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3 Plays: The Boys in the Band; A Breeze from the Gulf; For Reasons That Remain Unclear

Mart Crowley

1996    368 Pages    (Alyson Books)

DDC: 812    LCC: PS3553.R6 A6

ISBN 13: 9781555833572    ISBN 10: 1555833578

Includes: The Boys in the Band; A Breeze from the Gulf; For Reasons That Remain Unclear

Includes: The Boys in the Band; A Breeze from the Gulf; For Reasons That Remain Unclear [less]

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6 Rms Riv Vu

Bob Randall

1973    72 Pages    (Samuel French, Inc.)

DDC: 812.54    LCC: PS3568.A489

ISBN 13: 9780573615450    ISBN 10: 0573615454

6 Rms Riv Vu derives its title from shorthand used by realtors in classified advertising. In this case, a six-room apartment with a view of the Hudson River, located on Manhattan's Riverside Drive, serves as the comedy-drama's setting. Paul Friedman is a married advertising copywriter, Anne Miller is a discontented housewife, and the two meet when they respond to a New York Times listing for the available unit. They discover the door has been locked accidentally, trapping them inside, and a [...]

6 Rms Riv Vu derives its title from shorthand used by realtors in classified advertising. In this case, a six-room apartment with a view of the Hudson River, located on Manhattan's Riverside Drive, serves as the comedy-drama's setting. Paul Friedman is a married advertising copywriter, Anne Miller is a discontented housewife, and the two meet when they respond to a New York Times listing for the available unit. They discover the door has been locked accidentally, trapping them inside, and a connection slowly develops as they begin to share the details of their respective lives. [less]

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Produced at The Playhouse - May 1975
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10 Classic Mystery and Suspense Plays of the Modern Theatre

Stanley Richards, Editor

887 Pages    (Dodd Mead)

DDC: 822    LCC: PR1259.D4 R55

ISBN 13: 9780396067078    ISBN 10: 0396067077

Includes: TEN LITTLE INDIANS (Agatha Christie), THE DESPERATE HOURS (Joseph Hayes), HOSTILE WITNESS (Jack Roffrey), KIND LADY (Edward Chodorov), THE INNOCENTS (William Archibald), NIGHT MUST FALL (Emlyn Williams), AN INSPECTOR CALLS (J.B. Priestley), UNCLE HARRY (Thomas Job), LADIES IN RETIREMENT (Edward Percy, Reginald Denham), SEVEN KEYS TO BALDPATE (George M. Cohan)

Includes: TEN LITTLE INDIANS (Agatha Christie), THE DESPERATE HOURS (Joseph Hayes), HOSTILE WITNESS (Jack Roffrey), KIND LADY (Edward Chodorov), THE INNOCENTS (William Archibald), NIGHT MUST FALL (Emlyn Williams), AN INSPECTOR CALLS (J.B. Priestley), UNCLE HARRY (Thomas Job), LADIES IN RETIREMENT (Edward Percy, Reginald Denham), SEVEN KEYS TO BALDPATE (George M. Cohan) [less]

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13 Plays of Ghosts and the Supernatural

Marvin Kaye, Editor

1990    (Doubleday)

Includes: THE UNINVITED (Tim Kelly), MOZART AND THE GRAY STEWARD (Thornton Wilder), MACBETT (Eugene Ionesco), THE PASSION OF DRACULA (Bob Hall, David Richmond), PURGATORY (William Butler Yeats), THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE (F. Andrew Leslie), MADAME WILL YOU WALK? (Sidney Howard), TEIBELE AND HER DEMON (Isaac Bashevis Singer), WHEN WENDY GREW UP (James Barrie), COLD JOURNEY IN THE DARK (Parke Goodwin)DINNY AND THE WITCHES (William Gisbon), A COLD BLUE LIGHT (Marvin Kaye), PEN DON (Emlyn Williams

Includes: THE UNINVITED (Tim Kelly), MOZART AND THE GRAY STEWARD (Thornton Wilder), MACBETT (Eugene Ionesco), THE PASSION OF DRACULA (Bob Hall, David Richmond), PURGATORY (William Butler Yeats), THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE (F. Andrew Leslie), MADAME WILL YOU WALK? (Sidney Howard), TEIBELE AND HER DEMON (Isaac Bashevis Singer), WHEN WENDY GREW UP (James Barrie), COLD JOURNEY IN THE DARK (Parke Goodwin)DINNY AND THE WITCHES (William Gisbon), A COLD BLUE LIGHT (Marvin Kaye), PEN DON (Emlyn Williams) [less]

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27 Wagons Full of Cotton And Other One Act Plays

Tennessee Williams

1966    238 Pages    (New Directions)

DDC: 812.5    LCC: PS3545.I5365

ISBN 13: 9780811202251    ISBN 10: 0811202259

Includes: 27 WAGONS FULL OF COTTON, THE PURIFICATION, THE LADY OF THE LARKSPUR LOTION, THE LAST OF MY SOLID GOLD WATCHES, PORTRAIT OF A MADONNA, AUTO-DA-FE, LORD BYRON'S LOVE LETTER, THE STRANGEST KIND OF ROMANCE, THE LONG GOODBYE, HELLO FROM BERTHA, THIS PROPERTY IS CONDEMNED, TALK TO ME LIKE THE RAIN ..., SOMETHING UNSPOKEN

