Williams Plays: 4

Sucker Punch; Category B; Joe Guy; Baby Girl; There?s Only One Wayne Matthews

Author: Roy Williams

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1472520718

Category: Drama

Page: 320

View: 8822

'[Williams's] plays have brought the experience of black urban youth onto the stage' Observer Sucker Punch: 'As usual with Williams, the dialogue is crisp and bespoke: motives are mixed, nobody is a hero, nothing is just black and white.' The Times Joe Guy: 'Williams's dialogue ricochets around the stage like gunfire . . . energetic, exciting and entertaining.' Stage Category B: 'Category B is a harrowing play, but one shot through with both dark humour and tentative flickers of hope'. Daily Telegraph Baby Girl: 'The shocking thing about Roy Williams's Baby Girl is that it argues that there is a cyclical pattern to teenage pregnancy . . . Williams paints a rivetingly plausible picture of a world in which mothers and daughters are sexual rivals, 'virgin' is the ultimate peer insult and the school gates are a fertile hunting ground for male predators.' Guardian There's Only One Wayne Matthews: 'Williams's writing is punchy . . . Wayne's gradual understanding of the realities of the world make this a touching coming-of-age drama.' Guardian

William's Window

An Introduction to Shakespeare's Plays for Young People

Author: Marina Stockdale

Publisher: I. E. Clark Publications

ISBN: 9780886802097


Page: 36

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Tennessee Williams' Plays

Memory, Myth, and Symbol

Author: Judith J. Thompson

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated

ISBN: 9780820457444

Category: Drama

Page: 261

View: 5862

This book identifies a recurrent structural pattern in Tennessee Williams' plays that lends organic integrity to their evocations of memory, myth, and symbol. Judith J. Thompson examines the evolution of a pattern of mythic recollection and existential reenactment in seventeen Williams plays - from its most successful realization in <I>The Glass Menagerie through <I>The Night of the Iguana to its parody in <I>A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur - and explores the significance of the pattern to Williams' larger-than-life-size characters, his nostalgic ambience, and his tragicomic vision. By reference to Jungian psychology, existentialist philosophy, and Northrop Frye's schema of literary archetypes, this critical study demonstrates how Williams' drama imparts -mythic significance to modern secular experience.-"

Serena Williams

Setting New Standards

Author: Gerry Boehme

Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 1502627639

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 128

View: 1046

Tennis is one of the few sports that have allowed women to display their athletic talents for a period of decades. In all that time, no one has shown a greater combination of skill, speed, power, and drive than Serena Williams. An African American, she has risen to the top in a white-dominated sport. Off the court, she has opened an acclaimed clothing line that has made her a trend-setter in two occupations. This biography of Serena will inspire your readers.

Williams Plays: 2

Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads; Clubland; The Gift

Author: Roy Williams

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1472515587

Category: Drama

Page: 256

View: 4878

Second collection of plays by the award-winning young British playwright Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads: Tensions erupt in a South London pub as England lose against Germany at football Clubland: Ben is married to Denise but on the pull, Kenny's looking for someone who's "right", Ade's with Sandra but playing the field and Nate's a proud father, in this urban drama of race and sexual politics in West London. The Gift: Since her childhood, when she left Jamaica for England, Heather's sister has claimed to have the gift of raising spirits from the dead. When her son is murdered, Heather returns to Jamaica and begs her sister to bring him back to life.Winner of the Evening Standard's Most Promising Playwright Award, 2001 - shortlisted for Best Play Award 2003 "Williams' writing snaps and crackles, his characters burst with life, emotion and contradiction" Guardian "Roy Williams shows himself to be a sassy, sophisticated diviner of the human heart" Evening Standard

A Student Handbook to the Plays of Tennessee Williams

The Glass Menagerie; A Streetcar Named Desire; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Sweet Bird of Youth

Author: Stephen Bottoms,Philip Kolin,Michael Hooper

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472532449

Category: Drama

Page: 296

View: 3543

A Student Handbook to the Plays of Tennessee Williams provides the essential guide to Williams' most studied and revived dramas. Authored by a team of leading scholars, it offers students a clear analysis and detailed commentary on four of Williams' plays: The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Sweet Bird of Youth. A consistent framework of analysis ensures that whether readers are wanting a summary of the play, a commentary on the themes or characters, or a discussion of the work in performance, they can readily find what they need to develop their understanding and aid their appreciation of Williams' artistry. A chronology of the writer's life and work helps to situate all his works in context and the introduction reinforces this by providing a clear overview of Williams' writing, its recurrent themes and concerns and how these are intertwined with his life and times. For each play the author provides a summary of the plot, followed by commentary on: * The context * Themes * Characters * Structure and language * The play in production (both on stage and screen adaptations) Questions for study, and notes on words and phrases in the text are also supplied to aid the reader. The wealth of authoritative and clear commentary on each play, together with further questions that encourage comparison across Williams' work and related plays by other leading writers, ensures that this is the clearest and fullest guide to Williams' greatest plays.

