La machine infernale

By Jean Cocteau

Oedipe, Jocaste, Antigone et Créon: voilà les personnages de Sophocle au filtre de Cocteau, qui modernise ici un drame connu, et transforme les dieux en machines infernales apportant le malheur sur terre. Dans cette pièce publiée en 1934, Cocteau s'amuse et surprend par l'infernale diversité de son style.

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The Loom of Time: A Selection of His Plays and Poems (Penguin Classics)

Kalidasa is the key poet and dramatist of classical Sanskrit literature - a many-sided expertise of impressive scope and beautiful language. His nice poem, Meghadutam (The Cloud Messenger), tells of a divine being, punished for failing in his sacred tasks with a years' separation from his liked. a piece of refined emotional nuances, it's a haunting depiction of longing and separation. The play Sakuntala describes the afflicted love among a woman of Nature and King Duhsanta. this gorgeous combination of romance and comedy, transports its viewers into an enchanted international during which mortals mingle with gods. And Kalidasa's poem Rtusamharam (The collecting of the Seasons) is an exuberant statement of the sheer number of the wildlife, because it teems with the energies of the good god Siva.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the prime writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking global. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents an international bookshelf of the easiest works all through historical past and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the sequence to supply authoritative texts more suitable by way of introductions and notes by way of unique students and modern authors, in addition to up to date translations through award-winning translators.

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Changing Direction: A Practical Approach to Directing Actors in Film and Theatre: Foreword by Ang Lee

By Lenore DeKoven

The strategy provided during this booklet, honed after years of on-set adventure and from instructing at UCLA, NYU, and Columbia, and counseled through many within the undefined, together with director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and producer/actor Edward Asner, goals to supply a invaluable reference and source for administrators and actors alike. It combines underlying idea with dozens of workouts designed to bare the actor's craft. there's fabric on developing the throughline, studying the script, personality wishes; the casting and practice session procedures, movie vs. theater approaches in addition to the actor and the digicam.

Distilling tough innovations and a fancy job to their easiest shape, the writer explains tips to properly seize and painting human habit. The author's dialogue of artistic difficulties she has encountered or expected after years of expertise, and her instructed options and routines, are instantly helpful. also, listen what the actors need to say in excerpts from interviews with acclaimed actors resembling Meryl Streep, Denzel Washington, Glenn shut, Robert Redford, Christopher Walken, Julianne Moore, and Michael Douglas (to identify a couple of) who talk about their paintings with administrators, what evokes them, and what they truly wish from the director.

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Plays 4: Common Pursuit; Holy Terror; After Pilkington; Old Flames; They Never Slept

By Simon Gray

Publish 12 months note: First released June tenth 2011
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]'Sharp, humorous and smart . . . What a excitement to re-encounter a play that mixes unabashed intelligence and zinging wit with a unprecedented generosity of spirit.'
Daily Telegraph on The universal Pursuit

'Gray's stature as one of many handful of significant tragi-comic English dramatists of the second one 1/2 the 20 th century would seem now to be undisputed.' Howard Jacobson, Critical Quarterly

Hidden Laughter

[b][/b]'A unhappy divine comedy, beautifully written. grey nurses his characters and cares for them, yet he by no means pampers them, or pities them, or presumes to take advantage of them as his spokesman. during this appreciate, he has develop into an English Chekhov... while, grey dispenses a number of the incandescent malice and ethical savagery of Coward at his acid best... yet, in fact, comparisons can in simple terms assist you get your bearings. grey is totally his personal guy during this painful, querulous, hot, demanding and mature play.' Sunday Times

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La Dernière Bande, suivi de Cendres

By Samuel Beckett

Se voir dans un miroir, voilà une disagreement immédiate avec soi-même relativement banale et, d'ordinaire, assez fugace. Le protagoniste de l. a. Dernière Bande va se livrer à une war of words avec lui-même autrement troublante. « Viens d'écouter ce pauvre petit crétin pour qui je me prenais il y a trente ans, difficile de croire que j'aie jamais été con à ce point-là. » Chaque année, le jour de son anniversaire, Krapp enregistre un compte rendu détaillé de son état et de ses agissements durant l'année écoulée. Chaque fois, il écoute l'une ou l'autre des bandes enregistrées des dizaines d'années auparavant, et il l. a. commente. C'est dans cet éternel retour à son passé que réside maintenant sa seule lumière. Krapp, qui jadis déclarait ne plus rien vouloir de ce qu'il avait vécu, ne peut aujourd'hui exister que s'il parvient à être de nouveau ce qu'il fut : « Sois de nouveau, sois de nouveau. » Il lui faut surtout être encore celui qui, « quand il y avait encore une probability de bonheur », a vécu un quick d'amour.

