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By Marie-Claude Verdier. 2021
What stories do we tell ourselves to keep our walls up and our privilege intact? What is the cost of…revolution? In this contemporary retelling of Antigone, denial of what rages outside of a city’s perimeter comes to a head when a young princess named Alison tries to expose the truth of her beloved cousin Henry’s death. By night, Henry went as Andy, as together he and Alison scaled the walls of their kingdom to help the migrants who are kept out of sight. Burdened by the weight of the inequality that his future reign represented, he killed himself. But his mother, Queen Regina, hails his death as a valiant knight and will do anything she can to keep Alison silent. The two women become locked in a poetic battle of power and prejudice, until a push turning into a shove might mean it’s too late to find peace.
By David Mamet. 2016
David Mamet's gift for storytelling and forging poetry from both the plain-spoken and profane turns an ill-conceived scheme to steal…a rare coin into a triumph of dramatic art. In a junk shop, three men of different generations plan their heist. But their fates, like the nickel's worn image of the beleaguered buffalo, may have been sealed long ago. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast production starring Rich Hutchman as Donny DuBrow, Josh Stamberg as Walter Cole (Teacher), and Maurice Williams as Bobby. Directed by Brian Kite and recorded before an audience by L.A. Theatre Works
By Giles Foden. 2017
1996: in a Ugandan dive bar, the 'freight dogs' gather. An anarchic group of mercenary pilots from Texas, Russia, Kenya…and Belgium who transport weapons between warring African nations, without allegiance. And tonight they have a new recruit - Manu, a 19-year-old cowherd fleeing Congo's bloody war.Taken in by this band of unlikely brothers, he's soon seeing his vast country from above and falling in love with flying. But no matter how fast he flies, trouble follows closely behind. And when the past erupts back into this new life, Manu is forced to leave behind African skies for the chilly embrace of northern Europe. Will Manu be able to reinvent himself yet again? And is Belgian volcanologist Anke Desseaux the answer to his problems - or simply another one of them?From the writer of The Last King of Scotland comes an unforgettable story of survival - about how to live and love after trauma, set against a backdrop of world-shaking conflict.
By William Shakespeare. 2009
This critical edition of Shakespeare's The Tempest contains the play and 21 additional selections representing major critical and cultural controversies…surrounding the work providing you with more insight into the play's critical issues and cultural debates about literature itself.
By Sophie Treadwell. 1993
A major rediscovery of a forgotten woman playwright of the twenties, Machinal is a powerful expressionist play about the status…of women in an increasingly mechanized society, and the torture of a loveless marriage.
By Bryan Doerries. 2015
This is the personal and deeply passionate story of a life devoted to reclaiming the timeless power of an ancient…artistic tradition to comfort the afflicted. For years, theater director Bryan Doerries has led an innovative public health project that produces ancient tragedies for current and returned soldiers, addicts, tornado and hurricane survivors, and a wide range of other at-risk people in society. Drawing on these extraordinary firsthand experiences, Doerries clearly and powerfully illustrates the redemptive and therapeutic potential of this classical, timeless art: how, for example, Ajax can help soldiers and their loved ones better understand and grapple with PTSD, or how Prometheus Bound provides new insights into the modern penal system. These plays are revivified not just in how Doerries applies them to communal problems of today, but in the way he translates them himself from the ancient Greek, deftly and expertly rendering enduring truths in contemporary and striking English. The originality and generosity of Doerries's work is startling, and The Theater of War--wholly unsentimental, but intensely felt and emotionally engaging--is a humane, knowledgeable, and accessible book that will both inspire and enlighten. Tracing a path that links the personal to the artistic to the social and back again, Doerries shows us how suffering and healing are part of a timeless process in which dialogue and empathy are inextricably linked.From the Hardcover edition.
By Elena Dubinets. 2021
As waves of composers migrated from Russia in the 20th century, they grappled with the complex struggle between their own…traditions and those of their adopted homes. Russian Composers Abroad explores the self-identity of these émigrés, especially those who left from the 1970s on, and how aspects of their diasporic identities played out in their music. Elena Dubinets provides a journey through the complexities of identity formation and cultural production under globalization and migration, elucidating sociological perspectives of the post-Soviet world that have caused changes in composers' outlooks, strategies, and rankings. Russian Composers Abroad is an illuminating study of creative ideas that are often shaped by the exigencies of financing and advancement rather than just by the vision of the creators and the demands of the public.
By Sophocles, Bernard Knox. 2012
A great masterpiece on which Aristotle based his aesthetic theory of drama in the Poetics and from which Freud derived…the Oedipus complex, King Oedipus puts out a sentence on the unknown murderer of his father Laius. By a gradual unfolding of incidents, Oedipus learns that he was the assassin and that Jocasta, his wife, is also his mother. [This text is listed as an example that meets Common Core Standards in English language arts in grades 9-10 at http://www.corestandards.org.]
