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  • Galileo : A Play by Bertolt Brecht - Paperback USED Classics of Theater

    Galileo : A Play by Bertolt Brecht - Paperback USED Classics of Theater

    Considered by many to be one of Brecht's masterpieces, Galileo explores the question of a scientist's social and ethical responsibility, as the brilliant Galileo must choose between his life and his life's work when confronted with the demands of the Inquisition. Through the dramatic characterization of the famous physicist, Brecht examines the issues of scientific morality and the difficult relationship between the intellectual and authority. This version of the play is the famous one that was brought to completion by Brecht himself, working with Charles Laughton, who played Galileo in the first two American productions (Hollywood and New York, 1947). Since then the play has become a classic in the world repertoire. 

    "The play which most strongly stamped on my mind a sense of Brecht's great stature as an artist of the modern theatre was Galileo." - Harold Clurman; 

    "Thoughtful and profoundly sensitive." - Newsweek.

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  • Why Marry? : A Comedy In Three Acts by Jesse Lynch Williams - Paperback REPRODUCTION Drama

    Why Marry? : A Comedy In Three Acts by Jesse Lynch Williams - Paperback REPRODUCTION Drama

    "Why Marry?" was the first play by Jesse Lynch Williams and it was difficult to live up to since it won the first Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1918. Originally titled "And So They Were Married" it is a smart and humorous look at society's view of marriage and love and how the two aren't always the same or even appear to be related. While this theme could still be used today, the play probably wouldn't do very well with a modern audience since it is clearly a product of the early 20th century. Nevertheless, for those who enjoy classic plays, this one is certainly well done. The subjects of the play's title are Helen and Ernest. Helen is a woman with a career as Ernest's lab assistant, and the two have fallen in love Helen has become convinced that the worst thing they can do is get married; after all scientists are not paid well and she does not want to disrupt his career or hers. Ernest is more inclined to get married, but Helen is able to sway him with her arguments.

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  • Hamlet (QPB Reader's) by William Shakespeare - Paperback Drama

    Hamlet (QPB Reader's) by William Shakespeare - Paperback Drama

    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. Those fateful exchanges, and the anguished soliloquies that precede and follow them, probe depths of human feeling rarely sounded in any art. 

    The title role of Hamlet, perhaps the most demanding in all of Western drama, has provided generations of leading actors their greatest challenge. 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.

    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.

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  • A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare - Paperback

    A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare - Paperback

    In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare stages the workings of love. Theseus and Hippolyta, about to marry, are figures from mythology. In the woods outside Theseus’s Athens, two young men and two young women sort themselves out into couples—but not before they form first one love triangle, and then another.

    Also in the woods, the king and queen of fairyland, Oberon and Titania, battle over custody of an orphan boy; Oberon uses magic to make Titania fall in love with a weaver named Bottom, whose head is temporarily transformed into that of a donkey by a hobgoblin or “puck,” Robin Goodfellow. Finally, Bottom and his companions ineptly stage the tragedy of “Pyramus and Thisbe.”

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  • Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare - Paperback

    Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare - Paperback

    Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare portrays the conspiracy against the Roman dictator of the same name, his assassination and its aftermath. First published in 1599, this copy dates from 1997.

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  • Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare - Paperback Puffin Classics
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    Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare - Paperback Puffin Classics

    Romeo and Juliet fall madly in love, despite being from two feuding families. They arrange to be secretly married, but a series of miscommunications results in the death of the two lovers, as well as some of their most beloved friends and relatives. Romeo and Juliet is the quintessential dramatic tragedy from a master of English literature.

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  • Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare - Paperback USED Pacemaker Classics

    Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare - Paperback USED Pacemaker Classics

    Romeo and Juliet fall madly in love, despite being from two feuding families. They arrange to be secretly married, but a series of miscommunications results in the death of the two lovers, as well as some of their most beloved friends and relatives. Romeo and Juliet is the quintessential dramatic tragedy from a master of English literature.

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  • Lysistrata by Aristophanes - Paperback USED Classics
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    Lysistrata by Aristophanes - Paperback USED Classics

    Led by Lysistrata, the women of Athens use sex as a weapon against their husbands in their revolt against war, in this satirical comedy first produced in the fifth century B.C., in a modern translation accompanied by a glossary and authoritative introduction.

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  • The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams - Paperback
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    The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams - Paperback

    No play in the modern theatre has so captured the imagination and heart of the American public as Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie.

