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He Who Gets Slapped and Other Plays By Walter Wykes, Leonid Andreyev
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Leonid Andreyev was once considered one of Russia's greatest dramatists, but his opposition to the Bolshevik Revolution and the Communist government's unilateral support of naturalism on the stage... More > conspired to undermine his career. He was imprisoned, died in poverty, and has become increasingly obscure. Andreyev is symbolic and romantic. Fate and Chance are the two dark, unknown, at times brutal forces which dwell ever before his mind's eye. He sees human beings in the form of ghosts and ghosts in the form of human beings. Andreyev's best-known play, “He Who Gets Slapped” tells the story of a famous writer who takes a job as a circus clown in order to escape his past. In this carnival of human outcasts, Andreyev fashions a meaningful portrait of an intellectual’s struggle to exist in a world ruled by Fate, Chance, and the almighty dollar. Also included are two extraordinarily haunting plays adapted from Andreyev's short stories: “Call of the Revolution” and “The Serpent's Tale.”< Less
Ten 10-Minute Plays: Volume III By Walter Wykes et al.
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This collection of 10-minute plays will delight readers and audiences alike. From the futuristic musings of Michael Rudd's "Clothes For Their Souls" to the poetic mysticism of Nick Zagone's... More > "Portland Blood Slam" to the film noirish farce of Jeff Goode's "Murder by Midnight," each of these short plays expresses the unique vision of a contemporary dramatist. Together, they make an exciting and diverse evening of theatre. Other plays in this anthology include "The Unwanted" by Walter Wykes, "The Goon" by Pete Malicki, "Watch Your Head" by Lynda Rodriguez, "Dog Park or Sexual Perversity in Magnuson" by Dennis Schebetta, "The Care and Feeding of Baby Birds" by Ann Wuehler, "The History of Why the Chicken Crossed the Road" by Jennye James, and "The Brown Shoes" by Julie Jensen.< Less
Lord Byron: Six Plays By Lord Byron, George Gordon Byron
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Although known primarily for his poetry, Lord Byron (1788-1824) also had a keen interest in the theatre and wrote a number of verse dramas, mostly during his Italian exile. While these plays went... More > largely unnoticed during Byron's lifetime, they have since been recognized by critics for their sublime poetic and dramatic qualities. This collection brings together six of Byron's finest plays: Manfred, Cain, Heaven and Earth, Marino Faliero, Sardanapalus, and The Two Foscari.< Less
Royalty-Free One-Act Plays By Anton Chekhov et al.
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This exciting anthology of one-act plays includes classics such as Anton Chekhov's "The Boor" and John Millington Synge's "Riders to the Sea" as well as lesser-known gems such as... More > Alice Gerstenberg's "Fourteen" and Percival Wilde's "The Sequel." Other plays in the collection include August Strindberg's "The Stronger," Moliere's "The Pretentious Young Ladies," Neith Boyce's "Enemies," Horace Holley's "The Genius," Susan Glaspell's "Trifles," and Ferenc Molnar's "A Matter of Husbands." Best of all, every play in this anthology is in the public domain and may, therefore, be performed without paying royalties, making this a great resource for theatres or schools with limited budgets.< Less
Prometheus Unbound By Percy Bysshe Shelley
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One of the most ambitious dramatic poems ever written, Percy Bysshe Shelley's Prometheus Unbound tells the story of the Titan Prometheus who gave mankind the secret of fire in open defiance to the... More > decrees of Zeus, and who, as punishment for this generosity, was chained to the Caucasus Mountains and exposed to horrible tortures. Inspired by the Prometheus Bound of Aeschylus, Shelley's play serves as a sort of sequel, matching its Greek predecessor in stature and pure poetic power. It depicts its philanthropist hero's ultimate triumph over the superstition and bigotry of the gods. As Shelley himself stated in his Defence of Poetry, Prometheus Unbound awakens and enlarges the mind.< Less
Dialogues of the Dead By Baudelaire Jones, Lucian
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In this modern adaptation of Dialogues of the Dead, Baudelaire Jones remains true to the original spirit of Lucian’s dialogues, if not the details. Most of the antiquated cultural references... More > have been updated to modern equivalents that the average reader can more easily understand, and several of Lucian’s original characters have been recast with more modern counterparts, most notably: Howard Hughes, John D. Rockefeller, Anna Nicole Smith, Clarence Darrow, Sigmund Freud, Michael Moore, Saddam Hussein, and Jack the Ripper. The result is an infinitely readable and highly entertaining adaptation of a classic text.< Less
Ten 10-Minute Plays By Walter Wykes et al.
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This collection of 10-minute plays will delight readers and audiences alike. From the social drama of Jeanette D. Farr's "Gray Matter" to the Pinteresque tension of Walter Wykes' "The... More > Salmon Tribunal" to the zany swashbuckling fun of Jeff Goode's "Jolly Jack Junior," each of these short plays expresses the unique vision of an emerging contemporary dramatist. Together, they make an exciting and diverse evening of theatre.< Less