A fresh take on plays and playwriting by a proven authority on the subject
Author: Steve Waters
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
Category: Performing Arts
A guide to the hidden workings of plays and the trade secrets that govern their writing - by the acclaimed playwright Steve Waters. Drawing on a wide range of drama, both historical and modern, Waters takes the reader through the key elements of dramatic writing – scenes, acts, space, time, characters, language and images – to show how a play is more than the sum of its parts, with as much inner vitality as a living organism. Almost uniquely amongst accounts of playwriting, Waters’ book looks at the ways in which good plays move their audiences, generating powerful emotional responses that often defy conventional analysis. The Secret Life of Plays is for playwrights at any stage of their career, and will inspire and inform drama students as well as working actors and directors. Most of all it is for anyone who has ever laughed or cried in the theatre – and wants to know why. 'Theatre is a live medium, about bodies, sweat and feeling, even if it is informed by ideas and reason. How a thing composed of words manages to carry within it the currents of energy that generate that impression of life is what I want to explore…' Steve Waters 'Steve Waters’ book is like his plays: clear, elegant and stimulating throughout' David Edgar
In The Secret Life of the American Musical, Jack Viertel takes them apart, puts them back together, sings their praises, marvels at their unflagging inventiveness, and occasionally despairs over their more embarrassing shortcomings.
Author: Jack Viertel
Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books
Category: Performing Arts
A New York Times Bestseller For almost a century, Americans have been losing their hearts and losing their minds in an insatiable love affair with the American musical. It often begins in childhood in a darkened theater, grows into something more serious for high school actors, and reaches its passionate zenith when it comes time for love, marriage, and children, who will start the cycle all over again. Americans love musicals. Americans invented musicals. Americans perfected musicals. But what, exactly, is a musical? In The Secret Life of the American Musical, Jack Viertel takes them apart, puts them back together, sings their praises, marvels at their unflagging inventiveness, and occasionally despairs over their more embarrassing shortcomings. In the process, he invites us to fall in love all over again by showing us how musicals happen, what makes them work, how they captivate audiences, and how one landmark show leads to the next—by design or by accident, by emulation or by rebellion—from Oklahoma! to Hamilton and onward. Structured like a musical, The Secret Life of the American Musical begins with an overture and concludes with a curtain call, with stops in between for “I Want” songs, “conditional” love songs, production numbers, star turns, and finales. The ultimate insider, Viertel has spent three decades on Broadway, working on dozens of shows old and new as a conceiver, producer, dramaturg, and general creative force; he has his own unique way of looking at the process and at the people who collaborate to make musicals a reality. He shows us patterns in the architecture of classic shows and charts the inevitable evolution that has taken place in musical theater as America itself has evolved socially and politically. The Secret Life of the American Musical makes you feel as though you’ve been there in the rehearsal room, in the front row of the theater, and in the working offices of theater owners and producers as they pursue their own love affair with that rare and elusive beast—the Broadway hit.
This original play with musical underscoring about the world's most famous detective during his youthful years of collaboration with Dr. Watson is firmly grounded in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's characters.
Author: Ed Lange
Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.
Category: Detective and mystery plays, English
This original play with musical underscoring about the world's most famous detective during his youthful years of collaboration with Dr. Watson is firmly grounded in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's characters. It is a fascinating mystery, an enchanting romance and a wonderful comedy. Winner of the Audio Publishers Association's National Audie Award for its dramatic presentation as an audio book. Originally produced by the New York State Theatre Institute.
Janet Todd draws on documents she has rediscovered in the Dutch archives, and on Behn's own writings, to tell a story of court, diplomatic and sexual intrigue, and of the rise from humble origins of the first woman to earn her living as a ...
Author: Janet Todd
Publisher: A&C Black
Category: Biography & Autobiography
'All women together ought to let flowers fall upon the tomb of Aphra Behn; for it was she who earned them the right to speak their minds,' said Virginia Woolf. Yet that tomb, in Westminster Abbey, records one of the few uncontested facts about this Restoration playwright, poet, novelist and spy: the date of her death, 16 April 1689. For the rest secrecy and duplicity are almost the key to her life. She loved codes, making and breaking them; writing her life becomes a decoding of a passionate but playful woman. Janet Todd draws on documents she has rediscovered in the Dutch archives, and on Behn's own writings, to tell a story of court, diplomatic and sexual intrigue, and of the rise from humble origins of the first woman to earn her living as a professional writer. Aphra Behn's first notable employment was as a Royal spy in Holland; she had probably also spied in Surinam. It was not until she was in her thirties that she published the first of the 19 plays and other works which established her fame (though not riches) among her 'good, sweet, honey-candied readers'. Many of her works were openly erotic, indeed as frank as anything by her friends Wycherley and Rochester. Some also offered an inside view of court and political intrigues, and Todd reveals the historical scandals and legal cases behind some of Behn's most famous 'fictions'.
This is a companion to Harley Granville Plays Two, which contains The Marrying of Ann Leete; The Madras House; His Majesty and Farewell to the Theatre.
