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The Merry Wives of Windsor

by William Shakespeare

Merry Mischief-- Arriving in Windsor with very little money, John Falstaff decides to raise funds by wooing two wealthy, married women. His servants refuse to help him, and after being sacked they go to the...


The Life of Timon of Athens

by William Shakespeare

Friendship and Greed!-- Timon is a wealthy and generous man. Over the length of the play we watch as he slowly gives away his entire fortune. Then we witness the tragedy of a man who comes to realize that he...


The Tragedy of Titus Andronicus

by William Shakespeare

Blood and Revenge-- Titus Andronicus is by far Shakespeare's most violent play. Set in the later days of the Roman empire it follows a fictional succession to the throne. The play follows Titus, a great Roman...


The Two Gentlemen of Verona

by William Shakespeare

Love and Fealty-- Two Gentleman of Verona is one of Shakespeare's earliest plays. Here we can see him working through many of the themes that would make him the best-loved playwright of all time. Love, honor,...


The Winter's Tale

by William Shakespeare

Friendship and Trust-- Leontes and Polixenes, friends from childhood, are having a protracted visit for the first time in years. After nine months Polixenes longs for his family and home and decided to leave....


The Tempest

by William Shakespeare

Magic and Intrigue-- Prospero, a wizard, is the rightful Duke of Milan, but his brother, in league with the King, had deposed him and set him adrift with his 3-year-old daughter Miranda 12 years earlier. Through...


King Henry VIII

by William Shakespeare

Loyalty and Heredity-- King Henry VIII covers the period of Henry's reign from shortly after he becomes king to the birth of Elizabeth, who would one day become queen and for whom the play was written. The firing...


Twelfth Night; Or, What You Will

by William Shakespeare

Mistaken Identity-- Viola and her twin brother, Sebastian, are shipwrecked. While coming ashore they are separated and she assumes he has drowned. Upon reaching shore, Viola decides to disguise herself as a...


Much Ado About Nothing

by William Shakespeare

Honor and Shame-- One of Shakespeare's very best plays. This hilarious romp is both engaging and entertaining. Hero is engaged to marry Claudio, but Don John plots to make Hero look unfaithful. Claudio denounces...


Romeo and Juliet

by William Shakespeare

Fortune's Fool Here is William Shakespeare's brilliant play the Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, set in Verona during a feud between the Capulets and the Montagues. Romeo, a Montague, falls desperately in love with...


The Two Noble Kinsmen

by William Shakespeare

Honor and Dignity-- Two Noble Kinsmen is based on Geoffrey Chaucer's the Knight's Tale. Three queens ask Theseus and Hippolyta to avenge the deaths of their husbands at the hands of the tyrant Creon of Thebes....


A Dream

by Felicja Kruszewska & Jadwiga Kosicka

The translation of Felicja Kruszewska's A Dream introduces a major play by a twentieth-century female playwright to the English-speaking world. On March 7, 1927 A Dream - a large-scale expressionistic drama...


Manfred

by Lord Byron

Manfred, a Faustian noble, is tortured by guilt over the death of his beloved, Astarte. He uses his mastery of language and spell-casting to summon seven spirits, from whom he seeks forgetfulness. The spirits...


The Routledge Introduction to Theatre and Performance Studies

by Erika Fischer-Lichte, Minou Arjomand & Ramona Mosse

Erika Fischer-Lichte's introduction to the discipline of Theatre and Performance Studies is a strikingly authoritative and wide ranging guide to the study of theatre in all of its forms. Its three-part structure...


Janju: The Voice of One Girl

by Priscilla Koranteng

There is power in one girl's voice. At least in the village of Kan, it was, and Janju spoke up and made a difference in her village. Meet Janju, a mature, bright and responsible young girl growing up and coming...


Long Day's Journey Into Night: Critical Edition

by Eugene O'Neill & William Davies King

Eugene O’Neill’s autobiographical play Long Day’s Journey into Night is regarded as his masterpiece and a classic of American drama. With this new edition, at last it has the critical edition that it deserves....


The Robbers

by Friedrich Schiller

Fans of classic European melodrama will love The Robbers. Originally staged in the late eighteenth century, this play -- which follows the feud between brothers in an aristocratic German family -- was a blockbuster...


The Road to Damascus: A Trilogy

by August Strindberg

Swedish writer August Strinberg played a major role in introducing a more modernist sensibility into his native country's literature, producing several major novels and plays that are still regarded as some...


Mary Stuart

by Fredrich Schiller

This work details the dramatic final days of Mary, Queen of Scots. The action opens with Mary's unjust imprisonment and ends with her execution, which is ultimately ordered by Mary's morally conflicted cousin,...


Polyeucte

by Pierre Corneille

This seventeenth-century drama in five acts was inspired by the tale of Saint Polyeuctus (rendered as 'Polyeucte' in French), a Roman convert to the faith who was martyred in 259 A.D. However, although an imaginatively...