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Plays, playscripts

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William Davenant's The Platonic Lovers

William Davenant's The Platonic Lovers

Author: Wendell W. Broom Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/12/2020

First published in 1987, this 23rd volume in the Renaissance Imagination series had the objective of establishing the text of William Davenant's The Platonick Lovers that most closely represents the author's final vision for his work. Wendell W. Broom Jr documents the history of the publication of The Platonick Lovers and the manner in which the present text was produced. Copies of all relevant editions have been collated and curated to bring together the definitive authorial version of the text.

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: 07/12/2020

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: 07/12/2020

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: 07/12/2020

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: 07/12/2020

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.

A Critical Edition of Ferdinando Parkhurst's Ignoramus, The Academical-Lawyer

A Critical Edition of Ferdinando Parkhurst's Ignoramus, The Academical-Lawyer

Author: Fernando Parkhurst Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/12/2020

Published in 1987: The author translated the Ignoramous which is a Latin play into English.

The Plays of Isaac Bickerstaff

The Plays of Isaac Bickerstaff

Author: Peter A. Tasch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/12/2020

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.

A Critical Edition of Thomas Middleton's The Witch

A Critical Edition of Thomas Middleton's The Witch

Author: Thomas Middleton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/12/2020

Published in 1993: The first modern scholarly edition of the author's play, not published until 1778. Sebastian reclaims his betrothed from Antonio; the Duchess avenges herself on the Duke for making her drink from her father; and Abberzanes and Francesca have an illicite affair. The witches are credible forces of evil.

The Old Law by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley

The Old Law by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley

Author: Catherine M. Shaw Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/12/2020

Originally published in 1982, this book contains the Thomas Middleton and Williiam Rowley's full play, The Old Law, alongisde textual and critical notes.

The Political Plays of Langston Hughes

The Political Plays of Langston Hughes

Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/12/2020

Bug

Bug

Author: Tracy Letts Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/12/2020

This dark comedy takes place in a seedy motel room outside Oklahoma City, where Agnes, a drug-addled cocktail waitress, is hiding from her ex-con ex-husband. Her lesbian biker friend R.C. introduces her to Peter, a handsome drifter who might be an AWOL Gulf War veteran. They soon begin a relationship that takes place almost entirely within the increasingly claustrophobic confines of her motel room. Peter begins to rant about the war in Iraq, UFOs, the Oklahoma City bombings, cult suicides, and then secret government experiments on soldiers, of which he believes he is a victim. His delusions infect Agnes and the tension mounts as mysterious strangers appear at their door, past events haunt them at every turn, and they are attacked by real bugs. Tracy Letts's tale of love, paranoia, and government conspiracy is a thought-provoking psycho-thriller that mixes terror and laughter at a fever pitch.

Our Lady of Benoni

Our Lady of Benoni

Author: Zakes Mda Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/12/2020

Through five colourful characters, three of them living out their very individual lives in an unnamed public park in Johannesburg, Zakes Mda explores the plight of women and children in a patriarchal and male-dominated twenty-first century world. Lord Stewart mourns his virginal companion (and regrets he didn't try a little harder to change her state). He turns to another virgin, the eponymous Lady of Benoni, to help him find his lost love. Professor mourns the loss of his wife, Thabisile, humiliated and driven out of her community because she was believed not to have been a virgin before her marriage. MaDlomo mourns the fate of her child, raped as a three-month-old by a man seeking a cure for his HIV-positive state. And running in the background is the court case of a spiritual leader accused of rape and defended by the indomitable MaDlomo because of his support for the reintroduction of virginity testing. Stylistically adventurous and unafraid to deviate from conventionally accepted norms, Mda is iconoclastic in his handling of the ways in which attitudes to power, superstition, ethics and sex are constructed. The discourse of patriarchy and its `regime of truths' that define female sexuality, its obligations and its custodianship, are the focus of the play. Zakes Mda's satire is a kaleidoscopic display of the extremes to which men (and by implication women) are prepared to go in terms of valuing what is `virginal'. Mda presents us with the consequences of transgression: that which is seen as polluted and judged to be dangerous to the good health and purity of a group, a society, a culture. Taboos, superstition, customs and moral ethics become the subjects of inquiry and are, at times, subjected to ribald satire. This play cuts into a virtuoso style of theatre that can in no way be confused with the objectives and methods of conventional realism. Mda establishes a unique style and tone that is innovative, entertaining and challenging. It fuses satirical elements derived from classical poetry with a modernist sensibility that synthesises Brechtian and Absurdist features of theatricality, using characters as types and montage. Above all, in this work there is a profound exploration of what it means to operate in the politically charged landscape that defines post-apartheid South Africa with its cultural pluralities and differentials in access to resources and agency. Stylistically adventurous and unafraid to deviate from conventionally accepted norms, Mda is iconoclastic in his handling of the ways in which attitudes to power, superstition, ethics and sex are constructed. The cultural discourse of patriarchy and the `regime of truths' regarding ideals and taboos defining female sexuality, its obligations, and its custodianship are the focus of this play. Written with ribald wit and trenchant satire, Our Lady of Benoni is suffused with laughter and pathos, leaving readers with much to ponder.