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The Oresteia is the only trilogy of tragedy plays to survive from
Ancient Greece. Agamemnon, Libation Bearers, and Eumenides have
established the enduring themes of Greek tragedy--the inexorable
nature of Fate, the relationship between justice, revenge, and
religion. In this family history, Fate and the gods decree that
each generation will repeat the crimes and endure the suffering of
their forebears. When Agamemnon is murdered by his wife,
Clytemnestra, their son Orestes must avenge his father's death.
Only Orestes' appeal to the goddess Athena saves him from his
mother's Furies, breaking the bloody chain; together gods and
humans inaugurate a way of just conduct that will ensure stable
families and a strong community.
The Oresteia is majestic as theater and as literature, and this new translation seeks to preserve both these qualities. The introduction and notes emphasize the relationship between the scenes, ideas, and language that distinguishes this unique work.
Part One of "Angels in America", subtitled "Millennium Approaches", erupted on to the stage of the National Theatre in January 1992. Part Two, "Perestroika", followed in November 1993. Since then "Angels in America" has become one of the most studied American plays, with over 30,000 copies of both parts sold in the UK alone. It has also been filmed for television by Mike Nichols, with Al Pacino, Meryl Streep - and Emma Thompson as the eponymous Angel. Now, 15 years after that first production, and with Tony Kushner's latest play, "Caroline, or Change", still running - and winning prizes - at the National, both parts of "Angels in America" are available in a single volume. Parts One and Two will also stay in print in separate volumes.
Hailed by The New York Times as "one of the most important playwrights of our day", Harold Pinter is the author of The Birthday Party, The Homecoming, and The Caretaker -- just a few of his plays that have become seminal works in our literary canon. In Various Voices, Pinter presents his own selections from over fifty years of prose, poetry, and political writings, offering insight into the man and his oeuvre. Now in paperback, this edition includes recently written new poems and prose.
His nonfiction selections span "A Note on Shakespeare" (1950) to a letter to the first director of The Birthday Party (1958); the short stories begin with "Kullus" (1949) and end with "Tess" (2000); and the poetry ranges from "School Life" (1948) to "They All Rang" (1999). The political writings illustrate the lucidity of Pinter's views on human-rights issues.
The definitive book of the 20th century is re-examined in this radical new staging by Headlong, the 'country's most exciting touring company' (Telegraph), who brought us Romeo & Juliet in 2012, directed by Robert Icke. April, 1984. 13:00. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary, and falls in love. But Big Brother is watching him - and the door to Room 101 can swing open in the blink of an eye. This major new production explores the world inside Winston Smith's head, as well as the world without, and catches the euphoria and bliss buried deep underneath the cold face of Big Brother. In an age of mass surveillance, 'total' policing and GPS tracking, Nineteen Eighty-Four is as relevant now as it ever has been. A new adaptation created by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan.
This unique book is a graphic novel and performance poem, a mixed-media musical cartoon, an animated feature film come to life. Lee Breuer's La Divina Caricatura is in the pataphysical tradition of Alfred Jarry--if Jarry had been a Dante fan. In this play we meet unforgettable characters: Rose the Dog, who thinks she is a woman; her lover John, a junkie filmmaker; Ponzi Porco, PhD, a pig in love with the New York Times; and the Warrior Ant, who, to impress his father, Trotsky the Termite, declares the "perpetual revolution" of the bugs of the fifth world. Each a soul on its own pilgrimage, seldom with a Virgil or a Beatrice to guide them, they often try to guide each other, only to get more lost. A dazzling, comic, potent mix of ideas and character, invention and reality, the plays in La Divina Caricatura reinvigorate the stage for our time.
Leaving the Ladies is based on an actual event which took place on 11 December 1917 in the bathroom beside the Round Room in the Mansion House, Dublin. This was no chance meeting of a group of ladies in the lavatory; instead it was an organised and minuted meeting of Women Delegates to the All Ireland Conference. This meeting was attended by some of the most important and influential women of the day; Constance de Markievicz, Dr Kathleen Lynn, Rosamond Jacob, Dulcibella Barton, Mary Perolz, Alice Ginnell and Margaret Kennedy - some of whom had fought in the Easter Rising the previous year
Oscar Wilde was already one of the best known literary figures in Britain when he was persuaded to turn his extraordinary talents to the theatre. Between 1891 and 1895 he produced a sequence of distinctive plays which spearheaded the dramatic renaissance of the 1890s and retain their power today. The social comedies, Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance, and An Ideal Husband, offer a moving as well as witty dissection of society and its morals, with a sharp focus on sexual politics. By contrast, the experimental, symbolist Salome, written originally in French, was banned for public performance by the English censor. His final dramatic triumph was his `trivial' comedy for serious people, The Importance of Being Earnest' arguably the greatest farcical comedy in English. Under the General Editorship of Dr Michael Cordner of the University of York, the texts of the plays have been newly edited and are presented with modernized spelling and punctuation. In addition, there is a scholarly introduction and detailed annotation. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
New York City - open for business 24/7. Private equity fund manager Rick has just thrown a lavish engagement party - the same week that his firm forced layoffs in a supermarket chain it owns, causing a PR nightmare. His business partner Seth jumps to the rescue with a publicity-friendly investment that will save an American company and promote job growth. But Jenny - the firm's third partner - has other ideas. She wants maximum returns, no matter what the critics say... Dry Powder is a razor-sharp comedy about the people who shape - and skew - the economy. It was first performed at the Public Theater, New York, before its UK premiere at Hampstead Theatre in 2018, starring Hayley Atwell, Aidan McArdle and Tom Riley.
