Author: Howard Barker
Publisher: Oberon Books
View: 1436Includes the plays I Saw Myself, The Dying of Today, Found in the Ground and The Road, the House, the Road Howard Barker is one of the most significant and controversial dramatists of his time. His plays challenge, unsettle and expose. In I Saw Myself a woman's longing to understand her compulsion to transgress the laws of her society comes into collision with the conventions of an art form. In the weaving of a tapestry Barker's13th century heroine privileges private life over public responsibility. If she is cruelly punished she is also granted self-awareness. A critical moment in social decay is also at the centre of The Dying of Today, in which a stranger who luxuriates in the telling of bad news observes the effects of his devastating narrative on a humble barber. The barber's recovery from pain, and the beauty of his sensibility, bring the two strangers into an emotional proximity. Barker's most experimental work in form and content is probably Found in the Ground, a mobile, musical work set during the last days of an aged Nuremberg judge whose baying hounds and burning library form an uncanny background to his wayward daughter's struggle to make meaning from the atrocities of the 20th century. The contradictions of the humanist personality are explored in The Road, the House, the Road. Erasmus' obscure colleague Aventinus was found dead on a wintry road. How he arrived at his solitary death forms the subject of this speculation on scholarship, mischief and the murderer's vocation.
Author: J.B. Priestley
Publisher: Oberon Books
View: 5264Two little known Priestley plays, which, while they are quite different, have important features in common. The 31st of June is a comedy set partly in an advertising agency and partly in a medieval castle; Jenny Villiers is a serious play set backstage in an old provincial theatre. But both exploit elements of Time. In the 31st of June scenes switch between modern times and the middle ages, while characters move between both. There are kings, company bosses, princesses, fashion models, dwarves and two rival magicians. causing confusion and romance. Jenny Villiers examines life in the Theatre. The doubts of the present are confronted by players from the past, and a jaded playwright recovers his faith in the Theatre. Both plays were performed on the stage, but later rewritten and published as novels.
Author: Richard Bean
Publisher: Oberon Books
View: 1755England People Very Nice ‘A very funny but outrageous comedy...makes you laugh then wonder whether you should have.’ Financial Times The Big Fellah ‘Bean’s play is very funny, full of sharp contrasts between grim hilarity and gut-wrenching reversals.’ The Stage (Shortlisted for the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Best Theatre Play 2011) The Heretic ‘delicious... Above all, though, it is Bean’s writing that scintillates. Pulsing with shrewd humour, it’s risqué and linguistically rich. There are some blissfully surreal touches... The Heretic is clever, imaginative and entertaining theatre.’ Evening Standard Winner of the 2011 Evening Standard Theatre Best Play Award.
Author: Jon Fosse
Publisher: Oberon Books Limited
View: 7272In And we'll never be parted, Jon Fosse exploits theatre's unique potential for ambiguity: as a woman anxiously waits for her husband, are we watching reality, fantasy, memory, or even a ghost story? The Son concerns an ageing and isolated couple, whose long-absent son has a score to settle with their meddlesome neighbour. In the oblique but psychologically penetrating Visits, a withdrawn teenager, apparently upset by the attentions of her mother's boyfriend, turns to her brother for help. The short play Meanwhile the lights go down and everything becomes black, exploring the dilemmas of an errant husband, his young lover and his family, displays Fosse's characteristic compression of theatrical time and space at its most concentrated.
The worlds, The activists papers, Restoration , Summer
Author: Edward Bond
Publisher: Methuen Drama
View: 5260Edward Bond is "a great playwright—many, particularly in continental Europe, would say the greatest living English playwright."—Independent The Worlds: "Will come to be recognized as one of the playwright's most important to date."—Financial Times Restoration: "Towers like a colossus ... its stylistic wit, moral complexity, and theatrical force are of the kind one associates with classic drama."—Guardian Summer: "The writing is as strong and clear as sunlight ... the plot is revealed slowly and skillfully."—Spectator Also included in this volume is The Activists Papers, a commentary on The Worlds.
