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European Plays

TheatreBooks stocks plays in English from around the world and, of course, all plays published in Canada. We stock and sell plays from Samuel French Ltd., Dramatists Play Service and Dramatic Publishing Co., and the leading play publishers in Great Britain. We carry books on all aspects of theatre production, as well as opera and dance. If you don't find the title or playwright you are looking for, please stop by the store and ask, or contact us at action@theatrebooks.com, by phone at 416.922.7175, toll-free at 1.800.361.3414 or by fax at 416.922.0739.

The Golden Dragon The Golden Dragon
Roland Schimmelpfennig
On a typical evening, anywhere in Europe, you walk into your local Thai/Chinese/Vietnamese restaurant, and the whole world is there. Everyone connected to everyone else, through this one place... The Golden Dragon is a funny and theatrical fable of modern life and migration, whisking you from your local takeaway to East Asia and back, revealing what really goes into that bowl of spicy soup. Softcover, 88 pp. $21.99.


Venus in Fur Venus in Fur
David Ives
In the seductive and darkly funny Venus in Fur, a playwright-director, Thomas, has written an adaptation of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's classic erotic novel, the story of an obsessive relationship between a man and his mistress to whom he becomes enslaved. In walks Vanda, very late for her audition and seemingly clueless, but she convinces him to give her a chance. As they perform scenes from Thomas' play, the lines between writer, actor, director and character begin to blur. Softcover, 74 pp. $18.95.


Georg Kaiser: Plays Volume 1Georg Kaiser: Plays Volume 1

Georg Kaiser
These five plays provide an excellent introduction to Kaiser's vision of the regeneration of man, which he illustrated in his works by a total baring down of detail, penetrating to the core of the matter and recealing man's true potential. These plays are essential for anyone with more than a passing interest in drama. Includes From Morning to Midnight, The Burghers of Calais, The Coral, Gas I, and Gas II. Softcover, 272 pp. $21.50.


Tartuffe; Or The WeaselTartuffe; Or The Weasel

Moliere, adapted by Amlin Gray
6M 6W
A new adaptation of Moliere's classic comedy by Amlin Gray, which suggests another possible ending to this timeless play. It may even be closer to what Moliere originally intended, as his original version was censored and lost forever. Softcover, 83 pp. $11.99.


Till Day You Do Part Or a Question of LightTill Day You Do Part Or a Question of Light

Peter Handke
Master innovator Peter Hanke's Till Day You Do Part is written as a response, or an echo, to Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape. In it we hear at last the voice of the unnamed female from Beckett's masterpiece. Handke's piece, again a monologue, is at once arrestingly beautiful and hauntingly mysterious in it's attempt at unravelling the figure of Krapp. Presented here in English translation by Mike Mitchell alongside the original French and a German translation. Hardcover, 103 pp. $14.95.


Black Beach and other plays

3 Catalan Plays
Edited by Jeff Teare & Jordi Coca
Includes Black Beach by Jordi Coca, Naked by Joan Casas, and The Sale by Lluisa Cunille. Softcover, 153 pp. $17.95.


WallersteinWallerstein

Friedrich Schiller
Albrect von Wallenstein, Duke of Friedland, Supreme Commander of the Hapsburg armies, champion and savior of the Holy Roman Empire, stands undefeated in a seemingly endless war of religion. This play chronicles four wintry days of terrible events, conspiracy, divided loyalty and betrayal, all culminating in one night of violent score setting. Softcover, 135 pp. $24.95.


The Cherry Orchard The Cherry Orchard

Anton Chekhov
In this brilliant new translation of Chekhov's last play, a once-rich landowning family must find a way to pay off their debts for fear of losing their well-loved estate. With a detailed introduction, biographical notes, and variant lines often removed due to government censorship, this new edition enriches our understanding of this signature work by one of the theatre's greatest dramatists. Softcover, 176 pp. $15.00.


Three Sisters Three Sisters
Anton Chekhov
In this stunning new translation, Laurence Senelick presents a fresh perspective on Chekhov's subtle but powerful story of close-knit siblings. Supplementing the play is an account of Chekhov's life, a note on the translation, an introduction to the work, and variant lines, often removed due to government censorship, illuminating the context in which they were written. Softcover, 192 pp. $15.00.


The SeagullThe Seagull
Anton Chekhov
In this stunning new translation, Laurence Senelick presents a fresh perspective on the master playwright and his groundbreaking drama. Supplementing the play is an account of Chekhov's life, a note on the translation, an introduction to the work, and variant lines, which were often removed due to government censorship and illuminate the context in which they were written. Softcover, 176 pp. $15.00.


