Aristophanes comic masterpiece of war and sex remains one of the greatest plays ever written. Led by the title character, the women of the warring city-states of Greece agree to withhold sexual favors with their husbands until they agree to cease fighting. The war of the sexes that ensues makes Lysistrata a comedy without peer in the history of theater.
Premiered in San Francisco in 1980, True West is one of Sam Shepards funniest plays, as well as one of his most brutal. Austin is a stable, successful Hollywood screenwriter, Lee his menacing vagabond brother, and True West is the story of their attempt to trade lives. Their tragicomic quest to change identity ends in a stalemate, but along the way this Pulitzer Prize-win
First presented at St James Theatre in London on November 17, 1943. The play opened on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York City on June 27, 1944. It was directed by Albert deCourville.Ten guilty strangers are trapped on an island. One by one they are accused of murder; one by one they start to die.
Script Analysis for Theatre: Tools for Interpretation, Collaboration and Production provides theatre students and emerging theatre artists with the tools, skills and a shared language to analyze play scripts, communicate about them, and collaborate with others on stage productions. Based largely on concepts derived from Stanislavskis system of acting and method acting, th
When Therese Marie arrives in the emergency room of a small hospital in the Bronx, suffering from hypothermia and in shock, no one there knows her story. To the doctors and nurses, she is just another abandoned elderly woman who cant even tell them her name. But Therese Maries dementia is not all that it seems. And when her prodigal son, Danny, returns to New York, There
This richly annotated edition takes a fresh look at the first part of Shakespeares second tetralogy of history plays, showing how it relates to the other plays in the sequence. Forker places the play in its political context, discussing its relation to competing theories of monarchy, how it faced censorship because of possible comparisons between Richard II and Elizabeth
The two Scottish plays fronting the Traverse Theatres 2002 Edinburgh Festival Programme Each year the Traverse Theatre produces two original plays as its own contribution to the Edinburgh Festival. Each year the Traverse plays are the most widely reviewed and nearly always the most highly praised. Like Liz Lochheads Perfect Days or Gregory Burkes Gagarin Way, they often
Among the most popular of the many well-loved works of Gilbert and Sullivan, H. M. S. Pinafore; or, The Lass that Loved a Sailor was written to be sung and acted on the stage; nevertheless, its sparkling lyrics and dialog shine no less brightly from the printed page. Pinafore satirizes the unlikely plot twists of grand opera and Victorian social rectitude with the tale of