Category: United States Drama Plays

  • Damnatio Memoriae: a play / una commedia by Jeff Biggers,Carla Paciotto

    By Jeff Biggers,Carla Paciotto

    Damnatio Memoriae explores the position of the theatre amid the conflicts of immigration, human rights, citizenship, kin, and legacy. From the conflict of 2 theatre troupes on stage—one Italian, and the opposite composed of international actors—a new play emerges, revealing the background of historical Rome, its forgotten emperors, entangled cultural background, and today’s unfolding tales at the Mediterranean Sea.
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  • The Oxford Handbook of American Drama (Oxford Handbooks) by Jeffrey H. Richards,Heather S. Nathans

    By Jeffrey H. Richards,Heather S. Nathans

    while one thinks of yankee Drama, names like Eugene O'Neill, Arthur Miller, and Tennessee Williams with no trouble spring to mind. notwithstanding, because the Oxford instruction manual of yankee Drama exhibits, the U.S. has a deep and sundry culture that extends again to the years ahead of the innovative struggle. The essays amassed the following hint U.S dramatic background, starting from performs through Mercy Otis Warren to Tony Kushner.

    The quantity opens with an exploration of the pains and tribulations of walking gamers within the colonial period, sooner than moving to a dialogue of the methods performs have been deployed for political ends through the Revolution, such a lot particularly via the patriot Mercy Otis Warren. The narrative extends to the post-Revolutionary interval whilst performs have been used as automobiles to advertise republican advantage. members additionally discover the colourful drama to emerge in the course of the 19th century, while blackface performers and stars corresponding to Edwin Forrest, Charlotte Cushman, and Edwin sales space ruled the degree. The interval additionally witnessed the coming of the 1st piece of musical theater, The Black Crook, that is productively positioned in a musical culture that extends to Rodgers and Hammerstein. The Handbook deals a posh remedy of melodrama - the most well-liked style of the century. the amount lines the increase of the country's first black performing corporation within the 1820s, in addition to the starting to be variety of ethnic characters offered at the degree. a number of of the members additionally spotlight the function of ladies playwrights comparable to Anna Cora Mowatt within the improvement of yankee drama.

    At the flip of the 20 th century, the Provincetown gamers helped to herald the period of recent drama, which allowed playwrights reminiscent of Eugene O'Neill, Susan Glaspell, and Edna St. Vincent Millay to test with the shape and try out subject matters considered as taboo on the time. As melodrama gave technique to realism, exemplified within the paintings of O'Neill and Rachel Crothers, different dramatic concepts resembling naturalism and expressionism have been brought to the level. different themes lined within the guide contain: the political performs of Arthur Miller; the main freedoms delivered to the yankee level because the Nineteen Sixties; the recent iteration of playwrights, equivalent to Tony Kushner and Harvey Fierstein, who created performs dealing explicitly with subject matters like AIDS and homosexuality; and the wealthy family tree of the African American relatives play in works via Lorraine Hansberry, August Wilson, and Suzan-Lori Parks. the quantity concludes with the daring functionality paintings of the residing Theatre and the recent multiculturalism that arrived at the modern degree, with numerous ethnic groups --Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Asians, and local Americans-becoming the point of interest of the motion. The Oxford instruction manual of yankee Drama provides a finished creation to the shape in all its guises.
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  • Spectacle Culture and American Identity 1815–1940 by S. Tenneriello

    By S. Tenneriello

    Scenic spectacles cave in the borders of photograph and visible arts, multimedia know-how, spectatorship and structure. Drawing upon quite a few platforms of business, institutional and public spectacle that intersect with scenic phases of the nationwide panorama, Tenneriello examines how spectacle is entrenched within the formation of nationwide identity.
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  • American Political Plays after 9/11 (Theater in the by Allan Havis,Kia Corthron,Anne Nelson,Chay Yew,Yussef El

    By Allan Havis,Kia Corthron,Anne Nelson,Chay Yew,Yussef El Guindi,Naomi Iizuka



    American Political performs after 9/11 is a various number of daring, pressing, and provocative performs that reply to the hugely charged, publish Sept. 11 political panorama. Sparked by means of the terrorist assaults of September eleven, 2001, and consequently fueled through a chain of arguable events—the Iraq warfare, the passing and enforcement of the U.S.A. Patriot Act, and the revelation of torture and different scandals on the Abu Ghraib prison—American political theater is at present experiencing a surge in task. The performs during this assortment comprise The Guys by way of Anne Nelson, At the Vanishing Point by means of Naomi Iizuka, The Venus de Milo Is Armed by means of Kia Corthron, Back of the Throat through Yusseff El Guindi, Three Nights in Prague through Allan Havis, and Question 27, query 28 by means of Chay Yew.


