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By William Shakespeare. 1992
<P>In this quintessential Shakespeare tragedy, a young prince's halting pursuit of revenge for the murder of his father unfolds in…a series of highly charged confrontations that have held audiences spellbound for nearly four centuries. <P><P>Those fateful exchanges, and the anguished soliloquies that precede and follow them, probe depths of human feeling rarely sounded in any art. <P>The title role of Hamlet, perhaps the most demanding in all of Western drama, has provided generations of leading actors their greatest challenge. <P>Yet all the roles in this towering drama are superbly delineated, and each of the key scenes offers actors a rare opportunity to create theatrical magic. <P>As if further evidence of Shakespeare's genius were needed, Hamlet is a unique pleasure to read as well as to see and hear performed. <P>The full text of this extraordinary drama is reprinted here from an authoritative British edition complete with illuminating footnotes. <P>A selection of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
By William Shakespeare. 1994
First performed about 1805, King Lear is one of the most relentlessly bleak of Shakespeare's tragedies. Probably written between Othello…and Macbeth, when the playwright was at the peak of his tragic power, Lear's themes of filial ingratitude, injustice, and the meaninglessness of life in a seemingly indifferent universe are explored with unsurpassed power and depth.The plot concerns a monarch betrayed by his daughters, robbed of his kingdom, descending into madness. Greed, treachery, and cruelty are rife and the denouement of the play is both brutal and heartbreaking. In fact, so troubling is its vision of man's life that, until the mid-19th century, the play was performed most often with a non-Shakespearean happy ending, with Lear back on his throne and Cordelia, the daughter nearest his heart, happily married to the noble Edgar. But there is a dark magnificence to Shakespeare's original vision of the Lear story, and the play is performed today essentially as he wrote it, uncompromised by later "improvements." King Lear is reprinted here from an authoritative British edition, complete with explanatory footnotes.
By August Strindberg. 1992
In Miss Julie, a willful young aristocrat, whose perverse nature has already driven her fiancé to break off their engagement,…pursues and effectively seduces her father's valet during the course of a Midsummer's Eve celebration. The progress of that seduction and the play's stunning denouement shocked Swedish audiences who first attended the play in 1889.Despite its controversial debut, this now-classic drama, inspired by the new ideas of naturalism and psychology that swept Europe in the late 19th century, helped to shape modern theater, and remains one of the most potent-and most frequently performed-of modern plays. The full text of Miss Julie is reprinted here as translated by Edwin Björkman, complete with Strindberg's critical preface to the play, considered by many to be one of the most important manifestos in theater history.
By Aristotle. 1978
Among the most influential books in Western civilization, Aristotle's Poetics is really a treatise on fine art. In it are…mentioned not only epic and dithyrambic poetry, but tragedy, comedy, and flute and lyre playing. Aristotle's conception of tragedy, i.e. the depiction of a heroic action that arouses pity and fear in the spectators and brings about a catharsis of those emotions, has helped perpetuate the Greek ideal of drama to the present day. Similarly, his dictums concerning unity of time and place, the necessity for a play to have a beginning, middle, and end, the idea of the tragic flaw and other concepts have had enormous influence down through the ages.Throughout the work, Aristotle reveals not only a great intellect analyzing the nature of poetry, music, and drama, but also a down-to-earth understanding of the practical problems facing the poet and playwright. Now, in this inexpensive edition of the Poetics, readers can enjoy the seminal insights of one of the greatest minds in human history as he sets about laying the foundations of critical thought about the arts.
By Globe Education. 2016
Get straight to the heart of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night; students' confidence and understanding develop faster as they explore the plot,…themes and Shakespeare's language, which is supported throughout this abridged play text from Globe Education.This title:- Reduces the length of the play by a third, while preserving the intricacies of the plot, enabling students to engage with the whole story in the class time available- Builds understanding of Shakespeare's language by providing a detailed glossary alongside the text for quick and easy reference, plus a range of language-focused activities- Offers a tried-and-tested approach to introducing Shakespeare, based on Globe Education's shortened 'Playing Shakespeare' productions that have been seen and appreciated by over 150,000 students- Helps students form their own personal responses to Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, stimulated by stunning photographs from Globe productions and questions that reflect on context, characters and themes- Lays the foundations for GCSE success by including activities that target the skills needed for the assessment objectivesFree teacher supportShorter Shakespeare: Twelfth Night is supported by free online teaching resources for each scene:- Teaching notes with guidance on how to approach the scene - Practical group activities to use in the classroom- Questions on language, context, themes, character and performance - Web links to extra resources including photographs from Globe productions, interviews with actors and contextual informationThis title is also accompanied by 10 video clips from Globe Education's shortened 'Playing Shakespeare' production of Twelfth Night.
By Kenneth Jaikaransingh. 2017
Ti-Jean and his Brothers was Derek Walcott's first venture into musical plays and is still his most popular work. A…lilting St Lucian folk-tale, it tells the story of a poor family who dwell on the edge of a magical forest haunted by the devil's spirits. The brilliance of Walcott's writing draws us into the realms of fantasy where the actual and the miraculous collide.Dennis Scott's An Echo in the Bone is set during a traditional Nine-Night Ceremony held to honour the spirit of the dead. Shattering sequential time in a series of dreamlike episodes the play takes us back to the time of plantations and slavery - and the savage murder of the white estate owner. Who killed Mr. Charles? The answers lie deep in the racial memory, they 'echo in the bone'.The giddy atmosphere of carnival is the setting for Errol Hill's Man Better Man, a rumbustious, colourful comedy musical about stickfighters. With dance and song the battling troubadours and the calypsonian weave a tale of braver, superstition and fraudulence. When first performed the Times described it as 'a blazing electrifying feast of rhythm and colour'.
