Venus in Fur

Author: David Ives

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1786823039

Category: Drama

Page: 72

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‘You don’t have to tell me about sadomasochism. I’m in the theatre.’ Enigmatic actress Vanda Jordan appears unannounced for an audition with director Thomas Novachek. She’s determined to land the leading role in his new production – despite seeming wrong for the part. Over one evening in downtown Manhattan their charged meeting becomes a seductive dance to the end. Intoxicating, erotic, highly charged, Venus In Fur is a dark comedy about desire, fantasy, and love.
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The Oberon Anthology of Contemporary American Plays: Volume Two

Author: Adam Rapp,Suzan-Lori Parks,Ann Marie Healy,Nick Jones

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1786823217

Category: Drama

Page: 320

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The second volume in this series brings together some of the best new writing from contemporary American playwrights, each play introduced by critically acclaimed writers themselves. The volume includes: The Edge of Our Bodies by Adam Rapp, introduced by AM Homes The Coward by Nick Jones, introduced by Marsha Norman The Book of Grace by Suzan-Lori Parks, introduced by Oskar Eustis What Once We Felt by Ann Marie Healy, introduced by Paula Vogel
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The Mistress Contract (Oberon Modern Plays)

Author: Abi Morgan,She and He

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1783195525

Category: Drama

Page: 96

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She and He are the pseudonyms of a real-life couple who live in separate houses in the same city on the west coast of America. She is 88. He is 93. For 30 years he has provided her with a home and an income, while she provides ‘mistress services’ – ‘All sexual acts as requested, with suspension of historical, emotional, psychological disclaimers.’ They first met at university and then lost touch. When they met again twenty years later, they began an affair when She – a highly educated, intelligent woman with a history of involvement in the feminist movement – asked her wealthy lover to sign the remarkable document that outlines their unconventional lifestyle: The Mistress Contract. Was her suggestion a betrayal of all that she and the women of her generation had fought for? Or was it brave, honest, and radical? Then — on a small recorder that fit in her purse — this extraordinary couple began to tape their conversations about their relationship, conversations that took place while travelling, over dinner at home and in restaurants, on the phone, even in bed. Based on reams of tape recordings made over their 30 year relationship, The Mistress Contract is a remarkable document of this unconventional couple, and the contract that kept them bound together to this day.
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Fry: Plays Two (Venus Observed; The Dark Is Light Enough; Curtmantle)

Author: Christopher Fry

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849437467

Category: Drama

Page: 280

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Includes the plays Venus Observed, The Dark is Light Enough and Curtmantle This volume of Christopher Fry's original stage work concludes his 'Season Plays' with Venus Observed ('Autumn') and The Dark is Light Enough ('Winter'). In the first of these, commissioned by Laurence Olivier, a confident but ageing duke asks his grown-up son to choose a new wife for him. Written with a superbly light touch, this is a surprisingly reflective play about love, power and forgiveness. The Dark is Light Enough, set during Hungary's revolt against Austria in the 1850s, concerns an imperious, inscrutable aristocrat who seems prepared to sacrifice family and household for the sake of her daughter's scapegrace ex-husband. Also included is Fry's biographical play about King Henry II, Curtmantle. Working with the 'epic' theatrical style of the time and utilising a new, leaner verse language, Fry captures Henry's energy, quick wit and quick temper, his relationship with Thomas Becket - Chancellor and friend, Archbishop and enemy - and his ultimately tragic struggles with his four ambitious sons
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Transnational Exchange in Early Modern Theater

Author: Robert Henke,Eric Nicholson

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9780754662815

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 264

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Emphasizing a performative and stage-centered approach, this book considers early modern European theater as an international phenomenon. Early modern theater was remarkable both in the ways that it represented material and symbolic exchanges across borders but also in the ways that it enacted them. In analyzing theater as a medium of dialogic communication, the volume emphasizes cultural relationships of exchange and reciprocity more than unilateral encounters of hegemony and domination.
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The Oberon Anthology of Contemporary American Plays: Volume One

