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Mainly on Directing
Gypsy, West Side Story, and Other Musicals
Written by Arthur Laurents


Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 10, 2009
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27088-7 (0-307-27088-2)

From Arthur Laurents, playwright, screenwriter, director—a mesmerizing book about theater, the art, the artist, the insider, the outsider—and the making of two of the greatest musicals of the American stage, West Side Story and Gypsy. It is a book profoundly enriched by the author’s two loves, love for the theater and... Read more >
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Boston Marriage

Written by David Mamet


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 8, 2002
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70665-3 (0-375-70665-8)

One of America's most provocative dramatists conquers new territory with this droll comedy of errors set in a Victorian drawing room.

Anna and Claire are two bantering, scheming "women of fashion" who live together on the fringes of society. Anna has just become the mistress of a wealthy man, from whom she... Read more >
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The Cabin
Reminiscence and Diversions
Written by David Mamet


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 30, 1993
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74720-8 (0-679-74720-6)

In these mordant, elegant, and often disquieting essays, the internationally acclaimed dramatist creates a sort of autobiography by strobe light, one that is both mysterious and starkly revealing.The pieces in The Cabin are about places and things: the suburbs of Chicago, where as a boy David Mamet helplessly watched his stepfather... Read more >
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The Cryptogram

Written by David Mamet


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 18, 1995
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74653-9 (0-679-74653-6)

In this gripping short play, Mamet combines mercurial intelligence with genuinely Hitchcockian menace. The Cryptogram is a journey back into childhood and the moment of its vanishing--the moment when the sheltering world is suddenly revealed as a place full of dangers. On a night in 1959, a boy is waiting to... Read more >
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Faustus

Written by David Mamet


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 13, 2004
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7648-2 (1-4000-7648-X)

The German legend of Doctor Faustus, who famously sold his soul to the devil in return for earthly power and riches, has inspired literary masterworks by an array of playwrights, poets, and novelists across the centuries—from Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus in the sixteeenth century to Goethe's Faust in the early nineteenth... Read more >
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November

Written by David Mamet


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 24, 2008
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38880-3 (0-307-38880-8)

David Mamet's new Oval Office satire depicts one day in the life of a beleaguered American commander-in-chief.

It's November in a Presidential election year, and incumbent Charles Smith's chances for reelection are looking grim. Approval ratings are down, his money's running out, and nuclear war might be imminent. Though his staff... Read more >
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The Old Neighborhood

Written by David Mamet


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 17, 1998
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74652-2 (0-679-74652-8)

In The Old Neighborhood David Mamet confirms his stature as a master of the American stage, a writer who can turn the most innocuous phrase into a lit fuse and a family reunion into a perfectly orchestrated firestorm of sympathy, yearning, and blisteringly authentic rage.

In these three short plays, a middle-aged... Read more >
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Oleanna
A Play
Written by David Mamet


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 4, 1993
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74536-5 (0-679-74536-X)

A male college instructor and his female student sit down to discuss her grades and in a terrifyingly short time become the participants in a modern reprise of the Inquisition. Innocuous remarks suddenly turn damning. Socratic dialogue gives way to heated assault. The relationship between a somewhat fatuous teacher and his... Read more >
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Romance

Written by David Mamet


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 25, 2005
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27518-9 (0-307-27518-3)

Pulitzer Prize—winning playwright David Mamet’s Romance is an uproarious, take-no-prisoners courtroom comedy that gleefully lampoons everyone from lawyers and judges, to Arabs and Jews, to gays and chiropractors.

It’s hay fever season, and in a courtroom a judge is popping antihistamines. He listens to the testimony of a Jewish chiropractor, who’s a... Read more >
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The Spanish Prisoner and The Winslow Boy
Two Screenplays
Written by David Mamet


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 7, 1999
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70664-6 (0-375-70664-X)

David Mamet’s dialogue—abrasive, rhythmic—illuminates a modern aesthetic evocative of Samuel Beckett, and his plots have inspired comparisons to such disperate masters as Alfred Hitchcock and Arthur Miller. The two screenplays included here demonstrate the range and depth of his talent. The Spanish Prisoner, a neo-noir thriller about a research-and-development cog hoodwinked... Read more >
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Three Uses of the Knife
On the Nature and Purpose of Drama
Written by David Mamet


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 13, 2000
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70423-9 (0-375-70423-X)

What makes good drama? And why does drama matter in an age that is awash in information and entertainment? With bracing directness and aphoristic grace, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Glengarry Glen Ross delivers a thrillingly original treatise on his art.

To David Mamet, human beings are drama-creating animals who impose narrative... Read more >
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The Voysey Inheritance

Written by David Mamet


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 25, 2005
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27519-6 (0-307-27519-1)

One hundred years after the first publication of The Voysey Inheritance, David Mamet resurrects Harley Granville-Barker’s classic investigation into the capitalist soul in this brilliant adaptation.

For generations, the Voysey family business has been secretly skimming money from its clients’ accounts. When Edward, designated to take over the firm from his aging... Read more >
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Cole Porter

Written by William McBrien


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 5, 2000
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72792-7 (0-679-72792-2)

In his life and in his music, Cole Porter was "the top"—the pinnacle of wit, sophistication, and success. His songs—"I Get a Kick Out of You," "Anything Goes," and hundreds more—were instant pop hits, and their musical and emotional depths have made them lasting standards.