                  The characters diversity from a brand new York urban hearth captain attempting to respectfully memorialize 8 of his misplaced comrades, to the electorate of a hog-killing Louisville local who poignantly exemplify the bottom of the commercial main issue, to an Arab American citizen being harshly (and very likely unfairly) interrogated by means of officials as a “person of interest.” although now not all the performs deal explicitly with the Al Qaeda assaults, they jointly exhibit topics of sorrow and nervousness, ethical indignation, alarmist self-preservation, and fiscal and social lack of confidence stemming from the USA’ rather surprising shift from chilly warfare superpower to weak target.


                  The full of life advent through Allan Havis encompasses a short heritage of political theater within the usa, an intensive dialogue approximately how theater groups replied to 9-11, and an informative research of the six performs within the book.  a set of dramatic fabric framed by way of this important old occasion, AmericanPolitical performs after 9/11 should be vital for theater and cultural stories students and students.



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  • The Oberon Book of Modern Monologues for Men: Teens to by Dee Cannon,Tom Hiddleston

    By Dee Cannon,Tom Hiddleston

    Monologues are a necessary a part of each actor’s toolkit. Actors want them for drama college access, education, showcases and while auditioning for roles within the industry.


    This booklet showcases chosen monologues from a few of the best glossy performs through a few of today’s best modern playwrights.


    The monologues include a various diversity of quirky and remarkable characters that go cultural and historic barriers. The items are organised in age-specific teams: ‘Teens’, ‘Twenties’ and ‘Thirties’.


    This quantity is available in a new structure, with a notes web page subsequent to every speech, appearing as an actor’s workbook in addition to a monologue resource.

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  • Sherman Plays: 1: Cracks; Bent; Messiah; Rose: "Cracks", by Martin Sherman

    By Martin Sherman

    the 1st assortment by means of a seminal modern homosexual playwright



    BENT (1979): "A heroic delusion ... It has the laughter which Yeats asserted lay on the center of tragedy." (Listener) "It is ... a play of value, energy and pathos which should still challenge us all." (Guardian) The play follows the persecution of homosexuals in Nazi Germany. It obtained a Tony nomination for most sensible Play and received The Dramatists' Guild Hull-Warriner Award.

    CRACKS (1973): a comedy set within the homosexual scene in California of the 70s the place an murderer is at the loose.

    MESSIAH (1982) is a relocating drama in regards to the lifetime of a small Jewish group within the seventeenth century..

    ROSE (1999): Rose is a survivor of the Warsaw ghettos. She arrives at the boardwalks of Atlantic urban, the Arizona canyons and salsa-flavoured nights in Miami seashore. The play is sharply drawn reminder of a few of the occasions that formed the century.


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  • Belleville by Amy Herzog

    By Amy Herzog

    "A quietly devastating play... either a perceptive drama depicting the surprising fraying of a tender marriage and a nail-biting mental thriller... Belleville is likely one of the such a lot suspenseful performs i have visible in years." - Charles Isherwood, New York Times

    "Masterly... one of the new crop of younger American playwrights, Herzog is in a category via herself." - Richard Zoglin, Time

    Abby and Zack, younger American newlyweds, have deserted a snug postgraduate existence within the states for Belleville, a bustling, bohemian, multicultural Parisian local. yet as secrets and techniques either minor and huge are printed, their fraught courting starts to resolve. Belleville examines the boundaries of belief and dependency in an international the place love can flip pathological and our so much intimate relationships is probably not what they seem.

    AMY HERZOG’s performs contain 4,000 Miles (Pulitzer Prize finalist), After the Revolution and The nice God Pan. Ms. Herzog is the recipient of various awards, together with the Whiting Writers’ Award, an Obie Award and the Helen Merrill Award for Aspiring Playwrights.
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  • Latin American Plays: New Drama from Argentina, Cuba, Mexico by Sebastian Doggart

    By Sebastian Doggart

    An crucial creation to the attention-grabbing yet mostly unexplored theatre of Latin the United States, that includes new translations of 5 modern performs written through many of the region's most fun writers.

    Each play is followed via an illuminating interview with its writer performed by means of the theatre director, Sebastian Doggart, who has additionally chosen and translated the performs and supplied an introductory historical past of Latin American drama.

    Rappaccini's Daughter via Octavio Paz
    A play via the Mexican Nobel laureate.

    Night of the Assassins by way of José Triana
    A arguable Cuban play during which 3 siblings plot the homicide in their parents.

    Saying Yes by means of Griselda Gambaro
    A ugly comedy from Argentina approximately man's inhumanity to man.

    Orchids within the Moonlight by means of Carlos Fuentes
    A dream play approximately Mexican ladies exiled in Hollywood's maze of mirrors.

    Mistress of Desires via Mario Vargas Llosa
    Peru's such a lot acclaimed author interweaves truth and delusion in an erotically charged tale.

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