- l. a. Dernière Bande : pièce en un acte pour un personnage avec magnétophone, écrite en anglais en 1958.

- Cendres : pièce radiophonique en un acte pour cinq personnages, écrite en anglais en 1959.

La traduction française de l’auteur (avec le concours de Robert Pinget pour Cendres) est parue en 1959.

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4.48 Psychosis (Modern Plays)

By Sarah Kane

4.48 Psychosis sees the last word narrowing of Sarah Kane's concentration in her paintings. The fight of the self to stay intact has moved in her paintings from civil conflict, into the kinfolk, into the couple, into the person, and eventually into the theatre of phychosis: the brain itself. This play was once written in 1999 almost immediately prior to the playwright took her personal lifestyles at age 28. at the web page, the piece seems like a poem. No characters are named, or even their quantity is unspecified. it may be a trip via one person's brain, or an interview among a physician and his patient.

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Ghost Light: A Memoir

By Frank Rich

There's a superstition that if an emptied theater is ever left thoroughly darkish, a ghost will take in place of abode. to avoid this, a unmarried "ghost gentle" is left burning at heart level after the viewers and all the actors and musicians have long past domestic. Frank Rich's eloquent and relocating boyhood memoir unearths how theater itself turned a ghost mild and a beacon of protection for a kid discovering his means in a tumultuous global.

Rich grew up within the small-townish Washington, D.C., of the Fifties and early '60s, a spot the place conformity appeared the foremost to happiness for a tender boy who continuously felt various. while wealthy used to be seven years outdated, his mom and dad separated--at a time whilst divorce was once nonetheless tantamount to scandal--and thereafter he and his more youthful sister have been categorized "children from a damaged home." Bouncing from university to college and more and more lonely, wealthy turned petrified of the darkish and the uncertainty of his destiny. yet there has been something in his lifestyles that made him sublimely chuffed: the Broadway theater.

Rich's mom and dad have been avid theatergoers, and in happier instances they'd take heed to the brand-new recordings of South Pacific, rattling Yankees, and The Pajama video game repeatedly of their lounge. whilst his mother's remarriage led to turbulent adjustments, wealthy took safe haven in those similar documents, re-creating the indicates in his mind's eye, scene by way of scene. He all started accumulating Playbills, studied fanatically the theater listings within the ny occasions and diversity, and minimize out advertisements to create his personal miniature marquees. He by no means imagined that someday he may be the Times's leader theater critic.

Eventually wealthy chanced on a moment domestic at Wash-ington's nationwide Theatre, the place as he used to be a ticket-taker and used to be brought not just to the behind the curtain magic he had dreamed of for therefore lengthy yet to a real-life forged of charismatic and kooky gamers who may turn into his mentors and pals. With humor and eloquence, wealthy tells the positive tale of ways the aspirations of a stagestruck younger boy turned a lifeline, propelling him towards the itinerant family members of theater, whose romantic denizens welcomed him into the colourful fringes of Broadway in the course of its final glamorous era.

Every sometimes, a grand spectacle comes alongside that introduces its audiences to characters and scenes that may resound of their thoughts lengthy after the curtain has long past down. Ghost Light, Frank Rich's superbly crafted youth memoir, is simply such an occasion.

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Meyerhold: A Revolution in Theatre (Studies in Theatre History and Culture)

By Edward Braun

Vsevolod Meyerhold begun his profession in theatre as an actor with the Moscow artwork Theatre, and after a spell within the distant provinces he back to Moscow at Stanislavski's invitation and based a brand new, experimental studio for the artwork Theatre. This biography recounts Meyerhold's remarkable lifetime of scan and discovery, describing his practice session ideas and routines, and gives as overview of his carrying on with effect on modern theatre.

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