By Globe Education. 2016
Get straight to the heart of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet; students' confidence and understanding develop faster as they explore the…plot, themes and Shakespeare's language, which is supported throughout this abridged play text from Globe Education.This title:- Reduces the length of the play by a third, while preserving the intricacies of the plot, enabling students to engage with the whole story in the class time available- Builds understanding of Shakespeare's language by providing a detailed glossary alongside the text for quick and easy reference, plus a range of language-focused activities- Offers a tried-and-tested approach to introducing Shakespeare, based on Globe Education's shortened 'Playing Shakespeare' productions that have been seen and appreciated by over 150,000 students- Helps students form their own personal responses to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, stimulated by stunning photographs from Globe productions and questions that reflect on context, characters and themes- Lays the foundations for GCSE success by including activities that target the skills needed for the assessment objectivesFree teacher supportShorter Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet is supported by free online teaching resources for each scene:- Teaching notes with guidance on how to approach the scene - Practical group activities to use in the classroom- Questions on language, context, themes, character and performance - Web links to extra resources including photographs from Globe productions, interviews with actors and contextual informationThis title is also accompanied by 10 video clips from Globe Education's shortened 'Playing Shakespeare' production of Romeo and Juliet.
By Brian Copeland. 2006
Based on the longest-running one-man show in San Francisco history--now coming to Off-Broadway--a hilarious, poignant, and disarming memoir of growing…up black in an all-white suburb In 1972, when Brian Copeland was eight, his family moved from Oakland to San Leandro, California, hoping for a better life. At the time, San Leandro was 99.4 percent white, known nationwide as a racist enclave. This reputation was confirmed almost immediately: Brian got his first look at the inside of a cop car, for being a black kid walking to the park with a baseball bat. Brian grew up to be a successful comedian and radio talk show host, but racism reemerged as an issue--only in reverse--when he received an anonymous letter: "As an African American, I am disgusted every time I hear your voice because YOU are not a genuine Black man!" That letter inspired Copeland to revisit his difficult childhood, resulting in a hit one-man show that has been running for nearly two years--which has now inspired a book. In this funny, surprising, and ultimately moving memoir, Copeland shows exactly how our surroundings make us who we are.
By Steve Martin. 2002
Theobald Maske has an unusual problem: his wife's underpants won't stay on. One Sunday morning they fall to her ankles…right in the middle of town--a public scandal! Mortified, Theo swears to keep her at home until she can find some less unruly undies. Amid this chaos he's trying to rent a room in their flat. The prospective lodgers have some underlying surprises of their own. In The Underpants, Steve Martin brings his comic genius and sophisticated literary style to Carl Sternheim's classic 1910 farce, Die Hose. His hilarious new version was staged by Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, and opened in March '02 on Off-Broadway to critical acclaim.
By Olivier Sylvestre. 2021
Dom has had a rough go of things so far. At fourteen, he has the hardened look of someone who’s…had to fight for everything. Fred has just moved to Not-The-City, a new place to try to disappear. But he didn’t expect to actually make friends. He just hopes he’s accepted for how he looks. When Dom and Fred meet on a hill overlooking a bridge that connects Not-The-City to The City, a place where anyone can be anything they want, the two find a refuge in one another and make a pact: they’ll cross the bridge at the end of the school year. They’ll be free. What could happen by then? Who will they be? And will the bridge even let them cross?
By William Shakespeare, David Bevington, David Scott Kastan. 2004
A king foolishly divides his kingdom between his scheming two oldest daughters and estranges himself from the daughter who loves…him. So begins this profoundly moving and disturbing tragedy that, perhaps more than any other work in literature, challenges the notion of a coherent and just universe. The king and others pay dearly for their shortcomings-as madness, murder, and the anguish of insight and forgiveness that arrive too late combine to make this an all-embracing tragedy of evil and suffering.Each Edition Includes:* Comprehensive explanatory notes * Vivid introductions and the most up-to-date scholarship * Clear, modernized spelling and punctuation, enabling contemporary readers to understand the Elizabethan English* Completely updated, detailed bibliographies and performance histories * An interpretive essay on film adaptations of the play, along with an extensive filmography
By William Shakespeare. 2016
Los mejores libros jamás escritos. «¡Oh amor nacido de un extraño prodigio:tener que amar a un odiado enemigo!» El tiempo…no ha cerrado las heridas de los Montesco y los Capuleto, dos familias de Verona enemistadas por antiguos pleitos cuyo origen ya casi nadie alcanza a recordar. Con el odio llegó la violencia, y con la violencia, las primeras víctimas inocentes. Pero del odio nació también el amor entre dos jóvenes predestinados a la desventura: Romeo y Julieta. La suya es una de las historias más populares de todos los tiempos, a la vez que su trágico desenlace se ha convertido en un hito de la literatura universal, «pues jamás hubo tan triste suceso como este de Julieta y de Romeo». Presentada en la extraordinaria versión del traductor Josep Maria Jaumà, esta edición bilingüe se abre con la esclarecedora introducción de Adrian Poole, catedrático del Trinity College de Cambridge, quien nos acerca a este gran canto a la juventud, a la pasión, al amor y a los peligros insoslayables del odio.
By William Shakespeare. 2006
Plot synopsis of this classic is made meaningful with analysis and quotes by noted literary critics, summaries of the work's…main themes and characters, a sketch of the author's life and times, a bibliography, suggested test questions, and ideas for essays and term papers.