The Secret Life of Plays

A fresh take on plays and playwriting by a proven authority on the subject

Author: Steve Waters

Publisher: Nick Hern Books

ISBN: 1848420005

Category: Performing Arts

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A guide to the hidden workings of plays and the trade secrets that govern their writing - by the acclaimed playwright Steve Waters. Drawing on a wide range of drama, both historical and modern, Waters takes the reader through the key elements of dramatic writing – scenes, acts, space, time, characters, language and images – to show how a play is more than the sum of its parts, with as much inner vitality as a living organism. Almost uniquely amongst accounts of playwriting, Waters’ book looks at the ways in which good plays move their audiences, generating powerful emotional responses that often defy conventional analysis. The Secret Life of Plays is for playwrights at any stage of their career, and will inspire and inform drama students as well as working actors and directors. Most of all it is for anyone who has ever laughed or cried in the theatre – and wants to know why. 'Theatre is a live medium, about bodies, sweat and feeling, even if it is informed by ideas and reason. How a thing composed of words manages to carry within it the currents of energy that generate that impression of life is what I want to explore…' Steve Waters 'Steve Waters’ book is like his plays: clear, elegant and stimulating throughout' David Edgar

Aphra Behn A Secret Life

In this revised biography, Janet Todd draws on documents she has rediscovered in the Dutch archives, and on Behn's own writings, to tell a story of court, diplomatic and sexual intrigue, and of the rise from humble origins of the first ...

Author: Janet Todd

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781448216956

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 608

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'Fascinating scholarship. Todd conveys Behn's vivacious character and the mores of the time' New York Times 'All women together ought to let flowers fall upon the tomb of Aphra Behn; for it was she who earned them the right to speak their minds,' said Virginia Woolf. Yet that tomb, in Westminster Abbey, records one of the few uncontested facts about this Restoration playwright, poet of the erotic and bisexual, political propagandist, novelist and spy: the date of her death, 16 April 1689. For the rest secrecy and duplicity are almost the key to her life. She loved codes, making and breaking them; writing her life becomes a decoding of a passionate but playful woman. In this revised biography, Janet Todd draws on documents she has rediscovered in the Dutch archives, and on Behn's own writings, to tell a story of court, diplomatic and sexual intrigue, and of the rise from humble origins of the first woman to earn her living as a professional writer. Aphra Behn's first notable employment was as a royal spy in Holland; she had probably also spied in Surinam. It was not until she was in her thirties that she published the first of the nineteen plays and other works which established her fame (though not riches) among her 'good, sweet, honey-candied readers'. Many of her works were openly erotic, indeed as frank as anything by her friends Wycherley and Rochester. Some also offered an inside view of court and political intrigues, and Todd reveals the historical scandals and legal cases behind some of Behn's most famous 'fictions'. Janet Todd, novelist and internationally renowned scholar, was president of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, and a Professor at Rutgers, NJ. An expert on women's writing and feminism, she has written about many writers, including Jane Austen, the Shelley Circle, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Aphra Behn. 'Ground-breaking it reads quickly and lightly. Even Todd's throwaway lines are steeped in learning' Women's Review of Books 'A major biography; of interest to everyone who cares about women as writers' Times Higher Education Supplement

Granville Barker a Secret Life

The view has tended to be perpetuated since and Barker's plays are played so rarely that the chances ... The Green Goddess, with Barker's The Secret Life.

Author: Eric Salmon

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 0838632289

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 354

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The Secret Life of the American Musical

In The Secret Life of the American Musical, Jack Viertel takes them apart, puts them back together, sings their praises, marvels at their unflagging inventiveness, and occasionally despairs over their more embarrassing shortcomings.

Author: Jack Viertel

Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books

ISBN: 9780374711252

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 336

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A New York Times Bestseller For almost a century, Americans have been losing their hearts and losing their minds in an insatiable love affair with the American musical. It often begins in childhood in a darkened theater, grows into something more serious for high school actors, and reaches its passionate zenith when it comes time for love, marriage, and children, who will start the cycle all over again. Americans love musicals. Americans invented musicals. Americans perfected musicals. But what, exactly, is a musical? In The Secret Life of the American Musical, Jack Viertel takes them apart, puts them back together, sings their praises, marvels at their unflagging inventiveness, and occasionally despairs over their more embarrassing shortcomings. In the process, he invites us to fall in love all over again by showing us how musicals happen, what makes them work, how they captivate audiences, and how one landmark show leads to the next—by design or by accident, by emulation or by rebellion—from Oklahoma! to Hamilton and onward. Structured like a musical, The Secret Life of the American Musical begins with an overture and concludes with a curtain call, with stops in between for “I Want” songs, “conditional” love songs, production numbers, star turns, and finales. The ultimate insider, Viertel has spent three decades on Broadway, working on dozens of shows old and new as a conceiver, producer, dramaturg, and general creative force; he has his own unique way of looking at the process and at the people who collaborate to make musicals a reality. He shows us patterns in the architecture of classic shows and charts the inevitable evolution that has taken place in musical theater as America itself has evolved socially and politically. The Secret Life of the American Musical makes you feel as though you’ve been there in the rehearsal room, in the front row of the theater, and in the working offices of theater owners and producers as they pursue their own love affair with that rare and elusive beast—the Broadway hit.