New Europe: Plays from the ContinentNew Europe: Plays from the Continent

Bonnie Marranca & Malgorzata Semil
This collection of seven plays explores issues of terrorism, immigration, youth, globalization, families, and post-communist culture in the years since the fall of the Berlin Wall and expansion of the European Union. The contents include norway, today (Switzerland), The Death of the Squirrel-Man (Poland), Hotel Europa (Macedonia), Tales of Ordinary Madness (Czech Republic), Push Up 1-3 (Germany), Hamlyn (Spain) and Sa ka la (Norway). Softcover, 399 pp. $24.50.


Playwrights Before the Fall: Eastern European Drama in Times of RevolutionPlaywrights Before the Fall: Eastern European Drama in Times of Revolution
Edited by Daniel Gerould
In this unique anthology, playwrights from Poland, Slovenia, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and Romania examine the moral and psychological dimensions of the transformations taking place in society during the years of transition from totalitarianism to democracy. Written before the fall of the Berlin Wall, the five plays reveal the absurdities of an inflexible system based on belief in abstract ideology that sacrifices the individual to dogma. Softcover, 439 pp. $24.50.


Ghosts or Those Who ReturnGhosts or Those Who Return

Henrik Ibsen
Norway, 1881. Mrs. Alving is ecstatic when her son Osvald visits after many years abroad. He has returned to celebrate the heroic memory of his dead father. But within hours of Osvald's homecoming his mother is forced to unearth the past and reveal its terrifying ghosts. This adaptation, by Rebecca Lenkiewicz's, premiered in London in 2009. m3, f2. Softcover, 86 pp. $22.00.


Pains of YouthPains of Youth

Ferdinand Bruckner
Promiscuous, pitiless and bored, six sexually entangled medical students restlessly wander in and out of a boarding house, cramming, drinking, taunting, spying. Adapted by Martin Crimp. m3, f4. Softcover, 116 pp. $22.00.


Our ClassOur Class

Tadeusz Slobodzianek
Following a class of Polish schoolchildren, Jewish and Catholic, from 1925 through the 80s, Our Class is a fierce confrontation of Poland's involvement in the attrocities of the last century. Beautiful, haunting and terrifying, this play is a masterpiece of social commentary and the human experience. Softcover, 108 pp. $21.95.


Judgement DayJudgement Day
Odon von Horvath
It's another normal day at a small-town station, where a handful of passengers are waiting for the stopping train. Thomas Hudetz, the well-liked stationmaster, is momentarily distracted by a young woman. Seconds later eighteen people are dead. Standing amidst the wreckage of Express Train 405, Thomas has to decide whether or not to admit his guilt. If not, how long can he postpone the day of judgement? Softcover, 78 pp. $18.00.


Hedda Gabler Hedda Gabler

in a new version by Brian Friel
Henrik Ibsen
Hedda Gabler returns, dissatisfied, from a long honeymoon. Bored by her aspiring-academic husband, she foresees a life of tedious convention. And so, aided and abetted by her predatory confidante, Judge Brack, she begins to manipulate the fates of those around her to devastating effect.
3M, 4W. Softcover, 80 pp. $11.99.


The Good Soul of SzechwanThe Good Soul of Szechwan
Bertolt Brecht
Three Gods are on a journey to find out if there are any good people left on earth. Only Shen Te, a good-hearted prostitute, offers them shelter. With the money they give her she opens a tobacco shop. At once everyone needs her help. Her livelihood is in danger, so her hard-hearted cousin Shui Ta arrives to protect her. Who is he and how can good people stay good in a world of poverty and cruelty? Softcover, 91 pp. $16.50.


The Good Person of SzechwanThe Good Person of Szechwan

Bertolt Brecht
Three gods come to earth hoping to discover one really good person. No one can be found until they meet Shen Te, a prostitute with a heart of gold. Rewarded by the gods, she gives up her profession and buys a tobacco shop but finds it is impossible to survive as a good person in a corrupt world without the support of her ruthless alter ego Shui Ta. Softcover, 130 pp. $14.95.


A Doll's HouseA Doll's Hous

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Henrik Ibsen
Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House caused outrage both in its style and subject matter when it was first staged in 1879. Zinnie Harris's retelling is played against the backdrop of British politics at the turn of the last century -- to reveal a world where duty, power, and hypocrisy rule.
M-3, F-3. Softcover, 111. pp. $22.99.


Faust, Part IIFaust, Part II

Goethe
Completed a few months before his death, the concluding part of Goethe's masterpiece is a rich and allusive work, weaving together a wealth of diverse philosophical ideas and influences, reworking the medieval myth of Dr. Faustus, and speculating upon the search for truth in the Age of Enlightenment. David Constantine's major new translation includes a preface by A.S. Byatt. This edition also includes an introduction by Constantine, a chronology, notes, a synopsis of each scene and suggested further reading. Softcover, 285 pp. $17.50.


