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  • The Glory of Living

    Category:
    • Play
    • Play Scripts
    Full-length Genre: Slice-of-lowlife, Drama, Dark romance Author: Gilman, Rebecca
    Total Casts: 10 Male: 5 Female: 5

    Set in the rural Deep South, Rebecca Gilman’s The Glory of Living received critical acclaim rare for a new American play when it had its British premiere in 1999, garnering the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright. Set to open in New York in the fall of 2001, this work focuses on fifteen-year-old Lisa, the daughter of a prostitute, and Clint, the car thief she runs away with to escape the misery of life with her mother. But the happier times that sullenly childlike Lisa yearns for never materialize, as Clint orders her to procure young runaways for him. No one notices that these teenage girls are missing until an anonymous call to the police reports their murders. Could the caller–and the killer–be Lisa? Rebecca Gilman has created a riveting, unsentimental portrait of a young woman whose most striking quality is not her capacity for evil but the depth of her emptiness, in an environment as harsh and unyielding as the contours of her life.

    No. of copies in library catalogue: 1

  • The Boys Next Door

    Category:
    • Play
    • Play Scripts
    Full-length Genre: Drama, Mental Disabilities Author: Griffin, Tom
    Total Casts: 7 Male: 6 Female: 1

    The Boys Next Door is a play by Tom Griffin, first produced in the 1988/89 season. Set in the Boston area, it deals with four men with various mental disabilities who live in a group home. It takes place over roughly a two-month period and consists of brief vignettes about the men’s lives. The play provides a humorous commentary on the men’s lives, taking a surprising turn as Barry’s father comes to visit and as Jack (their caretaker) accepts a new job.

    No. of copies in library catalogue: 1

  • Bug

    Category:
    • Play
    • Play Scripts
    Full-length Genre: Dark comedy Author: Letts, Tracy
    Total Casts: 6 Male: 4 Female: 2

    Set in a seedy Oklahoma City motel room, the play centers on the meeting between Agnes, a divorced waitress with a fondness for cocaine and isolation, and Peter, a soft-spoken Gulf War drifter introduced to her by her lesbian friend, R.C. Agnes stays at a hotel in hopes of avoiding her physically abusive ex-husband, Jerry, who was just released from prison. At first, she lets Peter sleep platonically on her floor, but not long after she promotes him to the bed. Matters become more complicated as Jerry eagerly returns to the woman he loves to beat her up, expecting to resume their relationship. On top of that, there s a hidden bug infestation problem that has both Agnes and Peter dealing with scathing welts and festering sores which has Peter believing this is the result of experiments conducted on him during his stay at an army hospital. Their fears soon escalate to paranoia, conspiracy theories and twisted psychological motives.

  • Skin Deep

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    • Play
    • Play Scripts
    Full-length Genre: Comedy, Romance Author: Lonoff, Jon
    Total Casts: 4 Male: 2 Female: 2

    In Skin Deep, a large, lovable, lonely-heart, named Maureen Mulligan, gives romance one last shot on a blind-date with sweet awkward Joseph Spinelli; she’s learned to pepper her speech with jokes to hide insecurities about her weight and appearance, while he’s almost dangerously forthright, saying everything that comes to his mind. They both know they’re perfect for each other, and in time they come to admit it. They were set up on the date by Maureen’s sister Sheila and her husband Squire, who are having problems of their own: Sheila undergoes a non-stop series of cosmetic surgeries to hang onto the attractive and much-desired Squire, who may or may not have long ago held designs on Maureen, who introduced him to Sheila. With Maureen particularly vulnerable to both hurting and being hurt, the time is ripe for all these unspoken issues to bubble to the surface.

    No. of copies in library catalogue: 1

  • After Ashley

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    • Play
    • Play Scripts
    Full-length Genre: Drama, Coming of age, Family Author: Gionfriddo, Gina
    Total Casts: 7 Male: 5 Female: 2

    AFTER ASHLEY is a blisteringly funny and deeply affecting story about a teenage boy navigating the joys and terrors of life—all through the distorting prism of a media firestorm. When a family tragedy deals the Hammond family a dose of dubious celebrity, Justin finds himself paralyzed, unable to fully grieve or grow up. The only bright spot is a girl, only Justin can’t decide if she’s a saving angel or a self-interested groupie. In a world as weird as this one, she might just be both.

    No. of copies in library catalogue: 1

  • 10 Plays (Translated by Paul Roche)

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    • Play
    • Play Scripts
    Full-length Genre: Fiction, Drama, Classics, Ancient Author: , Euripides

    From perhaps the greatest of the ancient Greek playwrights comes this collection of plays, including Alcestis, Hippolytus, Ion, Electra, Iphigenia at Aulis, Iphigenia Among the Taurians, Medea, The Bacchae, The Trojan Women, and The Cyclops.

