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An epic chronicle of the refugee experience, Beautiful Words weaves together three very different stories of survival, told through the eyes of three children in different times and places. The outcome is heart-rending, humorous, and surprising by turns. From the horrors of Auschwitz Concentration Camp in the final days of World War II, to Taliban-ruled Kabul, to present day Australia, this enthralling play presents a rich tapestry of human experience, overlapping lives, and the bonds that unite generations.
A reduced, simplified dialogue version of the Original Text for a fast-paced read. Two young gentlemen living in 1890's England use imaginary friends to inject some excitement into their seemingly dull lives. Jack Worthing invents a brother, "Ernest", whom he pretends to be in order to visit his beloved Gwendolen in the city. Meanwhile, friend Algy Moncrieff uses the name "Ernest" while visiting Jack's beautiful young ward, Cecily in the country. Much confusion ensues as the two women find out they have been deceived by their "Ernests". Some would call this a society comedy; others, a Victorian farce. Regardless of the term used, this full colour graphic novel captures the era effortlessly. With an intricate attention to detail, wonderful characterisation and dramatically expressive and humorous artwork, this really is a graphic novel to cherish.
LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN/SALOMÉ/A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE/AN IDEAL HUSBAND/A FLORENTINE TRAGEDY/THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
‘To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness’
The Importance of Being Earnest is a glorious comedy of mistaken identity, which ridicules codes of propriety and etiquette. Manners and morality are also victims of Wilde’s sharp wit in Lady Windermere’s Fan, A Woman of No Importance and An Ideal Husband, in which snobbery and hypocrisy are laid bare. In Salomé and A Florentine Tragedy, Wilde makes powerful use of historical settings to explore the complex relationship between sex and power. The range of these plays displays Wilde’s delight in artifice, masks and disguises, and reveal the pretensions of the social world in which he himself played such a dazzlingly and precarious part.
Richard Allen Cave’s introduction and notes discuss the themes of the plays and Wilde’s innovative methods of staging. This edition includes the excised ‘Gribsby’ scene from The Importance of Being Earnest.
The four late plays of Euripides collected here, in beautifully crafted translations by Cecelia Eaton Luschnig and Paul Woodruff, offer a faithful and dynamic representation of the playwright's mature vision.
"Perfection is not the basis of what I'm talking about," says a member of the Cassandra family, which forms the center of Denis Johnson's plays, Hellhound on My Trail and Shoppers Carried by Escalators Into the Flames. The character could be speaking for his creator, because human imperfection is one of Denis Johnson's specialties -- in his critically acclaimed novels, short stories, and nonfiction, and, now, in two brilliant new plays.
These two works present a dramatized field guide to some of the more dysfunctional and dysphoric inhabitants of the American West: a sexual-misconduct investigator who misconducts herself sexually; a renegade Jehovah's Witness who supports his splinter Jehovean group by dealing drugs; the Cassandra Brothers and their father and their grandmother, thrown together at a family reunion/wedding/melee at their shabby homestead in Ukiah, California.
When Shoppers Carried by Escalators Into the Flames was performed in San Francisco in 2001, the Chronicle said, There's an enormous appeal in Johnson's bleak-comic vision of a semi-mythic American West. That appeal derives from the author's perfect vision of imperfection, embodied with such energy and courage in these marvelous pieces of theatre.
The selected plays show the extraordinary variety of Irish drama today as well as the brilliance of Irish playwrights, both seasoned veterans and those beginning to build reputations on the stages of the world's premier national theatre, The Abbey. The first play by award-winning playwright Michael Harding, ""Sour Grapes"", explores the taboos of seminary life including paedophilia and homosexuality. Thomas Kilroy's ""The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde"" tells the historical drama of the marriage of Constance to Oscar Wilde and recounts the tragedy that was her marriage and life. Interlocking lives of a varied group of eight morally adrift young Dublin women and men, Alex Johnston's dramatic comedy ""Melonfarmer"" illuminates the difficulty of human communication in a fast-paced urban society. ""By the Bog of Cats"" by Marina Carr completes the volume in an intense, poetic tragedy of brutal Irish rural-Midlands life in which money and land outweigh all other values.