By William Shakespeare. 2015
"Not all the water in the rough rude sea/Can wash the balm off from an anointed king," declares the soon-to-be…deposed ruler of this historical drama. Confident in his divine right, Richard II is an ineffective and unpopular king who abuses his power and sows the seeds of his own downfall. Toppled from the throne by Henry, his ambitious cousin, Richard only learns to value kingship after he loses it, achieving a tragic dignity only with his downfall.The first play in Shakespeare's "Henriad" series -- followed by Henry IV, Parts I and II, and Henry V -- Richard II portrays intense psychological struggles as well as a taut political drama. The only one of Shakespeare's plays written entirely in verse, it offers a grand, lyrical allegory and a poignant exploration of character.
Classic trilogy by great tragedian deals with the bloody history of the House of Atreus. Grand in style, rich in…diction and dramatic dialogue, the plays embody Aeschylus' concerns with the destiny and fate of both individuals and the state, all played out under the watchful eye of the gods.
By John Webster. 1999
The evils of greed and ambition overwhelm love, innocence, and the bonds of kinship in this dark tragedy, first presented…circa 1613. John Webster's great Jacobean drama focuses on a secret marriage that strikes the disastrous spark to an inferno of violence. When the Duchess of Malfi marries Antonio, a household steward, her two fiendishly jealous brothers - hoping to inherit her title and estates - plant a household spy whose treachery leads to a bloody and horrifying climax. Often compared to Shakespeare in terms of his dynamic plots and poetic lyricism, Webster created radical, profoundly original works that feature shifting perspectives and thought-provoking challenges to conventional moral judgments. Required reading for courses in seventeenth-century English literature, this provocative masterpiece from the Golden Age of English drama will not only be welcomed by students and teachers of English literature but also a wide audience of general readers.
By Christopher Marlowe. 2003
The spirit of Machiavelli presides over The Jew of Malta, in which the title character relentlessly plots to maintain and…extend his political influence and wealth. A paragon of remorseless evil, Barabas befriends and betrays the Turkish invaders and native Maltese alike, incites a duel between the suitors for his daughter's hand, and takes lethal revenge upon a convent of nuns.Both tragedy and farce, this masterpiece of Elizabethan theater reflects the social and political complexities of its age. Christopher Marlowe's dramatic hybrid resonates with racial tension, religious conflict, and political intrigue -- all of which abounded in 16th-century England. The playwright, who infused each one of his plays with cynical humor and a dark world view, draws upon stereotypes of Muslim and Christian as well as Jewish characters to cast an ironic perspective on all religious beliefs.The immediate success of The Jew of Malta on the Elizabethan stage is presumed to have influenced Marlowe's colleague, William Shakespeare, to draw upon the same source material for The Merchant of Venice. The character of Barabas is the prototype for the well-known Shylock, and this drama of his villainy remains a satirical gem in its own right.
By John Gay. 1999
The great lords and powerful public officials of early 18th century England are represented as highwaymen and thieves in this…deliciously satirical ballad opera. In addition to its burlesque of the contemporary vogue for Italian operatic styles, John Gay's 1728 masterpiece ridicules a broad spectrum of political figures and social conventions -- marriage, lawyers, trade, and even Walpole, the prime minister. Depicting crime and vice at every level of society, The Beggar's Opera offers a witty and powerful indictment of greed, hypocrisy, and corruption in all social classes. When Peachum, a receiver of stolen goods, discovers that a notorious highwayman has eloped with his daughter, the wily old villain turns informer and collects the reward money as his prospective son-in-law is hauled off to prison. Events take an increasingly absurd turn as the dashing outlaw romances the jailer's daughter and effects an escape, only to return to the shadow of the gallows for a farcical climax that parodies the sentimental tragedy of the day. The Beggar's Opera is in the satirical tradition of Swift and Pope. Its enduring relevance was recognized two centuries later by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, who used it as the basis for their landmark musical, The Threepenny Opera. This attractive, inexpensive edition of an influential comic gem will be applauded by theater lovers, students of literature and history, and other readers.
By Eugene O'Neill. 1998
Early in his career, Eugene O'Neill (1888-1953) wrote a series of plays revolving around characters obsessed with the sea. This…period culminated in the 1922 production of Anna Christie, a drama of social realism that was among the first of the author's plays to explore characters searching for their own identities. Centering on the reunion of a barge captain and his daughter after a twenty-year separation, the play derives its tension from the former's disaffection for the seafaring life and the latter's love for a sailor. The father-daughter conflict elicits a shocking confession, which illuminates the author's contention that character is fate and the seemingly external forces controlling destiny actually lie within<P><P> .Anna Christie amply displays O'Neill's extraordinary insights into character and his masterly use of language, qualities that have earned him acclaim as one of America's greatest playwrights. Students and lovers of modern theater will prize this inexpensive edition of his landmark drama.<P> Pulitzer Prize Winner
By William Shakespeare. 2001
Virtuous maidens, vulgar soldiers, and witty fools populate this extraordinary play, a lively romp that ranges from low farce to…moments of great insight. Although the play is a romantic comedy, Shakespeare offers some serious and thought-provoking dramatic fare before fulfilling the promise of the title. In the fine tradition of the Bard's plucky heroines, All's Well That Ends Well concerns Helena, the daughter of a renowned physician, and her dauntless passion for the elusive Bertram, Count of Rousillon. Risking her very life for the opportunity to choose Bertram as her husband, Helena's bid for Bertram's hand turns out to be only the beginning of a series of trials and tribulations. Finally, at the end of a comic maze of mistaken identities, betrayals, repentance, and dramatic revelations, Helena's efforts to corral her unwilling lover achieve joyful fulfillment. An ambiguous work in which mirthful entertainment is interwoven with a powerful subtext condemning class prejudice, this play possesses a singular combination of amusement and profundity that has intrigued scholars and theatergoers for four centuries.
