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The Merchant of Venice

Written by William Shakespeare
Edited by David Bevington and David Scott Kastan


Format: Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: January 1, 1988
Price: $4.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-21299-0 (0-553-21299-0)

The Merchant of Venice is an intriguing drama of love, greed and revenge. At its heart, the play contrasts the characters of the maddened and vengeful Shylock, a Venetian moneylender, with the gracious, level-headed Portia, a wealthy young woman besieged by suitors. At the play's climax, Shylock insists that a binding... Read more >
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A Midsummer Night's Dream

Written by William Shakespeare
Edited by David Bevington and David Scott Kastan


Format: Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: January 1, 1988
Price: $4.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-21300-3 (0-553-21300-8)

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 insightful essay on the play in performance, modern spelling... Read more >
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Much Ado About Nothing

Written by William Shakespeare
Edited by David Bevington and David Scott Kastan


Format: Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: January 1, 1988
Price: $4.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-21301-0 (0-553-21301-6)

Set in a courtly world of masked revels and dances, this play turns on the archetypal story if a lady falsely accused of unfaithfulness, spurned by her bridegroom, and finally vindicated and reunited with him. Villainy, schemes, and deceit threatens to darken the brilliant humor and sparkling wordplay--but the hilarious counterplot... Read more >
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Othello

Written by William Shakespeare and David Scott Kastan
Edited by David Bevington


Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: January 1, 1988
Price: $4.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-21302-7 (0-553-21302-4)

This great tragedy of unsurpassed intensity and emotion is played out against Renaissance splendor. The doomed marriage of Desdemona to the Moor Othello is the focus of a storm of tension, incited by the consumately evil villain Iago, that culminates in one of the most deeply moving scences in theatrical history... Read more >
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Richard II

Written by William Shakespeare


Format: Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: January 1, 1988
Price: $6.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-21303-4 (0-553-21303-2)

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 insightful essay on the play in performance, modern spelling... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Richard III

Written by William Shakespeare


Format: Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: January 1, 1988
Price: $6.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-21304-1 (0-553-21304-0)

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 insightful essay on the play in performance, modern spelling... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Romeo and Juliet

Written by William Shakespeare


Format: Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: January 1, 1988
Price: $4.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-21305-8 (0-553-21305-9)

The magnificent, timeless drama is the world's most famous tale of "star-crossed lovers." The young, unshakable love of Juliet and Romeo defies the feud that divides their families--the Capulets and Montagues--as their desperate need to be together, their secret meetings, and finally their concealed marriage drive them toward tragedy. A masterwork... Read more >

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The Taming of the Shrew

Written by William Shakespeare
Edited by David Bevington and David Scott Kastan


Format: Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: January 1, 1988
Price: $4.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-21306-5 (0-553-21306-7)

In a battle between the sexes, Shakespeare has created a farce filled with practical jokes and sight gags which add fun to the story of how Petruchio tries to win over Katherina. An exciting new edition of the complete works of Shakespeare with these features: Illustrated with photographs from New York... Read more >
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The Tempest

Written by William Shakespeare


Format: Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: January 1, 1988
Price: $4.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-21307-2 (0-553-21307-5)

This joyous play, the last comedy of Shakespeare's career, sums up his stagecraft with a display of seemingly effortless skill. Prospero, exiled Duke of Milan, living on an enchanted island, has the opportunity to punish and forgive his enemies when he raises a tempest that drives them ashore--as well as to... Read more >
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Three Early Comedies
Love's Labor's Lost, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Merry Wives of Windsor
Written by William Shakespeare


Format: Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: January 1, 1988
Price: $6.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-21282-2 (0-553-21282-6)

Includes Love's Labor Lost, The Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Merry Wives of Windsor. 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... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Twelfth Night

Written by William Shakespeare
Edited by David Bevington and David Scott Kastan


Format: Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: January 1, 1988
Price: $4.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-21308-9 (0-553-21308-3)

Set in a topsy-turvy world like a holiday revel, this comedy devises a romantic plot around separated twins, misplaced passions, and mistaken identity. Juxtaposed to it is the satirical story of a self-deluded steward who dreams of becoming "Count Malvolio" only to receive his comeuppance at the hands of the merrymakers... Read more >
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Oberammergau
The Troubling Story of the World's Most Famous Passion Play
Written by James Shapiro


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 12, 2001
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70852-7 (0-375-70852-9)