    “The revolutionary newness of The Glass Menagerie . . . was in its poetic lift, but an underlying hard dramatic structure was what earned the play its right to sing poetically.”- Arthur Miller

    Menagerie was Williams's first popular success and launched the brilliant, if somewhat controversial, career of our pre-eminent lyric playwright. Since its premiere in Chicago in 1944, with the legendary Laurette Taylor in the role of Amanda, the play has been the bravura piece for great actresses from Jessica Tandy to Joanne Woodward, and is studied and performed in classrooms and theatres around the world. The Glass Menagerie (in the reading text the author preferred) is now available only in its New Directions Paperbook edition. A new introduction by prominent Williams scholar Robert Bray, editor of The Tennessee Williams Annual Review, reappraises the play more than half a century after it won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award: "More than fifty years after telling his story of a family whose lives form a triangle of quiet desperation, Williams's mellifluous voice still resonates deeply and universally." This edition of The Glass Menagerie also includes Williams's essay on the impact of sudden fame on a struggling writer, "The Catastrophe of Success," as well as a short section of Williams's own "Production Notes." The cover features the classic line drawing by Alvin Lustig, originally done for the 1949 New Directions edition.

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  • Selected One Act Plays by Bernard Shaw - Paperback USED Classics

    Selected One Act Plays by Bernard Shaw - Paperback USED Classics

    Includes the following plays by the legendary Fabian playwright:

    • The Shewing-up of Blanco Posnet
    • How He Lied to Her Husband
    • O'Flaherty V.C.
    • The Inca of Perusalem
    • Annajanska
    • Village Wooing
    • The Dark Lady of the Sonnets
    • Overruled
    • Great Catherine
    • Augustus Does His Bit
    • The Six of Calais
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  • Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare - Paperback USED Classics
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    Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare - Paperback USED Classics

    Set in a courtly world of masked revels and dances, this play turns on the archetypal story of a lady falsely accused of unfaithfulness, spurned by her bridegroom, and finally vindicated and reunited with him. Villainy, schemes, and deceits threaten to darken the brilliant humor and sparkling wordplay–but the hilarious counterplot of a warring couple, Beatrice and Benedick, steals the scene as the two are finally tricked into admitting their love for each other in Shakespeare’s superb comedy of manners.

    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

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  • The Oedipus Plays of Sophocles : A New Translation by Paul Roche - Paperback USED 1962 Edition

    The Oedipus Plays of Sophocles : A New Translation by Paul Roche - Paperback USED 1962 Edition

    Revising and updating his classic 1958 translation, Paul Roche captures the dramatic power and intensity, the subtleties of meaning, and the explosive emotions of Sophocles' great Theban trilogy. In vivid, poetic language, he presents the timeless story of a noble family moving toward catastrophe, dragged down from wealth and power by pride, cursed with incest, suicide, and murder.

    About the Author

    Sophocles was born at Colonus, just outside Athens, in 496 BC, and lived ninety years. His long life spanned the rise and decline of the Athenian Empire; he was a friend of Pericles, and though not an active politician he held several public offices, both military and civil. The leader of a literary circle and friend of Herodotus, he was interested in poetic theory as well as practice, and he wrote a prose treatise On the Chorus. He seems to have been content to spend all his life at Athens, and is said to have refused several invitations to royal courts.

    Sophocles first won a prize for tragic drama in 468, defeating the veteran Aeschylus. He wrote over a hundred plays for the Athenian theater, and is said to have come first in twenty-four contests. Only seven of his tragedies are now extant, these being Ajax, Antigone, Oedipus the King, Women of Trachis, Electra, Philoctetes, and the posthumous Oedipus at Colonus. A substantial part of The Searches, a satyr play, was recovered from papyri in Egypt in modern times. Fragments of other plays remain, showing that he drew on a wide range of themes; he also introduced the innovation of a third actor in his tragedies. He died in 406 BC.

    Paul Roche, a distinguished English poet and translator, is the author of The Bible’s Greatest Stories. His other translations include Euripides: Ten Plays (Signet), Oedipus Plays of Sophocles (Meridian) and The Orestes Plays of Aeschylus (Meridian).