Includes: 27 WAGONS FULL OF COTTON, THE PURIFICATION, THE LADY OF THE LARKSPUR LOTION, THE LAST OF MY SOLID GOLD WATCHES, PORTRAIT OF A MADONNA, AUTO-DA-FE, LORD BYRON'S LOVE LETTER, THE STRANGEST KIND OF ROMANCE, THE LONG GOODBYE, HELLO FROM BERTHA, THIS PROPERTY IS CONDEMNED, TALK TO ME LIKE THE RAIN ..., SOMETHING UNSPOKEN [less]

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33 Variations

Moises Kaufman

A mother coming to terms with her daughter. A composer coming to terms with his genius. And, even though they're separated by 200 years, these two people share an obsession that might, even just for a moment, make time stand still. Drama, memory and music combine to transport you from present-day New York to nineteenth-century Austria in this extraordinary American play about passion, parenthood and the moments of beauty that can transform a life.

A mother coming to terms with her daughter. A composer coming to terms with his genius. And, even though they're separated by 200 years, these two people share an obsession that might, even just for a moment, make time stand still. Drama, memory and music combine to transport you from present-day New York to nineteenth-century Austria in this extraordinary American play about passion, parenthood and the moments of beauty that can transform a life. [less]

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36 Views

Naomi Iizuka

105 Pages    (Overlook TP)

DDC: 812.54    LCC: PS3559.I39

ISBN 13: 9781585673834    ISBN 10: 1585673838

In this acclaimed play, Naomi Iizuka has created a carefully textured exploration of the meaning of truth--not just in the art world but in the human heart as well. Taking its title from the series of woodblock prints by nineteenth-century Japanese artist Hokusai (which, contrary to their label, consists of 46 images of Mount Fuji), 36 Views unfolds in a series of 36 scenes and moments. The story has several threads, but at its heart is fairly simple. An art dealer and an art historian discover [...]

In this acclaimed play, Naomi Iizuka has created a carefully textured exploration of the meaning of truth--not just in the art world but in the human heart as well. Taking its title from the series of woodblock prints by nineteenth-century Japanese artist Hokusai (which, contrary to their label, consists of 46 images of Mount Fuji), 36 Views unfolds in a series of 36 scenes and moments. The story has several threads, but at its heart is fairly simple. An art dealer and an art historian discover what they think is an ancient manuscript--a priceless Japanese pillow book--and try to learn whether it's authentic. Their search becomes an erotic game of greed, love, and mental hide-and-seek as the play explores the relationships between feelings and words, objects and photographs of objects, antiques and perfect copies, and a woman's heritage and her physical features. When first performed--at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre in California--the play was hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as thoughtful, humane, poetically phrased and staged with intricate, shimmering beauty … it spun a multi-textured web that became completely engrossing…. As Iizuka weaves her magical blend of old-fashioned orientalism and modern realism, art-speak and academic jargon, pillow-book poetry and punk rhetoric, she probes the nature of truth and authenticity. Each facet of her 36 Views offers another perspective on the art and artifice of our lives. [less]

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45 Seconds from Broadway

Neil Simon

98 Pages    (Stage & Screen)

DDC: 812.54    LCC: PS3537.I663

ISBN 13: 9781582880433    ISBN 10: 1582880433

45 Seconds from Broadway takes place in the legendary "Polish Tea Room" on New York's 47th Street. Here Broadway theatre personalities washed-up and on-the-rise, gather to schmooz even as they lose. This touching valentine to New York offers great acting roles as Neil Simon continues his exploration of the foibles and funny in the human comedy.

45 Seconds from Broadway takes place in the legendary "Polish Tea Room" on New York's 47th Street. Here Broadway theatre personalities washed-up and on-the-rise, gather to schmooz even as they lose. This touching valentine to New York offers great acting roles as Neil Simon continues his exploration of the foibles and funny in the human comedy. [less]

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84, Charing Cross Road

Helene Hanff

105 Pages    (Samuel French, Inc)

DDC: 822.914    LCC: PR6068.O56

ISBN 13: 9780573608490    ISBN 10: 0573608490

This wonderful show is a dramatization of business letters between a young struggling writer in New York and an antiquarian book store in London. In a sense, these are also love letters. They are about the love of good literature. The play takes place over a twenty year period, beginning in 1949 when Helene Hanff (played on Broadway by Ellen Burstyn) first writes Marks & Co. and ends in 1969 with the death of Frank Doel, the delightfully dusty supplier of so many old volumes to Helen who has [...]

This wonderful show is a dramatization of business letters between a young struggling writer in New York and an antiquarian book store in London. In a sense, these are also love letters. They are about the love of good literature. The play takes place over a twenty year period, beginning in 1949 when Helene Hanff (played on Broadway by Ellen Burstyn) first writes Marks & Co. and ends in 1969 with the death of Frank Doel, the delightfully dusty supplier of so many old volumes to Helen who has shown her gratitude through the years by sending "care packages" to the staff of Marks & Co. [less]

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1940s Radio Christmas Carol, A

Walt Jones, Faye Greenberg

2010    114 Pages    (Samuel French, Inc.)

