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West Side Story: Cultural Perspectives on an American Musical

by Elizabeth A. Wells

West Side Story: Cultural Perspectives on an American Musical presents a major scholarly study of the famous American musical West Side Story, viewing the work from cultural, historical, and musical perspectives....


Performance, Identity and the Neo-Political Subject

by Fintan Walsh & Matthew Causey

This book stages a timely discussion about the centrality of identity politics to theatre and performance studies. It acknowledges the important close relationship between the discourses and practices historically...


The Stanislavski System: The Professional Training of an Actor; Second Revised Edition

by Sonia Moore & John Gielgud

This clearly written guide to the Stanislavski method has long been a favorite among students and teachers of acting. Now, in light of books and articles recently published in the Soviet Union, Sonia Moore has...


Dance Masters: Interviews with Legends of Dance

by Janet Lynn Roseman

Dance Masters is a lively ensemble of conversations with seven celebrated dancers and choreographers. In these intimate interviews, dance critic Janet Lynn Roseman probes the heart of dance:

* The creative...


Michael Mann: Crime Auteur

by Steven Rybin

In Michael Mann: Crime Auteur, Steven Rybin looks at the television programs and films that Michael Mann has stamped with his personal signature. This book closely examines the themes and techniques used in...


To the Actor: On the Technique of Acting

by Michael Chekhov & Mala Powers

A perfect handbook for professional and amateur actors and directors. Chekhov's simple and practical exercises are an absolute must for any theatre practitioner.


Performing Blackness: Enactments of African-American Modernism

by Kimberley W. Benston

Performing Blackness offers a challenging interpretation of black cultural expression since the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s, exploring drama, music, poetry, sermons, and criticism.


Screening the Past: Memory and Nostalgia in Cinema

by Pam Cook

From Mildred Pierce and Brief Encounter to Raging Bull and In the Mood for Love, this lively and accessible collection explores film culture's obsession with the past, offering searching and provocative analyses...


Lovesick: Modernist Plays of Same-Sex Love, 1894-1925

by Laurence Senelick

This volume makes available an international collection of plays, from Britain, the US, Germany, France and Russia, providing an essential and fascinating resource for anyone interested in the theatre culture...


Site-Specific Art: Performance, Place and Documentation

by Nick Kaye

Site-Specific Art charts the development of an experimental art form in an experimental way. Nick Kaye traces the fascinating historical antecedents of today's installation and performance art, while also assembling...


King Solomon's Ring

by Konrad Lorenz

A delightful treasury of observations and insights into the lives of all sorts of creatures, from jackdaws and water-shrews to dogs, cats and even wolves. It is a wonderfully written introduction to the world...


The Philosophy of Ang Lee

by Robert Arp, Adam Barkman & James McRae

Ang Lee (b. 1954) has emerged as one of cinema's most versatile, critically acclaimed, and popular directors. Known for his ability to transcend cultural and stylistic boundaries, Lee has built a diverse oeuvre...


The Misanthrope

by Moliere

Affection I can endure,

affectation I abhor. Empty phrases,

meaningless gestures of faked good-will.

These affable dispensers of embraces make me ill.

Disgusted with French society where powdered fops gossip in...


Desolate Heaven

by Ailis Ni Riain

"She's goin' back there. I can tell.

She's breakin' her promise.

She's breakin' my heart.

She said she never would."

Sive and Orlaith are twelve and thirteen. Yet despite their age, they are each responsible for...


I Know How I Feel About Eve

by Colette Kane

'We make it clear in our literature that we are looking for extraordinary couples - progressive people who are open to radical ways of doing things.'

Jo and Alex are the perfect professional couple - the ideal...


If You Don't Let Us Dream, We Won't Let You Sleep

by Anders Lustgarten

"I believe that open markets and free enterprise are the best imaginable force for improving human wealth and happiness. And I would go further: where they work properly, they can actually promote morality."...


A Life of Galileo

by Bertolt Brecht

Arguably Brecht's greatest play, A Life of Galileo charts the seventeenth century scientist's extraordinary fight with the church over his assertion that the earth orbits the sun.

The figure of Galileo, whose...


Di and Viv and Rose

by Amelia Bullmore

'How do you want to live here? I mean we could come and go and lead separate lives. Or we could really live together. What do you think?'

Aged 18, three women join forces. Life is fun. Living is intense. Together...


This House

by James Graham

This country doesn't need a constitution, never has, never will. We have History as our guide. In tough times, the British do what we have always done. We muddle through.

This House is a timely and relevant political...


The A to Z of the Broadway Musical

by William A. Everett & Paul R. Laird

Since the latter Chapter of the 19th century, the Broadway musical has remained one of the most popular genres in entertainment and its history is related in detail in The A to Z of the Broadway Musical. Through...