The Secret Life of William Shakespeare

In the hands of acclaimed historical novelist Jude Morgan, this is a brilliantly convincing story of unforgettable richness, warmth, and immediacy.

Author: Jude Morgan

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781250025043

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

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Named One of Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction Books of 2014 There are so few established facts about how the son of a glove maker from Warwickshire became one of the greatest writers of all time that some people doubt he could really have written so many astonishing plays. We know that he married Anne Hathaway, who was pregnant and six years older than he, at the age of eighteen, and that one of their children died of the plague. We know that he left Stratford to seek his fortune in London, and eventually succeeded. He was clearly an unwilling craftsman, ambitious actor, resentful son, almost good-enough husband. But when and how did he also become a genius? The Secret Life of William Shakespeare pulls back the curtain to imagine what it might have really been like to be Shakespeare before a seemingly ordinary man became a legend. In the hands of acclaimed historical novelist Jude Morgan, this is a brilliantly convincing story of unforgettable richness, warmth, and immediacy.

The Secret Life of Aphra Behn

sense of theatre and her endeavour to make her plays various, although he might not have accepted her general tenor: he had more of an admiration for Ben ...

Author: Janet Todd

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781448212545

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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'All women together ought to let flowers fall upon the tomb of Aphra Behn; for it was she who earned them the right to speak their minds,' said Virginia Woolf. Yet that tomb, in Westminster Abbey, records one of the few uncontested facts about this Restoration playwright, poet, novelist and spy: the date of her death, 16 April 1689. For the rest secrecy and duplicity are almost the key to her life. She loved codes, making and breaking them; writing her life becomes a decoding of a passionate but playful woman. Janet Todd draws on documents she has rediscovered in the Dutch archives, and on Behn's own writings, to tell a story of court, diplomatic and sexual intrigue, and of the rise from humble origins of the first woman to earn her living as a professional writer. Aphra Behn's first notable employment was as a Royal spy in Holland; she had probably also spied in Surinam. It was not until she was in her thirties that she published the first of the 19 plays and other works which established her fame (though not riches) among her 'good, sweet, honey-candied readers'. Many of her works were openly erotic, indeed as frank as anything by her friends Wycherley and Rochester. Some also offered an inside view of court and political intrigues, and Todd reveals the historical scandals and legal cases behind some of Behn's most famous 'fictions'.

The Secret Life of Theater

Huizinga calls this, “The 'extra-ordinary' nature of play as it reaches perfection. The disguised or masked individual 'plays' another part, another being.

Author: Brian Kulick

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429817540

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 202

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What is the secret DNA of theater? What makes it unique from its sister arts? Why was it invented? Why does it persist? And now, in such an advanced technological age, why do we still feel compelled to return to a mode of expression that was invented over two thousand years ago? These are some of the foundational questions that are asked in this study of theater from its inception to today. The Secret Life of Theater begins with a look at theater’s origins in Ancient Greece. Next, it moves on to examine the history and nature of theater, from Agamenon to Angels in America, through theater’s use of stage directions, revealing the many unspoken languages that are employed to communicate with its audiences. Finally, it looks at theater’s ever-shifting strategies of engendering fellow-feeling through the use of emotion, allowing the form to become a rare space where one can feel a thought and think a feeling. In an age when many studies are concerned with the "how" of theater, this work returns us to theatre’s essential "why." The Secret Life of Theater suggests that by reframing the question we can re-enchant this unique and ever-vital medium of expression.

The Secret Life of William Shakespeare

What he wants: he wants to write a play. A natural progression, in one sense, as he has always loved them. And from the Queen's Men on, he has improvised ...

Author: Jude Morgan

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780755380619

Category: Fiction

Page: 383

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The greatest writer of them all, brought to glorious life. How well do you know the man you love? How much do you think you know about Shakespeare? What if they were one and the same? He is an ordinary man: unwilling craftsman, ambitious actor, resentful son, almost good-enough husband. And he is also a genius. The story of how a glove-maker from Warwickshire became the greatest writer of them all is vaguely known to most of us, but it would take an exceptional modern novelist to bring him to life. And now at last Jude Morgan, acclaimed author of Passion and The Taste of Sorrow, has taken Shakespeare's life, and created a masterpiece.

