THIS AND OTHER PLAYS

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This And Other Plays

Author : Melissa James Gibson
ISBN : 1559363797
Genre : Drama
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The first collection from a major new voice in American theatre.
Category: Drama

Heracles And Other Plays

Author : Euripides
ISBN : 9780141960937
Genre : Drama
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Heracles/ Iphigenia Among the Taurians/ Helen/ Ion/ Cyclops: Of these plays, only 'Heracles' truly belongs in the tragic sphere with its presentation of underserved suffering and divine malignity. The other plays flirt with comedy and comic themes. Their plots are ironic and complex with deception and elusion eventually leading to reconciliation between mother and son in 'Ion', brother and sister in 'Iphigenia', and husband and wife in 'Helen'. The comic vein is even stronger in the satyric'Cyclops' in which the giant's inebriation and subsequent violence are treated as humorous. Together, these plays demonstrate Euripides' challenge to the generic boundaries of Athenian drama.
Category: Drama

Prometheus Bound And Other Plays

Author : Aeschylus
ISBN : 9780140441123
Genre : Drama
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Aeschylus (525;456 BC) brought a new grandeur and epic sweep to the drama of classical Athens, raising it to the status of high art. In Prometheus Bound the defiant Titan Prometheus is brutally punished by Zeus for daring to improve the state of wretchedness and servitude in which mankind is kept. The Suppliants tells the story of the fifty daughters of Danaus who must flee to escape enforced marriages, while Seven Against Thebes shows the inexorable downfall of the last members of the cursed family of Oedipus. And The Persians, the only Greek tragedy to deal with events from recent Athenian history, depicts the aftermath of the defeat of Persia in the battle of Salamis, with a sympathetic portrayal of its disgraced King Xerxes. Philip Vellacott's evocative translation is accompanied by an introduction, with individual discussions of the plays, and their sources in history and mythology.
Category: Drama

Rhinoceros And Other Plays

Author : Eugene Ionesco
ISBN : 9780802190758
Genre : Drama
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In Rhinoceros, as in his earlier plays, Ionesco startles audiences with a world that invariably erupts in explosive laughter and nightmare anxiety. A rhinoceros suddenly appears in a small town, tramping through its peaceful streets. Soon there are two, then three, until the “movement” is universal: a transformation of average citizens into beasts, as they learn to move with the times. Finally, only one man remains. “I’m the last man left, and I’m staying that way until the end. I’m not capitulating!” Rhinoceros is a commentary on the absurdity of the human condition made tolerable only by self-delusion. It shows us the struggle of the individual to maintain integrity and identity alone in a world where all others have succumbed to the “beauty” of brute force, natural energy, and mindlessness. Includes Rhinoceros, The Leader, The Future Is in Eggs or It Takes All Sorts to Make a World
Category: Drama

The Birds And Other Plays

Author : Aristophanes
ISBN : 9780141913223
Genre : Drama
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The plays in this volume all contain Aristophanes' trademark bawdy comedy and dazzling verbal agility. In THE BIRDS, two frustrated Athenians join the birds to build the utopian city of 'Much Cuckoo in the Clouds'. THE KNIGHTS is a venomous satire on Cleon, a prominent Athenian demagogue, while THE ASSEMBLY WOMEN deals with the battle of the sexes as the women of Athens infiltrate the all-male Assembly in disguise. The lengthy conflict with Sparta is the subject of PEACE, inspired by the hope of a settlement in 421 BC, and WEALTH reflects on the economic catastrophe that hit Athens after the war.
Category: Drama

I Anatolia And Other Plays

Author : Talât Sait Halman
ISBN : 0815609353
Genre : Drama
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Since the middle of the 20th century, Turkish playwriting has been notable for its verve and versatility. This two-volume anthology is the first major collection of modern Turkish plays in English, with subjects ranging from ancient Anatolian mythology and Ottoman history to contemporary social issues, and ribald comedy.
Category: Drama

Quills And Other Plays

Author : Doug Wright
ISBN : 9780571211807
Genre : Drama
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This volume contains three plays by this Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright: "Interrogating the Nude,"" Watbanaland," and the Obie Award-winning "Quills."
Category: Drama

Self Defense And Other Plays

Author : Carson Kreitzer
ISBN : 9780578080581
Genre : Fiction
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SELF DEFENSE and other plays collects for the first time four astonishing, rigorous, heartbreaking plays by acclaimed dramatist Carson Kreitzer. With a preface by director Mark Wing-Davey and an introduction by dramaturg Mead K. Hunter, this volume will impact American theatre for a long time.
Category: Fiction

Electra And Other Plays

Author : Sophocles
ISBN : 0140440283
Genre : Drama
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Provides translation of four Greek dramas by Sophocles.
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