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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: $14.00
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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Ghost Light
A Memoir
Written by Frank Rich


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 9, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75824-9 (0-375-75824-0)

There is a superstition that if an emptied theater is ever left completely dark, a ghost will take up residence. To prevent this, a single "ghost light" is left burning at center stage after the audience and all of the actors and musicians have gone home. Frank Rich's eloquent and moving... Read more >
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Buried Child

Written by Sam Shepard


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 14, 2006
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27497-7 (0-307-27497-7)

A newly revised edition of an American classic, Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize—winning Buried Child is as fierce and unforgettable as it was when it was first produced more than twenty-five years ago.

The setting is a squalid farm home occupied by a family filled with a history of suppressed violence and an... Read more >
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Fifteen One-Act Plays

Written by Sam Shepard


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 14, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-80276-7 (0-345-80276-4)

Filled with wry, dark humor, unparalleled imagination, unforgettable characters, and exquisitely crafted storytelling, Sam Shepard’s plays have earned him enormous acclaim over the past five decades. In these fifteen one-acts, we see him at his best, displaying his trademark ability to portray human relationships, love, and lust with rare authenticity. These... Read more >
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The God of Hell

Written by Sam Shepard


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 12, 2005
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9651-0 (1-4000-9651-0)

Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Shepard’s latest play is an uproarious, brilliantly provocative farce that brings the gifts of a quintessentially American playwright to bear on the current American dilemma.

Frank and Emma are a quiet, respectable couple who raise cows on their Wisconsin farm. Soon after they agree to put up Frank’s... Read more >
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Heartless
A Play
Written by Sam Shepard


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-80680-2 (0-345-80680-8)

When Roscoe, a 65-year-old Cervantes scholar, runs off with a young woman named Sally, he decides to stay a while in her family home. Soon he discovers that Sally’s house—once inhabited by James Dean; perched precariously over the San Fernando valley—is filled with secrets, sadness, and haunted women who cannot leave... Read more >
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Kicking a Dead Horse

Written by Sam Shepard


Format: Trade Paperback, 84 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 10, 2008
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38682-3 (0-307-38682-1)

A solitary man digs a hole in the ground, near a dead horse. Amidst the clutter of food and equipment stands Hobart Struther, who has ridden all the way out to the middle of nowhere on a holy mission. But one day into his “Great Sojourn,” things are looking bleak. His... Read more >
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The Late Henry Moss, Eyes for Consuela, When the World Was Green
Three Plays
Written by Sam Shepard


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 12, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3079-8 (1-4000-3079-X)

These three plays by Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Shepard are bold, explosive, and ultimately redemptive dramas propelled by family secrets and illuminated by a searching intelligence.

In The Late Henry Moss—which premiered in San Francisco, starring Sean Penn and Nick Nolte—two estranged brothers confront the past as they piece together the drunken... Read more >
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Simpatico

Written by Sam Shepard


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 30, 1996
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76317-8 (0-679-76317-1)

Set within the netherworld of thoroughbred racing, this hair-raisingly funny new play by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of True West explores the classical themes of memory, loyalty, and restitution. Simpatico launches readers into regions where high society meets the low life, and where, as one of the main characters observes, "someone... Read more >
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States of Shock, Far North, and Silent Tongue

Written by Sam Shepard


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 4, 1993
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74218-0 (0-679-74218-2)

Sam Shepard's works for theater and film tear through the envelope between prose and poetry; between pop culture and myth; between external reality and the deep reservoir of America's dreams and nightmares. In Shepard's States of Shock, a nostalgic colonel and his mutilated guest celebrate a bizarre anniversary--and in the process... Read more >

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Tooth of Crime
Second Dance
Written by Sam Shepard


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 14, 2006
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27498-4 (0-307-27498-5)

First presented in 1972, Tooth of Crime is one of the plays that announced Sam Shepard as an original voice in American theater. A provocative and unconventional musical-fantasy that raises questions about the nature of fame and authenticity, it is presented here in a revised edition —Tooth of Crime (Second Dance).

Tooth... Read more >
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Fires in the Mirror

Written by Anna Deavere Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 1, 1993
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-47014-8 (0-385-47014-2)

In monologues based on interviews with 26 subjects ranging from The Reverend Al Sharpton and Professor Leonard Jeffries, to Rabbi Joseph Speilman and Norman Rosenbaum (Yankel Rosenbaum's brother) to several men-and-women-on-the-street, Smith exposes and explores the black-Jewish tensions that erupted into outrage in the streets of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, in 1991... Read more >

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House Arrest and Piano
Two Plays
Written by Anna Deavere Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3357-7 (1-4000-3357-8)

From the award-winning actor and playwright Anna Deavere Smith, two teeming, pungent cross-sections of the American experience.

In the provocative and at times bitterly funny play House Arrest, Smith examines the relationships between a succession of American presidents and their observers in and out of the press. Arcing from Clinton and Monica... Read more >

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Talk to Me
Travels in Media and Politics
Written by Anna Deavere Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 16, 2001
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72174-5 (0-385-72174-9)

Believing that character and language are inextricably bound, Smith sets out to discern the essence of America by listening to its people and trying to capture its politics. To that end she travels to some of America's most conspicuous places, like the presidential conventions of 1996, and some of its darkest... Read more >
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Twilight
Los Angeles, 1992
Written by Anna Deavere Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 15, 1994
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-47376-7 (0-385-47376-1)

Stanford professor Anna Deavere Smith has performed her hard-hitting, sociologically probing "documentary theater" stage pieces Fires in the Mirror and Twilight on campuses and in theaters nationwide, receiving critical praise and accolades from every quarter. Available here in book form with complete text and photographs, the productions document changes in racial... Read more >

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Real Life Drama
The Group Theatre and America 1931-1940
Written by Wendy Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 6, 2013
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-80599-7 (0-345-80599-2)

Real Life Drama is the classic history of the remarkable group that revitalized American theater in the 1930s by engaging urgent social and moral issues that still resonate today.

Born in the turbulent decade of the Depression, the Group Theatre revolutionized American arts. Wendy Smith's dramatic narrative brings the influential troupe and... Read more >
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The Long March and In the Clap Shack

Written by William Styron


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 4, 1993
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73675-2 (0-679-73675-1)

Two extraordinary works about soldiers in a time of dubious peace by a writer of vast eloquence and moral authority. With stylistic panache and vitriolic wit, William Styron depicts conflicts between men of somewhat more than average intelligence and the military machine. In The Long March, a novella, two Marine reservists... 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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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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Man of La Mancha

Written by Dale Wasserman


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: October 12, 1966
Price: $11.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-40619-0 (0-394-40619-2)

Winner of the New York Drama Critics Award for Best Musical

"To me the most interesting aspect of the success of Man of La Mancha is the fact that it plows squarely upstream against the prevailing current of philosophy in the theater. That current is best identified by its catch-labels--Theater of the... Read more >
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The Heidi Chronicles
Uncommon Women and Others & Isn't It Romantic
Written by Wendy Wasserstein


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 2, 1991
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73499-4 (0-679-73499-6)

Wendy Wasserstein's characters--two young women graduating from Seven Sisters college, and a brilliant feminist art historian among them--are so funny, so multi-faceted, and so real that we seem to know them from their Scene One entrances, though the places they go are invariably surprising. Already recognized as classics of the modern... Read more >
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