LCC: ML50.J803

ISBN 13: 9780573698934    ISBN 10: 0573698937

Walton Jones, David Wohl and Faye Greenberg Musical Comedy8m, 4fThe long-awaited sequel to the popular The 1940's Radio Hour. It's Christmas Eve, 1943, and the Feddington Players are now broadcasting from a hole-in-the-wall studio in Newark, NJ, and set to present their contemporary "take" on Dickens's A Christmas Carol. Whether it's the noisy plumbing, missed cues, electrical blackouts, or the over-the-top theatrics of veteran actor, but radio novice, William St. [...]

Walton Jones, David Wohl and Faye Greenberg Musical Comedy8m, 4fThe long-awaited sequel to the popular The 1940's Radio Hour. It's Christmas Eve, 1943, and the Feddington Players are now broadcasting from a hole-in-the-wall studio in Newark, NJ, and set to present their contemporary "take" on Dickens's A Christmas Carol. Whether it's the noisy plumbing, missed cues, electrical blackouts, or the over-the-top theatrics of veteran actor, but radio novice, William St. Claire, this radio show is an entertaining excursion into the mayhem and madness of a live radio show. St. Claire's escalating foibles and acting missteps propel the show to a simultaneously comedic and heart-wrenching dramatic climax: St. Claire has an on-air breakdown, and begins to connect his own life with that of the classic Dickens tale. In order to "save the show," the company improvises an ending to Charles Dickens' classic as a film noir mystery, featuring a hardboiled detective, a femme fatale, and an absurd rescue of Tiny Tim (and the Lindbergh baby) from the clutches of a Hitler-esque villain named Rudolf! High School Musical lyricist Faye Greenberg and composer David Wohl have written four delightful period songs for the Feddington Players, and swing arrangements of many Christmas standards. Seamlessly combining drama and comedy, heartbreak and hope, The 1940's Radio Christmas Carol will sing its way into your heart. If you enjoyed 1940's Radio Hour, step back in time once again with the Feddington Players, and get into the holiday spirit with The 1940's Radio Christmas Carol. "A reading that transforms Charles Dickens's classic into a gumshoe mystery...far above the usual holiday offerings." -Stacy Nick, Coloradoan. [less]

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1940'S Radio Hour, The

Walton Jones

1988    93 Pages    (Samuel French Inc Plays)

DDC: 782.140268    LCC: ML50.Z99

ISBN 13: 9780573681509    ISBN 10: 0573681503

A different time is evoked in this marvelously theatrical and winning show, a live broadcast of a The Mutual Manhattan Variety Cavalcade from the Hotel Astor's Algonquin Room on December 21, 1942. The spirit of that bygone era when the world was at war and pop music meant "Strike Up the Band" and "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" (both are in this show) is accurately captured as the harassed producer copes with a drunk lead singer, the delivery boy who wants a chance in front of the mike, the second [...]

A different time is evoked in this marvelously theatrical and winning show, a live broadcast of a The Mutual Manhattan Variety Cavalcade from the Hotel Astor's Algonquin Room on December 21, 1942. The spirit of that bygone era when the world was at war and pop music meant "Strike Up the Band" and "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" (both are in this show) is accurately captured as the harassed producer copes with a drunk lead singer, the delivery boy who wants a chance in front of the mike, the second banana who dreams of singing a ballad, and the trumpet playing sound effects man who chooses a fighter plane over Glenn Miller. The delightful holiday musical sequel is also available:A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol. [less]

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4000 Miles

Amy Herzog

2012    72 Pages    (Samuel French, Inc.)

DDC: 812.6    LCC: PS3608.E79

ISBN 13: 9780573700378    ISBN 10: 0573700370

After suffering a major loss while he was on a cross-country bike trip, 21 year-old Leo seeks solace from his feisty 91 year-old grandmother Vera in her West Village apartment. Over the course of a single month, these unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder, and ultimately reach each other. 4000 Miles looks at how two outsiders find their way in today's world. "A funny, moving, altogether wonderful drama. [A] heartening reminder that a keen focus on life's small moments can pay off in a big way [...]

After suffering a major loss while he was on a cross-country bike trip, 21 year-old Leo seeks solace from his feisty 91 year-old grandmother Vera in her West Village apartment. Over the course of a single month, these unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder, and ultimately reach each other. 4000 Miles looks at how two outsiders find their way in today's world. "A funny, moving, altogether wonderful drama. [A] heartening reminder that a keen focus on life's small moments can pay off in a big way onstage." - The New York Times "This well-observed gem deserves to be a hit." - The New York Post [less]

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A-- My Name is Alice: A Musical Review

Joan Micklin Silver, Julianne Boyd

1985    72 Pages    (Samuel French, Inc.)

DDC: 782.140268    LCC: ML50.S5636

ISBN 13: 9780573681776    ISBN 10: 0573681775

Originally produced by the Women's Project at the American Place Theatre in New York, Alice enjoyed a long run at the Village Gate Off Broadway. This slick and lively revue created by a wide variety of comedy writers, lyricists and composers offers a marvelous kaleidoscope of contemporary women. Sophisticated, bawdy, funny and insightful, the twenty numbers portray friends, rivals, sisters and even members of an all women's basketball team. Winner of the Outer Critics' Circle Award, Best Musical [...]

