Out from Under
Texts by Women Performance Artists
Paperback ISBN: 1559360097
Using elements of autobiography to address such issues as religion, sex, race, family and the struggle of women to move beyond their traditional roles in society, these women integrate aspects of ritual, monologue, music, visual arts and theatre in their performances as they help to forge a new literary and theatrical tradition.
Performing Canada's Histories
Paperback ISBN: 1770917764
This anthology represents a wide range of literary and performance practices—ranging from poetic tragedy, to radio drama, to Indigenous satire—and, because of its broad generic and historical scope, also serves as an excellent survey of Canadian dramatic literature from Confederation to the present. Includes: Tecumseh by Charles Mair The Birth of Montreal by Amy Redpath Roddick Alexander Mackenzie by Merrill Denison At My Heart’s Core by Robertson Davies The Komagata Maru Incident by Sharon Pollock Angélique by Lorena Gale
Paul Sills' Story Theater
Hardcover ISBN: 1557833982
The creator of Story Theater, the original director of Second City, and one of the greatest popularizers of improvisational theater, Paul Sills has assembled some of his favorite adaptations from world literature. Includes: The Blue Light and Other Stories * A Christmas Carol (Dickens) * Stories of God * Rumi.
One : The Ruling Class/Leonardo's Last Supper and Noonday Demons/the Bewitched/Laughter!/Barnes' People : Eight Monologues
Paperback ISBN: 0413621804
The Ruling Class "is a scorching and savage tragedy, yet its jokes are innumerable…they throw wide open the windows of your mind, they enlarge your field of vision and they blow away the accumulated dust of ages" (Sunday Times); Leonardo's Last Supper and Noonday Demons are "two ironic plays of delusion…Peter Barnes' dialogue is rich in surprising verbal twists, intellectual allusions and splendid jokes". The Bewitched is "a feast for intellectuals as well as a rollicking example of folk theatre" (Plays and Players) while Laughter is a vicious satire on comedy itself and Barnes' People are eight monologues written for some of the great stars of the English stage which "let the listener into a whole and private world…their jokes in the face of existence were both burning and bitter." (Daily Telegraph) "Peter Barnes is one of the unrecognised geniuses of the English theatre" (Plays and Players)
Plays by American Women, 1900-1930
Paperback ISBN: 1557830088
Traces the contributions of women to the American theater and offers the texts of five plays that deal with a sick child, a murdered husband, and family life
Plays for Actresses
Paperback ISBN: 0679772812
Gather any group of actresses, from students to stars, and someone will inevitably ask, "Where are all the great roles for women?" The roles are right here, in this unprecedented and magnificently diverse collection of plays with all-female casts, each of which represents the answer to any actress's prayer. The seven full-length and ten one-act selections In Plays for Actresses range in tone from the unabashed theatricality of Edward Albee's Pulitzer Prize-winning Three Tall Women to the blistering black comedy of Laura Cunningham's Beautiful Bodies. Their characters include uprooted Japanese war brides, outrageously liberated Shakespearean heroines, an avenging African American housewife, and nuns who double as Catholic schoolgirls. Whether you're looking for a script to produce, a scene for acting class, or a new audition speech, this book will provide you with a wealth of juicy, challenging female roles - even as it introduces you to some of the finest playwrights at work today.