Join thousands of book lovers
You can, at any time, unsubscribe from our newsletters.
Winner of the 2018 Tony Award for Best Musical After a mix-up at the border, Egypt's Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra, bound for the cosmopolitan Israeli city Petah Tikvah, is stranded in a small desert town. With no transportation until the next day, the band is taken in by the locals. By morning, the lives of visitors and hosts are forever altered. Itamar Moses and David Yazbek's stunning musical adaptation of the 2007 acclaimed film finds transcendence in the surprising and tender relationships that are forged between strangers under the desert sky.
A masterpiece . . .Trouble in Mindstill contains astonishing power; it could have been written yesterday. VultureAhead of its time,Trouble in Mind, written in 1955, follows the rehearsal process of an anti-lynching play preparing for its Broadway debut. When Wiletta, a Black actress and veteran of the stage, challenges the plays stereotypical portrayal of the Black characters, unsettling biases come to the forefront and reveal the ways so-called progressive art can be used to uphold racist attitudes. Scheduled to open on Broadway in 1957, Childress objected to the requested changes in the script that would sanitize the play for mainstream audiences, and the production was canceled as a result. Childresss final script is published here with an essay by playwrightBranden Jacobs-Jenkins, editor of TCG Illuminations.
Eurydice is a luminous retelling of the Orpheus myth from his beloved wifes point of view. Watching it, we enter a singular, surreal world, as lush and limpid as a dreaman anxiety dream of love and losswhere both author and audience swim in the magical, sometimes menacing, and always thrilling flow of the unconscious Ruhls theatrical voice is reticent and daring, accurate and outlandish. John Lahr, New YorkerA reimagining of the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice journeys to the underworld, where she reunites with her beloved father and struggles to recover lost memories of her husband and the world she left behind.
Fabulous andbedraggled: a defiant and beautiful mess Welcome to the world of Gary: ASequel to Titus Andronicus, where carnage and camp coexist. Jesse Green, NewYork TimesIn Gary: ASequel to Titus Andronicus, Taylor Macs singular worldview intersects withWilliam Shakespeares first tragedy, Titus Andronicus. Set during thefall of the Roman Empire, Macs extraordinary play picks up where Shakespearesblood-soaked tale left off: the coup has ended, the country has been stolen bymadmen, and there are casualties everywhere. Two lowly servants, Gary andJanice, are charged with cleaning up the bodies. Its the year 400but it feelslike the end of the world.
Successful acting must reflect a society's current beliefs. The men and women who developed each new technique were convinced that previous methods were not equal to the full challenges of their time and place, and the techniques in this book have been adapted to current needs in order to continue to be successful methods for training actors. The actor's journey is an individual one, and the actor seeks a form, or a variety of forms, of training that will assist in unlocking his own creative gifts of expression.from the introductionThe first comprehensive survey and study of the major techniques developed by and for the American actor over the past 60 years. Each of the 10 disciplines included is described in detail by one of today's foremost practitioners.Presented in this volume are:*; Lee Strasberg's Method by Anna Strasberg, Lee's former student, widow, and current director of The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute *; Stella Adler Technique by Tom Oppenheim, Stella's grandson and artistic director of the Stella Adler Institute in New York *; Sanford Meisner Technique by Victoria Hart, director of the Meisner Extension at New York University *; Michael Chekhov Technique and The Mask by Per Brahe, a Danish teacher inspired by Balinese dance and introduced to the Chekhov technique in Russia *; Uta Hagen Technique by Carol Rosenfeld, who taught under Hagen's tutelage at the Herbert Berghof (HB) Studio *; Physical Acting Inspired by Grotowski by Stephen Wangh, who studied with Jerzy Grotowski himself *; The Viewpoints by Mary Overlie, the creator of Viewpoints theory *; Practical Aesthetics by Robert Bella of the David Mamet-inspired Atlantic Theatre Company school *; Interdisciplinary Training by Fritz Ertl, who teaches at the Playwrights Horizons Theatre School *; Neoclassical Training by Louis Scheeder, director of the Classical Studio of New York UniversityArthur Bartow is the artistic director of the Department of Drama at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. A former associate director of Theatre Communications Group, he is the author of the landmark book The Director's Voice.
An extended conversation with one of the giants of twentieth-century theater.
"e;Naomi Wallace commits the unpardonable sin of being partisan, and, the darkness and harshness of her work notwithstanding, outrageously optimistic. She seems to believe that the world can change. She certainly writes as if she intends to set it on fire."e;Tony Kushner"e;Wallace is that unfashionable thing - a deeply political US playwright who unashamedly writes about ideas rather than feelings."e;The GuardianLauded for her topical, searing explorations of the intricate and pressing issues that affect humanity, Naomi Wallace's new work Night is a Room centers around the timeless subject of love and relationships, specifically in their tenuousness. This story of a seemingly ideal married couple is torn apart when the husband's previously unknown birth mother makes a surprise visit for his fortieth birthday. In Night is a Room, Wallace examines the heart of human connections, and the intimate challenges love can create, romantic or otherwise. Naomi Wallace's playswhich have been produced in the United Kingdom, Europe, the United States, and the Middle Eastinclude In the Heart of America, Slaughter City, One Flea Spare, The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, Things of Dry Hours, The Fever Chart: Three Short Visions of the Middle East, And I and Silence, The Hard Weather Boating Party, and The Liquid Plain. She has been awarded the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize twice, theJoseph Kesselring Prize, the Fellowship of Southern Writers Drama Award, an Obie Award, and the 2012 Horton Foote Award for most promising new American play.
Finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama Now a major motion picture starring Jon Hamm, Geena Davis, Lois Smith, and Tim Robbins. ';An elegant, thoughtful and quietly unsettling drama. Marjorie Primeoperates by stealth at some point, you realize that it's been landing skillfully targeted punch after punch, right where it hurts It keeps developing in your head, like a photographic negative, long after you have seen it.'Ben Brantley, New York Times ';BrilliantA startling and profound new drama.' Jesse Green, New York ';Memory is an essential element of lifecrucial to thought, feeling, progress, identity. But it also comes into play with particular power and meaning after someone who has been loved dies. And it is this tension between life and deathwith memory functioning as connective tissuethat animates Jordan Harrison's subtly shattering, Marjorie Prime.' Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times ';Jordan Harrison's play has all the hallmarks of the best science fiction; it's clever in conceit, alive with humor, surprising in its turns, and terribly haunting by the time the lights go out.'Rollo Romig, New Yorker With help from an intriguingly innovative technology in a future not far from our present, Marjorie examines her past, sometimes replacing her realities with idealized memories. Through deeply drawn charactersboth real and in the form of artificial intelligence companions, or ';Primes' Harrison burrows into troubling questions of the digital age: What would we remember, and what would we forget, given the power of authorship? Will we be any less human, once computers know us better than we know ourselves? Jordan Harrison grew up on Bainbridge Island, near Seattle. His plays include Maple and Vine, The Grown-Up, Doris to Darlene, Amazons and Their Men, Finn in the Underworld, Act a Lady, Kid-Simple, and Futura. Harrison is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Hodder Fellowship, the Kesselring Prize, and the Horton Foote Prize, among other awards. He was a 2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Marjorie Prime. A graduate of the Brown MFA program, Harrison is a writer-producer for the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black.
';A deeply moving new play from Tracy Letts.' Chris Jones, Chicago TribuneKnown for his complex portrayals of the human psyche, Tracy Letts expands what at first appears to be an intimate snapshot of one woman's ordinary life into a grand and elaborate portrait play. In a series of elegant, nonchronological scenes spanning the years from 1946 to 2015, the play hopscotches through Mary Page Marlowe's quiet existence as an accountant from Ohiocomplicating notions of what it means to lead a ';simple life.'
"e;Wallace Shawn is up to his old tricks again: pricking the conscience of right-on, left-leaning theatergoers. No one does that better than this impish, idiosyncratic polymath, who, at seventy-two, still comes across as precociousprobably because we resent him flagging our complacent complicity in all the world's ills."e;Variety"e;The play stops, but has no ending. It is for us to try to answer its bleak questions, to see what it might mean to be undeluded."e;The GuardianGathering around a table at the Talk House, an old haunt, a group of friends and theatre artists reunite after ten years to reminisce and catch-up on each other's lives. At first, the conversation is fairly run-of-the-mill: current TV shows and where their careers have taken them. Eventually, the discussion's tone takes a turn when they mention supplementing their incomes through the government-led program to enlist unemployed artists for drone strikes and carrying out violent attacks on foreign land. As is typical of Shawn's plays, the premise at once amuses and unsettles, forcing the viewer to wonder whether being too idle makes all of us complicit in the world's ongoing destruction.Wallace Shawn is a noted actor and writer. His often politically-charged and controversial plays include The Fever, Aunt Dan and Lemon, Marie and Bruce, and The Designated Mourner. With Andre Gregory, he co-wrote My Dinner with Andre, in which he also starred. He adapted the classic Ibsen play A Master Builder for film.
';A beautiful, endlessly echoing portrait of a murder and its afterlife. Ms. Nottage shaped this story with such theatrical inventiveness and discipline that it never feels sensational A finely wrought fusion of elements.' Ben Brantley, New York TimesContinuing in her tradition of crafting thought-provoking, socially conscious dramas, Lynn Nottage's play tells the story of Mlima, an elephant struck down by poachers for his magnificent tusks. Beginning in a game park in Kenya, the play tracks the trajectory of Mlima's tusks through the ivory trade market while Mlima's ghost follows close behindmarking all those complicit in his barbaric death.