Originally produced by the Women's Project at the American Place Theatre in New York, Alice enjoyed a long run at the Village Gate Off Broadway. This slick and lively revue created by a wide variety of comedy writers, lyricists and composers offers a marvelous kaleidoscope of contemporary women. Sophisticated, bawdy, funny and insightful, the twenty numbers portray friends, rivals, sisters and even members of an all women's basketball team. Winner of the Outer Critics' Circle Award, Best Musical. "Delightful...The music and lyrics are so sophisticated that they can carry the weight of one act plays."-N.Y. Times"A boodle of laughs."-N.Y. Post "Rates an A!."-N.Y. Daily News [less]

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About Time

Tom Cole

1991    (Dramatists Play Service)

ISBN 13: 9780822200024    ISBN 10: 0822200023

ABOUT TIME takes place in the condominium kitchen of an old married couple. Over the course of the day from breakfast and lunch to dinner and a late snack, the couple talk about everything under the sun, especially food, sex, children and aging. She is getting slower than she used to be; in fact, it takes all morning to chop vegetables. He cannot move around quite as fast as he once did. Neither see their children as much as they would like. Yet both certainly have their wits about them as the [...]

ABOUT TIME takes place in the condominium kitchen of an old married couple. Over the course of the day from breakfast and lunch to dinner and a late snack, the couple talk about everything under the sun, especially food, sex, children and aging. She is getting slower than she used to be; in fact, it takes all morning to chop vegetables. He cannot move around quite as fast as he once did. Neither see their children as much as they would like. Yet both certainly have their wits about them as the dialogue snaps and crackles its way through the four scenes. Faced with the thought of mortality, they grapple with what it means to share—and to come to the end of—a life together. [less]

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Absence of a Cello

Ira Wallach

1964    72 Pages    (Dramatists Play Service, Inc.)

ISBN 13: 9780822200031    ISBN 10: 0822200031

A Broadway hit, this refreshingly literate comedy is concerned with the hilarious lengths gone to by a brilliant (but broke) scientist to land a much-needed job with a large corporation. "…a cheerfully venomous comedy about the mysterious monster called the Corporate Image." —NY Daily News. "…a comedy that compliments your intelligence." —Women's Wear Daily. "…right, impertinent comedy…" —NY Times.

A Broadway hit, this refreshingly literate comedy is concerned with the hilarious lengths gone to by a brilliant (but broke) scientist to land a much-needed job with a large corporation. "…a cheerfully venomous comedy about the mysterious monster called the Corporate Image." —NY Daily News. "…a comedy that compliments your intelligence." —Women's Wear Daily. "…right, impertinent comedy…" —NY Times. [less]

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Absurd Person Singular

Alan Ayckbourn

78 Pages    (Samuel French Ltd)

DDC: 822.914    LCC: PR6051.Y35

ISBN 13: 9780573010231    ISBN 10: 0573010234

Meet three couples in their three kitchens on the Christmas Eves of three successive years. The "lower class" but very much up and coming Hopcrofts are in their bright new, gadget filled kitchen anxiously giving a little party for their bank manager and his wife and an architect neighbor. Next there are the architect and his wife in their neglected, untidy flat. Then the bank manager and his wife are in their large, slightly modernized, old Victorian style kitchen. Running like a dark thread [...]

Meet three couples in their three kitchens on the Christmas Eves of three successive years. The "lower class" but very much up and coming Hopcrofts are in their bright new, gadget filled kitchen anxiously giving a little party for their bank manager and his wife and an architect neighbor. Next there are the architect and his wife in their neglected, untidy flat. Then the bank manager and his wife are in their large, slightly modernized, old Victorian style kitchen. Running like a dark thread through the wild comedy of behind the scenes disasters at Christmas parties is the story of the advance of the Hopcrofts to material prosperity and independence and the decline of the others. In the final stages the little man is well and truly on top, with the others, literally and unnervingly, dancing to his tune. [less]

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Accent on Youth

Samson Raphaelson

2008    140 Pages    (Samuel French, Inc.)

DDC: 812.5    LCC: PS3535.A66

ISBN 13: 9780573605031    ISBN 10: 0573605033

In his early fifties Steven Gaye, who is famous for writing comedies, has written the tragedy of an old man who loves a young girl. Although he is enthusiastic about it, he realizes that something is spurious in the construction. When he impulsively decides to abandon playwriting for good, and gives his secretary notice, she takes her dismisal with ill grace. She blurts out that she is in love with him. As a man he is flattered and interested. But Steven has been a playwright too long not to [...]

In his early fifties Steven Gaye, who is famous for writing comedies, has written the tragedy of an old man who loves a young girl. Although he is enthusiastic about it, he realizes that something is spurious in the construction. When he impulsively decides to abandon playwriting for good, and gives his secretary notice, she takes her dismisal with ill grace. She blurts out that she is in love with him. As a man he is flattered and interested. But Steven has been a playwright too long not to have detached interest in the problem of making life fit the theatre, and a large part of his interest in his secretary is the light she throws upon the problem of his play. By lifting his secretary's avowal intact he removes the one false note in his tragedy. He falls in love with her. Although she loves him, he is not without rivals. [less]

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Accomplice

Rupert Holmes

124 Pages    (Samuel French, Inc)

DDC: 812.54    LCC: PS3558.O367

ISBN 13: 9780573692062    ISBN 10: 0573692068

This theatrical roller coaster will trigger screams of laughter even as audiences vow to keep its secrets hush-hush. The story begins in Dartmoor, England at the stylish weekend retreat of the affluent Derek and Janet Taylor, and both adultery and murder are in the air. But we will soon learn that all is never as it seems in this electrifying game of trickery and misdirection. Who is the hunter and who the hunted…and precisely who is the title character of Accomplice? “The best fooler since [...]