Saturday Night at the Palace won the Amstel Award for Best Play in 1981, and the AA Mutual Life Vita Award for Best Production in 1984.
'Rave., rave, rave! It's a long time since I've seen a local play as powerful, and effective …'
Brilliant play, with irresistible theme of the emerging butterfly, is one of the most acclaimed comedies in English.
Craig Higginson's first three plays for adult audiences - collected here in one volume - represent one of the strongest debuts in contemporary South African theatre. Although each can be seen as a variation on the theme of the post-apartheid state of the nation play, they are also engaged with realities in Zimbabwe, the Congo and contemporary Europe. Higginson's experience of growing up in wartorn Zimbabwe and apartheid South Africa have given him a deeprooted and potent angle from which to dramatize a dialogue between Europe and Africa. As British director Jeremy Herrin has noted in his Foreword: `The pairing of delicate psychology and considered plot allow the plays to move beyond the realism of their settings into a bespoke theatrical landscape, a place where the contradictions and messiness of contemporary life hold themselves up for inspection.'
Although he is best known in the United States as a novelist, Austrian writer Thomas Bernhard has been hailed in Europe as one of the most significant and controversial of contemporary playwrights. George Steiner has predicted that the current era in German-language literature will be recognized as the "Bernhard period"; John Updike compares Bernhard with Kafka, Grass, Handke, and Weiss. His dark, absurdist plays can be likened to those of Beckett and Pinter, but their cultural and political concerns are distinctly Bernhard's. While Austria's recent political history lends particular credibility to Bernhard's satire, his criticisms are directed at the modern world generally; his plays grapple with questions of totalitarianism and the subjection of the individual and with notions of reality and appearance.
Watch the Bible come to life... with these delightfully funny sketches and monologues taken from familiar biblical narratives. Written with great humor and charm, these 16 scripts are always in good taste and contain pointed truths recognizable to everyone. Each piece will be appropriate for audiences inside the church and out. Martha Bolton's commitment is evident in each sketch's message.
When Ronan's former girlfriend Max turns up at his fashionable Dublin restaurant, he's determined to prove to her how far he's come. But Max has something bigger to discuss. Over the course of one winesoaked evening, old wounds are exposed and new truths uncovered. Gillian Greer's play Meat is a story of class, consent and transgressions buried in the past. How can one couple navigate their shared history when their memories don't quite match up The play was a finalist in Theatre503's International Playwriting Award in 2018. It premiered at Theatre503, London, in February 2020. 'Nail bitingly tense... subtle, acutely observed script... a thought provoking and gripping depiction of a reckoning with trauma' - Time Out 'Gillian Greer's striking play navigates the subject of sexual consent with unflinching honesty' - The Stage 'This smart drama has plenty of meat on its bones... played on the edge of a butcher's cleaver' - The Reviews Hub 'Complex, personal and bleeds like an open wound' - A Younger Theatre
Oxford Student Texts offer an accessible route into the study of texts for A Level including line-by-line notes, and detailed sections covering key themes, issues and contexts. This edition focuses on The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde.
A collection of Euripides' most important plays in one volume. Translations are taken in full text from other single volumes in the Focus Classical Library, by authors Michael Halleran, Anthony Podlecki, and Stephen Esposito, with notes and a new introduction. As with all Focus Classical Library titles, this anthology has been designed with the student of Ancient Drama in mind, including modern translations close to the original, informed by the latest scholarship, and with an extensive introduction, interpretive essay, and footnotes -- all to the purpose of allowing the student to understand Greek drama, Greek mythology, and the context of Greek culture. This book is useful for courses in ancient drama, classical civilization, Greek tragedy, Classical mythology, etc.
From those electric moments of discovery and connection to the dark hours of isolation, we all seek community and resolution. But sometimes what connects us is what we need to escape from. Sally Abbott's I Think We Are Alone is a delicate and uplifting play about our fragility, resilience and our need for love and forgiveness. It is premiered by Frantic Assembly from February 2020, in a production co directed by Kathy Burke and Scott Graham.
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.
Playwright Michel-Marc Bouchard and translator Linda Gaboriau are a winning team. Their previous collaboration, Tom at the Farm, won the 2014 Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Drama.Divine was commissioned by the Shaw Festival and will be produced July 5 to October 11 as part of their 2015 season.
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