A Doll's HouseA Doll's House
- Methuen Student Edition
Henrik Ibsen
The slamming of the front door at the end of A Doll's House shatters the romantic masquerade of the Helmers' marriage. In their stultifying and infantilised relationship, Nora and Torvald have deceived themselves and each other both consciously and subconsciously, until Nora acknowledges the need for individual freedom. Softcover, 112 pp. $16.50.


Yasmina Reza, award winning writer of Art, brings us her newest play. It is the story of two couples who come together to discuss a violent incident between their children and end up engaging in a far wose sort of emotional violence. The God of Carnage is translated by Christopher Hampton. The God of Carnage

Yasmina Reza
Yasmina Reza, award winning writer of Art, brings us her newest play. It is the story of two couples who come together to discuss a violent incident between their children and end up engaging in a far wose sort of emotional violence. The God of Carnage is translated by Christopher Hampton. Softcover, 67 pp. $21.95.


SymptomesSymptomes

Gabriella Maione
A tragedy for the twenty-first century, Symptomes fuses the voices of Greek drama with those from a post-apocalyptic modern world to question the ethics of our times and the future of mankind. War, power, terrorism and abuses old and new form the backdrop to this raw threnody and enquiry into the sould of humanity. Symptomes premiered in Warsaw in 2007 under the direction of Robert Wilson. Softcover, 94 pp. $16.50.


The ArsonistsThe Arsonists

Max Frisch
In this new translation of Max Frisch's 1961 parable about our accomodating the very thing that will destroy us, a well-meaning citizen unwillingly shelters two arsonists who are bringing his city to its knees.

 

The God of CarnageThe God of Carnage
Yasmina Reza
Yasmina Reza, award winning writer of Art, brings us her newest play. It is the story of two couples who come together to discuss a violent incident between their children and end up engaging in a far wose sort of emotional violence. The God of Carnage is translated by Christopher Hampton. Softcover, 67 pp. $21.95.

Renaissance Comedy: The Italian Masters Volume IRenaissance Comedy: The Italian Masters Volume I
Donald Beecher
The first volume in an excellent series of newly anthologized works by the Renaissance comedy masters. Includes such selections as "The Pretenders," "Cortigiana," "The Ragged Brothers," "Alessandro," and "The Sister." Softcover, 460 pp. $35.00.


The Complete PlaysThe Complete Plays

Anton Chekhov & Lawrence Senelick
This stunning new translation presents the only truly complete edition of the plays of one of the greatest dramatists in history. Anton Chekhov is a unique force in modern drama, his works interpreted and adapted internationally amnd beloved for their brilliant wit and insight into the human condition. This volumme contains work never previously translated, including the newly discovered farce The Power of Hypnotism, the first version of Ivanov, Chekhov's early humorous dialogues, and a description of lost plays and those Chekhov intended to write but never did. Softcover, 1060 pp. $27.50.

Mary StuartMary Stuart
Mary Schiller
Here, in scenes alternating between the palace of Westminster and the prison at fotheringhay, he shows us a captive heroine rising above her suffering to gain in insight and spiritual depth. The deceitful and indecisive Elizabeth, trapped by the cruel demands of Realpolitik, can achieve worldly victory only at a terrible moral cost. Softcover, 150 pp. $15.99.


The SeagullThe Seagull

Anton Chekov & Christopher Hampton
The Seagull is one of the great plays about writing. It superbly captures the struggle for new forms, the frustrations and fulfilments of putting words on a page. Chekhov, in his first major play, stages a vital argument about the theatre which still resonates today. Softcover, 82 pp. $24.95.


Lovers' QuarrelsLovers' Quarrels

Moliere and Richard Wilbur
Lovers' Quarrels (1656) was Moliere's second full-length play in verse, and is a complex comedy animated by deception and misunderstanding. It centers on a young woman named Ascagne who has spent her life wearing masculine disguises for the sake of inheritance. She cleverly marries her sister Lucille's suitor Valere by disguising herself during the midnight ceremony, and this sets off a chain of events that change the lives of all those around. 8M, 4W. Softcover, 90 pp. $10.99.


Boris Godunov and other Dramatic WorksBoris Godunov and other Dramatic Works

Alexander Pushkin
So ends Pushkin's great historical drama Boris Godunov, in which Boris's reign as Tsar witnesses civil strife and intrigue, brutality and misery. Its legacy is an uncertain future for the new Tsar whose inauguration is met with devastating silence by the people. Pushkin's dramatic work displays a scintillating variety of forms, from the historical to the metaphysical and folkloric. Softcover, 208 pp. $18.95.


Three FarcesThree Farces

George Feydeau
In Fitting for Ladies, a man on the look-out for a new romantic rendezvous is mistaken for a dressmaker... In A Close Shave, a woman's would-be lover has to assume the identity of her artist husband, who is about to be called up for military service... In Sauce for the Goose, a man discovers that the woman he is pursuing is the wife of an old friend... Softcover, 284 pp. $32.95.