The Secret Life of Genius

With a few exceptions, such as Sejanus, about a Roman emperor, his plays swarm with the low life of society, such as con artists and petty thieves.

Author: John Chambers

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781594779268

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 336

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A look at the metaphysical experiences that shaped the lives and work of 24 great men and women from the Renaissance to modern times • Chronicles the changing relationship with God, nature, and spirituality from the 16th century to the 20th century • Includes encounters with the paranormal of Ben Johnson, Isaac Newton, Mary Shelley, Leo Tolstoy, Doris Lessing, and Winston Churchill What role did the esoteric thought of Swedenborg play in the creative output of Honoré de Balzac? Did a supernatural encounter prompt Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley to focus her work on the theme of immortality? Building on his earlier research on communications with the spirit world that Victor Hugo, author of Les Misérables, experienced while in exile on the isle of Jersey, John Chambers now looks at the role occult knowledge and supernatural experiences played in the lives of 24 geniuses. His investigation spans the life and work of William Blake, Helena Blavatsky, and W. B. Yeats, whose esoteric interests are well known, as well as those little suspected of such encounters with worlds beyond ours, including Doris Lessing, Leo Tolstoy, Norman Mailer, Yukio Mishima, and Winston Churchill. Chambers presents more than a collection of anecdotes and newly revealed secrets. His research provides insightful historical context of the decisive turning point that took place with the collapse of Prague, the occult capital of Europe, in 1620, which resulted in the victory of Cartesian reality and Newton’s scientific paradigm over the esoteric traditions that flourished until that time. The magical and occult world shown in the lives of these 24 great men and women offers us a glimpse of what could still be ours--a world that though it is now overshadowed by modern scientific and technological principles is yet still visible on the horizon through the visions and paranormal experiences of these geniuses.

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Author: Harley Granville-Barker

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:$B298224

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Celebrity Biographies The Secret Life Of Whitney Houston and Philip Seymour Hoffman Famous Stars

The film, in many ways, combined several important aspects of Hoffman's life. Jack Goes Boating was a Broadway play that Hoffman himself had starred in ...

Author: Matt Green

Publisher: Matt Green

ISBN:

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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Ever wondered how Whitney Houston and Philip Seymour Hoffman rose to stardom? One of the most successful and lauded female vocalists of all time honed her powerful and soulful voice in the company of a powerful family of Motown and Gospel music royalty. Born to sing, Whitney Houston received mentorship in the shadows of her talented relatives before exploding onto the music scene to become a music legend in her own right. However, though Houston’s voice had the power to reach angelic heights, her own personal life was plagued with martial difficulty and deep-seeded demons. The man who became known for his chameleon-like disappearance into a host of nuanced and creative characters was actually an extremely genial, kind, and gentle man in reality. Though his life was cut tragically short, actor Philip Seymour Hoffman left his indelible mark on the celluloid of film history forever. Starting off in a string of independent films as a struggling actor, Hoffman would later become recognized as one of the great pioneers of his craft – a man whose eccentric roles remain some of the most beloved in film. For more interesting facts you must read the biographies. Grab your biography books now!

The Secret Life of Vulnerable Children

The secret world of make-believe, phantasy and experiment plays a central part in any child«s exploration of the world. How great a part it plays will vary ...

Author: Ved P. Varma

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317400332

Category: Psychology

Page: 214

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How do disturbed children see the world? How can we understand their difficulties? Most children have secret worlds but for some these worlds contain secrets that are both permanent and damaging. Originally published in 1992, this moving account of the secret lives of such vulnerable and disturbed children will enable professionals working with these children to find out what is going on in their minds – what they are thinking, what they are feeling, why they behave as they do. The contributors, all experts in their field at the time, show how vulnerable children can be assessed and how they can be helped most effectively.

Coming of Age in Sue Monk Kidd s The Secret Life of Bees

The African American characters in The Secret Life of Bees are too good to be true, ... The Secret Life of Bees, plays host to a number of extraordinarily ...

Author: Dedria Bryfonski

Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing LLC

ISBN: 9780737768022

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 136

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This volume explores the life and work of Sue Monk Kidd, focusing particularly on the coming of age theme in her novel The Secret Life of Bees. The book presents readers with a collection of essays that address topics such as community as a place for transformation, Lily's development at the expense of black individualism, and the role of social consciousness and spirituality. Modern perspectives on adolescence are also presented, allowing readers to make important connections between the text and the concerns of today's world.

Inside the Secret Life of Fairies

They laughed at having to “buy tickets” for the performances of plays I'd made up from my picture books of fairy tales by Grimm and Andersen.

