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This play about a young white boy and two African servants is at once a compelling drama of South African apartheid and a universal coming-of-age story. Originally produced in 1982, it is now an acknowledged classic of the stage, whose themes of injustice, racism, friendship, and reconciliation traverse borders and time.
Brecht was never inclined to see any of his plays as completely finished, and this volume collects some of the most important theatrical projects and fragments that were always to remain `works in progress'. Offering an invaluable insight into the writer's working methods and practices, the collection features the famous Fatzer as well as The Bread Store and Judith of Shimoda, along with other texts that have never before been available in English. Alongside the familiar, `completed' plays, Brecht worked on many ideas and plans which he never managed to work up even once for print or stage. In pieces like Fleischhacker, Garbe/Busching and Jacob Trotalong we see how such projects were abandoned or interrupted or became proving grounds for ideas and techniques. The works collated here span over thirty years and allow the reader to follow Brecht's creative process as he constantly revised his work to engage with new contexts. This treasure-trove of new discoveries is also annotated with dramaturgical notes to present readable and useable texts for the theatre. The volume is edited by Tom Kuhn and Charlotte Ryland, with the translation and dramaturgical edition of each play provided by a team of experienced writers, scholars and translators.
"Having produced a new Shakespearean canon in his previous collection of plays Codpieces, Perry Pontac turns his attention to other great names in European culture. The Three Seagulls is a Chekhovian comedy with representative characters drawn from each of Chekhov's major plays, as well as a selection of his plot-lines. The Lunchtime of the Gods is Wagner's Ring recycled into a thirty-minute play telling the entire story, plus several jokes not in the original. And in The Bards of Bromley, the first meeting of a writers' workshop is attended by a group of unusually promising authors: William Wordsworth, George Eliot, August Strindberg, A A Milne and Johan Wolfgang von Goethe."
Pedro Calderon de la Barca (Madrid, 1600-Madrid, 1681). Espana. Su padre era noble y escribano en el consejo de hacienda del rey. Se educo en el colegio imperial de los jesuitas y mas tarde entro en las universidades de Alcala y Salamanca, aunque no se sabe si llego a graduarse. Tuvo una juventud turbulenta. Incluso se le acusa de la muerte de algunos de sus enemigos. En 1621 se nego a ser sacerdote, y poco despues, en 1623, empezo a escribir y estrenar obras de teatro. Escribio mas de ciento veinte, otra docena larga en colaboracion y alrededor de setenta autos sacramentales. Sus primeros estrenos fueron en corrales. Entre 1635 y 1637, Calderon de la Barca fue nombrado caballero de la Orden de Santiago. Por entonces publico veinticuatro comedias en dos volumenes y La vida es sueno (1636), su obra mas celebre. En la decada siguiente vivio en Cataluna y, entre 1640 y 1642, combatio con las tropas castellanas. Sin embargo, su salud se quebranto y abandono la vida militar. Entre 1647 y 1649 la muerte de la reina y despues la del principe heredero provocaron el cierre de los teatros, por lo que Calderon tuvo que limitarse a escribir autos sacramentales. Calderon murio mientras trabajaba en una comedia dedicada a la reina Maria Luisa, mujer de Carlos II el Hechizado. Su hermano Jose, hombre pendenciero, fue uno de sus editores mas fieles.
You're six years old. Mum's in hospital. Dad says she's `done something stupid'. She finds it hard to be happy. So you start to make a list of everything that's brilliant about the world. Everything that's worth living for. 1. Ice Cream 2. Kung Fu Movies 3. Burning Things 4. Laughing so hard you shoot milk out your nose 5. Construction cranes 6. Me You leave it on her pillow. You know she's read it because she's corrected your spelling. Soon, the list will take on a life of its own. A new play about depression and the lengths we will go to for those we love.
Felix Lope de Vega y Carpio (Madrid, 1562-Madrid, 1635). Espana. Nacio en una familia modesta, estudio con los jesuitas y no termino la universidad en Alcala de Henares, parece que por asuntos amorosos. Tras su ruptura con Elena Osorio (Filis en sus poemas), su gran amor de juventud, Lope escribio libelos contra la familia de esta. Por ello fue procesado y desterrado en 1588, ano en que se caso con Isabel de Urbina (Belisa). Paso los dos primeros anos en Valencia, y luego en Alba de Tormes, al servicio del duque de Alba. En 1594, tras fallecer su esposa y su hija, fue perdonado y volvio a Madrid. Alli tuvo una relacion amorosa con una actriz, Micaela Lujan (Camila Lucinda) con la que tuvo mucha descendencia, hecho que no impidio su segundo matrimonio, con Juana Guardo, del que nacieron dos hijos. Entonces era uno de los autores mas populares y aclamados de la Corte. En 1605 entro al servicio del duque de Sessa como secretario, aunque tambien actuo como intermediario amoroso de este. La desgracia marco sus ultimos anos: Marta de Nevares una de sus ultimas amantes quedo ciega en 1625, perdio la razon y murio en 1632. Tambien murio su hijo Lope Felix. La soledad, el sufrimiento, la enfermedad, o los problemas economicos no le impidieron escribir.
