This new collection features two acclaimed one-act plays from Edward Albee’s early years. With the initial productions of The Death of Bessie Smith and The Sandbox, Albee consolidated his reputation as a brilliant new talent of the New York theater scene. These two plays tackle major themes such as race relations, American family life, and the essence of theater itself — each of which still continue to resonate. Representing the bold and exciting periods in the then young career of widely consideredAmerica’s most popular and imaginative playwrights, this edition is a must-have for theater lovers.
Bruce Norris - Clybourne Park
Clybourne Park spans two generations fifty years apart. In 1959, Russ and Bev are selling their desirable two-bedroom at a bargain price, unknowingly bringing the first black family into the neighborhood (borrowing a plot line from Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun) and creating ripples of discontent among the cozy white residents of Clybourne Park. In 2009, the same property is being bought by a young white couple, whose plan to raze the house and start again is met with equal disapproval by the black residents of the soon-to-be-gentrified area. Are the issues festering beneath the floorboards actually the same, fifty years on? Bruce Norris's excruciatingly funny and squirm-inducing satire explores the fault line between race and property. Clybourne Park is the winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and the winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play.
Arthur Phillips - The Tragedy of Arthur
The doomed hero of The Tragedy of Arthur is Arthur Phillips, a young man struggling with a larger-than-life father, a con artist who works wonders of deception but is a very unreliable parent. Arthur is raised in an enchanted world of smoke and mirrors where the only certain fact is his fathers and beloved sisters shared love for the works of William Shakespeare a love so pervasive that Arthur becomes a writer in a misguided bid to win their approval. The doomed hero of The Tragedy of Arthur is Arthur Phillips, a young man struggling with a larger-than-life father, a con artist who works wonders of deception but is a very unreliable parent. Arthur is raised in an enchanted world of smoke and mirrors where the only certain fact is his fathers and beloved sisters shared love for the works of William Shakespeare a love so pervasive that Arthur becomes a writer in a misguided bid to win their approval. Near the end of his life, Arthurs father shares with him a treasure that he has kept for half a century: a previously unknown play by Shakespeare, titled The Tragedy of Arthur. Arthur and his sister also inherit their fathers mission, to see the play published and acknowledged as the Bards last great gift to humanity. Unless, of course, its their fathers last and greatest deception.
Toby Altman - Arcadia, Indiana
Arcadia, Indiana is a mutant tragedy, a five act-sonnet sequence, staged in the trash-choked landscape of pastoral fantasy. It plays with narrative, labor, sexuality, and form, starting with a murder in an Indiana steel factory and ending with the Sphinx refusing all of Oedipus' solutions to her riddles. This play is a Renaissance tragedy in contemporary drag, destabilizing literary boundaries to develop a poetics of trash, in which the repressed and discarded parts of (literary) history return to strangle their point of origin.
August Wilson - Fences
Fences is a 1983 play by American playwright August Wilson. Set in the 1950s, it is the sixth in Wilson's ten-part Pittsburgh Cycle. Like all of the Pittsburgh plays, Fences explores the evolving African-American experience and examines race relations, among other themes. The play earned Wilson the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a Tony Award for Best Actor for James Earl Jones.
Ian Doescher - William Shakespeare's Star Wars - Verily, a New Hope
Inspired by one of the greatest creative minds in the English language-and William Shakespeare-here is an officially licensed retelling of George Lucas's epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. ’Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearstome Stormtroopers, signifying...pretty much everything. Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter—and complete with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations--William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Zounds! This is the book you’re looking for.
David Mamet - American Buffalo
A classic tragedy, American Buffalo is a story of three men struggling in the pursuit of their distorted vision of the American Dream. By turns touching and cynical, poignant and violent, American Buffalo is a piercing story of how people can be corrupted into betraying their ideals and those they love.
Ian Doescher - William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back
Hot on the heels of the _New York Times_ best seller _William Shakespeare’s Star Wars_ comes the next two installments of the original trilogy: _William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back_ and _William Shakespeare’s The Jed Doth Return_. Return to the star-crossed galaxy far, far away as the brooding young hero, a power-mad emperor, and their jesting droids match wits, struggle for power, and soliloquize in elegant and impeccable iambic pentameter. Illustrated with beautiful black-and-white Elizabethan-style artwork, these two plays offer essential reading for all ages. Something Wookiee this way comes!