Author: Mark Subias

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849436185

Category: Drama

Page: 312

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This new series brings together some of the best new writing from contemporary American playwrights. Volume One is introduced by Andre Bishop, Artistic Director of the Lincoln Center Theater, the most prestigious theatre in the USA. Each play is introduced by critically acclaimed writers themselves.The volume includes: KIN by Bathsheba Doran, (with an introduction by Chris Durang) Kin sheds a sharp light on the changing face of kinship in the expansive landscape of the modern world.“Simply terrific. Perhaps the finest new play of the season. Funny and audacious, haunting, and exquisitely wrought.” - Charles Isherwood, New York Times MIDDLETOWN by Will Eno (with an introduction by Gordon Lish) Middletown was awarded the prestigious Horton Foote Prize for Promising New American Play in 2010.“Middletown glimmers from start to finish with tart, funny, gorgeous little comments on big things: the need for love and forgiveness, the search for meaning in life, the long, lonely ache of disappointment.” - Charles Isherwood, New York Times COMPLETENESS by Itamar Moses (with an introduction by Doug Wright) Completeness is a 21st-century romantic comedy about the timeless confusions of love.“A funny, ridiculously smart new play. I haven’t seen another play recently that so perfectly captured love – hot-blooded, fearless, fickle – at this stage in life. I was left with nothing but admiration.” - Jeremy Gerard, Bloomberg News GOD'S EAR by Jenny Schwartz (with an introduction by Edward Albee) “This ode to love, loss and the routines of life has the economy and dry wit of a Sondheim love song ... Schwartz is a real talent and she is trying something ambitious ... In [her] very modern way, [she is] making a rather old-fashioned case for the power of the written word.” - Jason Zinoman, New York Times
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Fry: Plays One (The Lady's Not for Burning , A Yard of Sun , Siege)

Author: Christopher Fry

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849437300

Category: Drama

Page: 288

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Includes the plays The Lady's Not for Burning, A Yard of Sun andSiege In this volume of Christopher Fry's original stage work, his most famous play The Lady's Not for Burning - 'Spring' in his set of 'Seasonal Plays' - is joined by the 'Summer' play A Yard of Sun, written in the mid-1930's. Celebrated for the sensuousness and joyous wit of its language, The Lady's Not for Burning is a key play in the revival of verse drama in the 1940's, and the scale of its success made Fry one of the most famous playwrights of his day. A Yard of Sun, Fry's last full-length stage play, is set in Siena just after the end of World War Two. Without ignoring the struggles and privations of war, the play is funny, touching and ultimately optimistic. Based on the medieval story of Aucassin and Nicolette and conceived as a form of 'pageant', Siege with its mixing of verse and prose, sprawling structure, employment of different speech patterns and deliberately contemporary touches, gives a unique insight into Fry's development as a stage-craftsman.
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Monkey!

Author: Colin Teevan

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849436304

Category: Drama

Page: 71

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Monkey magic! The tale of the roguish Monkey and his exploits on a fabulous journey to India is one of the most popular classics in Asian literature. Monkey has been imprisoned in a mountain because of the chaos he has wrought in heaven. To be redeemed, he must guide the Buddhist monk Triptaka from China, through the Himalayas, on a mystical quest in search of sacred scriptures. Helped by two friends, Pigsy and Sandy, he encounters demons, spirits, dragons and gods on a riotous road trip to enlightenment. With its mix of energetic kung-fu action, mischievous hero and cast of fantastically colourful characters Monkey is an adventure to enchant everyone aged seven and above. First performed at the Young Vic Theatre in November 2001.
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Plays One

Author: Christopher Fry

Publisher: Oberon Books Limited

ISBN: 9781840027716

Category: Drama

Page: 285

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The first of three volumes of original works by one of Britain's most influential playwrights.
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Luckham: Plays

Author: Claire Luckham

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1783193700

Category: Drama

Page: 312

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Includes the plays Trafford Tanzi, The Dramatic Attitudes of Miss Fanny Kemble and The Seduction of Anne Boleyn Trafford Tanzi began as a pub show in Liverpool. It has since been performed all over the world and translated into a dozen languages. It plays out the story of a young woman’s life in the arena of the wrestling ring and its feminist themes are dealt with in the outrageously entertaining style of a wrestling match. In The Dramatic Attitudes of Miss Fanny Kemble, Claire Luckham looks at both slavery and the nineteenth-century acting profession through the life of a remarkable woman. The Seduction of Anne Boleyn, recently performed at the Nuffield Theatre in Southampton, is a haunting love story and a study of power in human relationships
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