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  • For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide : A Choreopoem by Ntozake Shange - Paperback

    For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide : A Choreopoem by Ntozake Shange - Paperback

    "Extraordinary and wonderful...Ntozake Shange writes with such exquisite care and beauty that anyone can relate to her message." -The New York Times

    "Celebrates the capacity to master pain and betrayals with wit, sister-sharing, reckless daring, and flight and forgetfulness if necessary. She celebrates most of all women's loyalties to women." -Toni Cade Bambara, Ms. Magazine

    "These poems and prose selections are...rich with the author's special voice: by turns bitter, funny, ironic, and savage; fiercely honest and personal." -New York Post

    From its inception in California in 1974 to its highly acclaimed critical success at Joseph Papp's Public Theater and on Broadway, the Obie Award-winning for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf has excited, inspired, and transformed audiences all over the country. Passionate and fearless, Shange's words reveal what it is to be of color and female in the twentieth century. First published in 1975 when it was praised by The New Yorker for "encompassing...every feeling and experience a woman has ever had," for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf will be read and performed for generations to come. Here is the complete text, with stage directions, of a groundbreaking dramatic prose poem written in vivid and powerful language that resonates with unusual beauty in its fierce message to the world.

    "Ntozake Shange's extraordinary "choreopoem"...is a dramatic elegy for black women with an undercurrent message for everyone. Its theme is not sorrow...but courage. Its strength is its passion and its reality....An unforgettable collage of one woman's view of the women of her race, facing everything from rape to unrequited love....Wisdom and naivete go hand in hand. Wounds and dream intermingle; strong passions melt into simple courage." -L.I. Press/Newhouse Newspapers

    About the Author

    Ntozake Shange, poet, novelist, playwright, and performer, wrote the Broadway-produced and Obie Award-winning For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf. She has also written numerous works of fiction, including Sassafras, Cypress and Indigo, Betsy Brown, and Liliane.

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  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee - Mass Market Paperback USED

    Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee - Mass Market Paperback USED

    George, a disillusioned academic, and Martha, his caustic wife, have just come home from a faculty party. When a handsome young professor and his mousy wife stop by for a nightcap, an innocent night of fun and games quickly turns dark and dangerous. Long-buried resentment and rage are unleashed as George and Martha turn their rapier-sharp wits against each other, using their guests as pawns in their verbal sparring. By night's end, the secrets of both couples are uncovered and the lies they cling to are exposed. Considered by many to be Albee's masterpiece, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is a "brilliantly original work of art -- an excoriating theatrical experience, surging with shocks of recognition and dramatic fire" (Newsweek).

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  • M. Butterfly : Broadway Revival Edition by David Henry Hwang - Paperback

    M. Butterfly : Broadway Revival Edition by David Henry Hwang - Paperback

    Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play, nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and soon to be back on Broadway in a revival directed by the Lion King's Julie Taymor, starring Clive Owen

    "A brilliant play of ideas… a visionary work that bridges the history and culture of two worlds."—Frank Rich, New York Times

    Based on a true story that stunned the world, and inspired by Giacomo Puccini's opera Madama Butterfly, M. Butterfly was an immediate sensation when it premiered in 1988. It opens in the cramped prison cell where diplomat Rene Gallimard is being held captive by the French government—and by his own illusions. He recalls a time when Song Liling, the beautiful Chinese diva, touched him with a love as vivid, as seductive—and as elusive—as a butterfly.

    How could he have known that his true love was, in fact, a spy for the Chinese government—and a man disguised as a woman? The diplomat relives the twenty-year affair from the temptation to the seduction, from its consummation to the scandal that ultimately consumed them both.

    M. Butterfly is one of the most compelling, explosive, and slyly humorous dramas ever to light the Broadway stage, a work of unrivaled brilliance, illuminating the conflict between men and women, the differences between East and West, racial stereotypes—and the shadows we cast around our most cherished illusions.

    The original cast included John Lithgow as Gallimard and BD Wong as Song Liling. During the show's 777-performance run, David Dukes, Anthony Hopkins, Tony Randall, and John Rubinstein were also cast as Gallimard. Hwang adapted the play for a 1993 film directed by David Cronenberg, starring Jeremy Irons and John Lone.

    TEXT OF THE ORIGINAL BROADWAY PRODUCTION

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  • After the Fall by Arthur Miller - Paperback USED Classics

    After the Fall by Arthur Miller - Paperback USED Classics

    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.

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  • Ivan the Terrible by Sergei Eizenshtein - Paperback Screenplay

    Ivan the Terrible by Sergei Eizenshtein - Paperback Screenplay

    Eisenstein's epic masterpiece, made on orders of Joseph Stalin, chronicles the life and times of Russia's corrupt and brutal czar. This drama follows Ivan's rise to power and subsequent corruption.

    Illustrated with black and white photographs from the motion picture.