This theatrical roller coaster will trigger screams of laughter even as audiences vow to keep its secrets hush-hush. The story begins in Dartmoor, England at the stylish weekend retreat of the affluent Derek and Janet Taylor, and both adultery and murder are in the air. But we will soon learn that all is never as it seems in this electrifying game of trickery and misdirection. Who is the hunter and who the hunted…and precisely who is the title character of Accomplice? “The best fooler since Sleuth and twice as clever!” said the L.A.Times, while L.A.Theatre & Entertainment Review proclaimed it “the comedy thriller of all comedy thrillers!” [less]

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Acrobats and Line

Israel Horovitz

1971    72 Pages    (Dramatists Play Service, Inc.)

DDC: 812.54    LCC: PS3558.O69

ISBN 13: 9780822200062    ISBN 10: 0822200066

ACROBATS. Two acrobats go valiantly through the complexities of their routine, smiling toothily, bowing on cue, and, all the while, conducting a sotto voce but lacerating marital spat. He threatens to drop her, she vows to leave him—but then the lights come up, the final bows are taken, and, subtly but surely, we are aware that their mutual dependency is still stronger than the tensions that have been so wittily and amusingly exposed. (1 man, 1 woman.) LINE. One by one a group of unacquainted [...]

ACROBATS. Two acrobats go valiantly through the complexities of their routine, smiling toothily, bowing on cue, and, all the while, conducting a sotto voce but lacerating marital spat. He threatens to drop her, she vows to leave him—but then the lights come up, the final bows are taken, and, subtly but surely, we are aware that their mutual dependency is still stronger than the tensions that have been so wittily and amusingly exposed. (1 man, 1 woman.) LINE. One by one a group of unacquainted people come together to form a line for some unnamed, upcoming event. The first to arrive is a burly, beer-drinking, sweat-shirted "middle American"; then an alienated, voluble, Mozart-loving youth; a taciturn type who brings his own folding stool; and, finally, a shapely, promiscuous girl and her spineless, older husband. Gradually inexorably, the struggle for first place begins, and as they lie, cheat, wrestle and push to gain the lead spot an extraordinary panorama of human frailty is made explosively and hilariously real. As, in the end, are the deviousness, the competitiveness, and the pettiness of the small, wasting battles with which we litter our lives. [less]

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Ada and the Engine

Lauren Gunderson

2018    79 Pages    (Dramatist's Play Service)

ISBN 13: 9780822237709    ISBN 10: 0822237709

THE STORY: As the British Industrial Revolution dawns, young Ada Byron Lovelace (daughter of the flamboyant and notorious Lord Byron) sees the boundless creative potential in the “analytic engines” of her friend and soul mate Charles Babbage, inventor of the first mechanical computer. Ada envisions a whole new world where art and information converge—a world she might not live to see. A music-laced story of love, friendship, and the edgiest dreams of the future. Jane Austen meets Steve [...]

THE STORY: As the British Industrial Revolution dawns, young Ada Byron Lovelace (daughter of the flamboyant and notorious Lord Byron) sees the boundless creative potential in the “analytic engines” of her friend and soul mate Charles Babbage, inventor of the first mechanical computer. Ada envisions a whole new world where art and information converge—a world she might not live to see. A music-laced story of love, friendship, and the edgiest dreams of the future. Jane Austen meets Steve Jobs in this poignant pre-tech romance heralding the computer age.
“Gunderson finds plenty of intriguing matter in the…story she tells, zeroing in on the knowns and unknowns in the relationship between Ada and Charles Babbage…Gunderson’s wit…[makes] the story pretty irresistible.” —SF Chronicle. “…wise and witty…[a] very smart and skillful Victorian parlor drama.” —SF Weekly. “Gunderson…has done a terrific job transforming Ada’s story…The [script is] succinct and pithy, moving story and emotions along at the clip of an electronically infused calculation." —RepeatPerformances.org. “What Gunderson achieves in ADA AND THE ENGINE is quite remarkable. She manages to capture the cognitive energy and intellectual intimacy that can strengthen a friendship…ADA AND THE ENGINE is a rare and special artistic achievement: an intelligent play about intelligent historical people that has been crafted by intelligent theatre artists for an intelligent audience.” —MyCulturalLandscape.com. [less]

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Adam and Eva

Guy Bolton, George Middleton

(Samuel French)

Eva is an extravagant girl who reforms when her father goes bust. She's sent to a farm to learn the simple life but secretly takes her jewelry with her. When the father returns and reveals he had faked his bankruptcy and ill health, Eva reveals that she has made the farm a thriving business venture.