Author: Harley Granville-Barker
Publisher: Methuen Drama
These plays are from the major British director of the first quarter of this century. His best-known plays including "Waste", were written as contributions to his company's repertoire of modern drama for a national theatre. "Waste" and "The Voysey Inheritance" played at the 1992 Edinburgh Festival.
Get ready to spot hundreds of things you've never seen before across a wide range of films, in this brand new book from the creator of Den Of Geek.
Author: Simon Brew
Publisher: Hachette UK
Category: Performing Arts
Get ready to spot hundreds of things you've never seen before across a wide range of films, in this brand new book from the creator of Den Of Geek. From the small references and inspirations, through to clues, hidden meanings and moments in frame that you may have simply missed, this indispensable guide is both a love letter to cinema, and a jam-packed treasure trove that no film fan will want to miss!
Featuring candid photographs of wild squirrels in handcrafted, homemade miniature settings, this irresistible book is sure to delight readers young and old!
Author: Nancy Rose
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Category: Juvenile Fiction
An irresistible photographic story featuring wild squirrels in homemade miniature domestic settings -- taking a bath, doing laundry, and barbecuing -- will surprise and amuse readers and animal lovers of all ages! Adorable squirrels as you've never seen them! You may think you know what squirrels do all day...but Mr. Peanuts is no ordinary squirrel. Instead of climbing tress, he plays the piano. ("Moonlight Sonutta" is his favorite.) Instead of scurrying through the woods, he reads books (such as A Tail of Two Cities). But everything is more fun with company, so Mr. Peanuts writes a letter to Cousin Squirrel and invites him for a visit! Featuring candid photographs of wild squirrels in handcrafted, homemade miniature settings, this irresistible book is sure to delight readers young and old!
Author: Mariona Tolosa SisteréPublish On: 2020-10-01
Finally giving mucus the recognition it deserves, The Secret Life of Boogers pulls back the curtain and reveals snot as the superhero it really is.
Author: Mariona Tolosa Sisteré
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
A delightfully disgusting and scientific look at boogers and how they can get us out of sticky situations! Snot might seem disgusting, but it's actually (s)not! In fact, it defends our bodies and keeps us healthy by trapping viruses and bacteria in its sticky web. Finally giving mucus the recognition it deserves, The Secret Life of Boogers pulls back the curtain and reveals snot as the superhero it really is. Readers both young and old will delight in this snarky look at the science of boogers while they learn about the countless important roles snot plays in our bodies.
When your loving mother is also a trigger-happy hothead and your father is a street-hustling playboy, your life becomes a cyclone of chaos, with little chance for normalcy.
When your loving mother is also a trigger-happy hothead and your father is a street-hustling playboy, your life becomes a cyclone of chaos, with little chance for normalcy. Kali grew up in Texas surrounded by violence, and guns were as common as cowboy boots. But when her mother was murdered in cold blood, her life spiraled into an abyss, leaving her drowning in a series of failed relationships with men who often mirrored her father's womanizing ways. Kali is in survival mode and on the search for love, indulging herself in dysfunctional relationships with frat boys, street hustlers, liars, cheaters, and thieves. As a single mother of three, fathered by three different men, she struggles with the consequences of her decisions, determined to escape her past. But she must face her past to secure her future. Kali's yearning for self-worth and identity launches her on a journey to reconnect with her passions, find herself, and discover that true love starts within.
Eleven-year-old Billie is tired of her life: Her rock star parents are always on tour.
Author: Len Jenkin
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company (BYR)
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Eleven-year-old Billie is tired of her life: Her rock star parents are always on tour. They spend more time with agents and photographers than with Billie and her baby brother, Bix. So when mysterious Uncle Myron pulls up to their hotel in his Cadillac convertible, Billie has a brilliant idea: She and Bix will stow away in the backseat until their parents are worried enough to come and find them. But before long, the car is flying through the air on its way to Borderland, a strange place where marshmallows are priceless, elephants dance in nightclubs, and a giant amphibian called the Kingfish rules with an iron tail. When Bix is kidnapped by the evil Kingfish, Billie must trust the bizarre creatures of the Borderland to help her rescue him. This hilarious, wacky adventure, narrated by a smart, sassy heroine, is sure to keep even the most reluctant readers hooked.
This is a fascinating exploration of one of the most surprising corners of neuroscience that shows how science may be able to harness the power of sleep to improve learning, health, and more.
Author: Penelope A. Lewis
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Category: Health & Fitness
In recent years neuroscientists have uncovered the countless ways our brain trips us up in day-to-day life, from its propensity toward irrational thought to how our intuitions deceive us. The latest research on sleep, however, points in the opposite direction. Where old wives tales have long advised to "sleep on a problem," today scientists are discovering the truth behind these folk sayings,and how the busy brain radically improves our minds through sleep and dreams. In The Secret World of Sleep, neuroscientist Penny Lewis explores the latest research intothe nighttime brain to understand the real benefits of sleep. She shows how, while our body rests, the brain practices tasks it learned during the day, replays traumatic events to mollify them, and forges connections between distant concepts. By understanding the roles that the nocturnal brain plays in our waking life, we can improve the relationship between the two, and even boost creativity and become smarter. This is a fascinating exploration of one of the most surprising corners of neuroscience that shows how science may be able to harness the power of sleep to improve learning, health, and more.