By Euripides. 1997
Classic Greek tragedy concerns the catastrophe that ensues when the King of Thebes imprisons Dionysus and attempts to suppress his…cult. Full of striking scenes, frenzied emotion, and choral songs of great power and beauty, the play is a fine example of Euripides' ability to exploit Greek myth to probe human psychology.
By William Shakespeare. 1998
In this extraordinary play, one of Shakespeare's finest tragedies, a once-great general finds himself torn between his duty to the…Roman Empire and his passionate attachment to Cleopatra, the alluring "Queen of the Nile." In depicting the collision of two contrasting cultures -- Antony's world of political conniving and the hedonistic pleasures of Cleopatra's court -- the playwright portrays a timeless paradox of human nature, the quest for seemingly irreconcilable goals.The action of the play ranges from Alexandria and Rome to Syria and Athens, from the rugged quarters of military camps to the luxurious atmosphere of the Egyptian court. In the latter milieu Antony lingers, shamed by his overwhelming passion for Cleopatra yet irresistibly drawn toward love as a source of vitality and renewal. After ignoring increasingly urgent demands by his co-ruler, Octavius Caesar, for his return to Rome, Antony reluctantly obeys at last, marrying Octavius's sister and forming a fragile political alliance. This bond shatters when he returns to Cleopatra's side. Octavius declares war on the lovers, forcing them into a battle for world domination with dramatic and unforgettable consequences.Brimming with Shakespeare's matchless poetry, Antony and Cleopatra is one of the world's great plays. In this inexpensive edition, it will enthrall students of drama and literature, poetry lovers, and all who appreciate Shakespeare's art.
By Dale Coye. 2003
By Robert Simpson. 2021
cleopatra, reina del exilio Cleopatra, reina muerte de Egipto, enfrentada a una segura por parte de su marido molesto, se…ve obligada a huir de Egipto, reunir un ejército, luego regresa a Egipto para reclamar su trono con la ayuda del líder romano, César. OTCA 1; La escena comienza con tres mujeres griegas ricas, que planean prestar dinero al César. Luego; CLEOPATRA y CÉSAR están a bordo del barco real, esperando que se cargue el barco. Están a punto de zarpar para un viaje de dos meses por el río Nilo a cataratas y de regreso. Mientras esperan que el barco zarpe, Cleopatra le pregunta a César sobre sus conquistas en la Galia e Inglaterra. Mientras responde, recuerda lo que pensaba de los galos y los ingleses y cómo reaccionaban los hombres al llegar a las costas de la costa inglesa. Vemos que le preocupan sus deudas, comida para los hombres y quebrantar las leyes romanas sobre el ataque a la Galia. También ve a Cleopatra como Reina y una oportunidad para expandir sus planes de hacerse cargo del Imperio Romano y también de Egipto a través de Cleopatra. Como César lucha en Europa. Cleopatra tiene sus propios problemas en Egipto. Ella tiene una audiencia con la gente común que está teniendo problemas para pagar impuestos debido a la sequía y al bajo río Nilo que alimenta los campos. Ella otorga a una persona en particular, la libertad de impuestos, anulando el consejo de su asesor. Luego deja la 'sala de audiencia' para ir a sus habitaciones, pero en el camino se encuentra con su hermano de diez años y sus asesores. Incluso a las diez, su hermano es bastante astuto y entiende su papel y exige saber por qué su cara no está en las nuevas monedas, recién emitidas. Ella responde que él no está haciendo todo el trabajo y que todavía disfruta de los juegos infantiles. Se enoja mucho.
By Marco Edoardo Sanfelici. 2021
Die Zeugnisse von drei Jahren Juventus-Spiele. Null im Verhalten Das Buch sammelt die besten Zeugnisse von Marco Edoardo Sanfelici. Die…Urteile, die nach jedem Juventus-Spiel Fotos von der Leistung des Juventus-Teams machen, sind Urteile ohne Berufung. Aus dem brillanten und leidenschaftlichen Geist eines Fan-Kommentators sind hier die urkomischen Bewertungen, die das Verhalten Ihrer größten Idole auf dem Platz besser als jedes VAR-Bild bezeugen.