Miss JulieMiss Julie
August Strindberg
David French's adaptation of August Strindberg's disturbing drama of the affair between the daughter of a count and the count's man-servant has an eerie, contemporary feel about it. French has sharpened the dynamics of the original conflict of desire, anger, jealousy, dominance, submission and deceit while remaining true to the historical background. His riveting version of Miss Julie brings to the foreground the conflicts of identity and faith that lead to the rending of social norms and conventions. As with his adaptation of Chekhov's The Seagull, French pays homage to another master dramatist whose work illuminates the depths and conflicts of the human condition. Softcover, 96 pp. $15.95.


Tartuffe and Other PlaysTartuffe and Other Plays
Virginia Scott
In this memorable collection are gathered the plays of the great social satirist and playwright Moliere. These works represent the many facets of his genius and offer a superb introduction to the comic inventiveness, richness of prose, and insight that make up Moliere's enduring legacy to theatre, literature, and the world. In addition to Tartuffe, this collection includes The School for Wives, The School for Husbands, The Critique of the School for Wives, The Ridiculous Precieuses, The Versailles Impromptu, and Don Juan. Softcover, 408 pp. $10.99.


The Good Person of SzechwanThe Good Person of Szechwan

Bertolt Brecht
In this famous parable, the gods come to earth in search of a thoroughly good person. They encounter Shen Teh, a good-hearted but penniless prostitute who, to muster sufficient ruthlessness to survive in an evil world, must disguise herself as a man. This edition contains a newly revised translation by John Willett, as well as an extensive appendix. Softcover, 147 pp. $14.95.


Camille

Alexandre Dumas
Adapted by Neil Bartlett
Set amidst the glittering splendours and miseries of 19th-century Paris, Camille has scandalised and fascinated audiences in theatres, cinemas and opera houses for over 150 years. Neil Bartlett's new stage version returns to Alexandre Dumas' original novel for its shockingly franks and emotional portrayal of a woman who can afford anything--except to fall in love. Softcover, 102 pp. $19.99.

Ibsen: Four Major Plays Volume 1 Ibsen: Four Major Plays Volume 1
Henrik Ibsen
Among the greatest and best known of Ibsen's works, these four plays brilliantly exemplify his landmark contributions to the theatre. Included in this volume are: A Doll's House, The Wild Duck, Hedda Gabler, and The Master Builder. Softcover, 393 pp. $9.99.

 

The False ServantThe False Servant
Pierre Marivaux
Lust and avarice trample on the finer feelings of love in this subversive take on sexual manners and the cruelties of courtship. The man thinks that marriage is simply a matter of money and property. But how far should the woman go to prove him wrong? A world of darker meaning lies beneath the wit and and verbal exhuberance of Martin Crimp's translation of Marivaux's great comedy. Softcover, 78 pp. $21.00.


Pillars of the CommunityPillars of the Community
Samuel Adamson
Calamity strikes when Bernick's business prowess and pristine reputation are threatened by the revelation of a long-buried secret. Desperate to dodge exposure in the kowtowing local community, Bernick devises a pitiless plan which, by a shocking twist of fate, risks the one life he holds dear. Adapted by Samuel Adamson. M-12, F-10. Softcover, 111 pp. $21.00.


Uncle VanyaUncle Vanya
Michael Chekhov
One of Chekhov's four last great plays, Uncle Vanya (1897) depicts wasted lives and frustration in the depths of rural Russia. 'It's ideas are huge, symbolic and its form original, incomparable,' wrote Maxim Gorky in 1900. Arguably the first modernist drama, full of ambiguities and contradictions, it delicately balances the tragic and the absurd. This edition has been translated by Michael Frayn. M-6, F-4. Softcover, 84 pp. $20.95.

The Diary of a Madman, The Government Inspector and Selected StoriesThe Diary of a Madman, The Government Inspector and Selected Stories
Nikolay Gogol
Edited and translated by Ronald Wilks, this new collection of Gogol's shorter writings skillfully captures the savage wit of the original works. Robert Maguire's introduction considers recurrent themes and Gogol's influence on Realism. This edition also includes detailed notes, a publishing history for each story and a chronology. Softcover, 330 pp. $14.00.


Ibsen: 3 Plays	Ibsen: 3 Plays
Henrik Ibsen
Ibsen's three best-known, most-performed social "problem" plays, all featuring female protagonists: A Doll's House, Ghosts and Hedda Gabler. Softcover, 256 pp. $14.95.



The Controversy of ValladolidThe Controversy of Valladolid
Jean-Claude Carriere
Imagine a time when the Catholic Church had the right to determine whether or not you were human. In a sixteenth-century Spanish monastery, the fate of millions of American natives from an ocean away hangs precariously in the balance. This play brings to light the shocking real-life debates whose outcomes are still felt today. M-8, F-1, 1 child. Softcover, 44 pp. $9.99.

