“Pygmalion and Other Plays” is a collection of eleven of George Bernard Shaw’s most studied and performed plays. The impact made by the Irish playwright, political activist, and Noble Prize-winner on Western theater and culture cannot be overstated. The plays contained in this collection showcase his genius and creativity and it is not hard to understand why his works continue to influence generations of writers and actors. Included are such frequently adapted classics as “Arms and the Man”, a biting and witty critique of the often falsely romantic depiction of war and the empty nobility of soldiers, “Candida”, a surprisingly modern story of a strong and intelligent woman who is the true force behind her husband’s success, “Pygmalion”, the classic and often adapted story of the transformation of Eliza Doolittle from a poor flower girl into a sophisticated lady at the hands of Henry Higgins and Colonel Pickering, “Saint Joan”, the sensitive and nuanced portrayal of the iconic Joan of Arc which shows her as a complex, misunderstood, and deeply human character, as well as many more brilliant dramatic plays. Shaw’s works continue to entertain and captivate audiences with their insights into human nature and the shortcomings of our modern society. This edition includes a biographical afterword.
First performed in 1923, “Saint Joan” is the celebrated play by George Bernard Shaw, the Irish playwright, social activist, and Noble Prize-winner. Premiering three years after Joan of Arc was canonized by the Roman Catholic Church, Shaw wrote “Saint Joan” because he was dissatisfied with how the saint was often portrayed in literature and history and wanted to present a more realistic and human Joan. Considered Shaw’s only tragedy and one of his most significant works, “Saint Joan” follows the famous French soldier and commander from her life as a peasant girl who claims to experience visions sent by God to guide her, to her stunning and unexpected military victories, and finally to her trial and execution. Shaw’s Joan is a complex character: brave, devout, and clever, but also intolerant, naïve, and foolish. Joan struggles to understand why she is not embraced by her monarch and his court after her impressive victory at Orleans and remains confident in her faith even as she faces torture and a lifetime of imprisonment or death at the hands of her accusers. “Saint Joan” endures as one of Shaw’s most adapted and performed plays for its nuanced portrayal of a fascinating and often misunderstood historical figure. This edition includes a biographical afterword.
In Fool For Love, situated at a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, transient lovers May and Eddie spin around in a room in a relentless struggle for power and truth. Through recollections and dreams, multiple versions of a fierce and fatal love story are told. The Sad Lament of Pecos Bill on the Eve of Killing His Wife, another kind of love story in the form of a comic operetta, takes a distaff view of the Southwest's legendary cowpuncher and his mate Slue-foot Sue, with irreverent commentary on American heroes and heroics. "No one knows better than Sam Shepard that the true American West is gone forever, but there may be no writer alive more gifted at reinventing it out of pure literary air." -Frank Rich, The New York Times "Mr. Shepard is the most deeply serious humorist of the American theater, and a poet with no use whatever for the 'poetic.' He brings fresh news of love, here and now, in all its potency and deviousness and foolishness, and of many other matters as well." -Edith Oliver, The New Yorker Sam Shepard (1943) is a playwright, actor, author, screen writer, and director whose work is performed on and off Broadway and in other theaters across the country. In 1979, he received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play Buried Child. In 1983, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in The Right Stuff. His other famous works include True West, A Lie of the Mind, and Curse of the Starving Class.
Plays in this collection: Rest, A Great Wilderness, The Few, Pocatello.Rest premiered at South Coast Repertory Theatre (Costa Mesa, CA) in the spring 2014. A Great Wilderness premiered at Seattle Repertory Theatre in the winter 2014. The Few premiered at The Old Globe (San Diego, CA) in the fall 2013 with a subsequent Off-Broadway run at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre. Pocatello premiered at Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in the fall 2014. Pocatello and Rest are recipients of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays awardPlaybill called 2014 “The Year of the Hunter” in reference to the numerous stagings of Hunter’s works.Hunter is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Grant in 2014, which entails a grant of $625,000 to be paid over five years.One of the foremost modern American playwrights; especially relevant to Americans in suburban or rural regions of America as all of his plays are set in Idaho.One of the most widely commissioned playwrights of 2014 from theatres all over the country, like LCT3, Steppenwolf, Playwrights Horizons, MTC/Ars Nova, and many more.Winner of an Obie Award for A Bright New Boise and Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Awards for The Whale
Pass Over combines two seminal yet disparate texts of Western literature—the Book of Exodus and Beckett’s Waiting for Godot —and transforms their themes of escape and the existential challenges of waiting in her depiction of two young Black men as they joke and dream about someday “passing over” into a new life while simultaneously trying to survive in a hostile and dangerous environment. The play was first produced at the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago in the summer of 2017, with Danya Taymor directing, and moved to Claire Tow Theater at Lincoln Center in New York the following summer. At one of the Steppenwolf performances, award-winning film director, producer, and writer Spike Lee filmed it and posted the resulting film on Amazon Video. The film was screened at the Sundance Film Festival where it was praised by the Hollywood Reporter , among other publications. The Steppenwolf production sparked enormous controversy in the press—a “whitelash,” in Nwandu’s words—for the play’s so-called reverse racism in its portrayal of the white characters. In a response Nwandu penned for American Theatre , she points out that complacent privilege, represented by the genteel Mister, is just as pernicious and dangerous as the more outwardly hostile aggression of Ossifer, a menacing cop. She concluded, “I write plays that hold a mirror up to society, that expose the darkness as a means to finding light. This is necessary work. Healing work.” Nwandu is a star on the rise; among her most prestigious awards are the Whiting Award for Drama, the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, the Negro Ensemble Company’s Douglas Turner Ward Prize, and a Literary Fellowship at the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference. Her work has been supported by the MacDowell Colony, the Sundance Theater Lab, the Cherry Lane Mentor Project, the Kennedy Center, and many others. In addition to her work as a playwright, Nwandu is working on a novel.
Dramatist, scriptwriter, short story writer, novelist, poet, director, and actor, Harold Pinter has earned universal praise for his distinctive style and imagination. In this, the most recent of four volumes, Pinter's work echoes many of his earlier themes and techniques-struggles for power and an ambience of menace-while finding fresh subject matter and means to express his changing dramatic vision. This volume contains three of Pinter's most famous plays, including Old Times, which Clive Barnes called «a joyous, wonderful play that people will talk about as long as we have theater»; a television play, Monologue; and a radio piece, Family Voices.Includes:Old TimesNo Man's LandBetrayalMonologueFamily Voices
Speed-the-Plow is an exhilaratingly sharp, comical, disturbing play about the power of money and sex in Hollywood, and how they corrupt two movie producers. Speed-the-Plow opened at Lincoln Center to sold-out seats, rave reviews and much fanfare in March 1988—staring Madonna, Joe Mantegna, and Ron Silver—and later moved to and had a long-standing run on Broadway.