One of George Bernard Shaw's best-known plays, Pygmalion was a rousing success on the London and New York stages, an entertaining motion picture and a great hit with its musical version, My Fair Lady. An updated and considerably revised version of the ancient Greek legend of Pygmalion and Galatea, the 20th-century story pokes fun at the antiquated British class system. In Shaw's clever adaptation, Professor Henry Higgins, a linguistic expert, takes on a bet that he can transform an awkward cockney flower seller into a refined young lady simply by polishing her manners and changing the way she speaks. In the process of convincing society that his creation is a mysterious royal figure, the Professor also falls in love with his elegant handiwork. The irresistible theme of the emerging butterfly, together with Shaw's brilliant dialogue and splendid skills as a playwright, have made Pygmalion one of the most popular comedies in the English language. A staple of college drama courses, it is still widely performed.
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Acting Teachers Of America

For any actor in or on the way to New Acting Teachers of America presents detailed, revealing interviews with 50 of the most influential contemporary American acting teachers, as well as actors and directors who teach acting. Michael Howard, Lloyd Richards, Olympia Dukakis, John Strasberg, Larry Moss, Anne Bogart, Zelda Fichandler, William Esper, Eric Morris, Terry Schreiber, Anne Jackson, Milton Katselas, Andre De Shields, Michael Kahn, and Marian Seldes are just a few of the contributors who offer a rare glimpse into the world of actor training in the United States. Through these illuminating interviews— including rare interviews with well-known former students, including Sidney Poitier, Gene Hackman, James Gandolfini, Laura Linney, Edward Norton, Billy Crudup, Patti LuPone, JoBeth Williams, John Tuturro, Doris Roberts, Steve Buschemi, Kristin Davis, and William Hurt – plus unforgettable photos—readers gain insight into how the craft is taught and how these distinguished teachers continue to have a profound impact on our culture. With a foreword by J. Michael Miller, president of The Actors Center in New York City, Acting Teachers of America is a must-read for anyone training for a life in the theater, in film, or in television, and for everyone interested in the performing arts and our nation’s rich cultural life. •The biggest names in acting: Michael Howard, Lloyd Richards, Olympia Dukakis, dozens more •Stunning, revealing photographs of acting teachers and their finest students •A must-have for every acting student or working actor
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Three European Plays

Jean Anouilh, Ring round the moon.
Ugo Betti, The queen and the rebels.
Jean-Paul Sartre, In camera.
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Electra and Other Plays

Sophocles' innovative plays transformed Greek myths into dramas featuring complex human characters, through which he explored profound moral issues. Electra portrays the grief of a young woman for her father Agamemnon, who has been killed by her mother’s lover. Aeschylus and Euripides also dramatized this story, but the objectivity and humanity of Sophocles’ version provides a new perspective. Depicting the fall of a great hero, Ajax examines the enigma of power and weakness combined in one being, while the Women of Trachisportrays the tragic love and error of Heracles'; deserted wife Deianeira, and Philoctetes deals with the conflict between physical force and moral strength.
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The Last Night of Ballyhoo

THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, in December of 1939. GONE WITH THE WIND is having its world premiere and Hitler is invading Poland, but Atlanta's elitist German Jews are much more concerned with who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season.
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The Marriage of Bette and Boo

Never have marriage and the family been more scathingly or hilariously savaged than in this brilliant black comedy. The marriage of Bette and Boo brings together two of the maddest families in creation in a portrait album of family life’s uncertainties and confusion. Bereaved by miscarriages, undermined by their families, separated by alcoholism, assaulted by disease, and mystified by their priest, Bette and Boo, in their bewildered attempts to provide a semblance of hearth and home, are presented with a poignant compassion that enriches and enlarges the play, and places Christopher Durang squarely in the forefront of American dramatists.
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100 Saints You Should Know

Theresa cleans the rectory of the local parish to support her unruly teenage daughter. When its priest is forced to leave the church under uncertain circumstances and return home to his protective mother, Theresa finds herself compelled to pursue him.  One eventful night joins them all, forcing a reckoning with the broken memories and shaken faith that divides them – and the discovery of a shared, yet tenuous, common ground.
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Ancient Lights

D'you ever look in the mirror and you don't recognise the person looking back at you? Tom Cavallero, Hollywood actor, and his girlfriend Iona are spending Christmas in England with his oldest friends, Bea and Kitty. Bea's new lover, Tad, would rather hole up quietly with his copy of Pathology For Beginners. Her daughter Joni would rather be in Shepherds Bush. Northumberland in a blizzard isn't quite what Tom was expecting. And how can anyone relax when Iona's filming their every move? She's making a documentary about 'the real Tom'. But who is that exactly? And what's out there in the garden that disturbs them all so much? Tom, Bea and Kitty go back a long way. They've known each other since they were young and unformed. But who have they become? And what price have they paid?
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The Dybbuk

The Dybbuk, regarded as the classic drama of the Yiddish stage, has long frightened yet fascinated audiences throughout the world. Based on Jewish folklore, its dark implications of mysterious, other-worldly forces at work in a quaint and simple village make for gripping, suspenseful theater. To the Chassidic Jews of eastern Europe, a dybbuk was not a legend or a myth; rather it remained a constant and portentous possibility. During that age of pervasive mysticism, when rabbis became miracle workers and the sinister arts of the Kabbala were fearsomely invoked, it was never doubted that a discontented spirit from the dead could cross the barrier between the “real” and the “other” worlds to enter a living human body. The Dybbuk is a masterful play, full of deep-rooted obsessions and dramatic suspense, fascinating for the glimpse it provides of the rich, poetic, and often tragic culture of the Chassidim. In this classic translation by Henry Alsberg and Winifred Katzin, the authentic cadences of the original Yiddish are deftly preserved.
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U.S. Drag

Two young women in Manhattan seek love and happiness, but they ll settle for rent money. Along the way, they volunteer for a community advocacy group called SAFE ("Stay Away From Ed") named for an elusive serial attacker terrorizing the city. (There s a hefty reward for his capture ) Their new circle of "friends" includes their ruthless, socially stunted roommate; the celebrated author of a fictional memoir; a lonely man who feels a kinship with crime victims; and a mousy "Ed survivor," reveling in her fifteen minutes of dubious fame. Everybody is looking for salvation in the arms of another in a group where no one has very much to give. And who is this "Ed" anyway? No one s ever seen his face, and everyone onstage is beginning to act eerily "Ed-like".
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