Eva is an extravagant girl who reforms when her father goes bust. She's sent to a farm to learn the simple life but secretly takes her jewelry with her. When the father returns and reveals he had faked his bankruptcy and ill health, Eva reveals that she has made the farm a thriving business venture. [less]

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Affair, The

Ronald Millar, C.P. Snow

1962    92 Pages    (Charles Scribner & Sons)

DDC: 822.9    LCC: PR6025.I6215

ISBN 13: 9780573010040    ISBN 10: 0573010048

Based on the novel by C.P. Snow. A group of professors at Cambridge University try to hire an old colleague back even though they all don't like him, they all agree he was dismissed unfairly.

Based on the novel by C.P. Snow. A group of professors at Cambridge University try to hire an old colleague back even though they all don't like him, they all agree he was dismissed unfairly. [less]

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Affairs of State

Louis Verneuil

(Samuel French Ltd)

ISBN 13: 9780573010057    ISBN 10: 0573010056

This smart, topical comedy about a rather unusual triangle, set in official Washington, was produced at the Royal Theatre, starring Reginald Owens and Celeste Holm, and played to solid capacity for one year. Of course, there is deep intrigue; tricky deals are made, double-crossers are double-crossed. But it's all for love. The heroine is a shy and mousy little school teacher, who is persuaded to marry a wealthy senator to cover up his romance with the ambitious spouse of an ex-Sectretary of [...]

This smart, topical comedy about a rather unusual triangle, set in official Washington, was produced at the Royal Theatre, starring Reginald Owens and Celeste Holm, and played to solid capacity for one year. Of course, there is deep intrigue; tricky deals are made, double-crossers are double-crossed. But it's all for love. The heroine is a shy and mousy little school teacher, who is persuaded to marry a wealthy senator to cover up his romance with the ambitious spouse of an ex-Sectretary of State. With money to spend on clothes and beauty parlors, the temporary wife blossoms into a charming and intellegent hostess. Naturally, the Senator falls in love with her. And furthermore, he develops an admiration for her talents as a shrewd backstage politician. She wangles him an appointment as Under Secretary of State, thus making it impossible for her to create a scandal with his first love. [less]

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Produced at The Playhouse - May 1953
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African Company Presents Richard III, The

Carlyle Brown

1989    72 Pages    (Dramatists Play Service, Inc.)

DDC: 812.54    LCC: PS3552.R68527

ISBN 13: 9780822213789    ISBN 10: 0822213788

Earning their bread with satires of white high society, the African Company came to be known for debunking the sacred status of the English classics (which many politically and racially motivated critics said were beyond the scope of black actors). Inside the Company's ranks, similar debates raged about whether to mimic the English tongue, or to provide a more lively interpretation of white theater by acknowledging the vibrancy of the black experience (in the words of the African Company's [...]

Earning their bread with satires of white high society, the African Company came to be known for debunking the sacred status of the English classics (which many politically and racially motivated critics said were beyond the scope of black actors). Inside the Company's ranks, similar debates raged about whether to mimic the English tongue, or to provide a more lively interpretation of white theater by acknowledging the vibrancy of the black experience (in the words of the African Company's manager: "Say ya Shakespeare like ya want"). Shakespeare is the chosen cultural battleground in this inventive retelling of a little known, yet pivotal event in the African Company's history. Knowing they are always under prejudicial pressures from white society, and facing their own internal shakeups, the African Company battles for time, space, audiences and togetherness. Their competition, Stephen Price, an uptown, Broadway-type impresario, is producing Richard III at the same time as the African Company's production is in full swing. Price has promised a famous English actor overflowing audiences if he plays Richard in Price's theatre. Fearing the competition of the African Company's production, which is garnering large white audiences, Price manipulates the law and closes down the theatre. The Company rebounds and finds a space right next door to Price's theatre. At the rise of curtain of the next performance, Price causes the arrest of some of the actors in a trumped-up riot charge. The play ends with the Company, surviving, its integrity intact, and about to launch an equally progressive new chapter in the American theatre: They'll soon be producing the first black plays written by black Americans of their day. [less]

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After Ashley

Gina Gionfriddo

2006    72 Pages    (Dramatists Play Service, Inc.)

DDC: 812    LCC: PS3607.I56

ISBN 13: 9780822220992    ISBN 10: 0822220997

AFTER ASHLEY is a blisteringly funny and deeply affecting story about a teenage boy navigating the joys and terrors of life—all through the distorting prism of a media firestorm. When a family tragedy deals the Hammond family a dose of dubious celebrity, Justin finds himself paralyzed, unable to fully grieve or grow up. The only bright spot is a girl, only Justin can't decide if she's a saving angel or a self-interested groupie. In a world as weird as this one, she might just be both.

AFTER ASHLEY is a blisteringly funny and deeply affecting story about a teenage boy navigating the joys and terrors of life—all through the distorting prism of a media firestorm. When a family tragedy deals the Hammond family a dose of dubious celebrity, Justin finds himself paralyzed, unable to fully grieve or grow up. The only bright spot is a girl, only Justin can't decide if she's a saving angel or a self-interested groupie. In a world as weird as this one, she might just be both. [less]

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After Miss Julie

Patrick Marber

2010    72 Pages    (Dramatists Play Service, Inc.)

DDC: 822.914    LCC: PR6063.A624

ISBN 13: 9780822224396    ISBN 10: 0822224399

A new version of a world classic by one of Britain's best-known contemporary playwrights. After Miss Julie relocates August Strindberg's Miss Julie (1888) to an English country house in July 1945. In this radical re-imagining of theatre's first "naturalistic tragedy" the events of Strindberg's original are transposed to the night of the British Labour Party's "landslide" election victory.