Tirso de Molina (Madrid, 1583-Almazan, Soria, 1648). Espana. Se dice que era hijo bastardo del duque de Osuna, pero otros lo niegan. Se sabe poco de su vida hasta su ingreso como novicio en la Orden mercedaria, en 1600, y su profesion al ano siguiente en Guadalajara. Parece que habia escrito comedias y por entonces viajo por Galicia y Portugal. En 1614 sufrio su primer destierro de la corte por sus satiras contra la nobleza. Dos anos mas tarde fue enviado a la Hispaniola (actual Republica Dominicana) y regreso en 1618. Su vocacion artistica y su actitud contraria a los cenaculos culteranos no facilito sus relaciones con las autoridades. En 1625, el Concejo de Castilla lo amonesto por escribir comedias y le prohibio volver a hacerlo bajo amenaza de excomunion. Desde entonces solo escribio tres nuevas piezas y consagro el resto de su vida a las tareas de la orden.
The Thrie Estaitis was first performed in the mid-sixteenth century to an audience of royalty and commoners alike. With its high style and penetrating political satire, it pressed for reform in Church and State and even in kingship itself with a hilarious masque of vice and corruption in high places. Sir David Lindsay's great play is a milestone in world drama. After almost 400 years it was revived by Tyrone Guthrie in a famous production for the Edinburgh Festival of 1948. Ever since then this masterpiece has been recognized as a key text in the resurgance of political theatre in modern Scotland and it appears as irreverent today as it was in Lindsay's troubled times. This new editon has been fully edited and annotated by Professor Roderick Lyall.
Antonio Hurtado de Mendoza (Castro Urdiales, Cantabria, 1586-Zaragoza, 22 de septiembre de 1644). Espana. Gozo de notable fama de entremesista y de escritor de obras cortas para la Corte del rey Felipe III y para su descendiente Felipe IV. Para este ultimo en 1621 escribio la Relacion de las fiestas celebradas en Aranjuez. En 1623, gracias a su vocacion servilista y literaria consiguio ser nombrado secretario real y miembro de la Orden de Santiago y Calatrava. En 1632 ejercio de secretario del Consejo de la Inquisicion y secretario de la Camara de Justicia en 1641. Fue amigo de Luis de Gongora, Lope de Vega, Francisco de Quevedo, Juan Perez de Montalban y Gabriel Bocangel. Redacto diversos textos poeticos y dramaticos para la Corte. En su obra lirica, encuadrada en el Culteranismo, destaca la Convocatoria de las cortes de Castilla, escrita con motivo de la jura ante la Corte del principe Baltasar Carlos, o la Vida de Nuestra Senora. Sus poemas fueron en su mayor parte recogidos en Obras liricas y comicas, divinas y humanas (1690). Fue un poeta dramatico de gran exito, a pesar de que escribio poco y no cuido bien la edicion de sus obras. Entre sus obras teatrales estan El marido hace mujer y el trato muda costumbre (1631-32) (utilizado por Moliere como inspiracion para su Ecole des marts), Cada loco con su tema o el montanes indiano (1630), No hay amor donde no hay agravio, Los empenos del mentir o Mas merece quien mas ama (esta ultima escrita junto a Diego Juan de Vera Tassis).
Aristophanes is the only surviving representative of Greek Old Comedy, an exuberant form of festival drama which flourished in Athens during the fifth century BC. One of the most original playwrights in the entire Western tradition, his comedies are remarkable for their brilliant combination of fantasy and satire, their constantly inventive manipulation of language, and their use of absurd characters and plots to expose his society's institutions and values to the bracing challenge of laughter. This vibrant collection of verse translations of Aristophanes' works combines historical accuracy with a sensitive attempt to capture the rich dramatic and literary qualities of Aristophanic comedy. The volume presents Clouds, with its famous caricature of the philosopher Socrates; Women at the Thesmophoria (or Thesmophoriazusae), a work which mixes elaborate parody of tragedy with a great deal of transvestite burlesque; and Frogs, in which the dead tragedians Aeschylus and Euripides engage in a vituperative contest of 'literary criticism' of each other's plays. Featuring expansive introductions to each play and detailed explanatory notes, the volume also includes an illuminating appendix, which provides information and selected fragments from the lost plays of Aristophanes.