Chekhov: 4 Plays Chekhov: 4 Plays
Anton Chekhov
Chekhov's four greatest plays in sensitive, accurate and much-performed translations by Stephen Mulrine: The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard. Softcover, 282 pp. $14.95.


Three Spanish Golden Age PlaysThree Spanish Golden Age Plays
Lope de Vega & Rojas Zorrilla
Lope's The Duchess of Amalfi's Steward, in contrast to Webster's play, focuses on the nobility of love, with characters who are complex and appealing. His Romeo and Juliet story, The Capulets and Montagues, is a fast-moving mixture of serious and comic, with a surprising end. Rojas' treatment of Cleopatra, with its rich imagery, emphasises the love theme, set within a knot of jealous relationships. Softcover, 337 pp. $34.95.

A Tragic Man Despite HimselfA Tragic Man Despite Himself: The Complete Short Plays
Anton Chekhov
Known the world over for his great late 19th and early 20th century plays, Anton Chekhov also wrote numerous short dramatic works -- one-act plays, dramatic sketches, farces, burlesques, and dialogues. In this volume, George Malko has newly translated all of these dramatic writings: nineteen works dating from 1883 to 1902. Softcover, 453 pp. $35.00.

The Peasants' Bible & The Story of the Tiger The Peasants' Bible & The Story of the Tiger
Dario Fo
Winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, Dario Fo is one of the world's most important contemporary playwrights, forging subversive wit and unusual linguistic experimentation into a comedy of complete originality. The Peasants' Bible is a collection of five monologues drawn from Italian folklore but filtered through Fo's delightfully singular lens. Softcover, 175 pp. $18.95.

The Complete PlaysThe Complete Plays
Anton Chekhov
Anton Chekhov is a unique force in modern drama, his works interpreted and adapted internationally and beloved for their brilliant wit and understanding of the human condition. This stunning new translation, by Laurence Senelick, presents the only truly complete edition of his plays in English. This volume contains works that have never previously been translated, as well as Chekhov's early humourous dialogues. It also contains a description of lost plays and works Chekhov intended to write but never did. In all, this is a remarkable feat of scholarship, as well as a tribute to one of the true geniuses of dramatic literature. Hardcover, 1060 pp. $56.00.

Four Great PlaysFour Great Plays
Henrik Ibsen
A Doll's House, The Wild Duck, Hedda Gabler, and The Master Builder: four of the most popular and profound works from the playwright known as the "father of modern theater." The scripts are presented here, in their entirety, and are supplemented by an assortment of biographical, historical, and critical data. Softcover, 426 pp. $8.50.


The Misanthrope & other playsThe Misanthrope & Other Plays
Moliere
Written during the triumphant final years of Moliere's career, these seven works represent the mature flowering of his artistry and the most profound development of his vision of humanity. They are essential to appreciating the full genius of this greatest and best-loved French comic author. Included are: The Misanthrope, The Doctor in Spite of Himself, The Miser, The Would-Be Gentleman, The Mischievous Machinations of Scapin, The Learned Women, The Imaginary Invalid. Softcover, 524 pp. $10.99.

The MandateThe Mandate
Nikolai Erdman
The revolution turns the Guliachkins' world upside down. First they must track down members of the working class to pose as relatives. And there's 'Copenhagen Twilight' to replace with a portrait of Karl Marx. But in a bizarre case of mistaken identity, the cook is confused for the Grand Duchess Anastasia...or a call girl, depending of whether she is in or out of her dress. Softcover, 98 pp. $19.95.

Don CarlosDon Carlos
Friedrich Schiller
Don Carlos is passionately in love with Elizabeth, the French Princess to whom he was once betrothed. Carlos' tyrannical father, King Philip II of Spain, decides to marry Elizabeth himself. The young prince's hatred for his cold and distant parent knows no bounds. He enlists his oldest friend, the Marquis of Posa, to act as go-between. But Posa decides to convert Carlos and Elizabeth's youthful passion into full-scale rebellion against the King Philip's oppressive and bloody regime. M-11, F-3. Softcover, 144 pp. $25.00.

A Dream PlayA Dream Play
August Strindberg & Caryl Churchill
A young woman comes from another world to see if life is really as difficult as people make it out to be. In August Strindberg's A Dream Play, written in 1901, characters merge into each other, locations change in an instant and a locked door becomes an obsessively recurrent image. As Strindberg himself wrote in his preface, he wanted 'to imitate the disjointed yet seemingly logical shape of a dream. Everything can happen, everything is possible and probable. Time and place do not exist.' Softcover, 56 pp. $22.95.