Four One-Act Plays
Author: David Pinner
Publisher: Oberon Books
View: 1325Cartoon is a comedy about cartoons and the joy of misery. As Siegfried, the cartoonist, remarks; ‘If you cut succulent slices off people, then everyone laughs. However, if the scalpel slips, then you’re down to the bone. But then, of course, comedy is tragedy speeded up.’ An Evening with the G.L.C. is a play about public morality versus political expediency, and it exposes the dire state of London. Labour Councillor Rennip, who is on the G.L.C., faces some very awkward questions from his son on the combative TV Current Affairs programme ‘Confrontation’. Shakebag is a farcical comedy about an amateur company’s chaotic rehearsal of Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream on the Bard’s birthday while the amused ghost of Shakespeare looks down from on high at the antics of his thespian ‘mechanicals’. Succubus is Lili, who may, or may not be, a Mesopotamian storm demon or the Moon Goddess Herself. Mark, the Born-Again Christian, confronts Lili with his burning secret, and the play explores female myths, male fears, paganism and Christianity.
Author: Dawn Powell
Publisher: Zoland Books, Incorporated
View: 5131Rounding out the book are two unpublished (and as yet unproduced) plays that Powell wrote in the late 1920s - the experimental, quasi-expressionist Women at Four O'Clock and a nostalgic bittersweet story of old New York, Walking Down Broadway, which director Erich von Stroheim would later adapt into the Hollywood film Hello, Sister!"--BOOK JACKET.
Author: Wallace Shawn
View: 5600Award-winning playwright and actor Wallace Shawn offers four plays with themes that include sexual convention, historical guilt, and the conflict between high and low culture, all described with remarkable and attentive language. Shawn's plays are prizes for any reader ready to be challenged with new, unflinching (and maybe even dangerous) ways of looking at the world.
Author: Tony Harrison
Category: Christian drama, English (Middle)
View: 2984This fourth collection of Tony Harrison's poetry for stage contains his highly acclaimed translations of Aeschylus, Aristophanes and Euripides. Included are the plays The Oresteia, and The Common Chorus (Parts I and II). This volume contains introductions, written by Tony Harrison, to each of the plays.
Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions
View: 5899This translation first appeared in a privately printed edition in 1904 (the translator remains anonymous). With an Introduction by Derek Matravers. When it was first published in 1781, The Confessions scandalised Europe with its emotional honesty and frank treatment of the author's sexual and intellectual development. Since then, it has had a more profound impact on European thought. Rousseau left posterity a model of the reflective life - the solitary, uncompromising individual, the enemy of servitude and habit and the selfish egoist who dedicates his life to a particular ideal. The Confessions recreates the world in which he progressed from incompetent engraver to grand success; his enthusiasm for experience, his love of nature, and his uncompromising character make him an ideal guide to eighteenth-century Europe, and he was the author of some of the most profound work ever written on the relation between the individual and the state.
Four Early Plays
Author: Wilt L Idema,Stephen H West
Publisher: World Scientific
Category: Literary Collections
View: 556This book offers a complete translation of four early plays of the Yang Family Generals. The story of the Yang Family Generals, particularly its female generals, was a perennial favorite on the Chinese stage in the 19th and 20th centuries. In detailing the role of this military family in the Song-Khitan wars of the late 10th and early 11th centuries, these four plays are all in the form of zaju, a type of play that originated in the 13th century. These plays are from the 15th and 16th centuries and allow a glimpse into earlier renditions of the Yang Family saga, which is a decidedly more male-centered tradition than that performed in the Qing dynasty. This volume offers the only complete English-language translation of these early plays. These plays allow access to the earliest phase in the development of the Yang Family saga. The plays provide information on the staging of large battle scenes on the stage and have considerable literary and cultural value. Contents:The Eighth Great Prince Opens a Proclamation and Saves a Loyal VassalAt Bright Sky Pagoda Meng Liang Steals the BonesXie Jinwu Underhandedly Tears Down Clear Breeze MansionYang Six Lines Up His Troops to Defeat the Heavenly ArrayAppendix 1: A Summary of Expanded Account of the Loyalty and Bravery over Successive Generations of the Yang FamilyAppendix 2: A Summary of the Relevant Chapters from An Account of [The Prince] of Southern Song and a Summary of An Account of the Northern SongAppendix 3: The Ming Play The Three PassesAppendix 4: The Theft of the Bones: Three Versions Readership: Graduate and undergraduate students, academic researchers and scholars who are interested in Chinese literature and Chinese theater, Chinese military and martial culture; general audience interested in Chinese folklore and Chinese history. Keywords:Yang Family Generals;Khitan-Song Wars;Zaju Drama;Warfare;Emperor and Imperial Relatives;Popular LiteratureReviews: “As an introduction to stories that continue to resonate with Chinese audiences now centuries after their earliest versions, one could not find a more suitable, or enjoyable, collection than this.” Robert E. Hegel Washington University, St. Louis, United States