Author: Maggie Hamilton

Publisher: Hay House, Inc

ISBN: 9781401958893

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 240

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What is it about fairies that enchants us so? Where do these elusive beings live, and what do they do? Why is it some see fairies and others do not? What's the truth about glamour? And why when they promise your dreams will come true, do fairies grant threewishes? Maggie Hamilton has spent a decade exploring the rich world of the fairy. Having talked with people from all walks of life, she captures their astonishing, sometimes poignant encounters with fairies here. Read about the fairies found in people's homes and gardens, deep in nature, and in city streets and parks. On this mesmerising journey deep into this achingly beautiful otherworld, you'll discover the many exquisite possibilities present at dawn and dusk, and why the fairy kingdom has an ecology all of its own. Learn about the notes plants sound, and why some indigenous peoples no longer need to pick a plant to access its healing properties. Find out how to work with fairies to heal the earth and your own bruised spirit, and how this quest can transform you inside and out. For those with their own fairy stories to tell, and fairy lovers everywhere.

The Secret Life of Humphrey Bogart

Since Valentino died early in life , and no other actor has replaced him ... a theater where the actress , Mary Halliday , was appearing in a play .

Author: Darwin Porter

Publisher: Blood Moon Productions, Ltd.

ISBN: 0966803051

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 527

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Until recently, very little was known about the early life of Hollywood's most famous movie star. Here, compiled from extensive eyewitness interviews, Darwin Porter delves deep into the star's hot, horny formative years on Broadway and in early Talkie Hollywood. Looking at everything from his affairs with such starlets as Marlene Dietrich and Bette Davis, to his AWOL escapades in the army, to his compulsive brushes with gangsters, prostitutes and blackmailers, this is the untold story of Hollywood's hottest hunk in history.

The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde

He managed to extract £150 from Alexander for an option on the play and seems to have started work the moment he arrived in Worthing, hindered – or perhaps ...

Author: Neil McKenna

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780786734924

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 576

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Oscar Wilde said of himself, "I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my work." Now, for the first time, Neil McKenna focuses on the tormented genius of Wilde's personal life, reproducing remarkable love letters and detailing Wilde's until-now unknown relationships with other men. McKenna has spent years researching Wilde's life, drawing on extensive new material, including never-before published poems as well as recently discovered trial statements made by male prostitutes and blackmailers about Wilde. McKenna provides explosive evidence of the political machinations behind Wilde's trials for sodomy, as well as his central role in the burgeoning gay world of Victorian London. Dazzlingly written and meticulously researched, The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde fully charts Wilde's astonishing odyssey through London's sexual underworld and paints a frank and vivid psychological portrait of a troubled genius.

The Secret Life of Wilkie Collins

Wilkie was given small parts in the other two plays in the touring repertoire. Then less than two years later came a bigger role still.

Author: William M. Clarke

Publisher: Ivan R. Dee

ISBN: 9781461730316

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 255

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In this intimate Victorian life of the father of the detective story, Mr. Clarke uncovers and explores, with insight and sympathy, the private relationships of a fascinating writer. A literary coup...casts a fresh beam of light on the great, dark seam of Victorian sexual mores. —Observer

Leading And Coaching Teams To Success The Secret Life Of Teams

The secret life of teams Hayes, Philip ... Procedure: The Trainer will visit your group and ask you to decide whether to play RED or to play BLUE.

Author: Hayes, Philip

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)

ISBN: 9780335238521

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 160

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"From cover to cover, this book provides a wonderfully detailed catalogue of behaviours, techniques and knowledge for the leader and the coach" People Management, 14 May 2012

The Secret Life of Lotus

one elbow, watching her play. He had a smile the whole time without realizing it. “Tara, this was a great idea. It brings joy to my heart seeing the glow in ...

Author: Terri Yogi

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781499037623

Category: Fiction

Page: 228

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At three months pregnant, eighteen year old Tara is forced to leave her home and the love of her life under the threat of being killed. She escapes to the Hawaiian Islands where she starts a new life and keeps her identity a secret. Years later her past resurfaces and the mysteries of her life unfold in this modern day love story.

Full Time The Secret Life Of Tony Cascarino

You can always read the way a manager is thinking from the sides he plays ... Of all the teams we will play this season, there is none I look forward ...

Author: Paul Kimmage

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781471110627

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 208

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In a world where so many books by and about footballers are little more than bland PR exercises, Full Timebreaks the mould decisively. Stripping away the facade of what we think life must be like for an international football star, Paul Kimmage reveals a different story when it comes to Irish footballer Tony Cascarino. Scarred by his childhood, haunted by indiscretion and troubled by a secret from his past, Cascarino is strugglng to find answers as he speeds towards the most terrifying juncture in sport: the end. As Cascarino opens up abot his fears,crippling loss of confidence and sexual indiscretion, no wonder The Timesvoted it one of the Top Ten football books of all time, and Eamon Dunply said of it: 'If it were fiction this book could win the Booker Prize.'