    No. of copies in library catalogue: 1

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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    • Play
    • Play Scripts
    Full-length Genre: classical, romance, comedy Author: Shakespeare, William
    Total Casts: 21 Male: 13 Female: 8

    In one of the most famous of literary love quadrangles, A Midsummer Night’s Dreamtells the tale of Hermia, Demetrius, Lysander, and Helena; four misguided lovers whose journey into the woods lands them in even more trouble, as members of the fairy kingdom decide to use them as veritable pawns in their own love games. Against the backdrop of the wedding of Duke Theseus and Hippolyta, and the fiery battle of wills between the Fairy King and Queen, Oberon and Titania, the four lovers are challenged by magic and trickery to finally work out what love is all about.

    No. of copies in library catalogue: 1

  • Reasons To Be Pretty

    Category:
    • Play
    Full-length Genre: Dark Comedy, 2-Act play Author: Labute, Neil
    Total Casts: 3 Male: 1 Female: 2

    When Greg makes a seemingly harmless comment about his girlfriend Steph’s “regular” looking face, the information gets back to Steph and sends their relationship over the deep end. Greg’s life spirals out of control when Steph leaves him, and he has to come to terms with what he has said. Greg’s best friend Kent is married to Steph’s best friend Carly, and when things start collapsing in Steph and Greg’s life, Carly and Kent are pulled in for the ride. We see Greg, Steph, Carly and Kent deal with the pressures of what it means to be ‘pretty’, and observe how the four friends manage the infidelity, betrayal and deceit that creeps into their lives.

    No. of copies in library catalogue: 1

  • Trilogy

    Category:
    • Play
    Author: Haresh, Sharma

    A collection of three plays by Haresh Sharma that explores the fundamentals of text and realism by scrutinising pressing issues that affect contemporary society. Written between 2006 and 2008, the plays — “Fundamentally Happy”, “Good People”, and “Gemuk Girls — feature simple but powerful narratives that question personal, social, cultural and political convictions. These award- winning plays represent some of The Necessary Stage’s most critically- acclaimed works in recent years and are set to be contemporary classics of Singapore theatre.

    No. of copies in library catalogue: 1

  • All My Sons

    Category:
    • Play
    Full-length Author: Arthur, Miller
    Total Casts: 20

    Joe Keller and Herbert Deever, partners in a machine shop during the war, turned out defective airplane parts, causing the deaths of many men. Deever was sent to prison while Keller escaped punishment and went on to make a lot of money. In a work of tremendous power, a love affair between Keller’s son, Chris, and Ann Deever, Herbert’s daughter, the bitterness of George Keller, who returns from the war to find his father in prison and his father’s partner free, and the reaction of a son to his father’s guilt escalate toward a climax of electrifying intensity.

    No. of copies in library catalogue: 1

  • The Man Who Had All the Luck

    Category:
    • Play
    Full-length Author: Arthur, Miller
    Total Casts: 11

    The forgotten classic that launched the career of one of America’s greatest playwrights

    It took more than fifty years for The Man Who Had All the Luck to be appreciated for what it truly is: the first stirrings of a genius that would go on to blossom in such masterpieces as Death of a Salesman and The Crucible. Infused with the moral malaise of the Depression era, the parable-like drama centers on David Beeves, a man whose every obstacle to personal and professional success seems to crumble before him with ease. But his good fortune merely serves to reveal the tragedies of those around him in greater relief, offering what David believes to be evidence of a capricious god or, worse, a godless, arbitrary universe. David’s journey toward fulfillment becomes a nightmare of existential doubts, a desperate grasp for reason in a cosmos seemingly devoid of any, and a struggle that will take him to the brink of madness.

    No. of copies in library catalogue: 1

  • Moving Parts: Monologues from Contemporary Plays

    Category:
    • Monologue
    Author: , Nina Shengold, Eric Lane

    Moving Parts offers actors the best monologues from great plays—pieces by both well-known and up-and-coming playwrights, including many minority artists—that offer a variety of dramatic styles for beginning and experienced actors.

    Included are more than a hundred monologues from such contemporary voices as Eric Bogosian, Caryl Churchill, Christopher Durang, Maria Irene Fornes, Athol Fugard, Philip Kan Gotanda, Václav Havel, Lanford Wilson, and George C. Wolfe. Designed for easy browsing, the monologues are indexed by gender, age, and subject to help actors locate appropriate material, and each is introduced with a short description of the plot, setting, and character type. These monologues stand on their own as good theater, while they give actors a well-defined character, a story to tell, and a wide range of behavior and feeling to portray.

    No. of copies in library catalogue: 1