William McBrien has captured the creator of... Read more >
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The Stonemason
A Play in Five Acts
Written by Cormac McCarthy


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 1, 1995
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76280-5 (0-679-76280-9)

From a writer hailed as an American original comes a taut, expansively imagined drama about four generations of an African-American family. Set in Louisville, Kentucky, in the 1970s, the Telfairs are stonemasons and have been for generations. Out of the love that binds Ben Telfair and his grandfather, Papaw, and the... Read more >

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The Sunset Limited

Written by Cormac McCarthy


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 24, 2006
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27836-4 (0-307-27836-0)

A startling encounter on a New York subway platform leads two strangers to a run-down tenement where a life or death decision must be made.

In that small apartment, “Black” and “White,” as the two men are known, begin a conversation that leads each back through his own history, mining the origins... Read more >
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Sanford Meisner on Acting

Written by Sanford Meisner and Dennis Longwell
Introduction by Sydney Pollack


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 12, 1987
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-75059-0 (0-394-75059-4)

This book, written in collaboration with Dennis Longwell, follows an acting class of eight men and eight women for fifteen months, beginning with the most rudimentary exercises and ending with affecting and polished scenes from contemporary American plays. Throughout these pages Meisner is delight--always empathizing with his students and urging them... Read more >
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Auditioning
An Actor-Friendly Guide
Written by Joanna Merlin
Foreword by Harold Prince


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 8, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72537-1 (0-375-72537-7)

Joanna Merlin has spent her career on both sides of the auditioning process, both as an award-winning casting director who has worked with Harold Prince, Bernard Bertolucci, and James Ivory, and as an accomplished actor herself.

In this highly informative and accessible book, Merlin provides everything the actor needs to achieve self-confidence... Read more >
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Collected Novels and Plays

Written by James Merrill


Format: Trade Paperback, 688 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 18, 2005
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71083-4 (0-375-71083-3)

Following the widely celebrated Collected Poems, this second volume in the series of James Merrill’s works brings us Merrill as novelist and playwright. Just as in his poems we come upon prose pieces, dramatic dialogue, and even a short play in verse, in his novels and plays we find the rhythms... Read more >
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The Guys
A Play
Written by Anne Nelson


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: August 13, 2002
Price: $11.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6729-6 (0-8129-6729-1)

First performed in a hit off-off-Broadway production, and soon to be a film starring Sigourney Weaver and Anthony LaPaglia, The Guys is a timeless drama about the surprising truths people can discover in ordinary lives, and the connections we make with others and ourselves in times of tragedy.

Paralyzed by grief... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Three Plays
Desire Under The Elms, Strange Interlude, Mourning Becomes Electra
Written by Eugene O'Neill


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 31, 1995
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76396-3 (0-679-76396-1)

Includes Desire Under the Elms, Strange Interlude, and Mourning Becomes Electra. With Olympian ambition and an ear that captures both the cadences of classical tragedy and the rhythm of our common speech, O'Neill lends a unique grandeur to the American theater. His work is that of a master playwright at the... Read more >

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Anna Christie, The Emperor Jones, The Hairy Ape

Written by Eugene O'Neill


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 31, 1995
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76395-6 (0-679-76395-3)

This edition includes Anna Christie, The Emperor Jones, and The Hairy Ape, three classic plays of uncontested power from the Nobel laureate and winner of two Pulitzer Prizes for drama. Read more >

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The Iceman Cometh

Written by Eugene O'Neill


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 7, 1999
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70917-3 (0-375-70917-7)

"Spellbinding--soaring theater--. For reasons that remain mysterious, it seems especially moving today."--The New York Times

Eugene O'Neill mined the tragedies of his own life for this depiction of a seedy, skid row saloon in 1912, peopled by society's failures: worn-out anarchists, failed con artists, drifters, whores, pimps, and informers. The pipe-dreaming drunks... Read more >

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Beauty's Daughter, Monster, The Gimmick
Three Plays
Written by Dael Orlandersmith


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 17, 2000
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70871-8 (0-375-70871-5)

The sheer exuberance of language that pours forth in Dael Orlandersmith's plays has dazzled critics and audiences alike. In these three pieces, the award-winning writer and performer celebrates the power of words to rescue the young black women she portrays from their constricted worlds.

In the Obie Award-winning play "Beauty's Daughter," Diane... Read more >
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Yellowman

Written by Dael Orlandersmith


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 8, 2002
Price: $11.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3206-8 (1-4000-3206-7)

These two raucously acclaimed new plays by Dael Orlandersmith, whom The New York Times has called "an otherworldly messenger, perhaps the sorcerer's apprentice, or a heaven-sent angel with the devil in her," confirm her reputation as one of the truly unique voices in contemporary American drama.

In Yellowman, a finalist for the... Read more >
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Playwrights at Work

Written by Paris Review
Edited by George Plimpton
Introduction by John Lahr


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 30, 2000
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-64021-9 (0-679-64021-5)

This third volume in Modern Library’s Paris Review: Writers at Work series gives the student a chance to study the words and opinions of some of the most important and compelling playwrights of our time. The interviews collected here range in date from 1956 to 1997 and in personality from Tennessee... Read more >
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