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Dutchman and the Slave
Dutchman and the Slave
Paperback      ISBN: 0688210848

Centered squarely on the Negro-white conflict, both Dutchman and The Slave are literally shocking plays--in ideas, in language, in honest anger. They illuminate as with a flash of lightning a deadly serious problem--and they bring an eloquent and exceptionally powerful voice to the American theatre.

Dutchman opened in New York City on March 24, 1964, to perhaps the most excited acclaim ever accorded an off-Broadway production and shortly thereafter received the Village Voice's Obie Award. The Slave, which was produced off-Broadway the following fall, continues to be the subject of heated critical controversy.

The Misanthrope and Tartuffe, by Molière
The Misanthrope and Tartuffe, by Molière
Paperback      ISBN: 0156605171

Two classic plays translated by a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet into English verse. In The Misanthrope, society itself is indicted and the impurity of its critic's motives is exposed. In Tartuffe, the bigoted and prudish Orgon falls completely under the power of the wily Tartuffe. Introductions by Richard Wilbur.

She Stoops to Conquer
She Stoops to Conquer
Paperback      ISBN: 0486268675

This charming comedy has delighted audiences for over two centuries. First performed in 1773, it concerns Kate Hardcastle, a young lady who poses as a serving girl to win the heart of a young gentleman too shy to court ladies of his own class. A number of delightful deceits and hilarious turns of plot must be played out before the mating strategies of both Kate Hardcastle and her friend Constance Neville conclude happily. Along the way, there is an abundance of merry mix-ups, racy dialogue and sly satire of the sentimental comedies of Goldsmith's day.
The extraordinary humor and humanity with which Goldsmith invested this play have made it one of the most read, performed, and studied of all English comedies. It is now available in this inexpensive Dover edition, based on the text of the fourth edition, published in the year of the play's first staging.

Oh! Calcutta!: An Entertainment with Music
Oh! Calcutta!
An Entertainment with Music
Paperback      ISBN: 0936839481

In Oh Calcutta Kenneth Tynan has assembled a group of sketches which deal with almost every conceivable erotic fantasy and sexual reality that Western man has dreamt up or experienced. The distinguished roster of authors includes Samuel Beckett, Edna O'Brien, Jules Feiffer, Leonard Melfi, John Lennon, and, not to be outdone, Kenneth Tynan himself.

Three Tragedies: Blood Wedding, Yerma, Bernarda Alba
Three Tragedies
Blood Wedding, Yerma, Bernarda Alba
Paperback      ISBN: 0811200922
Blood Wedding. Concerned with love that cannot become marriage among the primitive hill people of Castile, this is a play of the workings of tremendous passions and tribal ritual toward an inescapable tragic end. Yerma. "The whole tragic burden of Yerma is measured by the deepening of her struggle with the problem of frustrated motherhood." --From Garc a Lorca, by Edwin Honig. The House of Bernarda Alba. Again about "women whom love moves to tragedy," Bernarda Alba tells of the repression of five daughters by a domineering mother, of how their natural spirits circumvent her but bring violence and death.
The Birthday Party and the Room: Two Plays
The Birthday Party and the Room
Two Plays
Paperback      ISBN: 0802151140

Two dramatic works explore the role played by fate in the lives of boarding house tenants

Euripides V: Electra, the Phoenician Women, the Bacchae
Euripides V
Electra, the Phoenician Women, the Bacchae
Paperback      ISBN: 0226307840

Includes Electra, The Phoenician Women and The Bacchae.

Goethe's Faust
Goethe's Faust
Paperback      ISBN: 0385031149

The best translation of Faust available, this volume provides the original German text and its English counterpart on facing pages. Walter Kaufmann's translation conveys the poetic beauty and rhythm as well as the complex depth of Goethe's language. Includes Part One and selections from Part Two.

Prometheus Bound and Other Plays: Prometheus Bound, the Suppliants, Seven Against Thebes, the Persians
Prometheus Bound and Other Plays
Prometheus Bound, the Suppliants, Seven Against Thebes, the Persians
Paperback      ISBN: 0140441123

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.

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Waiting for Godot: Tragicomedy in 2 Acts
Waiting for Godot
Tragicomedy in 2 Acts
Paperback      ISBN: 0802130348

As Vladimir and Estragon await the arrival of Godot, they discuss their lives and consider hanging themselves, but choose to wait for Godot instead, in the hope that he can tell them what their purpose is.