Category: United States Drama Plays

  • Hitting Bottom by Richard Ilnicki

    By Richard Ilnicki

    occasionally existence starts off on the Bottom.

    "Hitting backside" is a time period that ordinarily refers to having reached "The aspect of no return." this is a position the place a person's lifestyles takes on new that means and turns into significant and whole of function, maybe for the 1st time. even supposing the time period is mostly linked to alcoholics, it could possibly consult with somebody who has come to 'the finish “Hitting backside” is a time period that regularly refers to having reached “The aspect of no return.” this is a position the place a person’s lifestyles takes on new which means and turns into significant and entire of objective, probably for the 1st time. even supposing the time period is generally linked to alcoholics, it could actually seek advice from a person who has come to ‘the finish in their rope’ with nowhere to show. the hot button is that ‘hitting backside’ might be position of recent beginnings or a spot the place destitution units in completely. In my booklet Hitting backside you may now not verify if someone has or will hit backside. learn, and also you be the judge.
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  • Intimate Apparel/Fabulation by Lynn Nottage

    By Lynn Nottage

    “Lynn Nottage’s paintings explores depths of humanness, the overlapping complexities of race, gender, tradition and history—and the startling simplicity of desire—with a transparent tenderness, with humor, with compassion.” —Paula Vogel, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright

    Intimate Apparel: “Thoughtful, affecting new play . . . with seamless elegance.”—Charles Isherwood, Variety

    Fabulation: “Robustly interesting comedy . . . with punchy social insights and the firecracker snap of unforeseen humor.”—Ben Brantley, The long island Times

    With her most up-to-date performs, “exceptionally proficient playwright” (New York Observer) Lynn Nottage has created better half items that span a hundred years within the lives of African American girls. Intimate Apparel is ready the empowerment of Esther, a proud and shy seamstress in 1905 long island who creates beautiful undies for either 5th street boudoirs and Tenderloin bordellos. In Fabulation Nottage re-imagines Esther as Undine, the PR-diva of this present day, who spirals down from her swanky ny workplace to her roots again in Brooklyn. via contrary trips, Esther and Undine in attaining an identical pleasing finish, one among self-discovery.

    Lynn Nottage’s performs comprise Crumbs from the desk of Joy; Mud, River, Stone; Por’ Knockers; Las Menias; Fabulation and Intimate Apparel, for which she was once presented the Francesca Primus Prize and the yank Theatre Critics/Steinberg New Play Award in 2004. Her performs were produced at theatres through the nation, with Intimate Apparel slated for sixteen productions in the course of the 2005–2006 season.

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  • Cowboy in the City by Lisa Carney EMTP,Elizabeth Dempsey EMTP,Julie Davis

    By Lisa Carney EMTP,Elizabeth Dempsey EMTP,Julie Davis EMTP,Kiffin Steurer

    Cowboy within the urban is a fast moving, motion novel that takes you on a wild ambulance experience with Paramedic Liz Casey in the course of the streets of BigCity. difficulties at the ambulance don’t start with death. they begin with surviving. So what retains somebody coming again shift after shift while the pressures mount? As Casey explains, “I acquired addicted to the atmosphere...and the opportunity to be at the information each night...” operating as an EMT for a small suburban ambulance carrier, Liz has came across her real calling. Saving humans from themselves isn’t effortless yet there’s no cause it can’t be enjoyable. although, issues switch quick whilst a wide company vast starts off gobbling up the entire small, neighborhood EMS companies and combines them into one supersized corporation. conflict strains are drawn speedy whilst the hot bosses claim conflict at the “cowboy mentality” the town medics are so well-known for. quickly former opponents are compelled to hitch jointly to maintain their lifestyle alive all whereas busting their tails to maintain you alive. a strong, full-throttle story, Cowboy within the urban actually places the pedal to the steel. So pull to the perfect or get on board as the experience of your lifestyles is set to begin!
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    By Jane Briggeman

    often, comedy skits played at the burlesque level have been passed down from one new release to the subsequent. Comics, immediately males, and conversing ladies who played in those scenes often realized them from others through observe of mouth. the fabric used to be usually replaced to most sensible healthy the neighborhood theatre, the viewers, or perhaps the location. 'Burlesque: a suite Of Comedy Blackouts' is helping us to recollect just a few of those forgotten routines.

