Shualee's Most Anticipated Plays 2017

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Smokefall: A Play Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781468314229
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Published: Overlook Press - April 25th, 2017

The next great American play. A father decides to leave his family on the eve of his wife's giving birth to twins. His preteen daughter mutates herself in order to please him and keep him close. The twins begin to have varying opinions about whether it's safe to leave the womb, and their mother is left with the hard task of holding everything together. A stunning, imaginative examination of the changing nature of the American family, suffused with magical realism and hints of Thornton Wilder's Our Town used in fresh new ways.


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Oslo Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781559365567
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - May 9th, 2017

A globe-trotting political epic that also manages to be an intimate portrait, Oslo tells the story of Norwegian couple Mona Juul and Terje Rod-Larsen as they manage the improbable feat of setting up the diplomatic back channels that led to the historic Oslo Accords between Israel and Palestine in 1993. A vivid play about how the political is always personal.


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Arlington (Tcg Edition) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781559365505
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - June 6th, 2017

Most well known in America for his collaborartion on the Broadway musical version of Once, Enda Walsh also creates spare, brutal, yet poetic dramas, and his latest is no exception. Arlington uses a combination of theatre, dance, and visual art to tell a story of love blossoming within the strictures of a dystopian future dominated by authoritarianism and surveillance.


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Smart People: A Play Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780810134645
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Published: Northwestern University Press - December 15th, 2016

One of the rising stars of the American stage, Lydia R. Diamond rips her themes right out of today's headlines with this searing comedy about four intelligent "liberal" professionals bumping up against their own preconceived notions of race, class, gender, and love in and around Harvard University.


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Elegy Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780571329991
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Published: Faber & Faber - March 14th, 2017

Fresh off his smash hit Constellations, Nick Payne delivers another tale at the intersection of human love and cutting edge science. Miriam has devised a cure for Lorna's degenerative brain condition, but one of the side effects is that it erases Lorna's memory of the last twenty years of her life with her wife, Carrie. A moving examination of the effects of new technologies on our humanity.


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Dry Powder: A Play Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802126429
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Published: Grove Press - January 3rd, 2017

A vicious satire of modern day high finance, Dry Powder chronicles the fallout at a private equity firm when the company's president throws a lavish engagement party for himself after ordering extensive layoffs at a grocery store the firm just bought. Bad publicity sends the employees desperately jockeying for position in ways that may have lasting consequences.


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Hangmen Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780571328871
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Published: Faber & Faber - February 14th, 2017

The acclaimed author of The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Pillowman, and the films In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths returns with a new, brutally dark comedy about a village hangman newly out of work after Britain ends its policy of capital punishment.


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The Kilroys List: 97 Monologues and Scenes by Female and Trans Playwrights Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781559365352
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - July 4th, 2017

The Kilroys LIst is an annual industry survey of excellent unproduced plays by playwrights that identify as female and trans in an effort to address their systemic underrepresentation in American Theatre. Originally conceived as a tool for producers, this collection will also be a boon to actors looking for audition material from fresh new voices and perspectives.


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Daphne's Dive (Tcg Edition) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781559365314
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - October 31st, 2017

The Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and co-creator of the musical smash In the Heights (having its Saint Louis premiere this year) is back with a kaleidoscopic look at seventeen years in the life of a North Philadelphia dive bar, and the ways that its patrons lives are changed by a sense of community and the passage of time.


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Mary Page Marlowe Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781559365345
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - January 3rd, 2017

Another Pulitzer Prize winner, for August: Osage County, Tracy Letts narrows his focus on the life of one woman, and then fragments it, jumping back and forth in time and casting six actors to play his singular heroine from the ages of 12 to 69 in an affecting collage of the aspirations, disappointments and small evolutions that make up the lives of ordinary people.


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Sweat (Tcg Edition) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781559365321
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - June 13th, 2017

The parade of Pulitzer Prize winning playwrights continues with Lynn Nottage's new, starkly realistic play detailing the waning way of life of a group of small town Pennsylvania factory workers trying to make it through another day while living under the continual threat that their livelihoods might not be around the day after.


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Hand to God: A Play Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781468313925
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Published: Overlook Press - October 10th, 2017

The uproarious Broadway dark comedy smash of 2015 finally makes it to print. When devout Christian teen Jason gets involved in his church's puppet pageant, he accidentally unleashes a violent, outspoken alter ego in a googly eyed felt puppet named Tyrone, who threatens to upend Jason's entire life in the wake of his father's sudden death.


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The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek (Tcg Edition) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781559365222
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - October 31st, 2017

Revered South African playwright Athol Fugard's newest work examines the effects of twenty years of apartheid through the lens of works by the outsider artist Nukain Mabuza, driven to create detailed paintings on rocks, often on land owned by white farmers.


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The Great Society: A Play Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802123732
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Published: Grove Press - May 2nd, 2017

The second installment of Robert Schenkkan's theatrical epic detailing the life and presidency of Lyndon Johnson, which began with the Tony Winning All The Way (now an HBO film starring Bryan Cranston), The Great Society chronicles Johnson's push to establish his legacy through social programs only to jeopardize it by ramping up America's involvement in Vietnam.


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The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781559364898
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - November 28th, 2017

The long delayed publication of Angels in America author Tony Kushner's first full length play since 2002's Homebody/Kabul finally comes to fruition on the heels of a successful London premiere. A family play in the traditional mold of Arthur Miller, his latest sees the Marcantonio clan dealing with patriarch Gus' announcement that he intends to end his own life, and the political, personal, and spiritual upheaval caused by his decision.


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Biography of Julie Van Bartmann Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781557134219
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Published: Green Integer - December 19th, 2017

Jazz age prose pioneer Djuna Barnes' never before published play finally sees print, detailing the fateful visit of the title character, a famous opera singer, to the home of domineering Baron Born. As the singer brings every member of Born's family in her thrall, she sets in motion a series of encounters with possibly fatal consequences.


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Kung Fu Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781559364805
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - January 2nd, 2018

The renowned writer of the Tony winning M. Butterfly turns his eye on the life and philosophy of Bruce Lee in a bio-play that tells Lee's story through a mixture of traditional theatre, Chinese opera, and martial arts.