Neil LaBute - Reasons to Be Pretty
In Reasons to Be Pretty, Greg’s tight-knit social circle is thrown into turmoil when his offhand remarks about a female coworker’s pretty face and his own girlfriend Steph’s lack thereof get back to Steph. But that’s just the beginning. Greg’s best buddy, Kent, and Kent’s wife, Carly, also enter into the picture, and the emotional equation becomes exponentially more complicated. As their relationships crumble, the four friends are forced to confront a sea of deceit, infidelity, and betrayed trust in their journey to answer that oh-so-American question: How much is pretty worth? Neil LaBute’s bristling new comic drama puts the final ferocious cap on a trilogy of plays that began with The Shape of Things and Fat Pig. America’s obsession with physical beauty is confronted headlong in this brutal and exhilarating work.
David Henry Hwang - M. Butterfly
M. Butterfly is a 1988 play by David Henry Hwang loosely based on the relationship between French diplomat Bernard Boursicot and Shi Pei Pu, a male Peking opera singer. The play premiered on Broadway at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on March 20, 1988, closing after 777 performances on January 27, 1990. The play was inspired by Giacomo Puccini's opera Madama Butterfly. The first act introduces the main character, Rene Gallimard, who is a civil servant attached to the French embassy in China. He falls in love with a beautiful Chinese opera diva, Song Liling, who is actually a man masquerading as a woman. In traditional Beijing opera, females were banned from the stage; all female roles (dan) were played by male Act two begins with Song coming to France and resuming his affair with Gallimard. They stay together for 20 years until the truth is revealed, and Gallimard is convicted of treason and imprisoned. Unable to face the fact that his "perfect woman" is actually a man, he retreats deep within himself and his memories. The action of the play is depicted as his disordered, distorted recollection of the events surrounding their affair. The third act portrays Gallimard committing seppuku (a type of Japanese suicide through self-disembowelment) while Song watches and smokes a cigarette.
Tracy Letts - August: Osage County
Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama "A tremendous achievement in American playwriting: a tragicomic populist portrait of a tough land and a tougher people."-Time Out New York "Tracy Letts' August: Osage County is what O'Neill would be writing in 2007. Letts has recaptured the nobility of American drama's mid-century heyday while still creating something entirely original."-New York magazine One of the most bracing and critically acclaimed plays in recent Broadway history, August: Osage County is a portrait of the dysfunctional American family at its finest-and absolute worst. When the patriarch of the Weston clan disappears one hot summer night, the family reunites at the Oklahoma homestead, where long-held secrets are unflinchingly and uproariously revealed. The three-act, three-and-a-half-hour mammoth of a play combines epic tragedy with black comedy, dramatizing three generations of unfulfilled dreams and leaving not one of its thirteen characters unscathed. After its sold-out Chicago premiere, the play has electrified audiences in New York since its opening in November 2007. Tracy Letts is the author of Killer Joe, Bug, and Man from Nebraska, which was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. His plays have been performed throughout the country and internationally. A performer as well as a playwright, Letts is a member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, where August: Osage County premiered.
Mira Jacob - The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing
When brain surgeon Thomas Eapen decides to cut short a visit to his mother's home in India in 1979, he sets into motion a series of events that will forever haunt him and his wife, Kamala; their intellectually precocious son, Akhil; and their watchful daughter, Amina. Now, twenty years later, in the heat of a New Mexican summer, Thomas has begun having bizarre conversations with his dead relatives and it's up to Amina - a photographer in the midst of her own career crisis - to figure out what is really going on. But getting to the truth is far harder than it seems. From Thomas's unwillingness to talk, to Kamala's Born Again convictions, to run-ins with a hospital staff that seems to know much more than they let on, Amina finds herself at the center of a mystery so thick with disasters that to make any headway at all, she has to unravel the family's painful past.
