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Plays, playscripts

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Comfort Stew A Play

Comfort Stew A Play

Author: Angela Jackson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2019

What could be more painful than a missing child? And how might the community better support families-especially young, single mothers and their children? In Comfort Stew, acclaimed Chicago poet and playwright Angela Jackson addresses these questions in what she has called a meditation on motherhood and what it means to love. It is a call to community to renew its vows to the ancestors and to children so that no child is ever truly lost. Blackwoman Hillary Robinson Clay, a self-reliant schoolteacher, is the first to notice when four-year-old Enjoli is absent from her preschool class. Guided by the memory of her mother and with support from Jake, a tough man who is capable of tenderness, Hillary parents her teenage daughter, Sojourner, who is the same age as Enjoli's mother Patrice. Jake is a storyteller and a good cop who follows Hillary's intuition and goes looking for Enjoli. As their stories weave together, Jackson explores parenting, generational conflicts, and tradition in the context of contemporary African American family life. Maternal wisdom is embodied by succeeding generations of black women in the recipe for an African stew, a dish Hillary learns to honor while adding a spice that makes it her own.

Ovid and Adaptation in Early Modern English Theater

Ovid and Adaptation in Early Modern English Theater

Author: Lisa S. Starks Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2019

Did you know that Ovid was a multifaceted icon of lovesickness, endless change, libertinism, emotional torment, and violence in early modern England? This is the first collection to use adaptation studies in connection with other contemporary theoretical approaches in analyzing early modern transformations of Ovid. It provides innovative perspectives on the Ovids that haunted the early modern stage, while exploring intersections between adaptation theory and gender/queer/trans studies, ecofeminism, hauntology, transmediality, rhizomatics, and more. This book examines the multidimensional, ubiquitous role that Ovid and Ovidian adaptations played in English Renaissance drama and theatrical performance.

Four by Euripides Medea, Bakkhai, Hippolytos, and Cyclops

Four by Euripides Medea, Bakkhai, Hippolytos, and Cyclops

Author: Robert Bagg Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2019

Robert Bagg's translations are Prized for making ancient Greek dramas immediate and gripping. His earlier translations of the plays of Sophocles and Euripides have been performed over seventy times, across a wide array of stages. This edition includes accessible new translations of four plays by Euripides -- the tragedies Medea, Bakkhai, and Hippolytos, and the satyr play Cyclops -- all rendered in iambic pentameter, a meter well-suited for the stage. They sustain the strengths that Bagg is known for: taut and vivid Language and faithfulness to the Greek. Students new to the world of classical drama will find rich and informative introductions to each work, explanatory notes, and stage directions that evoke the plays' original fifth-century BCE Athenian Settings.

Four by Euripides Medea, Bakkhai, Hippolytos, and Cyclops

Four by Euripides Medea, Bakkhai, Hippolytos, and Cyclops

Author: Robert Bagg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2019

Robert Bagg's translations are Prized for making ancient Greek dramas immediate and gripping. His earlier translations of the plays of Sophocles and Euripides have been performed over seventy times, across a wide array of stages. This edition includes accessible new translations of four plays by Euripides -- the tragedies Medea, Bakkhai, and Hippolytos, and the satyr play Cyclops -- all rendered in iambic pentameter, a meter well-suited for the stage. They sustain the strengths that Bagg is known for: taut and vivid Language and faithfulness to the Greek. Students new to the world of classical drama will find rich and informative introductions to each work, explanatory notes, and stage directions that evoke the plays' original fifth-century BCE Athenian Settings.

End of Term

End of Term

Author: Maeve Binchy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2019

Maeve Binchy's first stage play centers on three teachers in an Irish convent school as their lives are exposed by a devious schoolgirl. Originally produced by the famous Abbey Theatre, this is the world debut of Binchy's classic text.

Half-Promised Land

Half-Promised Land

Author: Maeve Binchy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2019

Best known for her endearing novels, Maeve Binchy is also an award-winning playwright. Published for the first time, Half-Promised Land deals with two young Irish women who visit a kibbutz in 1960s Israel. Binchy explores their actions and emotions as they are confronted with issues of tolerance, belonging and forgiveness, abortion, mental illnesses, and racism. Fans of Binchy's resilient, sharp-witted female characters will cherish this long-forgotten drama.

New Russian Drama An Anthology

New Russian Drama An Anthology

Author: Richard Schechner Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/11/2019

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 Noel

The Last Noel

Author: Chris Bush Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/11/2019

The Big Match and other One Act Plays

The Big Match and other One Act Plays

Author: Gary Beck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/11/2019

The Hound Of The Baskervilles

The Hound Of The Baskervilles

Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/11/2019

The Arrival

The Arrival

Author: Bijan Sheibani Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/11/2019

'I've spent so much of my life wondering...passing people on the street...and now, yeah...this.' When Tom meets Samad it's like he's coming face to face with himself. They have the same gestures, the same instincts... even the same handwriting. It's as if a lifetime of questions can now be answered, as if all that that was missing is now found. But as they get closer, and their lives become more entangled, the insurmountable truth of their past threatens to bring everything crashing to the ground. Bijan Sheibani's debut play The Arrival is a taut family drama about missed connections and those ties that bind too tightly. About the pain of finding ' and losing ' something you never had. It is premiered at The Bush Theatre, London, in November 2019.

Betrayal

Betrayal

Author: Harold Pinter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/11/2019

Harold Pinter's Betrayal received its premiere at the National Theatre, London, in November 1978. After an initially guarded response from the critics, the work was rapidly reevaluated and won the Olivier Award for Best New Play the following year. Set in London and Venice the play has an innovative chronology that opens at the end of an affair and works its way backwards over nine years, from 1977 to 1968. It is widely considered one of the playwright's pivotal works.