 2020.

Say Word! Voices from Hip Hop Theater

Say Word! Voices from Hip Hop Theater

Author: Daniel Banks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/01/2020

The Hip Hop phenomenon now encompasses a global, multiethnic, grassroots youth culture committed to social justice and self-expression through performance. Hip Hop Theater emerged after the Hip Hop music craze, mixing spoken-word performance with music and dance and displaying the activism and resistance that typify Hip Hop culture. >Say Word! Voices from Hip Hop Theater collects eight works by contemporary artists Abiola Abrams, Zakiyyah Alexander, Chadwick Boseman, Kristoffer Diaz, Rha Goddess, Antoy Grant, Joe Hernandez-Kolski, Rickerby Hinds, and Ben Snyder with commentary by theater director, scholar and activist Daniel Banks. The plays deal with compelling issues of our times, including police profiling and brutality, women's empowerment, the commercial exploitation of Hip Hop, and identity politics. An additional play available online, From Tel Aviv to Ramallah by Rachel Havrelock and Yuri Lane, a beatbox opus with stunning visuals, explores the role of Hip Hop in the lives and cultures of two young men from Israel and Palestine. The book also features a conversation among Hip Hop pioneers Eisa Davis, Danny Hoch, Sarah Jones, and Will Power with moderator Holly Bass that traces the roots of Hip Hop Theater and speculates about its future. The book's lively plays, informative historical introduction as well as biographical and critical commentary will appeal to general readers as well as students and scholars.

Me and My Alter Ego Love-N-Business

Me and My Alter Ego Love-N-Business

Author: K. DaWayne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/01/2020