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  • A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry - Paperback USED
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    A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry - Paperback USED

    This edition offers Hansberry's complete uncut screen adaptation of her play, containing at least forty percent new material that does not appear in the play.

    From Library Journal

    The film version of Hansberry's landmark play A Raisin in the Sun (1961) was the first depiction of African American life seen by mainstream America. Hansberry included in her screen version several scenes of the Younger family interacting with the white world to show their deprivation and the subtle forms of racism they encountered in their everyday lives. In typical Hollywood fashion most of those scenes were cut, which softened the drama's angry voice. This new edition of the uncut original was edited by Hansberry's ex-husband and literary executor Nemiroff, who made a lifelong commitment to seeing that Hansberry's talent was fully recognized. African American collections as well as film collections will find this script of interest.
    - Marcia L. Perry, Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield, Mass.
    Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

    Review

    “A beautiful, lovable play. It is affectionately human, funny and touching. . . . A work of theatrical magic in which the usual barrier between audience and stage disappears.”
    John Chapman, New York News

    “An honest, intelligible, and moving experience.”
    Walter Kerr, New York Herald Tribune

    “Miss Hansberry has etched her characters with understanding, and told her story with dramatic impact. She has a keen sense of humor, an ear for accurate speech and compassion for people.”
    Robert Coleman, New York Mirror

    “A Raisin in the Sun has vigor as well as veracity.”
    Brooks Atkinson, New York Times

    “It is honest drama, catching up real people. . . . It will make you proud of human beings.”
    Frank Aston, New York World-Telegram & Sun

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  • A Doll's House and Other Plays by Henrik Ibsen - Paperback Penguin Classics USED

    A Doll's House and Other Plays by Henrik Ibsen - Paperback Penguin Classics USED

    Delivering three distinct and powerful visions of characters who choose to defy convention in the pursuit of happiness, Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House and Other Plays is translated with an introduction by Peter Watts in Penguin Classics.

    The League of Youth was Ibsen's first venture into realistic social drama and marks a turning-point in his style. By 1879 Ibsen was convinced that women suffer an inevitable violation of their personalities within the context of marriage. In A Doll's House, Ibsen caused a sensation with the his portrayal of Nora Helmer, a woman who, gradually arriving at an understanding of her own misery, struggles to break free from the stifling confines of her marriage. Continuing the theme of tensions within the family in The Lady from the Sea, Ibsen put forward the view that freedom with responsibility might at least be a step in the right direction. Peter Watts's lively modern translation is accompanied by an introduction examining Ibsen's life and times, with individual discussions of each of the three plays. 

    For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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  • Hamlet (Folger Library Shakespeare) Mass Market Paperback – by William Shakespeare

    Hamlet (Folger Library Shakespeare) Mass Market Paperback – by William Shakespeare

    Hamlet: An UPDATED EDITION from the Folger Shakespeare Library

    Hamlet is Shakespeare's most popular, and most puzzling, play. It follows the form of a "revenge tragedy," in which the hero, Hamlet, seeks vengeance against his father's murderer, his uncle Claudius, now the king of Denmark. Much of its fascination, however, lies in its uncertainties.

    Among them: What is the Ghost--Hamlet's father demanding justice, a tempting demon, an angelic messenger? Does Hamlet go mad, or merely pretend to? Once he is sure that Claudius is a murderer, why does he not act? Was his mother, Gertrude, unfaithful to her husband or complicit in his murder?

    The authoritative edition of Hamlet from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers, includes:

    -Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play
    -Newly revised explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play
    -Scene-by-scene plot summaries
    -A key to the play's famous lines and phrases
    -An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language
    -An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play
    -Fresh images from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books
    -An up-to-date annotated guide to further reading

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  • Krapp's Last Tape and Other Dramatic Pieces by Samuel Beckett - Paperback

    Krapp's Last Tape and Other Dramatic Pieces by Samuel Beckett - Paperback

    This collection of Nobel Prize winner Samuel Beckett’s dramatic pieces includes a short stage play, two radio plays, and two pantomimes. The stage play Krapp’s Last Tape evolves a shattering drama out of a monologue of a man who, at age sixty-nine, plays back the autobiographical tape he recorded on his thirty-ninth birthday.

    The two radio plays were commissioned by the BBC; All That Fall “plumbs the same pessimistic depths [as Waiting for Godot] in what seems a no less despairing search for human dignity” (London Times), and Embers is equally unforgettable theater, born of the ramblings of an old man and his wife. Finally, in the two pantomimes, Beckett takes drama to the point of pure abstraction with his portrayals of, in Act Without Words I, frustrated desired, and in Act Without Words I, corresponding motions of living juxtaposed in the slow despair of one man and the senselessly busy motion of another.