Hedda GablerHedda Gabler
Henrik Ibsen & Richard Eyre
Arriving home after an extended honeymoon, Hedda Gabler struggles with an existence that is, for her, devoid of excitement and enchantment. Filled with a passion for life that cannot be confined by her marriage or 'perfect home', Hedda strives to find a way to fulfil her desires by manipulating those around her... Softcover, 95 pp. $22.95.

Witkiewicz: Seven PlaysWitkiewicz: Seven Plays
Stanislaw Witkiewcz
This volume contains seven of Witkiewicz's most important plays: The Pragmatists, Tumor Brainiowicz, Gyubal Wahazar, The Anonymous Work, The Cuttlefish, Dainty Shapes and Hairy Apes, and The Beelzebub Sonata, as well as two of his theoretical essays, Theoretical Introduction and A Few Words about the Role of the Actor in the Theatre of Pure Form. Softcover, 395 pp. $28.00.

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Victor Hugo: Four Plays-Victor HugoVictor Hugo: Four Plays
Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo (1807-85) was a formidable playwright as well as a leading French poet and celebrated novelist. His plays dispensed with the stultifying neoclassical rules and transformed French theatre history, introducing melodrama into the serious theatre. This collection of his dramatic work contains: Marion de Lorme, Hernani, Lucretia Borgia, and Ruy Blas. Softcover, 398 pp. $37.95.

The Cherry OrchardThe Cherry Orchard
adapted by Tom Murphy
Anton Chekov
An aristocratic family, who is deep in debt, is urged to cut down their beautiful cherry orchard and sell the land for holiday cottages. This decisive action is the all important conflict that drives Chekhov's stunning tragi-comedy. While remaining faithful to the original, this adaptation reimagines the events of this classic play in a language that resonates with with, clarity and verve. M-9, F-6, extras. Russia. Softcover, 77 pp. $20.95.

Six Characters in Search of an AuthorSix Characters in Search of an Author
Luigi Pirandello
A rehearsal is in progress when the actors are suddenly interrupted by six mysterious people, who demand to be put in a play. They are the characters of a story yet to be written. The director and actors find themselves drawn into revealing a tale of adultery, prostitution, suicide and near-incest, while universal questions of reality and illusion, Life versus Art, are given an intriguing twist. This Methuen Student Edition of Pirandello's innovative play includes biographical information about the playwright, background information on the play, a discussion of the various interpretations, and notes on individual words and phrases in the text. Softcover, 90 pp. $20.95.

Through the Leaves
Through the Leaves
Franz Xaver Kroetz
An extraordinary play of the failed, flawed relationship between a female butcher and a loud-mouthed factory worker, Through the Leaves explores the pathos of two people unable to relate intimately to each other through conversation. M-1, F-1. Germany. Softcover, 126 pp. $20.95.

Absolutely! {perhaps}Absolutely! {perhaps}
Luigi Pirandello
Written in 1917, Absolutely! {perhaps}, which was originally translated as Right You Are If You Think You Are, extablished Pirandello's reputation as Italy's foremost playwright. Playing with the uncertain divisions between illusion and reality, this play asks the question, "What on earth can we ever know about anybody else?" New adaptation by Martin Sherman. 7M, 7W. Softcover, 67 pp. $22.95.

Bernard-Marie Koltes: Plays 2Bernard-Marie Koltes: Plays 2
Bernard-Marie Koltes
Despite only living to the age of 40, Bernard-Marie Koltes became one of the most significant figures in French post-war theatre. This collection aptly represents Koltes challenging brand of drama, characterized by domestic conflict and an international flavour. The included plays are: Night Just Before the Forests, Sallinger, Quay West, and In the Solitude of Cotton Fields. Softcover, 215 pp. $37.95.


Complicite: Plays 1Complicite: Plays 1
Complicite
Founded in 1983, Complicite is a constantly evolving ensemble of performers and collaborators. The three plays in this collection -- The Street of Crocodiles, The Three Lives of Lucie Cabrol, and Mnemonic -- are emblematic of Complicite's most salient creative impulses: seeking what is most alive, integrating text, music, image and action to create suprising, disruptive theatre. Softcover, 210 pp. $37.95.

The Heirs of Moliere: Four French Comedies of the 17th and 18th CenturiesThe Heirs of Moliere: Four French Comedies of the 17th and 18th Centuries
Marvin Carlson
This anthology contains four representative French comedies of the period from the death of Moliere to the French Revolution: Regnard's The Absent-Minded Lover, Destouches's The Conceited Count, La Chaussee's The Fashionable Prejudice, and Laya's The Friend of the Laws. Softcover, 364 pp. $30.00.

