(Applause Books). What was the play that changed your life? What was the play that inspired you; that showed you something entirely new; that was so thrilling or surprising, breathtaking or poignant, that you were never the same? Nineteen of today's most gifted playwrights respond in this most revealing and personal book, published by Applause Books and presented by the American Theatre Wing, founder of The Tony Awards. From Edward Albee's 1935 visit to New York's Hippodrome Theatre to see Jimmy Durante (and an elephant) in Rodgers and Hart's Jumbo, to Diana Son's twelfth-grade field trip in 1983 to see Diane Venora play Hamlet at The Public Theater, from David Henry Hwang's seminal San Francisco encounter with Equus to a young Beth Henley's epiphany after seeing her mother in a "Green Bean Man costume," The Play That Changed My Life offers readers a unique peek into the theatrical influences of some of the nation's most important dramatists. The book is filled with tributes, memories, anecdotes and other insights that connect past to present and make this volume an instant "must have" for anyone who adores the theatre. Also in the book are pieces by David Auburn, Jon Robin Baitz, Nilo Cruz, Christopher Durang, Charles Fuller, A. R. Gurney, Tina Howe, David Ives, Donald Margulies, Lynn Nottage, Suzan-Lori Parks, Sarah Ruhl, John Patrick Shanley, Regina Taylor, and Doug Wright, as well as an introduction by Paula Vogel. All together, the playwrights featured here have won more than 40 Tony Awards, Pulitzer Prizes, Obies, and MacArthur genius grants.
Published by Hal Leonard Corporation on 08/18/2019
Book details: 173 pages.
(Applause Books). Applause Theatre & Cinema Books is proud to announce the publication of the first collected anthology of gay and lesbian plays from the entire span of the twentieth century, sure to find wide acceptance by general readers and to be studied on campuses around the world. Among the ten plays, three are completely out of print. Included are The God of Venegeance (1918) by Sholom Ash, the first play to introduce lesbian characters to an English-language audience; Lillian Hellman's classic The Children's Hour (1933), initially banned in London and passed over for the Pulitzer Prize because of its subject matter; and Oscar Wilde (1938) by Leslie and Sewell Stokes, a major award-winning success that starred Robert Morley. More recent plays include Mart Crowley's The Boys in the Band (1968), the first hit "out" gay play that was the most realistic and groundbreaking portrayal of gays on stage up to that time; Martin Sherman's Bent (1978), which daringly focused on the love between two Nazi concentration camp inmates and starred Richard Gere; William Hoffman's As Is (1985), which was one of the first plays to deal with the AIDS crisis and earned three Tony Award nominations; and Terrence McNally's Love! Valour! Compassion! (1994), which starred Nathan Lane and won the Tony Award for Best Play. The other plays are Edouard Bourdet's The Captive (1926), Ruth and Augustus Goetz's The Immoralist (1954) and Frank Marcus' The Killing of Sister George (1967). Forbidden Acts includes a broad range of theatrical genres: drama, tragedy, romance, comedy and farce. They remain vibrant and relevant today as a testament of art's ability to persevere in the face of oppression.
Published by Hal Leonard Corporation on 09/01/2003
Book details: 744 pages.
Scenes from the plays and portraits of leading actors accompany a statistical record of the current season
Published by Hal Leonard Corporation on 01/01/2007
Book details: 400 pages.
(Applause Books). The Commercial Theater Institute sponsors an annual intensive program in New York for individuals interested in producing or investing in the theatre that attracts people from all over the world. The top working theatre professionals offer hard, factual information to those interested in producing for Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, anywhere in North America, as well as in the United Kingdom. The Commercial Theater Institute Guide to Producing Plays and Musicals now collects for the first time the cream of the crop of that advice, from the noted theatre professionals who participate in the program, in their own words. Interviews, contributions, and a resource directory are included from 30 theatre professionals who have won a total of 45 Tony Awards. Agents, directors, production designers, general managers, fundraisers, marketing directors, producers, and theatrical attorneys all offer invaluable advice in a book that will be the definitive resource in its field.
Published by Hal Leonard Corporation on 01/01/2007
Book details: 406 pages.
Lost Trails of the Cimarron is Harry Chrisman's folk history of nineteenth-century Cimarron country - southwestern Kansas, southeastern Colorado, and the neutral strip of Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle. Buffalo hunters entered the area in violation of the Medicine Lodge Treaty, followed by cowboys and settlers who formed a vast economy based on grass and beef, the beginnings of prominent cattle ranches such as the Westmoreland-Hitch Outfit. Chrisman details the history of the outlaws and ruffians of "No Man's Land" and trail drives to Dodge City and beyond. Numerous illustrations accompany the anecdotes and stories of various frontier personalities. A new foreword by Jim Hoy also appears in this edition.
