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American Anthology


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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
by Christopher Durang
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Winner of the 2013 Tony Award® for Best Play Winner of the Outer Circle Critics Award for Best Play Winner of the Drama League Award for Best Production of a Play Winner of the Drama Desk Award for Best Play Winner of the New York Drama Critics... (read more)

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Death of a Salesman: Certain Private Conversations in Two Acts and a Requiem (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
Death of a Salesman: Certain Private Conversations in Two Acts and a Requiem (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
by Arthur Miller
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Arthur Millers Pulitzer Prize–winning play that forever changed the meaning of the American Dream    Willy Loman, the protagonist of Death of a Salesman, has spent his life following the American way, living out his belief in salesmanship... (read more)

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Death of a Salesman (Penguin Plays)
Death of a Salesman (Penguin Plays)
by Arthur Miller
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Ever since it was first performed in 1949, Death of a Salesman has been recognized as a milestone of the American theater. In the person of Willy Loman, the aging, failing salesman who makes his living riding on a smile and a shoeshine, Arthur Miller... (read more)

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A Raisin in the Sun
A Raisin in the Sun
by Lorraine Hansberry
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When it was first produced in 1959, A Raisin in the Sun was awarded the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for that season and hailed as a watershed in American drama. A pioneering work by an African-American playwright, the play was a radically new... (read more)

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Collected Plays of Neil Simon #1: Simon, the Collected Plays of Neil: Volume 1
Collected Plays of Neil Simon #1: Simon, the Collected Plays of Neil: Volume 1
by Neil Simon
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"If Broadway ever erects a monument to a patron saint of laughter, Neil Simon will have to be it." —Neil Simon This first volume of The Collected Plays of Neil Simon contains the triumphs that put Neil Simon's unique brand of comic genius on the... (read more)

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Death and the Maiden: Tie-In Edition
Death and the Maiden: Tie-In Edition
by Ariel Dorfman
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Reminiscent of the moral perplexities that became the distinctive feature of Greek drama, Death and the Maiden is an unabashed examination of the sometimes unexpected repercussions inherent in reconciliation with the past. Set in post-Pinochet Chile, or... (read more)

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Heroes and Saints and Other Plays Signed Edition
Heroes and Saints and Other Plays Signed Edition
by Cherrie Moraga
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Drama. HEROES AND SAINTS AND OTHER PLAYS is Chicana playwright Cherrie Moraga's premiere collection of theatre. Included are "Shadow of a Man," winner of the 1990 Fund for New American Plays Award; "Heroes and Saints," winner of the Drama-logue, the PEN... (read more)

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Arcadia
Arcadia
by Tom Stoppard
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Now this is important theatre. Yes, a play, and I recommend seeing it performed if you ever get the chance to, but read it beforehand if you want to have a chance of understanding it. I actually played Valentine in a production of Arcadia (I had a... (read more)

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Wit
Wit
by Margaret Edson
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Winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the Drama Desk Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Lucille Lortel Award, and the Oppenheimer Award Margaret Edsons powerfully imagined Pulitzer Prize-winning... (read more)

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Take Me Out (03 Edition)
Take Me Out (03 Edition)
by Richard Greenberg
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“A funny and troubling look at athletes and identity . . . Take Me Out is a dynamic, involving play.” Donald Lyons, New York Post Darren Lemming is the star center fielder for the champion New York Empires. An extraordinary athlete, he fills... (read more)

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The Crucible
The Crucible
by Arthur Miller
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From Arthur Miller, America’s most celebrated playwright, a searing portrait of a community engulfed by hysteria, inspired by Senator Joseph McCarthy’s anti-communist “witch-hunts” in the 1950s “I believe that the reader... (read more)

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Venus
Venus
by Suzan-Lori Parks
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Using the metaphor of a carnival freak-show, Suzan-Lori Parks finds poetry and comedy, as well as drama and meaning, in one of the most embarrassing episodes in our collective history: the life of the Venus Hottentot, a South African woman who, due in... (read more)

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The Glass Menagerie (New Directions Book)
The Glass Menagerie (New Directions Book)
by Tennessee Williams
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When it opened in Chicago in 1944, The Glass Menageriemarked a turning point in American theater and in the life of its then unknown author. Tennessee Williams’s elegiac masterpiece brought a radical new lyricism to Broadway—and today the... (read more)

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The Best American Short Plays 2010-2011 (Best American Short Plays)
The Best American Short Plays 2010-2011 (Best American Short Plays)
by Bill Demastes
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Applause is proud to continue the series that for over 70 years has been the standard of excellence for one-act plays in America. As previous series editor Ramon Delgado wrote in his introduction to The Best American Short Plays of 1989, the choice of... (read more)

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The America Play, and Other Works
The America Play, and Other Works
by Suzan-Lori Parks
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"Parks has burst through every known convention to invent a new theatrical language, like a jive Samuel Beckett, while exploding American cultural myths and stereotypes along the way.... She's passionate and jokey and some kind of genius... (read more)

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Odd Couple
Odd Couple
by Neil Simon
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Male version.... (read more)

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Moon Over Buffalo
Moon Over Buffalo
by Ken Ludwig
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Comedy / 4m, 4f / Unit set Charlotte and George Hay, an acting couple not exactly the Lunts are on tour in Buffalo in 1953 with a repertory consisting of Cyrano de Bergerac revised, one nostril version and Noel Coward's Private Lives. This backstage... (read more)

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Ruined (09 Edition)
Ruined (09 Edition)
by Lynn Nottage Nottage
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Winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama “A powerhouse drama. . . . Lynn Nottage’s beautiful, hideous and unpretentiously important play [is] a shattering, intimate journey into faraway news reports.”—Linda Winer, Newsday... (read more)

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27 Wagons Full of Cotton, and Other One-Act Plays
27 Wagons Full of Cotton, and Other One-Act Plays
by Tennessee Williams
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They are full of the perception of life as it is, and the passion for life as it ought to be, which have made The Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Named Desire classics of the American theater. Only one of these plays (The Purification) is written in... (read more)

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The Chickencoop Chinaman; And, the Year of the Dragon: Two Plays
The Chickencoop Chinaman; And, the Year of the Dragon: Two Plays
by Frank Chin
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Book of Plays: The Year of the Dragon barges through the comfortable stereotypes of the Asian American-the quiet, hardworking contented character who keeps to himself, rarely bothering the white community. It is not an 'easy' play. The language is... (read more)

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