Pixerecourt: Four MelodramasPixerecourt: Four Melodramas
Rene-Charles Guilbert de Prixerecourt
Pixerecourt furnished the Theatre of Marvels with its most stunning effects and brought the classic situations of fairground comedy up-to-date. In this collection, translated and edited by Daniel Gerould and Marvin Carlson, four of his most important melodramas are brought together: Alice, The Ruins of Babylon, Christopher Columbus, and The Dog of Montargis. Softcover, 323 pp. $30.00.

Strindberg the Plays: Volume TwoStrindberg the Plays: Volume Two
August Strindberg
This second volume of plays by August Strindberg, published by Oberon Books contains the Chamber Plays - The Storm, The Burned Site, The Ghost Sonata, The Pelican, The Black Glove - as well as The Great Highway, Strindberg's last epic play, written shortly before his death. This collection reflects Strindberg's interest in psychological naturalism and surreal expressionism. Softcover, 299 pp. $32.95.

Playing the VictimPlaying the Victim
Brothers Presnyakov
Translated by Sasha Dugdale, the Presnyakov Brothers' Playing the Victim is a deft, funny and bitter look at the toxic effects of living with fear. In this play, a young man drops out of University to take up a job playing the victim in murder reconstructions with the police, hoping that by getting close to death he can manage to cheat his own. 14M, 4W (flexible casting). Softcover, 77 pp. $19.95.

Three SistersThree Sisters
Anton Chekov & Nicholas Wright
In Nicholas Wright's new version of Chekhov's play, four young siblings find themselves isolated in a provincial backwater after their father, an army general, has died. Reflecting upon where they stand, they think and speak longingly of returning to Moscow - a city recalled through the eyes of childhood as a place where happiness is possible. Softcover, 85 pp. $19.95.

Six Plays by Henrik IbsenSix Plays by Henrik Ibsen
Henrik Ibsen
Included in this volume are the plays Peer Gynt, A Doll's House, Ghosts, The Wild Duck, Hedda Gabler, and The Master Builder. The father of modern drama, Henrik Ibsen shook off the stale conventions of nineteenth-century theatre and made the stage play an instrument for brilliantly illuminating the dark recesses of human nature. Softcover, 837 pp. $13.95.

Ghosts: A Family Drama in Three ActsGhosts: A Family Drama in Three Acts
Henrik Ibsen
In 1881, Henrik Ibsen rocked the literary and theatrical worlds with the publication of Ghosts. A controversial story that explores dramatic subjects like promiscuity, incest and disease, Ghosts is more relevent now than ever. In this new translation, playwright Lanford Wilson has modified Ghosts for an entirely new audience, and seeks to draw parallels between these two eras. Softcover, 56 pp. $9.99.

TartuffeTartuffe
Moliere
A new translation of Moliere's classic satire by Ranjit Bolt. M-8, F-5. Softcover, 111 pp. $25.95.

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YermaYerma
Federico Garcia Lorca
In a remote Spanish village Yerma, a woman full of life and passion, longs for a child but is unable to conceive. This compelling and elemental tale of a woman's quest for a child taps into some of the most universal themes of theatre -- love, passion, sexuality, and marriage. M-4, F-11. Softcover, 80 pp. $25.95.

The Theatre of Sabina BermanThe Theatre of Sabina Berman: The Agony of Ecstasy and Other Plays
Adam Versenyi and Jacqueline E. Bixler
This collection contains: The Agony of Ecstasy, Yankee, Puzzle, and Heresy. Also included is an essay by Jaqueline E. Bixler. Softcover, 168 pp. $34.95.


The Messingkauf DialoguesThe Messingkauf Dialogues
Bertold Brecht
Softcover, 109 pp. $19.99.




A Dog Tries to Kiss the Sky A Dog Tries to Kiss the Sky
7 Short Plays
Kier Peters
Seven short plays: Past Present Future Tense, Intentional Coincidence, A Dog Tries to Kiss the Sky, Flying Down to Cairo, The Business, The Sorry Play, A Man Shooting or Threatening to Shoot. Softcover, 169 pp. $19.95.

 

A Bold Stroke for a WifeA Bold Stroke for a Wife
Susanna Centlivre
Softcover, 158 pp. $15.95.


 



Boris Godunov
The Little TragediesBoris Godunov: The Little Tragedies
Alexandre Sergeyevich Pushkin
Translated and introduced by Stephen Mulrine. Softcover, 149 pp. $25.95.

 

 


Capek
Capek: Four Plays
Karel Capek
Endlessly inventive and extraordinary prescient, full of humour and wit, the plays of Karel Capek explore and defend man's humanity. This collection includes: R.U.R., The Insect Play, The Makropulos Case, and The White Plague. Translated and introduced by Peter Majer and Cathy Porter. Softcover 327 pp. $31.95.

Plays of Chekhov
Translated by Paul Schmidt, the full length and shorter plays of the great Russian master have never seemed as poignantly relevant, particularly to today's society. A wonderful addition to the drama shelf.


