Thank you to everyone who contributed to our 9th Annual Gift-A-Play donation campaign!
Here are a few more details about the items we’ve added to the Library through the 9th Annual Gift-A-Play donation campaign. Reserve these items or one of the 23,000 other titles in our collection through our online catalogue.
30 Short Plays for Passionate People by Don Nigro (Author), D W Gregory (Author), Lisa Soland (Editor) Lisa Soland, teacher, actress and a fine playwright herself, has here assembled a wonderful collection of short plays. Some are comic (laughs), some are dramatic (no laughs), some are somewhere in between.If you’re a passionate actor, a teacher or a director looking for a play to do, you won’t find a better place to start looking than this book.
Acha Bacha by Bilal Baig Acha Bacha boldly explores the intersections between queerness, gender identity and Islamic culture in the Pakistani diaspora. It’s about the way we love, the way we are loved and what it takes to truly accept love.
Amaryllis and Little Witch by Pascal Brullemans In these dark fairy tales, two girls face danger while grieving loved ones, and learn some hard truths about growing up along the way. Imaginative and curious, these fables illustrate adventures for children who have to make big choices.
The Anarchist by David Mamet Nothing is quite what it seems in David Mamet’s latest work. With a nod to his mentor, Harold Pinter, Mamet once again employs his signature verbal jousting in this battle of two women over freedom, power, money, religion—and the lack thereof.
The Big Bang by UNIVERSES Ensemble Each play in this volume—which includes Ameriville, Slanguage, Party People, The Last Word, Blue Suite and One Shot in Lotus Position—uses its own unique blend of spoken word, poetry, music, and theater elements to convey its tone and story. Touching on subjects of cultural and dialectical diversity in New York City, the effects of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans, and American racial politics, The Big Bang not only challenges the tradition of theater as an art form, but our own perspective on the national climate.
Blood at the Root by Dominique Morrisseau A striking new ensemble drama based on the Jena Six; six Black students who were initially charged with attempted murder for a school fight after being provoked with nooses hanging from a tree on campus. This bold new play by Dominique Morisseau (Sunset Baby, Detroit ’67, Skeleton Crew) examines the miscarriage of justice, racial double standards, and the crises in relations between men and women of all classes and, as a result, the shattering state of Black family life.
The Breathing Hole by Colleen Murphy, Siobhan Arnatsiaq-Murphy, and Janet Tamalik McGrath Humorous and dramatic, The Breathing Hole is a respectful and profound saga that traces the paths of colonialism and climate change, revealing the devastating scars left on the land and in history.
The Broken Pitcher by Heinrich von Kleist and Bayard Quincy Morgan An imperishable gem of German literature, Kleist’s The Broken Pitcher is pure comedy. The author’s handling of the theme–the judge as culprit–shows supreme mastery. This translation by Bayard Q. Morgan, originally published in 1961, is faithful in form.
Brontë: The World Without by Heinrich von Kleist and Bayard Quincy Morgan Told over five days in the span of three years, the fascinating story of the Brontë sisters’ pioneering literary careers unfolds to show what it was like to be an ambitious woman in the 1800s, and how similar it looks to the struggles women still face today.
Emlie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight by Lauren Gunderson Tonight, 18th century scientific genius Emilie du Châtelet is back and determined to answer the question she died with: love or philosophy, head or heart? In this highly theatrical, fast, funny, sexy rediscovery of one of history’s most intriguing women, Emilie defends her life and loves; and ends up with both a formula and a legacy that permeates history.
The Enchanted Loom by Suvendrini Lena and Dushy Gnanapragasam Presented in both English and Tamil, this poetic play is both medical and mystical, drawing a connection between trauma and memory that creates a stark reminder of loss, hope, family, and freedom.
Ethnotheatre: Research from Page to Stage by Johnny Saldaña Ethnotheatre transforms research about human experiences into a dramatic presentation for an audience. Johnny Saldaña, one of the best-known practitioners of this research tradition, outlines the key principles and practices of ethnotheatre in this clear, concise volume.
