Machinal

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Author: Sophie Treadwell

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9781854592118

Category: Social Science

Page: 83

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Sophie Treadwell was a campaigning journalist in America between the wars. Among her assignments was the sensational murder involving Ruth Snyder, who with her lover, Judd Gray, had murdered her husband and gone to the electric chair. Out of this came MACHINAL, a powerful expressionist drama about the dependent status of women and the living hell of a loveless marriage. Successfully premiered on Broadway in 1928 with Clark Gable as the lover, the play was seen in London two years later, provoked a sensation in Tairov's version in Moscow in 1933, and was then largely forgotten until revivals in New York and London in the 1990s.

Feminism and Theatre

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Author: Sue-Ellen Case

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136735208

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 160

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First Published in 1988. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Bull

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Author: Mike Bartlett

Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

ISBN: 0822229765

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 56

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This vicious comedy is an allegorical deathmatch between business colleagues—full of bizarre power plays and one-upmanship—wherein one of three employees is allegedly going to be fired. The odds against our protagonist are stacked from the outset: rumple-faced sad-sack Thomas never quite gets his footing against opponents Tony, a shark in wolf's clothing, and Isobel, a snaky number with a talent for undermining. In savvy fashion, Mike Bartlett's BULL caters to our baser instincts.

Honky

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Author: Greg Kalleres

Publisher: Dramatists Play Service Inc

ISBN: 082223100X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 59

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When a young African American is shot for a pair of basketball shoes, sales triple among white teens. Are ghetto-glorifying commercials to blame, or is it the white CEO that only sees dollar signs? Luckily, there’s a new pill on the market guaranteed to cure racism. HONKY is a darkly comedic look at five people, white and black, as they navigate the murky waters of race, rhetoric and basketball shoes.

Fat Pig

A Play

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Author: Neil LaBute

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9781429998680

Category: Drama

Page: 112

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Cow. Slob. Pig. How many insults can you hear before you have to stand up and defend the woman you love? Tom faces just that question when he falls for Helen, a bright, funny, sexy young woman who happens to be plus sized-and then some. Forced to explain his new relationship to his shallow (although shockingly funny) friends, finally he comes to terms with his own preconceptions of the importance of conventional good looks. Neil LaBute's sharply drawn play not only critiques our slavish adherence to Hollywood ideals of beauty but boldy questions our own ability to change what we dislike about ourselves.

A Study Guide for Sophie Treadwell's "Machinal"

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Author: Gale, Cengage Learning

Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1410351777

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 31

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A Study Guide for Sophie Treadwell's "Machinal," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Drama For Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Drama For Students for all of your research needs.

Performing Women

Stand-ups, Strumpets and Itinerants

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Author: Alison Oddey

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1349277207

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 299

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Alison Oddey's interviews with prominent performing women span generations, cultures, perspectives, practice and the best part of the twentieth century, telling various stories collectively. Stand-ups, 'classic' actresses, film and television personalities, experimental and 'alternative' practitioners discuss why they want to perform, what motivates them, and how their personal history has contributed to their desires to perform. Oddey's critical introductory and concluding chapters analyse both historical and cultural contexts and explore themes arising from interviews. These include sense of identity, acting as playing (recapturing and revisiting childhood), displacement of roots, performing, motherhood and 'being', performing comedy, differences between theatre, film and television performance, attitudes towards and relationships with audiences, and working with directors. The prominent subtext of motherhood reveals a consciousness of split subjectivities with and beyond performance.

The Adding Machine

A Play in Seven Scenes

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Author: Elmer Rice

Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.

ISBN: 9780573605086

Category: Drama

Page: 143

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Drama Characters: 14 male, 9 female 5 interior scenes and 2 exterior scenes This constantly interesting play shows in outline the life history and, in its later scenes, the death history of Mr. Zero, a cog in the vast machine of modern business.

Rachel

A Play in Three Acts

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Author: Angelina Weld Grimké

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: African Americans

Page: 96

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An Oak Tree

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Author: Tim Crouch

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849435839

Category: Drama

Page: 72

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‘Since your daughter’s death I’ve not been much of a hypnotist.’ A man loses his daughter to a car. Nothing now is what it is. It’s like he’s in a play – but he doesn’t know the words or the moves. The man who was driving the car is a stage hypnotist. Since the accident, he’s lost the power of suggestion. His act’s a disaster. For him, everything now is exactly what it is. For the first time since the accident, these two men meet. They meet when the Father volunteers for the Hypnotist’s act. And, this time, he really doesn’t know the words or the moves... An Oak Tree is a remarkable play for two actors. The Father, however, is played by a different actor – male or female – at each performance. They walk on stage having neither seen nor read a word of the play they’re in...until they’re in it. This is a breath-taking projection of a performance, given from one actor to another, from a hypnotist to their subject, from an audience to the stage. An Oak Tree is a bold and absurdly comic play about loss, suggestion and the power of the mind. Winner of a Village Voice Obie for its autumn 2006 Off-Broadway run.

Ubu and the Truth Commission

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Author: Jane Taylor,William Kentridge,Handspring Puppet Company

Publisher: Juta and Company Ltd

ISBN: 9781919713168

Category: Drama

Page: 73

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"Ubu and the Truth Commission" is the full play text of a multi-dimensional theatre piece which tries to make sense of the madness which overtook South Africa during apartheid.