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  • Henry VI by William Shakespeare - Paperback USED Classics

    Henry VI by William Shakespeare - Paperback USED Classics

    Displaying the bold vision and growing skill of a young playwright, these are Shakespeare’s first three history plays, covering some sixty tumultuous years of English history. Their pageantry, violence, and stirring speeches excite audiences with action as well as character, and midway through the final play in this trilogy, a shocking, clever, inimitably evil new voice is heard—that of Richard of Gloucester, destined to become England’s most fearsome and hated ruler of all time, Richard III.

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  • Chekhov : The Major Plays - Paperback USED Classics

    Chekhov : The Major Plays - Paperback USED Classics

    Chekhov's major plays including:  Ivanov, The Sea Gull, Uncle Vanya, The Three Sisters, and The Cherry Orchard.

    "Let the things that happen on stage be just as complex and yet just as simple as they are in life.  For instance, people are having a meal, just having a meal, but at the same time their happiness is being created, or their lives are being smashed up."  Thus Chekhov summed up the credo that finds expression in the subtle construction and electrically charged atmosphere of his plays.  In these portrayals of human being trapped in a stultifying environment, victimized as much by their own weakness as by the greed of others, the most casual words and everyday actions assume the import of acts of destiny.  Tragedy is mingled with farce, protest wars with resignation, in a world that yield from its darkest despair a singular moral affirmation--an affirmation that stands as the final marks and measure of Chekhov's art.  As Robert Brusstein declares:  "...in the modern theater...there are none who bring the drama to a higher realization of its human role."

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  • Philadelphia, Here I Come! : A Comedy in Three Acts by Brian Friel - Paperback

    Philadelphia, Here I Come! : A Comedy in Three Acts by Brian Friel - Paperback

    Fed up with the dreary round of life in Ballybeg, with his uncommunicative father and his humiliating job in his father's grocery shop, with his frustrated love for Kathy Doogan who married a richer, more successful young man and with the total absence of prospect and opportunity in his life at home, Gareth O'Donnell has accepted his aunt's invitation to come to Philadelphia. Now, on the eve of his departure, he is not happy to be leaving Ballybeg.

    With this play Brian Friel made his reputation and it is now an acknowledged classic of modern drama.

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  • The Oedipus Cycle by Sophocles : Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone - Paperback USED

    The Oedipus Cycle by Sophocles : Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone - Paperback USED

    The myth of Oedipus, which reverberates to our own day, provided Sophocles with material for three great tragedies--Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone--which together recount the downfall of Oedipus, king of Thebes, his death in exile, and the action carried out after his death by his daughter Antigone.

    These English versions of Sophocles' trilogy were written for a modern audience by Dudley Fitts and Robert Fitzgerald, two gifted poets and Hellenists.  Their air was to capture the directness, simplicity, and concentrated richness of the poetry of Sophocles' plays in clear and credible English verse that is both readable and actable.  The resulting works have received critical acclaim in both the United States and Great Britain. 

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  • Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw - Mass Market Paperback USED

    Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw - Mass Market Paperback USED

    When George Bernard Shaw wrote Pygmalion more than a half century ago, no one could have predicted his play would eventually be converted into one of the great musicals of our time -- My Fair Lady -- and an Academy Award³-winning motion picture. Generations of readers and theatergoers have found relevance in Shaw's story of speech therapist Henry Higgins, who successfully transforms Liza Doolittle, a "draggle-tailed guttersnipe," into a darling of high society who momentarily upsets his hard-edged reserve. The extraordinary wit of this master dramatist of the twentieth century cuts away at the artificiality of class distinctions to reveal that human clay can be molded into wondrous shapes.

    Washington Square Press' Enriched Classics present the great works of world literature enhanced for the contemporary reader. This edition of Pygmalion includes the analysis of Eric Bentley from his book Bernard Shaw. Essential biographical and historical background is provided, together with notes, critical excerpts, and suggestions for further reading. A unique visual essay of period illustrations and photographs helps bring the play to life.

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  • Selected Plays by Oscar Wilde - Hardcover USED

    Selected Plays by Oscar Wilde - Hardcover USED

    Selected plays by Oscar Wilde including:

    • The Importance of Being Earnest
    • Lady Windermere's Fan
    • A Woman of No Importance
    • An Ideal Husband
    • Salome
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