Three Theban Plays (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)


Three Theban Plays (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
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Impossible Plays: Adventures with the Cottesloe Company (Plays…


Impossible Plays: Adventures with the Cottesloe Company (Plays and Playwrights)
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McDonagh Plays: 1: The Beauty Queen of Leenane; A Skull in…


McDonagh Plays: 1: The Beauty Queen of Leenane; A Skull in Connemara; The Lonesome West (Contemporary Dramatists)
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Shakespeare: The Dark Comedies to the Last Plays: From Satire to Celebration

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The Seagull (oberon Modern Plays)

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Videogames and Postcolonialism: Empire Plays Back


Videogames and Postcolonialism: Empire Plays Back
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The Ibsen Plays by Henrik Ibsen (.M4B)

The Ibsen Plays by Henrik Ibsen: An Enemy of the People, A Doll’s House, Hedda Gabler
Requirements: .M4A/.M4B reader, 180 MB
Overview: Born in 1828, Norwegian playwright, theatre director and poet Ibsen, wrote in Danish yet lived for many years in Italy and Germany. Heralded as one the most distinguished dramatists after Shakespeare, by the early 20th century A Doll’s House became the world’s most performed play.
Hedda Gabler
A poignant study of loneliness, impotent rage and societal expectations breeding a certain kind of madness, this trailblazing play focusses on Hedda Gabler, ‘the general’s daughter’, and her rising feelings of anger and jealousy towards a former schoolmate, fuelled by her lack of control in her own life. When a former suitor comes back into her life, bringing with him all kinds of complication, passion and history, Hedda devises a plot to win back her power. which ultimately leads to a very civilized sort of chaos and, ultimately, tragedy.
A Doll’s House
Nora Helmers is her husband Torvald’s adorable ‘little doll’. Pretty and doll-like in her doll’s house with her healthy children and seemingly respectable life, she and her family have it all. or so it seems. Behind closed doors, like a lot of Ibsen’s antiheroines, Nora is unhappy and unfulfilled. She is thoughtful, intelligent and trapped, playing the role of a dutiful wife in a situation that doesn’t arouse any of her passions, in a society that believes that she shouldn’t have any. A fascinating before-its-time window onto a world where expectations of women were streets apart from the contemporary world, Ibsen’s masterpiece is a study in strength, determination and hard choices against all the odds.
An Enemy of the People
A true classic and a play for our modern times in equal measure. A perhaps unintentional parody on ‘fake news’, the hysteria of the masses and publicly shaming individuals to the point of breakdown, this story follows one man’s struggle to do the right thing and speak the truth in the face of extreme social intolerance. Sometimes farcical, sometimes terrifying, An Enemy of the People is a parable for crazy times and a cautionary tale for those who dare to challenge the establishment.
Genre: Audiobooks > Fiction

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The Oedipus plays by Sophocles (.M4B)

The Oedipus plays by Sophocles: Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone
Requirements: .M4A/.M4B reader, 143 MB
Overview: The three Theban plays by Sophocles – Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone – are great landmarks of Western theatre. They tell the story of Oedipus, King of Thebes, who was destined to suffer a terrible fate – to kill his father, marry his mother, and beget children of the incestuous union. He does this unknowingly but still has to suffer terrible consequences, which also tragically affect the next generation.
These three plays were written around 450 BC, with the playwright following the established convention of presenting the story through main characters but using a chorus – sometimes one voice, sometimes more – as an independent commentator that also occasionally participates in the drama. When the audiences of ancient Athens went to the amphitheatres to see the plays, they would have known the basic story of poor Oedipus.
Nevertheless, the power of Sophocles’ retelling made the Theban plays deeply horrifying and affecting – and this is still true now, some 2,500 years later. There is also a strong contemporary resonance for us, for in the 20th century the psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud famously adopted the story to illustrate his Oedipus complex, which, he argued, was a condition of the unconscious mind in boys – that they want to sleep with their mothers. It is interesting that through the character of the queen, Jocasta, in Oedipus the King, Sophocles states this unequivocally.
Oedipus the King is well known. The other two are less so: Oedipus at Colonus, which deals with his last days, and Antigone, which casts the spotlight on his daughter, who, as part of the accursed bloodline, chooses to act in a way she believes is right, whatever the consequences. Yet they are equally powerful and moving.
This audio production, with Jamie Glover as Oedipus and Hayley Atwell as his daughter, Antigone, is a world premiere audio recording of all three plays.
With the authoritative but modern translation by Ian Johnston, specially commissioned new music from the English composer Roger Marsh, and a cast of outstanding actors, this Audible Original presentation of Sophocles’ Theban plays will be listened to not once but many times.
Genre: Audiobooks > Fiction

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Pygmalion and Three Other Plays (Barnes & Noble Classics)


Pygmalion and Three Other Plays (Barnes & Noble Classics)
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Five Political Plays: 1997 / Cheap Thrill / Zero Hour / Learning to Live with Personal Growth / Sisters in the Great Day…

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Plays 1 by Paul Godfrey (.AZW3)

Performs 1 by Paul Godfrey (Modern Dramatists)
Necessities: .ePUB, .MOBI/.AZW reader, 1.5MB
Overview: Paul Godfrey is "so good, so nervy and alert with creativeness and intelligence" (Sunday Occasions)
Consists of the performs: Inventing a New Color "Godfrey’s interesting first play is, with its ominous indicators of disjunction, like a surrealist portray"(Guardian), As soon as in a Whereas the Odd Factor Occurs "A fictional-biographical account of Benjamin Britten…lyrical, poetic prose, sinuous, swift, eloquent and dramatic" (Sunday Occasions), A Bucket of Eels "Hazard provides Paul Godfrey’s great play its drama. Six younger individuals enter a Freudian forest of their very own imaginings" (Monetary Occasions), The Blue Ball "An enquiry into the magic of house exploration….a relatively fascinating, idiosyncratic and effectively written play" (Observer) is an imaginative investigation of the expertise of House researched by the playwright among the many astronauts themselves. This formidable play questions the politics of a tradition wherein the wondrous is rendered mundane and what appears commonplace is rendered absurd.
The Blue Ball was commissioned by the Royal Nationwide Theatre and acquired its première on the Cottesloe Theatre in 1995.
Style: Nonfiction > Basic

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Pygmalion and Three Other Plays (Barnes & Noble Classics)


Pygmalion and Three Other Plays (Barnes & Noble Classics)
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Pygmalion and Three Other Plays (Barnes & Noble Classics)

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Three Theban Plays (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

Three Theban Plays (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
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