Divine Comedies

Plays for Christian Theatre

Author: T. M. Williams

Publisher: Meriwether Pub

ISBN: 9781566080040

Category: Drama

Page: 227

View: 3202

Man Who Had it Made (4 men 2 women 2 angels); General Takes a Dip (9 men 6 women); Good Ol' Sam (9 men 4 women 1 child); Catfish and the Bookworm (1 man 1 woman); Midnight Choirboys (10 men 1 woman); Pontius Pilot's Press Conference (13 men 3 women); Great Escape (16 characters); Joe Bob (8 men 2 women + extras); Feerce, Penner and Smith (11 characters).

When Men Don't Cry and Other Plays for Teens

Author: Samuel Williams

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 1490701915

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 438

View: 7529

Even the worst of us have a story to tell and a rationalization to share. The problem is that the "best of us" have already judged them unworthy. Many plays for student actors shy away from serious subjects. Even so, today's world is a serious place, and young people are facing some of the biggest challenges of their lives--gangs, drugs, bullying, broken homes, violence in the street. Seeking to address these topics, playwright Samuel Williams presents When Men Don't Cry and Other Plays for Teens, the last in his four-book series of plays. Powerful and relevant, these short dramatic works offer insight, understanding, and social commentary for today's youths, their teachers, and their families. Educational as well as entertaining, these plays shine a light on a troubled and often misunderstood generation. Acted out on stage or read aloud in a group setting, Williams' easy-to-read tales look past teens' tattoos, piercings, gang colors, and sagging pants to find their humanity. Ideal for schools and church groups, parents, and teens, When Men Don't Cry and Other Plays for Teens explores a litany of experiences and seeks to positively change the fundamental way that people see today's youth and family dynamics.


Author: William Inge

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0307829391

Category: Drama

Page: 72

View: 6454

This title collects four plays by American playwright William Inge, including Come Back Little Sheba, Picnic, Bus Stop, and The Dark at the Top of the Stairs.

Modern British Playwriting: 2000-2009

Voices, Documents, New Interpretations

Author: Dan Rebellato

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408129582

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 352

View: 1227

Essential for students of theatre studies, Methuen Drama's Decades of Modern British Playwriting series provides a comprehensive survey and study of the theatre produced in each decade from the 1950s to 2009 in six volumes. Each volume features a critical analysis and reevaluation of the work of four/five key playwrights from that decade authored by a team of experts, together with an extensive commentary on the period . Edited by Dan Rebellato, Modern British Playwriting: 2000-2009 provides an authoritative and stimulating reassessment of the theatre of the decade, together with a detailed study of the work of David Greig (Nadine Holdsworth), Simon Stephens (Jacqueline Bolton), Tim Crouch (Dan Rebellato), Roy Williams (Michael Pearce) and Debbie Tucker Green (Lynette Goddard). The volume sets the context by providing a chronological survey of the decade, one marked by the War on Terror, the excesses of economic globalization and the digital revolution. In surveying the theatrical activity and climate, Andrew Haydon explores the response to the political events, the rise of verbatim theatre, the increasing experimentation and the effect of both the Boyden Report and changes in the Arts Council's priorities. Five scholars provide detailed examinations of the playwrights' work during the decade, combining an analysis of their plays with a study of other material such as early play drafts and the critical receptions of the time. Interviews with each playwright further illuminate this stimulating final volume in the Decades of Modern British Playwriting series.

The Drama of Marriage

Gay Playwrights/Straight Unions from Oscar Wilde to the Present

Author: J. Clum

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137013109

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 234

View: 2234

In studying performances of marriage in modern and contemporary British and American drama, Clum highlights the fact that - paradoxically - at a time when theatre was both popular entertainment and high culture, many of the most commercially and artistically successful plays about marriage were written by homosexual men. Beginning with Oscar Wilde and focusing on some of the most successful British and American playwrights of the past century, including Somerset Maugham, Noël Coward, Terence Rattigan, and Emlyn Williams in England and Clyde Fitch, George Kelly, Tennessee Williams, William Inge, and Edward Albee in the US, The Drama of Marriagelooks at how the plays they wrote about heterosexual marriage continue to impact contemporary gay playwrights and the depiction of marriage today.

Williams Plays: 1

The No Boys Cricket Club; Starstruck; Lift Off

Author: Roy Williams

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408155095

Category: Drama

Page: 320

View: 3076

The first collection of plays by the multi-award winning playwright and winner of the 2001 "Most Promising Playwright" Evening Standard Theatre Award THE NO BOYS CRICKET CLUB (1996): Living alone on a drab London council estate, Abi has long since lost sight of the good things in life, until an old friend takes her back to her glorious past in Jamaica as the greatest all-rounder of the No Boys Cricket Club. STARSTRUCK (1997): is a hilarious and moving snapshot of the hopes and broken dreams of a family in the Caribbean at a time when Hollywood heart-throb Stewart Granger lands in Kingston to shoot his latest movie. It was the winner of the John Whiting Award and the Alfred Fagon award (1997). LIFT OFF (1999): When old time school friends Mal and Tone begin to break their lifelong friendship, bitter prejudices are brought to the fore. Joint-winner of the George Devine Award 2000. "Williams' writing snaps and crackles, his characters burst with life, emotion and contradiction" Guardian "Williams, a young, prolific and successful black British writer...certainly has a gift" Sunday Times "Roy Williams shows himself to be a sassy, sophisticated diviner of the human heart" Evening Standard