The Thanksgiving Play';Satire doesn't get much richer A takedown of white American mythology The familiar, whitewashed story of Pilgrims and Native Americans chowing down together gets a delicious roasting.' Jesse Green, New York Times';Wryly funny Deftly makes points that need making about representation and, to borrow a line from Hamilton, the crucial matter of ';who tells your story.'' Don Aucoin, Boston GlobeA group of well-intentioned white teaching artists scramble to create an ambitious ';woke' Thanksgiving pageant. Despite their eager efforts to put on the most culturally sensitive show possible, it quickly becomes clear that even those with good intentions can be undone by their own blind spots. What Would Crazy Horse Do?';A nuanced portrait of reservation life A scalding cauldron of race and resentment, poverty, and mental illness.' Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star';A timely meditation on the dangers of nationalism tinged with a sad irony as seen through the filter of a Native American lens.' Alan Portner, Broadway WorldTwins Calvin and Journey, the last two members of the Marahotah tribe, make a suicide pact to end the Marahotah when the grandfather who raised them dies. Then two white strangers knock on their door and the insular world of the twins is ripped wide open.
Furious and incandescent Harris writes so blisteringly that the actors could just let the languages flames carry them along. Helen Shaw,Time Out New YorkonIs God IsAn explosive epic that examines the cyclical nature of violence,Is God Isfollows twin sisters who undertake a dangerous journey to exact revenge upon their father at the behest of their dying mother.Aleshea Harris turns theater into a monument, ephemeral but real, to ongoing pain. You cant tear down a statue that never shows up outside. Vinson Cunningham,New YorkeronWhat to Send Up...What to Send Up When It Goes Downis a play-pageant-ritual response to anti-Blackness in America. It is a challenge to us all: to heal through expression, expulsion, and movement.
"e;Searing and sensationally funny... As raw in its language and raucous in spirit as it is smart and provocative."e;The New York Times"e;Funny, smutty and enticingly subversive. . . . A toxically satiric portrait of American life."e;Washington Post"e;When I told my mother that a theater was putting on my play Bootycandy, her response was, 'What?! Bootycandy? These white folks are going to let you put on a play called Bootycandy?!? Are they crazy???' And my response was, 'Yes. Yes indeed.'"e;Robert O'HaraSutter is on an outrageous odyssey through his childhood home, his church, dive bars, motel rooms, and even nursing homes. The journey uncovers characters who are at once fascinating, zany, controversial, and even a bit smutty, painting a portrait of life as a societal outlier. Based on the author's personal experience, Bootycandy is a kaleidoscope of sketches that interconnects to portray growing up gay and black. This subversive, uproarious satire crashes headlong into the murky terrain of pain and pleasure and . . . BOOTYCANDY!Robert O'Hara is a playwright and director. His play Antebellum received a world premiere production from Woolly Mammoth Theater Company, and earned him a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play. He reworked The Wiz for its revival at La Jolla Playhouse. He wrote and directed the world premiere of Insurrection: Holding History (Public Theater, Oppenheimer Award for Best New American Play). As a director, he has won an Obie Award and an NAACP Best Director Award and has worked at acclaimed theaters throughout the United States.
"e;Guillermo Caldern is an authentic genius of the theater . . . you can't say you've heard or seen any of it before, which may make you want to hear and see it again."e;The New Yorker"e;Neva's neobrutalist punch demonstrates . . . the enduring power of art."e;Time Out New York"e;Brilliant and provocative."e;TheatreMania"e;A lovely, disturbing drama . . . Caldern's drama is Chekhovian in the best sense."e;The Village VoiceThis politically charged, haunting yet humorous meditation on theater and the revolutionary impulse tells the story of three actors, including Anton Chekhov's widow, who gather to rehearse scenes from The Cherry Orchard as Russia faces an impending revolution. A savage examination of the relationship between theater and historical context, Neva is the author's first play, which he directed for its English language premiere at the Public Theater in New York City.Guillermo Calderon is Chile's foremost contemporary theater artist. His plays include Diciembre (December), Clase (Class), Villa, Discurso (Speech), Quake, and Escuela (School), and his productions have toured extensively through South America and Europe. His co-written screenplay Violeta won the World Cinema Jury Prize for Drama at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, and other awards include Best Play of the Year (Art Critics Circle of Chile), three Chilean Altazor Awards for Best Playwright and Best Director, and the 2010 Bank of Scotland Angel Award (Edinburgh Fringe Festival).
Winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Drama ';To watch this show is to enter, by some urgent, bawdy magic, an ecstatic and infinitely more colorful version of the famous surreal lithograph by M. C. Escher: the hand that lifts from the page, becoming almost real, then draws another hand, which returns the favor. Which came first? A Strange Loop is complex, teasing, thrilling.' Vinson Cunningham, New Yorker Usher is a Black, queer writer, working a day job he hates while writing his original musical: a piece about a Black, queer writer, working a day job he hates while writing his original musical. This blistering musical follows a young artist at war with a host of demonsnot least of which are the punishing thoughts in his own headin an attempt to understand his own strange loop.