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(PENGUIN CLASSICS DELUXE EDITION)
Written by ARTHUR MILLER
Introduction by SUSAN C. W. ABBOTSON

Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages

Publisher: Penguin Classics

On Sale: 11/22/2016

Price: $35.00

ISBN: 978-0-143-10849-8

The collected essays of the “moral voice of [the] American stage” (The New York Times) in a Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition
 
Arthur Miller was not only one of America’s most important twentieth-century playwrights, but he was also one of its most influential literary, cultural, and intellectual voices. Throughout his career, he consistently remained one of the country’s leading public intellectuals, advocating tirelessly for social justice, global democracy, and the arts. Theater scholar...

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THE REMARKABLE EVOLUTION OF SHAKESPEARE'S FEMALE CHARACTERS
Written by TINA PACKER

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 03/08/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-74534-7

Women of Will is a fierce and funny exploration of Shakespeare’s understanding of the feminine. Tina Packer, one of our foremost Shakespeare experts, shows that Shakespeare began, in his early comedies, by writing women as shrews to be tamed or as sweet little things with no independence of thought. The women of the history plays are much more interesting, beginning with Joan of Arc. Then, with the extraordinary Juliet, there is a dramatic shift: suddenly Shakespeare’s women have depth,...

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Written by ELIA KAZAN
Edited by ALBERT J. DEVLIN

Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 03/08/2016

Price: $25.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-91139-6

This fully annotated selection of Elia Kazan’s letters reveals all the passion, vitality, and raw honesty that made him such a towering figure in American theater and film.

Kazan’s determination to be a “sincere, conscious, practicing artist” resounds through every phase of his career: his apprenticeship with the Group Theatre, his co-founding of the Actors Studio and co-direction of the Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center, and his innovative directing on Broadway (A Streetcar Named...

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BRECHT, WEILL, THREE WOMEN, AND GERMANY ON THE BRINK
Written by PAMELA KATZ

Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 12/08/2015

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-74416-6

This fascinating portrait of two of the most brilliant theater artists of the twentieth century—and the women who made their work possible—is set against the explosive years of the Weimar Republic.

Among the most outsized personalities of the sizzling, decadent period between the Great War and the Nazis’ rise to power were the renegade poet Bertolt Brecht and the avant-garde composer Kurt Weill. These two young geniuses and the three women vital to their work—actresses Lotte Lenya and Helene...

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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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WHAT ANCIENT GREEK TRAGEDIES CAN TEACH US TODAY
Written by BRYAN DOERRIES

Format: Hardcover, 304 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 09/22/2015

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-95945-4

This is the personal and deeply passionate story of a life devoted to reclaiming the timeless power of an ancient artistic tradition to comfort the afflicted. For years, theater director Bryan Doerries has led an innovative public health project that produces ancient tragedies for current and returned soldiers, addicts, tornado and hurricane survivors, and a wide range of other at-risk people in society.

Drawing on these extraordinary firsthand experiences, Doerries clearly and powerfully...

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Written by TARA BENNETT

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages

Publisher: Titan Books

On Sale: 09/02/2014

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-1-783-29357-5

Collected from a truly expansive exploration of television’s most creative minds, Showrunners is an insider’s guide to creating and maintaining a hit show in today’s golden age of television. The official companion to the documentary Showrunners, this highly informative book features exclusive interviews with such acclaimed and popular showrunners as Joss Whedon, Damon Lindelof, Ronald D.Moore, Terence Winter, Bill Prady, Shawn Ryan, David Shore, and Jane Espenson.

"This book really does have...

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A SCREENPLAY
Written by PIER PAOLO PASOLINI

Format: Hardcover, 240 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 07/15/2014

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68288-3

Presented here for the first time in English is a remarkable screenplay about the apostle Paul by Pier Paolo Pasolini, legendary filmmaker, novelist, poet, and radical intellectual activist. Written between the appearance of his renowned film Teorema and the shocking, controversial Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom, St Paul was deemed too risky for investors. At once a political intervention and cinematic breakthrough, the script forces a revolutionary transformation on the contemporary legacy...

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Written by IAN DOESCHER

Format: Hardcover, 168 pages

Publisher: Quirk Books

On Sale: 07/01/2014

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-1-594-74713-7

From the author of the New York Times best seller William Shakespeare’s Star Wars comes the next installment of the original trilogy: William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return. Return to the star-crossed galaxy far, far away as the brooding young hero, a power-mad emperor, and their jesting droids match wits, struggle for power, and soliloquize in elegant and impeccable iambic pentameter. Illustrated with beautiful black-and-white Elizabethan-style artwork, these two plays offer essential...

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Written by ELIA KAZAN
Edited by ALBERT J. DEVLIN

Format: Hardcover, 672 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 04/22/2014

Price: $40.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-26716-0

This collection of nearly three hundred letters gives us the life of Elia Kazan unfiltered, with all the passion, vitality, and raw honesty that made him such an important and formidable stage director (A Streetcar Named Desire, Death of a Salesman), film director (On the Waterfront, East of Eden), novelist, and memoirist.

Elia Kazan’s lifelong determination to be a “sincere, conscious, practicing artist” resounds in these letters—fully annotated throughout—in every phase of his career: his...

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THE HAMLET DOCTRINE

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 04/22/2014

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-95048-2

The figure of Hamlet haunts our culture like the Ghost haunts him. Arguably, no literary work, not even the Bible, is more familiar to us than Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Everyone knows at least six words from the play; often people know many more. Yet the play—Shakespeare’s longest—is more than “passing strange” and becomes deeply unfamiliar when considered closely. Reading Hamlet alongside other writers, philosophers, and psychoanalysts—Carl Schmitt, Walter Benjamin, Freud, Lacan, Nietzsche,...

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WILLIAM ESPER TEACHES THE MEISNER TECHNIQUE
Written by WILLIAM ESPER, DAMON DIMARCO
Introduction by PATRICIA HEATON

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 04/08/2014

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-345-80568-3

William Esper, one of the most celebrated acting teachers of our time, takes us through his step-by-step approach to the central challenge of advanced acting work: creating and playing a character.

Esper’s first book, The Actor’s Art and Craft, earned praise for describing the basics taught in his famous first-year acting class. The Actor’s Guide to Creating a Character continues the journey. In these pages, co-author Damon DiMarco vividly re-creates Esper’s second-year course, again through...

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