    Whatever you need to name them; skits, scenes, workouts, bits, or blackouts — for those who like comedy from mythical burlesque, this is often the booklet for you!
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  • A.R. Gurney: A Casebook (Casebooks on Modern Dramatists) by ARVID F. SPONBERG


    this is often the 1st full-length examine dedicated to the artwork of A.R. Gurney, an important modern American playwright who has written over thirty performs, together with Love Letters. This quantity brings jointly unique interviews with Gurney and 4 actors and a director who've labored heavily with him, in addition to essays through best theater students at the variety of Gurney's work.
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  • Horizon Highway by J.D. Walthall

    By J.D. Walthall

    Richie, Todd, Angello, and Kevin do every little thing jointly; they suspect theyll be pals perpetually. One summer time, they arrive up with what seems an excellent ideatheyll construct a clubhouse, a hidden one! it might be the spotlight in their summer season holiday. regrettably whatever is going wrongseriously wrongand one of many boys loses his existence. the remainder of the lads are compelled to determine that may eventually fee them greater than simply their friendship; their souls are at stake. They hide up the twist of fate and its poor aftermath, attempting to circulation on with their lives. however the very factor that drives them aside brings them again jointly to stand one another as adults, to confront the poor mystery that they have got all been compelled to maintain. Theres no working away this time; they have to face the ramifications in their activities of some time past. earlier than they could flow on with their lives, they have to settle for accountability for his or her activities and locate the forgiveness that they need.
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  • David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross: Text and Performance by Leslie Kane

    By Leslie Kane

    The 12 unique and vintage essays provide a dialectic on functionality and constitution, and considerably boost our wisdom of this seminal playwright. The commentaries research feminism, pernicious nostalgia, ethnicity, the mythological land motif, the discourse of tension, gendered language, and Mamet's imaginative and prescient of the United States, supplying insights at the theatricality, originality, and universality of the paintings. even supposing the dominant concentration is on Glengarry Glen Ross, numerous essays examine the play opposed to the historical past of Mamet's Edmund, Reunion, and American Buffalo, while others locate attention-grabbing parallels in Emerson, Baudrillard, Conrad, Miller, and Churchill. The e-book additionally comprises an interview with Sam Mendes, the director of the hugely acclaimed 1994 revival of Glengarry Glen Ross in London, carried out in particular for this collectio. A chronology of significant productions and the most up-tp-date and accomplished bibliography of secondary references from 1983-1995 entire the volume.
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  • Drama, Theatre, and Identity in the American New Republic by Jeffrey H. Richards

    By Jeffrey H. Richards

    Drama, Theatre, and id within the American New Republic investigates the way theatre either displays and shapes the query of identification in post-revolutionary American tradition. during this 2005 publication Richards examines quite a few phenomena hooked up to the level, together with closet progressive political performs, British drama on American forums, American-authored level performs, and poetry and fiction by way of early Republican writers. American theatre is seen via Richards as a transatlantic hybrid during which British theatrical traditions in writing and performing supply fabric and templates in which american citizens see and show themselves and their dating to others. via extensive analyses of performs either in and out of the early American 'canon', this publication confronts issues of political, ethnic and cultural identification via relocating from play textual content to theatrical context and from historic occasion to viewers demography.
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  • Performing Asian America: Race and Ethnicity on the by Josephine Lee

    By Josephine Lee

    At a time whilst Asian American theater is having fun with a degree of development and good fortune, Josephine Lee tells us concerning the advanced social and political matters depicted via Asian American playwrights. through performances and dramatic texts, Lee argues that playwrights produce a unique belief of "Asian the USA" according to their detailed set of sensibilities. for example, a few Asian American playwrights critique the separation of problems with race and ethnicity from these of economics and sophistication, or they see ethnic id as a voluntary selection of way of life instead of an impetus for concerted political motion. Others care for the matter of cultural stereotypes and the way to reappropriate their energy. Lee is attuned to the complexities and contradictions of such performances, and her trenchant pondering the criticisms lobbed at Asian American playwrights -- for his or her offerings in shape, perpetuation of stereotype, or obvious sexism or homophobia -- leads her to question how the presentation of Asian American identification within the theater parallels difficulties and chances of id offstage as well.
    Discussed are better-known performs reminiscent of Frank Chin's The Chickencoop Chinaman, David Henry Hwang's M. Butterfly, and Velina Hasu Houston's Tea, and new works like Jeannie Barroga's partitions and Wakako Yamauchi's 12-1-a.
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