Published by University of Oklahoma Press on 09/01/1998
Book details: 313 pages.
Now in its 62nd year, 'Theatre World' provides a complete statistical and pictorial record of the Broadway and off-Broadway theatre season. Each entry includes complete cast lists, producers and directors, authors and composers, opening dates, plot synopses, and biographical information.
Published by Hal Leonard Corporation on 07/01/2008
Book details: 422 pages.
Challenges understandings of child labor by tracing how law altered the meanings of work for young people in the United States.
Published by Cambridge University Press on 03/08/2010
Book details: 279 pages.
(Theatre World). Celebrating its 60th year, this Theatre World remains the authoritative and pictorial record of the Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off Broadway seasons and touring companies. Volume 60 features the winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for 2004 and the Tony Award-winning Best Play, Douglas Wright's I Am My Own Wife , which also earned star Jefferson Mays the Best Leading Actor in a Play Tony Award. Avenue Q , the human-plus-puppet Tony Award winner for Best Musical, made news announcing that it will only play on Broadway and in Las Vegas. Other highlights of the season include the six-time Drama Desk Award-winning blockbuster musical Wicked ; two of Off-Broadway's most successful and acclaimed shows, Bug and Sarah Jone's bridge and tunnel ; and the world premieres of August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean , at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, and Imaginery Friends with Cherry Jones and Swoozie Kurtz, at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. As always, Theatre World 's outstanding features include: An expanded highlights section of professional regional productions from across the U.S.; A listing of all the major theatrical awards; The longest running shows on and Off-Broadway; Biographical data, obituaries, and a comprehensive index.
Published by Hal Leonard Corporation on 08/18/2019
Book details: 375 pages.
(Theatre World). Highlights of this new Theatre World , now in its 59th year, include the 8-Tony winning Hairspray with award winners Harvey Firestein and Marissa Jaret Winokur; the Tony-winning Best Play Take Me Out ; hot director David Leveaux's reimagining of Nine: The Musical , featuring the sensational Antonio Banderas and Jane Krakowski; the star-studded revival of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night with Vanessa Redgrave, Brian Dennehy, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Robert Sean Leonard; and the groundbreaking Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam . Notable Off-Broadway and touring productions include the anti-death penalty play The Exonerated ; Kate Mulgrew as Katharine Hepburn in Tea at Five ; Dinner at Eight with the late John Ritter; Talking Heads with Lynn Redgrave, Christine Ebersole and Kathleen Chalfant; and the highly regarded Stephen Adly Guirgis' Our Lady of 121st St. Theatre World, the statistical and pictorial record of the Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off-Broadway seasons, touring companies, and professional regional companies throughout the United States, is a classic in its field. The book is complete with cast listings, replacements, producers, directors, authors, composers, opening and closing dates, and song titles. There are special sections with biographical data, obituary information, a longest-runs listing, an expanded theatrical awards section, and much more. Now featuring 16 pages of color photos! Over 600 photos in all. "Nothing brings back a theatrical season better, or holds on to it more lovingly, than John Willis' Theatre World an addiction for theatre buffs." Playbill "If you're looking for an elaborate visual record of a theatrical season, you'll want to opt for Theatre World ... It's a keeper." Back Stage
Published by Hal Leonard Corporation on 11/01/2004
Book details: 372 pages.
From Pulitzer Prize winner and bestselling author Rick Atkinson comes an eyewitness account of the war against Iraq and a vivid portrait of a remarkable group of soldiers For soldiers in the 101st Airborne Division, the road to Baghdad began with a midnight flight out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, in late February 2003. For Rick Atkinson, who would spend nearly two months covering the division for The Washington Post, the war in Iraq provided a unique opportunity to observe today's U.S. Army in combat. Now, in this extraordinary account of his odyssey with the 101st, Atkinson presents an intimate and revealing portrait of the soldiers who fight the expeditionary wars that have become the hallmark of our age. At the center of Atkinson's drama stands the compelling figure of Major General David H. Petraeus, described by one comrade as "the most competitive man on the planet." Atkinson spent virtually all day every day at Petraeus's elbow in Iraq, where he had an unobstructed view of the stresses, anxieties, and large joys of commanding 17,000 soldiers in combat. Atkinson watches Petraeus wrestle with innumerable tactical conundrums and direct several intense firefights; he watches him teach, goad, and lead his troops and his subordinate commanders. And all around Petraeus, we see the men and women of a storied division grapple with the challenges of waging war in an unspeakably harsh environment. With the eye of a master storyteller, the premier military historian of his generation puts us right on the battlefield. In the Company of Soldiers is a compelling, utterly fresh view of the modern American soldier in action.
Published by Henry Holt and Company on 04/01/2007
Book details: 336 pages.