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Everything I Ever Needed to Know About _____* I Learned from Monty Python

by Brian Cogan, Ph.D. & Jeff Massey, Ph.D.

A comprehensive and hilarious guide to understanding the many Monty Python jokes and allusions

Throughout their five seasons on British television (and well into the troop’s movie sequels and assorted solo...


Ernie Kovacs & Early TV Comedy: Nothing in Moderation

by Andrew Horton

Among the pioneers of television, Ernie Kovacs was one of the most original and imaginative comedians. His zany, irreverent, and surprising humor not only entertained audiences throughout the 1950s and early...


Monkey Business Theatre

by Robert M. Laughlin & Sna Jtz'ibajom

In 1983, a group of citizens in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, formed Sna Jtz'ibajom, the Tzotzil-Tzeltal Maya writers' cooperative. In the two decades since, this group has evolved from writing and publishing...


Showboats: The History of an American Institution

by Philip Graham

This book is a delightful and authoritative record of America's showboats from the first one, launched in 1831, to the last, ultimately tied up at a St. Louis dock. It is also a record of the men and women who...


Making Faces, Playing God: Identity and the Art of Transformational Makeup

by Thomas Morawetz

Wearing a mask-putting on another face-embodies a fundamental human fantasy of inhabiting other bodies and experiencing other lives. In this extensively illustrated book, Thomas Morawetz explores how the creation...


Dancing the New World: Aztecs, Spaniards, and the Choreography of Conquest

by Paul A. Scolieri

From Christopher Columbus to "first anthropologist" Friar Bernardino de Sahagún, fifteenth- and sixteenth-century explorers, conquistadors, clerics, scientists, and travelers wrote about the "Indian" dances...


The Drama's Patrons: A Study of the Eighteenth-Century London Audience

by Leo Hughes

The drama's laws, the drama's patrons give, For we that live to please, must please to live. -Samuel Johnson, 1747 Democratic ferment, responsible for political explosions in the seventeenth century and expanded...


Performing Piety: Singers and Actors in Egypt's Islamic Revival

by Karin van Nieuwkerk

In the 1980s, Egypt witnessed a growing revival of religiosity among large sectors of the population, including artists. Many pious stars retired from art, "repented" from "sinful" activities, and dedicated...


Theater of the People: Spectators and Society in Ancient Athens

by David Kawalko Roselli

Greek drama has been subject to ongoing textual and historical interpretation, but surprisingly little scholarship has examined the people who composed the theater audiences in Athens. Typically, scholars have...


An August Bank Holiday Lark

by Deborah McAndrew

Tomorrow morning, you and Frank Armitage are getting wed. In my opinion, marriage is blind optimism at any time, but especially in wartime. It's an act of faith.

Taking its title from a line in Philip Larkin�s...


The Nativity Goes Wrong

by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer & Henry Shields

The Christian Humanitarian Reading Initiative for Spiritual Theatre (or C.H.R.I.S.T. for short) are putting on a production of The Nativity Story. It's opening night and nothing is going to plan. Despite a collapsing...


Best Monologues from Best American Short Plays, Volume One

by William W. Demastes

(Best American Short Plays). Best Monologues from Best American Short Plays, Volume One is a must for actors of all ages beginners as well as seasoned veterans and belongs in the libraries of all theater teachers...


One on One: Playing with a Purpose: Monologues for Kids Ages 7-15

by Bob Shuman, Stephen Fife & Eloise Rollins-Fife

(Applause Acting Series). Kids of today face a different world and a different set of challenges then did the children of even 15 years ago. Playing with a Purpose features a collection of monologues that reflects...


Red Velvet: 2nd Edition

by Lolita Chakrabarti

It's like being at a crossroads - a point of absolute, unequivocal change. It makes the blood rush.

Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, 1833. Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his generation, has collapsed on stage...


Rapture, Blister, Burn

by Gina Gionfriddo

Women are running for president. Men are exfoliating. It's all jumbled: you can't read the signs.

Can any woman have it all? After university Catherine and Gwen chose opposite paths: Catherine built a career...


The Hollywood Book of Death: The Bizarre, Often Sordid, Passings of More Than 125 American Movie and TV Idols

by James Parish

Discover the tantalizing details of Hollywood's famous and infamous fatalities

The death of a celebrity is often as fascinating as--and sometimes more fascinating than--a star's actual life. From the grisly...


Peter Weir: Interviews

by John C. Tibbetts

Peter Weir: Interviews is the first volume of interviews to be published on the esteemed Australian director. Although Weir (b. 1944) has acquired a reputation of being guarded about his life and work, these...


Home is the Hunter: A Comedy in Two Acts

by Helen Macinnes

After years of war and still more years of travelling, Ulysses finally returns to his beloved Ithaca, penniless and alone. Rather than the joyous welcome he had hoped for, he finds his palace full of quarrelling...


Two Gentlemen of Lebowski: A Most Excellent Comedie and Tragical Romance

by Adam Bertocci

What if…William Shakespeare had written The Big Lebowski?

The Dude has met the Bard—and he doth abide.

Join “The Knave” and Sir Walter on a wild tale of mistaken identity, kidnapping, bowling, and a rug...


The Movies That Changed Us: Reflections on the Screen

by Nick Clooney

Nick Clooney, one of America's most respected film critics and historians, presents a distinctive catalog of movies that have influenced and altered not only the world of cinema, but also the world in which...