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Act Without Words I

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Samuel Beckett

~playauthor~Written by~ Samuel Beckett

Faber and Faber, 2009

Faber Drama

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...A mime for one player, Act Without Words I was written in French in 1956, as Acte sans paroles I, with music by John Beckett, the author’s cousin...

The Waiting List

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Owen McCafferty

~playauthor~Written by~ Owen McCafferty

Nick Hern Books, 2002

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...The Waiting List is one of Owen McCafferty’s early monologue plays in which an unnamed male narrator frets that his name may be included on a paramilitary hit list. Set in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, our Catholic...

I Won’t Dance – Don’t Ask Me

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Owen McCafferty

~playauthor~Written by~ Owen McCafferty

Nick Hern Books, 2002

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...An early short monologue play from Northern Irish writer Owen McCafferty. It’s four o’clock in the morning and middle-aged Gus McMahon can’t sleep. He’s drinking a can of Guinness and begins a rambling monologue to his...

Breath

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Samuel Beckett

~playauthor~Written by~ Samuel Beckett

Faber and Faber, 2009

Faber Drama

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...Breath was written in English some time before it was sent to New York, in 1969, in response to Kenneth Tynan’s request for a contribution to his review Oh! Calcutta...

Supporting one another

Helen Manfull

Helen Manfull is professor emerita in the School of Theatre at Penn State, member of the board of Centre Stage, actor, director, and author of several books. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Taking Stage : Women Directors on Directing by Helen Manfull

Methuen Drama, 1999

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...While I did not set out with the idea that this work would necessarily reflect a feminist point of view, I was nevertheless very interested in the directors’ attitudes, beliefs, and concerns regarding feminism. The extremes were complete...
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...A dark tale of hubris, lust, and self-destruction … as told by a man who famously fell prey to those same impulses in his own life. Oscar Wilde wrote his original interpretation of the Biblical story of Salomé in French, and the play was so...

Rum and Vodka

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Conor McPherson

~playauthor~Written by~ Conor McPherson

Nick Hern Books, 2011

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Acts: 1, Scenes: 1

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...Conor McPherson's short monologue play Rum and Vodka was first performed at University College Dublin on 27 November1992. One of McPherson's earliest stage works, it was written and performed just after he formed Fly By Night Theatre...
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...Filmed with the cooperation of his nearest relatives, close friends and distinguished artistic collaborators this production is a rare testament to one of the century's most famous and original writers. Shot on location in Dublin, London...

Suddenly the wind’s blowing in a different direction

Helen Manfull

Helen Manfull is professor emerita in the School of Theatre at Penn State, member of the board of Centre Stage, actor, director, and author of several books. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Taking Stage : Women Directors on Directing by Helen Manfull

Methuen Drama, 1999

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...The final four women whose processes and productions we examine – Sarah Pia Anderson, Annabel Arden, Julia Bardsley, and Jenny Killick – are those whose most recent work has taken them in new directions. There is no suggestion here...

A question of inhabiting the text

Helen Manfull

Helen Manfull is professor emerita in the School of Theatre at Penn State, member of the board of Centre Stage, actor, director, and author of several books. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Taking Stage : Women Directors on Directing by Helen Manfull

Methuen Drama, 1999

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...There is always in the process of directing a play a certain amount of mysticism. A director may ultimately look at her or his work and ask, ‘How did we ever get here?’ or at less fortunate times, ‘Where did we go wrong?’ In my own work, I...