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AMERICAN DRAMA

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A UNIQUE COLLECTION OF 23 PLAYS FOR THREE ACTORS

Format: Trade Paperback, 768 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 12/01/2015

Price: $18.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-87229-1

Plays for Three is a unique anthology of 23 outstanding plays for three actors by an exciting mix of established and emerging playwrights.
 
Everyone’s heard that “Two’s company, three’s a crowd.” That may be true on a date, but on stage, three is a magic number. Add a third character to any interaction and the dramatic possibilities increase exponentially: suddenly there’s competition, intrigue, shifting allegiances, comic misunderstandings, secrets and lies. Triangles make excellent drama,...

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Format: Hardcover, 336 pages

Publisher: Titan Books

On Sale: 09/22/2015

Price: $25.99

ISBN: 978-1-783-29153-3

Fresh out of Cambridge University, the young Mycroft Holmes is already making a name for himself in government, working for the Secretary of State for War. Yet this most British of civil servants has strong ties to the faraway island of Trinidad, the birthplace of his best friend, Cyrus Douglas, a man of African descent, and where his fiancée Georgiana Sutton was raised.

Mycroft’s comfortable existence is overturned when Douglas receives troubling reports from home. There are rumors of...

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Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 06/03/2014

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-17039-0

On October 7, 1998, a young gay man was discovered bound to a fence outside Laramie, Wyoming, savagely beaten and left to die in an act of brutality and hate that shocked the nation. Matthew Shepard’s death became a national symbol of intolerance, but for the people of the town, the event was deeply personal. In the aftermath, Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project went to Laramie and conducted more than 200 interviews with its citizens. From the transcripts, the...

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A DAZZLING NEW COLLECTION OF 28 PLAYS FOR TWO ACTORS

Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 03/25/2014

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-345-80454-9

Plays for Two is a unique anthology of twenty-eight terrific plays for two actors, by a mix of celebrated playwrights and cutting-edge new voices.

It takes two to tango—or to perform a duet, fight a duel, or play ping-pong. The two-character play is dramatic confrontation stripped to its essence. These four full-length and twenty-four short plays feature pairs of every sort—strangers, rivals, parents and children, siblings, co-workers, friends, and lovers—swooning or sparring, meeting cute or...

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A PLAY
Written by SAM SHEPARD

Format: Trade Paperback, 132 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 10/08/2013

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-345-80680-2

When Roscoe, a 65-year-old Cervantes scholar, runs off with a young woman named Sally, he decides to stay a while in her family home. Soon he discovers that Sally’s house—once inhabited by James Dean; perched precariously over the San Fernando valley—is filled with secrets, sadness, and haunted women who cannot leave themselves or anyone else in peace. From Lucy, Sally’s suspicious sister, to Mable, their Shakespeare-quoting invalid mother, to Elizabeth, Mable’s lovely and mysteriously mute...

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THE GROUP THEATRE AND AMERICA 1931-1940
Written by WENDY SMITH

Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 08/06/2013

Price: $20.00

ISBN: 978-0-345-80599-7

Real Life Drama is the classic history of the remarkable group that revitalized American theater in the 1930s by engaging urgent social and moral issues that still resonate today.

Born in the turbulent decade of the Depression, the Group Theatre revolutionized American arts. Wendy Smith's dramatic narrative brings the influential troupe and its founders to life once again, capturing their joys and pains, their triumphs and defeats. Filled with fresh insights into the towering personalities of...

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Written by SAM SHEPARD

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 08/14/2012

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-345-80276-7

Filled with wry, dark humor, unparalleled imagination, unforgettable characters, and exquisitely crafted storytelling, Sam Shepard’s plays have earned him enormous acclaim over the past five decades. In these fifteen one-acts, we see him at his best, displaying his trademark ability to portray human relationships, love, and lust with rare authenticity. These fifteen furiously energetic plays confirm Shepard's status as our most audacious living playwright, unafraid to set genres and...

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COMIC PLAYS AND MONOLOGUES

Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 05/03/2011

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-47664-7

This cornucopia of comedy showcases works by major playwrights and emerging young writers, with casts of all sizes and diverse and challenging roles for actors of every age and type. You’ll discover such colorful characters as a businessman free-falling from a plane, an embittered sword swallower, a punkish girl skateboarder, and retirees in post-apocalyptic Siberia, alongside plays that unleash the humor in high school reunions, alien invasions, office cubicle farms, and even post-Katrina...

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Written by ELIA KAZAN

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 01/12/2010

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-27704-6

Elia Kazan was the twentieth century’s most celebrated director of both stage and screen, and this monumental, revelatory book shows us the master at work. Kazan’s list of Broadway and Hollywood successes—A Streetcar Named Desire, Death of a Salesman, On the Waterfront, to name a few—is a testament to his profound impact on the art of directing. This remarkable book, drawn from his notebooks, letters, interviews, and autobiography, reveals Kazan’s method: how he uncovered the “spine,” or...

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A PLAY
Written by DAVID MAMET

Format: Trade Paperback, 132 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 06/24/2008

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-38880-3

David Mamet's new Oval Office satire depicts one day in the life of a beleaguered American commander-in-chief.

It's November in a Presidential election year, and incumbent Charles Smith's chances for reelection are looking grim. Approval ratings are down, his money's running out, and nuclear war might be imminent. Though his staff has thrown in the towel and his wife has begun to prepare for her post-White House life, Chuck isn't ready to give up just yet. Amidst the biggest fight of his...

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Written by SAM SHEPARD

Format: Trade Paperback, 84 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 06/10/2008

Price: $14.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-38682-3

A solitary man digs a hole in the ground, near a dead horse. Amidst the clutter of food and equipment stands Hobart Struther, who has ridden all the way out to the middle of nowhere on a holy mission. But one day into his “Great Sojourn,” things are looking bleak. His horse has choked to death, he's miles away from civilization, and there's not a person around to talk to – other than himself. As Hobart examines his rise — how he built a vast art collection while ensconced in a comfortable...

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SHORT COMIC PLAYS

Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 04/10/2007

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-27713-8

This one-of-a-kind anthology features thirty-six hilarious short plays by major American playwrights and emerging new voices, all guaranteed to send readers and audiences into peals of laughter.

From the surrealistic wit of Steve Martin’s “The Zig-Zag Woman” to the biting political satire of Steven Dietz’s“The Spot,” from Christopher Durang’s wonderfully loopy “Wanda’s Visit” to Shel Silverstein’s supremely twisted “The Best Daddy,” there’s something in here to make everyone laugh. There are...

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