In "Noises Off "Michael Frayn creates an ingenious play-within-a-play farce. The on-stage play is a dreadful bedroom farce called "Noises On "in which scantily clad young ladies are being chased in and out of continually opening and slamming doors by old men. The backstage farce develops during the ..
A courtroom drama using the audience as jury, as if they were in the Central Criminal Court at the Old Bailey. The audience must decide - did Dr Sherwood murder his wife? Was Jennifer Mitchell his mistress? Which of his alibis should they believe?..
""In its first two years of production, Dario Fo's controversial farce, "Accidental Death of an Anarchist," was seen by over half a million people. It has since been performed all over the world and is widely recognised as a classic of modern drama. A sharp and hilarious satire on political corrupti..
This Student Edition of Brecht's satire on the capitalist society of the Weimar Republic features an extensive introduction and commentary that includes a plot summary, discussion of the context, themes, characters, style and language as well as questions for further study and notes on words and phr..
Antigone, defying her uncle Creon's decree that her brother should remain unburied, challenges the morality of man's law overruling the laws of the gods. The clash between her and Creon with its tragic consequences have inspired continual reinterpretation.The plot revolves around King Creon who beli..
The Unfilmed Original Screenplay of an American classic.
This is a landmark volume of the epic, original film script written by Lorraine Hansberry, adapted from her stage play. But movie audiences did not know that nearly a third of her powerful screenplay had been cut. This edition restores all of..
Love, comedy, and false identities take the stage in this play about Orsino, Duke of Illyria; the countess he romantically pursues; and Viola--the woman disguised as a man who comes between them. This Signet edition includes such additional features as an overview of Shakespeare's life and times; co..
"A first-rate entree to the Bard," hailed Publishers Weekly in praise of Bruce Coville's adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream (Dial). Now the author follows with Macbeth, expertly weaving his own dramatic yet accessible prose with language from the play, creating a gateway to the greater enjoymen..
Includes an overview of Shakespeare's life; commentary by Arthur Colby Sprague, Helen Gardener, and others; a stage and screen history, and more The popular comedy in which Rosalind enters the Forest of Arden is a play about two enduring human illusions--the dream of the simple life, and the ideal ..
Shakespeare's grand comedy casts the lovers Benedick and Beatrice in a witty war of words while the young Claudio is tricked into believing his love Hero has been unfaithful. This edition features an overview of Shakespeare's works by Sylvan Barnet, former Chairman of the English Department at Tuft..
An exciting new edition of the complete works of Shakespeare with these features: Illustrated with photographs from New York Shakespeare Festival productions, vivid readable readable introductions for each play by noted scholar David Bevington, a lively personal foreword by Joseph Papp, an insightfu..
The Signet Classics edition of William Shakespeare's timeless story of star-crossed lovers. One of the Bard's most popular plays, Romeo and Juliet is both the quintessential account of young love and the cautionary tale of the tragedy that can occur when the foces of passion and pride are at odds, T..
Shakespeare's timeless tragedy of conspiracy and betrayal tells the story of the murder of Julius Caesar and the gruesome aftermath as Rome descends into a violent mob. This edition includes: An overview of Shakespeare's life, canon, and dramaturgy An introduction to the play by Barbara Rosen and ..
There is arguably no work of fiction quoted as often as William Shakespeare's "Hamlet." This haunting tragedy has touched audiences for centuries. In addition to the play, this edition includes an overview of Shakespeare's life; commentary by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Carolyn Heilbrun, and others; a ..
This timeless tragedy follows the bloody path of the "rudely stamped" Richard, Duke of Gloucester, who uses his murderous guile to achieve the throne of England. This edition features an overview of Shakespeare's works by Sylvan Barnet, former Chairman of the English Department at Tufts University,..
Magic, love spells, and an enchanted wood provide the materials for one of Shakespeare’s most delightful comedies. When four young lovers, fleeing the Athenian law and their own mismatched rivalries, take to the forest of Athens, their lives become entangled with a feud between the King and Queen of..
A modern translation exclusive to signet From perhaps the greatest of the ancient Greek playwrights comes this collection of plays, including "Alcestis, Hippolytus, Ion, Electra, Iphigenia at Aulis, Iphigenia Among the Taurians, Medea, The Bacchae, The Trojan Women," and "The Cyclops."..
Prospero, sorcerer and rightful Duke of Milan, along with his daughter Miranda, has lived on an island for many years since his position was usurped by his brother Antonio. Then, as Antonio's ship passes near the island one day, Prospero conjures up a terrible storm...This play, combining elements o..
Four Major Plays: Volume IA Doll House The Wild Duck Hedda Gabler The Master BuilderAmong the greatest and best known of Ibsen's works, these four plays brilliantly exemplify his landmark contributions to the theater: his realistic dialogue, probing of social problems, and depiction of characters' i..