Armand Gatti: Two Plays

Armand Gatti
Includes The 7 Possibilities for Train 713 Departing from Auschwitz, Public Song Before Two Electric Chairs. Softcover, $24.95.

Schiller: Five PlaysSchiller: Five Plays
Translated by Robert David MacDonald
The five plays included are The Robbers, Passion and Politics, Don Carlos, Mary Stuart, and Joan of Arc. Two critically lauded essays - Nicholas Dromgoole's "Schiller and Romanticisim", and Tom Sutcliffe's "Schiller and the Revolution " are also included. Softcover, $51.95.



3 Volumes from The Aurora Metro Plays By European Women In Translation series

A Touch Of The Dutch
Edited by Cheryl Robson
A collection of five of the best one-act plays written by Dutch women over the past ten years. Includes Write Me In The Sand by Inez Van Dullemen, The Caracal by Judith Herzeberg, A Thread In The Dark by Hella S. Haasse, Eat by Matin Van Vendhuizen, and the exceptionally fine Dossier: Ronald Akkerman by Suzanne Van Lohuizen -- a two-hander about a nurse wracked with guilt over the death of an AIDS patient. Softcover, $20.95.


Eastern Promise: 7 Plays from Central & Eastern EuropeEastern Promise:
7 Plays from Central & Eastern Europe

Edited by Sian Evans and Cheryl Robson
Some very fine work has come out of Central & Eastern Europe in the past twenty years - sadly, much of it remains untranslated. The seven plays in this volume represent a wide range of theatre companies, from Czech to Hungary to Yugoslavia.Works include Jenufa: Her Stepdaughter by Gabriela Preissova, The Umbilical Cord by Krystyna Kofta, Tulip Doctor by Vera Filo, The Tender Mercies by Sladjana Vujovic, Nascendo by Alina Nelega, The Chosen Ones by Elena Popova, and The Belgrade Trilogy by Biljana Srbljanovic. Softcover, $24.95.
 

Plays By Mediterranean WomenPlays By Mediterranean Women
Edited by Marion Baraitser
These ground-breaking and energizing plays inspired Tel Aviv University to host an international conference in 1995. The highlight of the collection is Ariane Mnouchkine & Klaus Mann's celebrated play Mephisto, translated by Timberlake Wertenbaker. In this piece, a German actor sells his soul to Nazi ideology, and then must live with the consequences. The volume also includes Twelve Women In A Cell by Nawal El Saadawi, The End Of The Dream Season by Miriam Kainy, Libration by Lluisa Cunille, Harsh Angel by Maria Avraamidou, and Veronica Franco, Courtesan & Poet by Dacia Maraini.$20.95.


2 Volumes from the Nick Hern Books Plays In Translation series

All of the plays in this exciting series were commissioned and staged by the Royal Court Theatre.

German PlaysGerman Plays
Edited by Elyse Dodgson
Includes The Table Laid by Anna Langhoff, Stranger's House by Dea Loher, Waiting Room Germany by Klaus Pohl, and Jennifer Klemm by D. Rust. Softcover, $24.99.



Spanish PlaysSpanish Plays
Edited by Elyse Dodgson & Mary Peate
Includes Caresses by Sergei Belbel, The Scorched Garden by Juan Mayorga, Bazaar by David Planell, Roundabout by Lluisa Cunille, and Wolf Kisses by Paloma Pedrero Softcover, $28.95.

PlatonovPlatonov
Anton Chekov
Chekhov's first full-length play is brought to passionate, glorious life in a new Canadian adaption by Susan Coyne and Laszlo Marton. $14.95.

 

 

The Plays of Anton ChekovThe Plays of Anton Chekhov
Anton Chekhov
A new translation by Paul Schmidt. The gold standard in Russian-English translation. $20.95.





Hedda Gabler
Hedda Gabler
Henrik Ibsen, adapted by Jon Robin Baitz
"This revised text...flows quite naturally...( Baitz has) boldly chipped away at the romantic patina and found a fragile, contradictory and frightened soul." Ben Brantley, The New York Times. Shaped by contemporary feminism, this is a version for the 21st Century. $18.50.

Ghosts and Other Plays
Henrik Ibsen
Ibsen's dream play Ghosts caused an uproar when it was first published and didn't manage to get a production for years, until a touring company in Chicago staged it. We now look at this turn of the century domestic drama as one of Ibsen's most important works, carrying on the theme that obsessed Ibsen his entire life: the way in which we are dominated by the past. An eminently readable play. $13.99.

Four PlaysFour Plays
Alexander Ostrovsky, translated by Stephen Mulrine
Three comedies and a tragedy by the father of Russian drama. The Storm; Too Clever by Half; Crazy Money and Innocent as Charged paved the way for 20th century stage realism in Russia. $27.95.

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