The novel creates a distinctive narrative voice for the world's most admired playwright by seamlessly integrating dozens of Shakespeare's poems and play excerpts into his riveting and surprisingly little-known life story.
The Secret Life of Pets, a behemoth of script and storyboards.
Author: Joy Vallo
The Secret Life of Pets, a behemoth of script and storyboards. These definitive, vibrant film blueprints published on the heels of the final film's closely guarded release are destined to be enshrined on every fan's bedside table, studied in universities, and emulated by filmmakers.
In the hands of acclaimed historical novelist Jude Morgan, this is a brilliantly convincing story of unforgettable richness, warmth, and immediacy.
Author: Jude Morgan
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Named One of Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction Books of 2014 There are so few established facts about how the son of a glove maker from Warwickshire became one of the greatest writers of all time that some people doubt he could really have written so many astonishing plays. We know that he married Anne Hathaway, who was pregnant and six years older than he, at the age of eighteen, and that one of their children died of the plague. We know that he left Stratford to seek his fortune in London, and eventually succeeded. He was clearly an unwilling craftsman, ambitious actor, resentful son, almost good-enough husband. But when and how did he also become a genius? The Secret Life of William Shakespeare pulls back the curtain to imagine what it might have really been like to be Shakespeare before a seemingly ordinary man became a legend. In the hands of acclaimed historical novelist Jude Morgan, this is a brilliantly convincing story of unforgettable richness, warmth, and immediacy.
Using movies to explore the unconscious realms of society in order to reach a better understanding of what drives it, this book examines filmmakers and films that center on schizophrenic themes of alienation, paranoia, breakdown, fantasy, ...
Author: Jason Horsley
Category: Performing Arts
Film blurs the line between myth and reality better than any other artistic medium, one could argue. Using movies to explore the unconscious realms of society in order to reach a better understanding of what drives it, this book examines filmmakers and films that center on schizophrenic themes of alienation, paranoia, breakdown, fantasy, dreams, dementia and violence, and that address—as entertainment—the schizophrenic experience. The loss of individual identity as reflected in the films is investigated, as well as the shamanic potential inherent in the broader theme.
Building on the author's awe-inspiring TED talk, the cutting-edge research presented in The Secret Life of the Mind revolutionizes how we understand the role that neuroscience plays in our lives, unlocking the mysterious cerebral processes ...
Author: Mariano Sigman
Publisher: Little, Brown Spark
From a world-renowned leader in neuroscience, a provocative, enthralling journey into the depths of the human mind. Where do our thoughts come from? How do we make choices and trust our judgments? What is the role of the unconscious? Can we manipulate our dreams? In this mind-bending international bestseller, award-winning neuroscientist Mariano Sigman explores the complex answers to these and many other age-old questions. Over the course of his 20-year career investigating the inner workings of the human brain, Dr. Sigman has cultivated a remarkable interdisciplinary vision. He draws on research in physics, linguistics, psychology, education, and beyond to explain why people who speak more than one language are less prone to dementia; how infants can recognize by sight objects they've previously only touched; how babies, even before they utter their first word, have an innate sense of right and wrong; and how we can "read" the thoughts of vegetative patients by decoding patterns in their brain activity. Building on the author's awe-inspiring TED talk, the cutting-edge research presented in The Secret Life of the Mind revolutionizes how we understand the role that neuroscience plays in our lives, unlocking the mysterious cerebral processes that control the ways in which we learn, reason, feel, think, and dream.
Seasoned Roman prostitute Nanna is in a quandary as to what to advise her daughter, Pippa, as she chooses her path in life. Would it be better for her to become a nun, a whore, or a wife?
Author: Pietro Aretino
Publisher: Hesperus Press
A prequel to The School of Whoredom, The Secret Life of Nuns is a witty and salacious dialogue between Nana, and her confidante Antonia. Nanna is in a quandary as to what to advise her daughter, Pippa, as she chooses her path in life. Should she become a nun, a whore, or a wife? In pondering this, Nanna begins to tell of her own experiences as a nun, relating the adventures that ensued as she was accepted and initiated into convent life. In subverting the popular literary form of the dialogue, Aretino uses bawdy humor and colorful narrative to expose the human foibles and vice that he saw as inherent in religious life. The result is a vivid piece of prose that has endured for centuries. Italian satirist and poet Pietro Aretino was one of the most versatile writers of the 16th century; the author of plays, poetry, and letters, he is now principally remembered as the originator of European pornography.
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Author: Darwin Porter
Publisher: Blood Moon Productions, Ltd.
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Until recently, very little was known about the early life of Hollywood's most famous movie star. Here, compiled from extensive eyewitness interviews, Darwin Porter delves deep into the star's hot, horny formative years on Broadway and in early Talkie Hollywood. Looking at everything from his affairs with such starlets as Marlene Dietrich and Bette Davis, to his AWOL escapades in the army, to his compulsive brushes with gangsters, prostitutes and blackmailers, this is the untold story of Hollywood's hottest hunk in history.