The Bavarian village of Oberammergau has staged the trial, crucifixion, and resurrection of Christ nearly every decade since 1634. Each production of the Passion Play attracts hundreds of thousands, many drawn by the spiritual benefits it promises. Yet Hitler called it a convincing portrayal of the menace of Jewry, and in... Read more >
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The Theban Plays

Written by Sophocles
Translated by David Grene
Introduction by Charles Segal


Format: Hardcover, 280 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 18, 1994
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-43132-9 (0-679-43132-2)

The legends surrounding Oedipus of Thebes and his ill-fated offspring provide the subject matter for Sophocles’ three greatest plays, which together represent Greek drama at the pinnacle of its achievement.
Oedipus the King, the most famous of the three, has been characterized by critics from Aristotle to Coleridge as the perfect exemplar... Read more >

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Plays by and about Women

Edited by Victoria Sullivan


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 1974
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-71896-5 (0-394-71896-8)

The theater has always been considered a mirror of its time, and many twentieth-century plays have reflected changing views of women. A large number of these, however, have been by men. Here is a volume of eight plays, all written in this century, in which leading women dramatists present their own... Read more >

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The Complete Plays

Written by John M. Synge


Format: Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 1960
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-70178-3 (0-394-70178-X)

Includes The Playboy of the Western World, Riders to the Sea, In the Shadow of the Glen, The Well of Saints, The Tinker's Wedding, and Deidre of the Sorrows. The complete texts of all the plays by J.M. Synge, produced at the Abbey Theatre, which Synge founded with Lady Gregory and... Read more >
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White Walls
Collected Stories
Written by Tatyana Tolstaya
Contribution by Antonina Bouis
Translated by Jamey Gambrell


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: April 17, 2007
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-197-4 (1-59017-197-7)

The wonderful verve, unflagging verbal invention, and wicked charm that Tatyana Tolstaya brings to the short story have earned her a devoted audience all over the world. Edna O’Brien has called her “an enchantress.” Anita Desai has spoken of her work’s “richness and ardent life.” Stemming from a Russian tradition of... Read more >

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The Cold Song

Written by Linn Ullmann


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: April 8, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-667-6 (1-59051-667-2)

Siri Brodal, a chef and restaurant owner, is married to Jon Dreyer, a famous novelist plagued by writer’s block. Siri and Jon have two daughters, and together they spend their summers on the coast of Norway, in a mansion belonging to Jenny Brodal, Siri’s stylish and unforgiving mother.
 
Siri and Jon’s marriage... Read more >
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An Acrobat of the Heart
A Physical Approach to Acting Inspired by the Work of Jerzy Grotowski
Written by Stephen Wangh


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 19, 2000
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70672-1 (0-375-70672-0)

"The actor will do, in public, what is considered impossible." When the renowned Polish director Jerzy Grotowski began his 1967 American workshop with these words, his students were stunned. But within four weeks they themselves had experienced the "impossible."

In An Acrobat of the Heart, teacher-director-playwright Stephen Wangh reveals how Jerzy Grotowski's... Read more >
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The Trial of God
(as it was held on February 25, 1649, in Shamgorod)
Written by Elie Wiesel


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: November 14, 1995
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1053-8 (0-8052-1053-9)

Set in a Ukrainian village in 1649, this haunting play takes place in the aftermath of a pogrom. Only two Jews, Berish the innkeeper and his daughter, Hannah, have survived the brutal Cossack raids. When three itinerant actors arrive in town to perform a Purim play, Berish demands that they stage... Read more >
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Plays of Oscar Wilde

Written by Oscar Wilde


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 12, 1988
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-75788-9 (0-394-75788-2)

This Vintage edition of The Plays of Oscar Wilde contains the plays that made Wilde one of the most important dramatists of his time. Wilde's plays demonstrate why their author must be seen as both an inaugurator and a master of modernism. In his best work, the subversive insights embedded in... Read more >
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The Spirit of Noh
A New Translation of the Classic Noh Treatise the Fushikaden
Written by Zeami
Translated by William Scott Wilson


Format: Trade Paperback, 184 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: May 14, 2013
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-994-0 (1-59030-994-4)

The Japanese dramatic art of Noh has a rich six-hundred-year history and has had a huge influence on Japanese culture and such Western artists as Ezra Pound and William Butler Yeats. The actor and playwright Zeami (1363—1443) is the most celebrated figure in the history of Noh, with his numerous outstanding... Read more >
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