The classic Elizabethan play, with new material From the Elizabethan period's second-biggest dramatist comes the story of Faustus, a brilliant scholar who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for limitless knowledge and powerful black magic...
The Importance of Being Earnest displays Wilde's wit and theatrical genius at their brilliant best. This edition includes an appendix that restores the missing material from the original four-act version, as well as two other plays, Lady Windermere's Fan and Salom. Revised reissue...
Regarded as one of the greatest dramas ever written, this story of the silver-tongued soldier whose unfortunate looks drive him to woo his love by speaking for his handsome but dull-witted rival is beloved around the world...
Revising and updating his classic 1958 translation, Paul Roche captures the dramatic power and intensity, the subtleties of meaning, and the explosive emotions of Sophocles' great Theban trilogy. In vivid, poetic language, he presents the timeless story of a noble family moving toward catastrophe, d..
The 1987 Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for DramaFrom August Wilson, author of "The Piano Lesson" and the 1984-85 Broadway season's best play, "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"," " is another powerful, stunning dramatic work that has won him numerous critical acclaim including the 1987 Tony Award for Best Pl..
August Wilson has already given the American theater such spell-binding plays about the black experience in 20th-century America as Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," "Joe Turner's Come and Gone," " and the Pulitzer Prize-winning, Fences. In his second Pulitzer Prize-winner, The Piano Lesson," " Wilson has ..
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 PrizeBased on a true story that stunned the world, "M. Butterfly" opens in the cramped prison cell where diplomat Rene Gallimard is be..
The first in Neil Simon's "Eugene Trilogy," followed by "Biloxi Blues" and "Broadway Bound " Winner of a New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play and a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play Meet Eugene Jerome and his family, fighting the hard times and sometimes each other--with laugh..
It is the spring of 1948. In the still cool evenings of Pittsburgh's Hill district, familiar sounds fill the air. A rooster crows. Screen doors slam. The laughter of friends gathered for a backyard card game rises just above the wail of a mother who has lost her son. And there's the sound of the blu..
This dark psychological drama was first produced in Norway in 1890 and depicts the evil machinations of a ruthless, nihilistic heroine: the infamous Hedda Gabler. Readers will discover a masterly exploration of the nature of evil, along with the potential for tragedy that lies in human frailty. A tr..
Here is Oscar Wilde's most brilliant tour de force, a witty and buoyant comedy of manners that has delighted millions in countless productions since its first performance in London's St. James' Theatre on February 14, 1895." The Importance of Being Earnest" is celebrated not only for the lighthearte..
Considered by many the greatest of the classic Greek tragedies, "Oedipus Rex" is Sophocles' finest play and a work of extraordinary power and resonance. Aristotle considered it a masterpiece of dramatic construction and refers to it frequently in the "Poetics."In presenting the story of King Oedipus..
One of the greatest classics of modern theater the fateful drama of a willful young aristocrat s seduction of her father s valet during a Midsummer s Eve celebration. Inspired by the new ideas of naturalism and psychology that swept Europe in the late 19th century, the play i"..
One of the most powerful and enduring of Greek tragedies, "Medea" centers on the myth of Jason, leader of the Argonauts, who has won the dragon-guarded treasure of the Golden Fleece with the help of the sorceress Medea. Having married Medea and fathered her two children, Jason abandons her for a mor..
Tragic tale of star-crossed lovers, feuding families, and timeless passion contains some of Shakespeare's most beautiful and lyrical love poetry. This inexpensive edition includes the complete, unabridged text with explanatory footnotes. Ideal for classroom use, it is a wonderful addition to the hom..
Two beautifully crafted dramas set among the folk of the Aran Islands and western Irish coastlands. The Playboy of the Western World deals with its young hero s progress, in the eyes of others, from timid weakling to paragon of bravery. Riders to the Sea is a dark elegy to the fragile existenc"..
One of the great Shakespearean tragedies, "Macbeth" is a dark and bloody drama of ambition, murder, guilt, and revenge. Prompted by the prophecies of three mysterious witches and goaded by his ambitious wife, the Scottish thane Macbeth murders Duncan, King of Scotland, in order to succeed him on the..
Filled with passionate speeches and sensitive probing of moral and philosophical issues, this powerful drama reveals the grim fate that befalls the children of Oedipus. When Antigone, the daughter of Oedipus, chooses to obey the law of the gods rather than an unconscionable command from Creon, ruler..
Powerful tragedy of an aging king, betrayed by his daughters, robbed of his kingdom, descending into madness. Perhaps the bleakest of Shakespeare's tragic dramas, it explores themes of filial ingratitude, injustice, wretchedness and the meaninglessness of life with unsurpassed power and depth. Repri..