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“The Music of Something Beginning”: American Explorations (1624–1890)

John Kenrick

John Kenrick combines a passion for entertainment history with the practical know-how earned working on stage productions at every level from amateur to Broadway. This New York native pulls back the curtain and introduces audiences and students to the fascinating people behind show business legends. Every month, his website Musicals101.com introduces thousands of visitors to the history of stage and screen musicals. He has appeared on PBS, Biography, BBC TV and radio, National Public Radio and the Travel Channel. John currently teaches at the New School University and New York University’s Steinhardt School. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Musical Theatre : A History

A Giniger Book published in association with Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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...What was the first homegrown Broadway musical? No one is certain, but one thing is clear: it was not The Black Crook. That much-talked about show was not so much a beginning as it was a culmination.The American theatre was already thriving,...

The Flying Machine

Written by

Phil Porter

~playauthor~Written by~ Phil Porter

Oberon Books, 2008

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Scenes: 16, Roles: Total (6), Female (3), Male (3), Unassigned (0)

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...Life isn’t much fun for the two children trapped on Ward One of St Ruth’s Hospital for Damaged Eyes. But then a new boy arrives at the hospital and he is soon leading a revolt against Nurse Cakebread’s hard regime. Armed with a set...

Shylock

Written by

Arnold Wesker

~playauthor~Written by~ Arnold Wesker

Oberon Books, 2012

Oberon Modern Playwrights

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Acts: 2, Scenes: 13, Roles: Total (15), Female (5), Male (10), Unassigned (0)

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...Presented here are four epic history plays from Sir Arnold Wesker, which touch on the age-old conflicts caused by religion, science and the Establishment. Set in the Jewish ghetto of Venice, 1563, Shylock (1972) is based...

The Estate

Written by

Oladipo Agboluaje

~playauthor~Written by~ Oladipo Agboluaje

Oberon Books, 2006

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Acts: 3, Roles: Total (9), Female (4), Male (5), Unassigned (0)

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...A powerful yet comic tale of explosive family secrets and the dead hand of a corrupt patriarchy. Inspired by Chekhov but set in contemporary Lagos, Nigeria, Chief (Mrs) Adeyemi is engulfed in burial arrangements for her recently deceased...

The Realistic Joneses

Written by

Will Eno

~playauthor~Written by~ Will Eno

Oberon Books, 2014

Oberon Modern Plays

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Scenes: 12, Roles: Total (4), Female (2), Male (2), Unassigned (0)

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...In The Realistic Joneses, we meet Bob and Jennifer and their new neighbours, John and Pony, two suburban couples who have even more in common than their identical homes and their shared last names. As their relationships begin...

The Saints

Written by

Luke Barnes

~playauthor~Written by~ Luke Barnes

Oberon Books, 2014

Oberon Modern Plays

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Acts: 2, Scenes: 50, Roles: Total (23), Female (4), Male (11), Unassigned (8)

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...Kenny Glynn is the world’s biggest Saints fan and for twenty-five years he has been locked in a game of football against the world. On his 26th birthday the world steps up its game and Kenny Glynn faces the match of his life as he takes...

Schitz

Written by

Hanoch Levin

~playauthor~Written by~ Hanoch Levin

Oberon Books, 2020

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Acts: 2, Scenes: 29, Roles: Total (4), Female (2), Male (2), Unassigned (0)

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...'Hanoch Levin is the modern world on the stage... we badly need to hear what he has to say.' David Lan Hanoch Levin was one of Israel's leading dramatists. Born in Tel Aviv in 1943, his work includes comedies, tragedies...

Bachelors and Bachelorettes

Written by

Hanoch Levin

~playauthor~Written by~ Hanoch Levin

Oberon Books, 2020

Playtext

Scenes: 28, Roles: Total (5), Female (2), Male (3), Unassigned (0)

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...'Hanoch Levin is the modern world on the stage... we badly need to hear what he has to say.' David Lan Hanoch Levin was one of Israel's leading dramatists. Born in Tel Aviv in 1943, his work includes comedies, tragedies...

Square Go

Written by

Gary McNair

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Kieran Hurley

~playauthor~Written by~ Gary McNair , Kieran Hurley

Oberon Books, 2018

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

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...Max is a normal-ish kid in a normal-ish town. He spends his days daydreaming and hanging out with his weird wee pal Stevie Nimmo. But when Max is called for his first Square Go, a fight by the school gates, it’s his own demons he must...

Letters to Windsor House

Written by

Sh!t Theatre

~playauthor~Written by~ Sh!t Theatre

Oberon Books, 2017

Oberon Modern Plays

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...A loophole in the Postal Services Act says you can open other people’s mail under certain circumstances. This is that certain circumstance… Songs, politics, dodgy landlords and detective work: Another potentially felonious show...