Theatrical Worlds

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Author: Charlie Mitchell

Publisher: Orange Groove Books

ISBN: 9781616101664

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

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Draw back the curtain on the world of theatre and learn how the magic of a great stage performance is created. Designed for theatre appreciation students and written in an engaging style, this book is an ideal introduction to all aspects of theatre. Learn about the variety of ways professional actors approach their roles. Meet the people you won't see during a performance but who are essential in bringing a production to life: writers, directors, set designers, tailors, carpenters, electricians, stagehands, light and sound technicians, riggers, ushers, supervisors, and stage managers. From casting to run-throughs to wardrobe, this book includes interviews with those involved in the creation process from beginning to end. Eye-opening details about acting techniques, directing, and production design may inspire you to audition or work behind the scenes yourself. Special topics, including Shakespeare, the American musical, and world theatre, provide examinations into unique genres, and an overview of the fascinating history of theatre provides the necessary background to understand and enjoy live performances. The expert contributors to Theatrical Worlds reveal unexpected connections between the stage and such diverse fields as languages and literature, psychology, music, science, law, journalism, and business. After reading this book you'll gain a deeper awareness of the many layers of artistry behind the wonders of theatre.

Susan Glaspell and Sophie Treadwell

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Author: Barbara Ozieblo,Jerry Dickey

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134136749

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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Susan Glaspell and Sophie Treadwell presents critical introductions to two of the most significant American dramatists of the early twentieth century. Glaspell and Treadwell led American Theatre from outdated melodrama to the experimentation of great European playwrights like Ibsen, Strindberg and Shaw. This is the first book to deal with Glaspell and Treadwell’s plays from a theatrical, rather than literary, perspective, and presents a comprehensive overview of their work from lesser known plays to seminal productions of Trifles and Machinal. Although each woman pursued her own themes, subjects and manner of stage production, this shared volume underscores the theatrical and cultural conditions influencing female playwrights in modern America.

M. Butterfly

With an Afterword by the Playwright

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Author: David Henry Hwang

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101077034

Category: Drama

Page: 112

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David Henry Hwang’s beautiful, heartrending play featuring an afterword by the author – winner of a 1988 Tony Award for Best Play and nominated for the 1989 Pulitzer Prize Based on a true story that stunned the world, M. Butterfly opens in the cramped prison cell where diplomat Rene Gallimard is being held captive by the French government—and by his own illusions. In the darkness of his cell he recalls a time when desire seemed to give him wings. A time when Song Liling, the beautiful Chinese diva, touched him with a love as vivid, as seductive—and as elusive—as a butterfly. How could he have known, then, that his ideal woman was, in fact, a spy for the Chinese government—and a man disguised as a woman? In a series of flashbacks, the diplomat relives the twenty-year affair from the temptation to the seduction, from its consummation to the scandal that ultimately consumed them both. But in the end, there remains only one truth: Whether or not Gallimard's passion was a flight of fancy, it sparked the most vigorous emotions of his life. Only in real life could love become so unreal. And only in such a dramatic tour de force do we learn how a fantasy can become a man's mistress—as well as his jailer. M. Butterfly is one of the most compelling, explosive, and slyly humorous dramas ever to light the Broadway stage, a work of unrivaled brilliance, illuminating the conflict between men and women, the differences between East and West, racial stereotypes—and the shadows we cast around our most cherished illusions. M. Butterfly remains one of the most influential romantic plays of contemporary literature, and in 1993 was made into a film by David Cronenberg starring Jeremy Irons and John Lone.

A Man's World

A Play in Four Acts

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Author: Rachel Crothers

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: American drama

Page: 113

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Albertine, in Five Times

A Play

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Author: Michel Tremblay

Publisher: Talon Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drama

Page: 76

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The powerful story of one woman, Albertine, at five times in her life. Cast of 6 women.

Plays

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Author: Maria Irene Fornes

Publisher: New York City : PAJ Publications

ISBN: 9780933826830

Category: Drama

Page: 147

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Fornes has been an influential voice in American theatre for more than four decades.

Girls and Boys

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Author: Dennis Kelly

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1786823152

Category: Drama

Page: 80

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An unexpected meeting at an airport leads to an intense, passionate, head-over-heels relationship. Before long they begin to settle down, buy a house, juggle careers, have kids – theirs is an ordinary family. But then their world starts to unravel and things take a disturbing turn. A tragic, violent look at parenthood and trauma.

Blood on the Stage, 1975-2000

Milestone Plays of Crime, Mystery, and Detection

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Author: Amnon Kabatchnik

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 0810883554

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 646

View: 2993

Discussing more than 80 full-length plays, this volume provides an overview of the most important and memorable theatrical works of crime and detection produced between 1975 and 2000. Each entry includes a plot synopsis, production data, and the opinions of well-known and respected critics and scholars.

That Face

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Author: Polly Stenham

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571319084

Category: Drama

Page: 96

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I can't take care of you anymore. I can't take it. It's like an endless boxing match. Mia is at boarding school. She has access to drugs. They are Martha's. Henry is preparing for art college. He has access to alcohol. From Martha. Martha controls their lives. Martha is their mother. That Face premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in April 2007, and won the TMA Award 2007 for Best New Play. Polly Stenham received both the Charles Wintour Award 2007 and the Critics' Circle Award 2008 for Most Promising Playwright.