A new version of a world classic by one of Britain's best-known contemporary playwrights. After Miss Julie relocates August Strindberg's Miss Julie (1888) to an English country house in July 1945. In this radical re-imagining of theatre's first "naturalistic tragedy" the events of Strindberg's original are transposed to the night of the British Labour Party's "landslide" election victory. [less]

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After the Fall

Arthur Miller

1980    128 Pages    (Penguin Books)

DDC: 812.52    LCC: PS3525.I5156

ISBN 13: 9780140481624    ISBN 10: 0140481621

Often called the most autobiographical of Arthur Miller's plays, After the Fall probes deeply into the psyche of Quentin, a man who ruthlessly revisits his past to explain the catastrophe that is his life. His journey backward takes him through a troubled upbringing, the bitter death of his mother, and a series of failed relationships.

Often called the most autobiographical of Arthur Miller's plays, After the Fall probes deeply into the psyche of Quentin, a man who ruthlessly revisits his past to explain the catastrophe that is his life. His journey backward takes him through a troubled upbringing, the bitter death of his mother, and a series of failed relationships. [less]

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After-Play

Anne Meara

1996    72 Pages    (Dramatists Play Service, Inc.)

DDC: 812.54    LCC: PS3563.E198

ISBN 13: 9780822204596    ISBN 10: 0822204592

Set in the newest "in" Manhattan restaurant, the play opens with an ethereal waiter preparing for the arrival of a party of four. Just as the two couples are about to enter, it magically begins to snow making the night perfect for a cozy after-theater supper. The two middle-aged couples, Marty and Terry, and Renee and Phil, old friends reuniting after three years, have just seen a new Broadway play. Shedding the formality of the theater, the four friends settle into the comfort of the restaurant [...]

Set in the newest "in" Manhattan restaurant, the play opens with an ethereal waiter preparing for the arrival of a party of four. Just as the two couples are about to enter, it magically begins to snow making the night perfect for a cozy after-theater supper. The two middle-aged couples, Marty and Terry, and Renee and Phil, old friends reuniting after three years, have just seen a new Broadway play. Shedding the formality of the theater, the four friends settle into the comfort of the restaurant, order cocktails and begin to reacquaint themselves. The years and distance separating them have changed them more than they thought. Discussing the play and playing catch-up leads to little arguments and major differences of opinion. More drinks are ordered and apologies ease the way into dinner over which are discussed sex, the wearing of fur, matters of health and problems with their children. Time and distance aside, these couples know each other very well and will always be close friends. A third couple, Emily and Matt, acquaintances of Marty and Terry, stop by the table to say hello. After introductions, they are convinced to stay for a nightcap even though Emily has already had too much to drink. The nightcap sends her over the edge, and when the recent tragic death of her son is brought up, the uncomfortable situation is made worse. Emily makes a drunken, public spectacle of herself, forcing Matt to all but carry her out of the restaurant. The ugliness of the moment is not lost on Marty, Terry, Renee and Phil, all of whom are deeply effected. Having shared painful secrets and made new discoveries about one another, the four put their disagreements and arguments behind them and forge ahead in friendship until next time. [less]

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Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express

2016    91 Pages   

DDC: 812    LCC: PS3562.U295 A73

ISBN 13: 9780573707735    ISBN 10: 0573707731

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Agnes of God

John Pielmeier

2010    76 Pages    (Samuel French, Inc.)

DDC: 812.54    LCC: PS3566.I3815

ISBN 13: 9780573630224    ISBN 10: 0573630224

Summoned to a covent, Dr. Martha Livingstone, a court-appointed psychiatrist, is charged with assessing the sanity of a young novitiat accused of murdering her newborn. Miriam Ruth, the Mother Superior, determindly keeps young Agnes from the doctor, arousing Livingstone's suspicions further. Who killed the infant and who fathered the tiny victim? Livingstone's questions force all three women to re-examine the meaning of faith and the power of love leading to a dramatic, compelling climax. A hit [...]

Summoned to a covent, Dr. Martha Livingstone, a court-appointed psychiatrist, is charged with assessing the sanity of a young novitiat accused of murdering her newborn. Miriam Ruth, the Mother Superior, determindly keeps young Agnes from the doctor, arousing Livingstone's suspicions further. Who killed the infant and who fathered the tiny victim? Livingstone's questions force all three women to re-examine the meaning of faith and the power of love leading to a dramatic, compelling climax. A hit on Broadway and later on film. "Riveting, powerful, electrifying drama...the dialogue crackles."-New York Daily News "Outstanding play [that]...deals intelligently with questions of religion and psychology."-The New York Times"Unquestionably blindingly theatrical...cleverly executed blood and guts evening in the theatre."-New York Post [less]

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Ah, Wilderness!

Eugene O'Neill

151 Pages    (Samuel French)

ISBN 13: 9781135601874    ISBN 10: 1135601879

Ah, Wilderness! is a sharp departure from the gritty reality of the author's renowned dramas. Taking place over the July 4th weekend of 1906 in an idyllic Connecticut town, it offers a tender, retrospective portrait of small town family values, teenage growing pains, and young love.