'What would Harold have thought of Trump?' People are always asking me that question. (He died in 2008, eight years before Trump's election.) Now we know. As it were. - Antonia Fraser 'The foremost representative of British drama in the second half of the twentieth century.' From the Swedish Academy citation on awarding Harold Pinter the Nobel Prize for Literature, 2005 The Pres and an Officer was discovered by Antonia Fraser in autumn 2017 on one of the yellow pads Harold Pinter used for writing.
Shakespeare's popular comedy of love and mistaken identity is accompanied by a section on reading Shakespeare's language, information on Shakespeare's life and theater, explanatory notes, annotated reading lists, and an essay.
A quarrelsome, hot-tempered, and unattractive swordsman falls hopelessly in love with a beautiful woman and woos her for a handsome but slow-witted suitor. A witty and eloquent drama.
York Notes Advanced offer a fresh and accessible approach to English Literature. This market-leading series has been completely updated to meet the needs of today's A-level and undergraduate students. Written by established literature experts, York Notes Advanced intorduce students to more sophisticated analysis, a range of critical perspectives and wider contexts.
Each edition includes:
• Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play
• Scene-by-scene plot summaries
• A key to famous lines and phrases
• An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language
• An essay by an outstanding scholar providing a modern perspective on the play
• Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books
Filling the request for more sketches for Christmas, Martha Bolton's The Twelve Plays of Christmas proves to be as worthy as its predecessor, Tangled in the Tinsel . A collection of sketches and monologues based on the popular classic carol, each script can be performed individually or together as a full evening of entertainment. The reason for the season is brought to life through such themes and topics as reconciling with family, giving, holiday burnout, and more.
Americans Zack and Abby are bright, young and recently married. He's a doctor combating infant disease. She's an actress, also teaching yoga. It's just before Christmas and they're living the expat highlife in bohemian Belleville, Paris. It's all a little too perfect. Amy Herzog's Belleville is a play about a romantic dream gone sour. It examines the limits of trust and dependency in a world where love can turn pathological and our most intimate relationships may not be what they seem.
Die kreatiewe verbeelding in hoogste versnelling, dit is wat jy kry wanneer jy ’n topskrywer aan erge beperkings onderwerp. Skryf byvoorbeeld ses uiteenlopende eenbedrywe waarin daar in elk ’n man en ’n vrou is, ’n rot in ’n hokkie en dieselfde stel byklanke. Dit is wat P.G. du Plessis van homself gevra het. Die resultaat? Ses fasette van die bestaan, van die walglikste gruwel tot loutere sielsverrukking, wat aangrypend gedramatiseer word. Dit is ’n teatereksperiment, ja, maar een wat by uitstek die aandag vestig op die elementere boustene van die drama: kragtige dialoog, lewensegte karakterisering en die genietlikste intriges.
KING OEDIPUS/OEDIPUS AT COLONUS/ANTIGONE
‘O Light! May I never look on you again,
The legends surrounding the royal house of Thebes inspired Sophocles (496–406 BC) to create a powerful trilogy of mankind’s struggle against fate. King Oedipus tells of a man who brings pestilence to Thebes for crimes he does not realise he has committed, and then inflicts a brutal punishment upon himself. With profound insights into the human condition, it is a devastating portrayal of a ruler brought down by his own oath. Oedipus at Colonus provides a fitting conclusion to the life of the aged and blinded king, while Antigone depicts the fall of the next generation, through the conflict between a young woman ruled by her conscience and a king too confident in his own authority.
E. F. Watling’s masterful translation is accompanied by an introduction, which examines the central themes of the plays, the role of the Chorus, and the traditions and staging of Greek tragedy.
This book is a sequel to Laurie Allen's first book of scenes for teens. Our customers have been asking again and again for more of these real-life dilemmas for student actors to perform, They're popular because the actors can portray characters like those they see every day. Sample titles from this collection of 31 scenes include: Picture Day, Love Is All You Need, First Kiss, Thirty Days to a New Teen, Home Alone, Cookie Dough, Food Fight, Barbie Girl, Texas Size Zit, The Cat Walk, Save the Frogs, and Dreadful Dancing. All situations are believable and easy for timid and eager actors to perform. Ideal for classroom practice or contest use.
A darkly funny political thriller, which sets a deeply personal story against an epic historical landscape.In 1993, in front of the world's press, the leaders of Israel and Palestine shook hands on the lawn of the White House. Few watching would have guessed that the negotiations leading up to this iconic moment started secretly in a castle in the middle of a forest outside Oslo.Oslo tells the true story of two maverick Norwegian diplomats who coordinated top secret talks and inspired seemingly impossible friendships. Their quiet heroics led to the groundbreaking Oslo Peace Accords.Oslo comes to the National Theatre London in September 2017, following a sell-out run in New York. It then transfers to the Harold Pinter Thaatre from October.
"This excellent edition is most welcome. A select bibliography, a brief vocabulary, several footnotes to explain points of difficulty, fourteen long endnotes... and even the music of the songs, make the edition an extremely valuable and interesting volume, offering the reader the text of the play itself and important new insights into its structure, its significance and indeed its success." Professor Leo Hickey, 'Modern Languages' Bodas de sangre is arguably the best-known work by the most celebrated of all twentieth-century Spanish writers. A passionate story of family feud and tragic elopement is played out in the setting of a poor country village, building up to a dramatic ending full of the intensely poetic symbolism characteristic of Lorca. -- .
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