Eugene O'Neill - Amerikai Elektra
A trilógia mindhárom része, a második darab egyik felvonásának kivételével, a Mannon család udvarházában vagy közvetlenül a ház előtt játszódik, New England egyik kisebb tengerparti kikötővárosának határában. Külön előfüggöny a házat ábrázolja, ahogyan az utca felől látszik. Innét lépünk mindegyik darab kezdő felvonásában az épület elé, a következő felvonásban pedig be a házba. A függönyön a hatalmas - több mint húsz holdas - telek is látható, amely körülveszi a házat, a sűrű erdővel borított hegygerinc a háttérben, a gyümölcsös az épülettől jobbra és közvetlenül mögötte, balra pedig a nagy virágoskert és melegház...
Stan Sakai - Usagi Yojimbo 11. - Seasons
Spring breezes stirring the memories of lost battles. Summer fields burning with fires of treachery. Chill autumn nights echoing with demonic screams. Winter snows stained red with the blood of honor. The seasons roll on in eternal circles of birth, life, and death - nature's mirror to the warrioir pilgrimage of Miyamoto Usagi, a masterless samurai who wanders the countryside of feudal Japan, fighting injustice and honing his spiritual and martial skills. Usagi's talents and character are severely tested in a cycle of adventures as diverse and unique as the seasons. A small ceramic persimmon holds the key to the plans of an evil warlord. A competition of swordsmen becomes the final destination of a ronin's journey of vengeance. A mysterious warrior carries the ability to see death in the eyes of men. A dying merchant is saved by a daughter's immortal love. These tales and more mark the seasons of Usagi's quest - seasons of courage, loyalty, and enlightment.
Reginald Rose - Tizenkét dühös ember
Véleményem szerint a darab címéből nyugodtan ki lehetne húzni a "dühös" szót. Mert ebben az előadásban az izgat, hogy tizenkét ember van együtt két órán keresztül. Nem is akárhogyan. A díszlet egy üvegfal, mert helyszínül egy amerikai toronyház legmagasabb szintjét választottuk. A színészek nem látnak ki a nézőtérre, hallani sem hallanak semmit. Számukra embertelen kísérlet, hogy így fognak végig játszani. Azt élik meg, ami a darabban is történik, hogy bezárják őket egy szobába. Le akartam venni a darabról azt a teatralitást, ami törvényszerűen ráragad. Kockázatos a dolog, de nagyon hiszek benne. Ily módon a nézőknek is szinte szégyenkezve kell végignézniük, hogy a színészek teljesen lemeztelenednek az előadás végére. Balikó Tamás
Robert Lowell - Régi dicsőségünk
Robert Lowell három verses egyfelvonásosában Hawthorne és Melville novelláit használta fel kiindulópontként, hogy az amerikai történelem, sőt az amerikai karakter tragikus, szomorú ellentmondásaira gyilkosan éles fényt vetítsen. A három darab az amerikai történelem három nevezetes pillanatát örökíti meg: a gyarmatosítás kezdeteit, a forradalom előestéjét és a polgárháborút közvetlenül megelőző időszakot.
Jeph Loeb - Fallen Son - The Death Of Captain America
Where were you when Captain America died? Perhaps you were listening to the radio or reading the morning paper. Maybe you were surfing the web or on the phone with a friend. You were probably shocked, most likely thinking, "How could this happen to Cap?" And for a moment, you perhaps thought about all the ways the super soldier meant something to you. Something very real, very abiding. Fallen Son: Death of Captain America follows the reaction of the legendary heroes' best friends and closest comrades as they struggle to work through the emotions stirred by the loss of their ally, and the stages of grief that make them confront the part they may have played in that loss. This is their story. This is Cap's story. This is our story. The story of a Fallen Son and the world he helped make a better place.
Jack London - The White Silence / A fehér csend
A kétnyelvű olvasókönyvek eredeti, átdolgozatlan irodalmi szövegeket tartalmaznak és magyar műfordításaikat. Az angol szöveg alatt szereplő szómagyarázatok és a szemközti oldalon közölt magyar fordítás a nyelvtanulók számára lehetővé teszik a szöveg szótárazás nélküli, folyamatos olvasását. A szómagyarázatokat, az egyes fordítási megoldásokat elemző kommentárokat és az angol és a magyar szövegben kiemelt, egymásra utaló kifejezéseket a nyelvtanulók sokféleképpen hasznosíthatják: a könyv fejleszti a szókincset, javítja a szövegértési készséget, és segítséget nyújt fordítási problémák megoldásához.