On the eve of one of the most important games of his career, Welsh rugby legend Gareth Thomas received a warning: The Sun newspaper was going to 'out' him as gay. This is the story of two Welsh names bruised, but not beaten, by media speculation: Gareth 'Alfie' Thomas,100 caps for Wales, now one of the world's most prominent gay sportsmen; and his hometown, Bridgend, itself a victim of tabloid intrusion following the deaths of several young residents. Working with Alfie himself, and young people in Bridgend, Robin Soans joins forces with some of the UK's most exciting theatre companies to tell a great story about sport, politics, secrets, life and learning to be yourself.
Alan Ayckbourn introduces this second collection of work containing some of his wonderfully inventive children's plays, which are a treat to read and a joy to perform.
"A neglected early comedy from one of Britain's greatest dramatists, J. B. Priestley. Ferndale, Laburnum Grove. A quiet, residential address in one of the newer North London suburbs. George Radfern, decent, respectable citizen and householder spends his Sunday evenings in his greenhouse, listening to Handel on the wireless. But when his grasping in-laws and daughter's obnoxious beau try to coax more money from him, George makes an unlikely confession. An exploration of greed and dishonesty in suburban England, Priestley observes the facade of middle-class respectability, and its crooked undercurrent with verve and humanity in this immorally comic story of money, family, and criminality."
What happens when the writer loses the plot? Emma Watson is nineteen and new in town. She's been cut off by her rich aunt and dumped back in the family home. Emma and her sisters must marry, fast. If not, they face poverty, spinsterhood, or worse: an eternity with their boorish brother and his awful wife. Luckily there are plenty of potential suitors to dance with, from flirtatious Tom Musgrave to castle-owning Lord Osborne, who's as awkward as he is rich. So far so familiar. But there's a problem: Jane Austen didn't finish the story. Who will write Emma's happy ending now? Based on her incomplete novel, this sparklingly witty play looks under the bonnet of Jane Austen and asks: what can characters do when their author abandons them?
Available for the first time as an independent work, David
Grene's legendary translation of "Oedipus the King" renders
Sophocles' Greek into cogent, vivid, and poetic English for a new
generation to savor. Over the years, Grene and Lattimore's
"Complete Greek Tragedies" have been the preferred choice of
millions of readers--for personal libraries, individual study, and
classroom use. This new, stand-alone edition of Sophocles' searing
tale of jealousy, rage, and revenge will continue the tradition of
the University of Chicago Press's classic series.
"This is it. No qualifications. Go out and buy it
everybody."--Kenneth Rexroth, "Nation
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.
When Schiller completed "Wilhelm Tell "as a "New Year's Gift for
1805" he foretold that it would cause a stir. He was right. In the
midst of Great Power politics a play which drew substance from one
of the fourteenth-century liberation movements proved both
attractive and inflammatory. Since then the work as become
immensely popular. This new English translation by William F.
Mainland brings out the essential tragi-comic nature of "Wilhelm
Tell "but also emphasizes its impressive formal unity.
Antigone, defying her uncle Creon's decree that her brother should remain unburied, challenges the morality of man's law overruling the laws of the gods. The clash between her and Creon with its tragic consequences have inspired continual reinterpretation. This translation by Don Taylor, accurate yet poetic, was made for a BBC TV production of the Theban Plays in 1986, which he directed.
Follow mischievous Peter Rabbit and his cousin Benjamin Bunny into Mr MacGregor's garden, disappear with Lucie into Mrs Tiggy-Winkle's house in the hill, and squeeze under the hedge to visit the grassy bank where Mrs Tittlemouse lives.Peter Rabbit & His Friends has been specially adapted by Adrian Mitchell, one of Britain's foremost poets and dramatists. This version was produced by the Unicorn Theatre in 2003 and toured the UK.
In Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a Southern family meet to celebrate 'Big Daddy' Pollit's birthday: Gooper with his wife and children, his brother Brick - an ageing, broken football star - and his wife Maggie. But as the party unfolds the facade of a happy family gathering is fractured by sexual frustration, repressed love, and greed in the light of their father's impending death. This Student Edition provides an extensive introduction and notes by Philip C. Kolin, a world authority on Williams. The introduction includes: a chronology of Williams' life and times; a summary of the plot, commentary on the characters, themes, language and context, and a production history of the play. Together with questions for further study and notes on words and phrases from the text, this is the essential edition of the play for students of literature and drama. Since it was made into a Hollywood film starring Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is arguably Tennessee Williams' most celebrated play.
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