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...David Schwimmer and Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre Company created this innovative and heart-wrenching adaptation of Upton Sinclair’s powerhouse novel, in a co-production with L.A. Theatre Works. A young Lithuanian immigrant, full of hope...

Amongst the Reeds

Written by

Chinonyerem Odimba

~playauthor~Written by~ Chinonyerem Odimba

Nick Hern Books, 2016

NHB Modern Plays

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Scenes: 6, Roles: Total (2), Female (2), Male (0), Unassigned (0)

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...Chinonyerem Odimba's play Amongst the Reeds is a drama about two friends on the margins of society.   Oni (a seventeen-year-old Nigerian girl) and Gillian (a sixteen- to seventeen-year-old Vietnamese girl) scratch...

Predicaments of Irishmen: On the Inside/On the Outside, A Crucial Week in the Life of a Grocer’s Assistant, A Whistle in the Dark

Nicholas Grene

Nicholas Grene is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at Trinity College Dublin and a member of the Royal Irish Academy. He has published widely on Shakespeare and on Irish literature. His books include The Politics of Irish Drama (1999), Shakespeare’s Serial History Plays (2002), Yeats’s Poetic Codes (2008) and Home on the Stage (2014). With Chris Morash he is the co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre (2016). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Theatre of Tom Murphy : Playwright Adventurer

Methuen Drama, 2017

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...‘If you don’t mind my saying so’, someone told Murphy at the West End opening of A Whistle in the Dark, ‘you know nothing about women.’ It was a remark he still remembered more than twenty years on when writing Bailegangaire with its...

The Trilogy of Chinese America: Magic Realism and the Californian Cool

Esther Kim Lee

Esther Kim Lee is Associate Professor and Associate Director of Theatre in the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Theatre of David Henry Hwang

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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...When Hwang started his career as a playwright in his early twenties, he was profoundly influenced by the teachings of María Irene Fornés and Sam Shepard, who both emphasize accessing the subconscious. Hwang still writes freehand...

A Tale of Two Cities

Written by

Matthew Dunster

Adapted by

Matthew Dunster

~playauthor~Written by~ Matthew Dunster ~playauthor~Adapted by~ Matthew Dunster

Oberon Books, 2017

Oberon Modern Plays

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Scenes: 2, Roles: Total (21), Female (12), Male (8), Unassigned (1)

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...It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair; we had everything before us, we had nothing before us...

The Free9

Written by

In-Sook Chappell

~playauthor~Written by~ In-Sook Chappell

Methuen Drama, 2021

Plays for Young People

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Scenes: 14, Roles: Total (9), Female (4), Male (5), Unassigned (0)

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...Nine teenagers flee North Korea, dreaming of a new life in the South. But the danger is far from over. With threats around every corner, perhaps the mysterious figure of Big Brother can help them? Or is he the very person they're running...

Historical and Cultural Background

Liz Tomlin

Liz Tomlin is senior lecturer in the Department of Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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British Theatre Companies 1995–2014 : Mind the Gap, Kneehigh Theatre, Suspect Culture, Stan’s Cafe, Blast Theory, Punchdrunk

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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...Part One: Politics, Society and Culture Introduction By 1995, the seemingly unstoppable march of globalization was well underway, and it becomes impossible, in this final volume, to neatly extricate British...

Mugabe, My Dad and Me

Written by

Tonderai Munyevu

~playauthor~Written by~ Tonderai Munyevu

Methuen Drama, 2021

Modern Plays

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Scenes: 21

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...Something strange happens when the past comes crushing into you, right in the present. April, 1980. The British colony of Rhodesia becomes the independent nation of Zimbabwe. A born-free, Tonderai Munyevu is part...

Noura

Written by

Heather Raffo

~playauthor~Written by~ Heather Raffo

Methuen Drama, 2021

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Scenes: 13, Roles: Total (5), Female (2), Male (3), Unassigned (0)

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...In these works Raffo explores the indelible effects of war on Iraqis, Americans, and the refugees caught between the two cultures. When considered together, these works give voice to nearly two decades of rarely examined traumas that have...

Quirky Strong Women

Robin Nelson

Robin Nelson is Visiting Professor at the University of London (CSSD) and Emeritus Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University where he was Professor of Theatre and Television Drama until 2010. His other publications include State of Play: contemporary “High-end” TV drama and the co-edited Mapping Intermediality in Performance. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Stephen Poliakoff : On Stage and Screen

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2011

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...Conversations with feminist colleagues have drawn attention to what appears to be a Poliakovian penchant for very attractive young women, quite frequently featured in scenes involving nudity. While this observation is demonstrable...