Ah, Wilderness! is a sharp departure from the gritty reality of the author's renowned dramas. Taking place over the July 4th weekend of 1906 in an idyllic Connecticut town, it offers a tender, retrospective portrait of small town family values, teenage growing pains, and young love. [less]

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Airline Highway

Lisa D'Amour

2019    121 Pages    (Dramatist's Play Service)

DDC: 812.6    LCC: PN2227.N59

ISBN 13: 9780822234852    ISBN 10: 0822234858

In the parking lot of the Hummingbird Motel, off the titular highway near New Orleans, the hotel’s residents have gathered to celebrate the life of Miss Ruby, an iconic burlesque queen who has been a mother figure to them all. Miss Ruby’s life is nearing its end, and she requests that her funeral take place while she is still alive so she can attend the festivities. As the Mardi Gras-esque celebration continues into the night, the stories of the residents, their pain and disappointments [...]

In the parking lot of the Hummingbird Motel, off the titular highway near New Orleans, the hotel’s residents have gathered to celebrate the life of Miss Ruby, an iconic burlesque queen who has been a mother figure to them all. Miss Ruby’s life is nearing its end, and she requests that her funeral take place while she is still alive so she can attend the festivities. As the Mardi Gras-esque celebration continues into the night, the stories of the residents, their pain and disappointments unfold. [less]

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Alarm Clock, The

Avery Hopwood

1929    (Samuel French )

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Album

David Rimmer

1981    72 Pages    (Dramatists Play Service, Inc.)

DDC: 812.54    LCC: PR9199.3.R518

ISBN 13: 9780822200130    ISBN 10: 0822200139

Divided into eight scenes, which span their years at Martin Van Buren High School, the play chronicles the coming of age of two teenaged couples during the turbulent sixties. The language is frank, but unfailingly funny, as the four struggle with impending adulthood and their awakening sexuality. The action ranges from summer camp, to dormitory bedrooms, to senior prom, with the popular music of the period-Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Beach Boys-ever present as a telling counterpoint to, and [...]

Divided into eight scenes, which span their years at Martin Van Buren High School, the play chronicles the coming of age of two teenaged couples during the turbulent sixties. The language is frank, but unfailingly funny, as the four struggle with impending adulthood and their awakening sexuality. The action ranges from summer camp, to dormitory bedrooms, to senior prom, with the popular music of the period-Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Beach Boys-ever present as a telling counterpoint to, and emotional anchor for, the lives of its young foursome. As the years spin deftly by it is also apparent that maturity will bring differing perils and problems for each of them, although all will continue to recall the special excitement-and poignancy-of these last few carefree years together. [less]

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Alchemist, The

Ben Jonson

1988    150 Pages    (Talman Co)

DDC: 822.3    LCC: PR2605

ISBN 13: 9780713629552    ISBN 10: 0071362955

The Alchemist is a comedy by English playwright Ben Jonson. First performed in 1610 by the King's Men, it is generally considered Jonson's best and most characteristic comedy; Samuel Taylor Coleridge claimed that it had one of the three most perfect plots in literature. The play's clever fulfillment of the classical unities and vivid depiction of human folly have made it one of the few Renaissance plays (excepting of course the works of Shakespeare) with, apart from a period of neglect during [...]

The Alchemist is a comedy by English playwright Ben Jonson. First performed in 1610 by the King's Men, it is generally considered Jonson's best and most characteristic comedy; Samuel Taylor Coleridge claimed that it had one of the three most perfect plots in literature. The play's clever fulfillment of the classical unities and vivid depiction of human folly have made it one of the few Renaissance plays (excepting of course the works of Shakespeare) with, apart from a period of neglect during the Victorian era, a continual life on stage. [less]

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Alice in Bed

Susan Sontag

1993    (Farrar Straus Giroux)

Sontag's ( The Volcano Lover ) first stage play focuses on Alice James, the invalid sister of Henry and William and, since Jean Strouse's acclaimed 1980 biography and the publication of her diary, a feminist icon. It is in the latter role that Sontag casts the bed-ridden Alice, and playing off her name, she suggests, too, another, more famous Alice of fiction--to the extent that the center of the play's action is a tea party. The tea party becomes a gathering of independent women of imagination [...]

Sontag's ( The Volcano Lover ) first stage play focuses on Alice James, the invalid sister of Henry and William and, since Jean Strouse's acclaimed 1980 biography and the publication of her diary, a feminist icon. It is in the latter role that Sontag casts the bed-ridden Alice, and playing off her name, she suggests, too, another, more famous Alice of fiction--to the extent that the center of the play's action is a tea party. The tea party becomes a gathering of independent women of imagination: Emily Dickinson, Margaret Fuller, Myrtha from the ballet Giselle and, as the somnolent dormouse, Kundry from Wagner's Parsifal. Alice's doting brother Henry makes a couple of appearances as well. Unfortunately, although Sontag acknowledges that her work is "a free fantasy based on a real person," none of the characters ever breathes with life; each lies flat on the page as a mouthpiece for Sontag's ideas about the imagination's dual role as liberator and jailer for a 19th-century woman of intelligence and about "women's anguish and women's consciousness of self." Moreover, her dialogue is arch and literary. Regrettably, Sontag can add her name to a list of talented novelist-critics whose stage work disappoints. [less]

 
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