Summer and Smoke

Author: Tennessee Williams

Publisher: Dramatists Play Service Inc

ISBN: 9780822210979

Category: Drama

Page: 82

View: 1565

THE STORY: A play that is profoundly affecting, SUMMER AND SMOKE is a simple love story of a somewhat puritanical Southern girl and an unpuritanical young doctor. Each is basically attracted to the other but because of their divergent attitudes tow

A Streetcar Named Desire

Author: Tennessee Williams

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141975059

Category: Drama

Page: 128

View: 2779

Fading southern belle Blanche Dubois depends on the kindness of strangers and is adrift in the modern world. When she arrives to stay with her sister Stella in a crowded, boisterous corner of New Orleans, her delusions of grandeur bring her into conflict with Stella's crude, brutish husband Stanley. Eventually their violent collision course causes Blanche's fragile sense of identity to crumble, threatening to destroy her sanity and her one chance of happiness.

Tennessee Williams and the Theatre of Excess

The Strange, the Crazed, the Queer

Author: Annette J. Saddik

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1316240681

Category: Drama

Page: N.A

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The plays of Tennessee Williams' post-1961 period have often been misunderstood and dismissed. In light of Williams' centennial in 2011, which was marked internationally by productions and world premieres of his late plays, Annette J. Saddik's new reading of these works illuminates them in the context of what she terms a 'theatre of excess', which seeks liberation through exaggeration, chaos, ambiguity, and laughter. Saddik explains why they are now gaining increasing acclaim, and analyzes recent productions that successfully captured elements central to Williams' late aesthetic, particularly a delicate balance of laughter and horror with a self-consciously ironic acting style. Grounding the plays through the work of Bakhtin, Artaud, and Kristeva, as well as through the carnivalesque, the grotesque, and psychoanalytic, feminist, and queer theory, Saddik demonstrates how Williams engaged the freedom of exaggeration and excess in celebration of what he called 'the strange, the crazed, the queer'.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Author: Tennessee Williams

Publisher: New Directions Publishing

ISBN: 081122077X

Category: Drama

Page: 208

View: 9985

The definitive text of this American classic—reissued with an introduction by Edward Albee (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and A Delicate Balance) and Williams' essay "Person-to-Person." Cat on a Hot Tin Roof first heated up Broadway in 1955 with its gothic American story of brothers vying for their dying father's inheritance amid a whirlwind of sexuality, untethered in the person of Maggie the Cat. The play also daringly showcased the burden of sexuality repressed in the agony of her husband, Brick Pollitt. In spite of the public controversy Cat stirred up, it was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the Drama Critics Circle Award for that year. Williams, as he so often did with his plays, rewrote Cat on a Hot Tin Roof for many years—the present version was originally produced at the American Shakespeare Festival in 1974 with all the changes that made Williams finally declare the text to be definitive, and was most recently produced on Broadway in the 2003-04 season. This definitive edition also includes Williams' essay "Person-to-Person," Williams' notes on the various endings, and a short chronology of the author's life. One of America's greatest living playwrights, as well as a friend and colleague of Williams, Edward Albee has written a concise introduction to the play from a playwright's perspective, examining the candor, sensuality, power, and impact of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof then and now.

The Theatre of Tennessee Williams

Author: Tennessee Williams

Publisher: New Directions Publishing

ISBN: 9780811214759

Category: Drama

Page: 378

View: 9276

The eighth volume of Tennessee Williams's collected plays - for the first time in paperback. Contains the following four plays: Vieux Carre: " Williams is completely in control here."London Times A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur: "Collections should include this view of a lady who does not despair, in order to have the full picture of his prismatic Southern heroines."Library Journal Clothes for a Summer Hotel: "A masterpiece utterly original, freshly imagined in style and substance."Choice The Red Devil Battery Sign: "It is essential Williams."English Studies The Theatre of Tennessee Williams presents, in matching format, the plays of one of America's most consistently influential and innovative dramatists. Now available as a paperback, Volume VIII adds to the series four full-length plays written and produced during the last decade of Williams' life, including original cast listings and production notes. The text used for each play was corrected and revised by the playwright in preparation for publication, or, in the case of the posthumously published Red Devil Battery Sign, makes use of his last known revision.

Yankees '98

Best Ever

Author: N. Y.) Daily News (New York

Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC

ISBN: 9781582610306

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 160

View: 315

The Yankees didn't just win the World Series, they made baseball history. This full-color retrospective commemorates the entire Yankees season from the pre-season arrival of El Duque, to David Wells' perfect game, to the Yankees' unprecedented achievements throughout the post season. This book includes week-by-week review of the season, complete post season box scores, player profiles and much more.