Iron Peggy by Marie Clements Iron Peggy, by award-winning, international Métis performer and playwright Marie Clements, was commissioned by the Vancouver International Children’s Festival and premiered at Vancouver’s Waterfront Theatre in 2019. (Adapted from Vancouver International Children’s Festival online presentation.)
Kung Fu David Henry Hwang An invigorating depiction of international star Bruce Lee’s journey from troubled youth to martial arts legend, David Henry Hwang’s newest play blends dance, Chinese opera, martial arts and drama into a bold theatrical experience. Premiering Off-Broadway in winter 2014, Kung Fu follows Lee as he struggles to prove himself as a fighter, a husband, a father, and a man.
The Law of Gravity Olivier Sylvestre and Bobby Theodore When Dom and Fred meet on a hill overlooking a bridge that connects Not-The-City to The City, a place where anyone can be anything they want, the two find a refuge in one another and make a pact: they’ll cross the bridge at the end of the school year. They’ll be free. What could happen by then? Who will they be? And will the bridge even let them cross?
Little Red Warrior and His Lawyer: A Satirical Land Claim Fable by Kevin Loring Little Red Warrior is the last remaining member of the Little Red Warrior First Nation. One day, he discovers a development company has begun construction on his ancestral lands. In a fit of rage, Little Red attacks one of the engineers and is arrested for assault and trespassing on his own lands. In jail he meets his court-appointed lawyer, Larry, who agrees to help Little Red get his lands back.
Marjorie Prime by Jordan Harrison It’s the age of artificial intelligence, and 85-year-old Marjorie — a jumble of disparate, fading memories — has a handsome new companion who’s programmed to feed the story of her life back to her. What would we remember, and what would we forget, if given the chance? In this richly spare, wondrous new play, Jordan Harrison explores the mysteries of human identity and the limits — if any — of what technology can replace.
Milk Like Sugar by Kristen Greenidge It is Annie Desmond’s sixteenth birthday and her friends have decided to help her celebrate in style, complete with a brand new tattoo. Before her special night is over, however, Annie and her friends enter into a life altering pact. When Annie tries to make good on her promise to her friends, she is forced to take a good look at the world that surrounds her.
Queers: Eight Monologues by Mark Gatiss Queers celebrates a century of evolving social attitudes and political milestones in British gay history, as seen through the eyes of eight individuals. Poignant and personal, funny, tragic and riotous, these eight monologues for male and female performers cover major events – such as the Wolfenden Report of 1957, the HIV/AIDS crisis, and the debate over the age of consent – through deeply affecting and personal rites-of-passage stories.
Significant Other by Joshua Harmon Jordan Berman would love to be in love, but that’s easier said than done. So until he meets Mr. Right, he wards off lonely nights with his trio of close girlfriends. But as singles’ nights turn into bachelorette parties, Jordan discovers that the only thing harder than finding love is supporting the loved ones around you when they do.
Sound and Music for the Theatre: The Art & Technique of Design by Deena Kaye and James LeBrecht Covering every phase of a theatrical production, this fourth edition of Sound and Music for the Theatre traces the process of sound design from initial concept through implementation in actual performances.
Sound of the Beast by Donna-Michel St. Bernard Through spoken word, storytelling and hip hop, acclaimed wordsmith Donna-Michelle St. Bernard illuminates racial discrimination, the suppression of expression and the trials of activism. Her experience as a Canadian emcee is woven through with allusion to Tunisian emcee Weld El 15’s unjust imprisonment for rhymes against a regime. This story creates a space to reflect on how we are connected to the systems that oppress us, and how we can empower each other to rise up.
Stick Fly by Lydia R. Diamond The affluent, African-American LeVay family is gathering at their Martha’s Vineyard home for the weekend, and brothers Kent and Flip have each brought their respective ladies home to meet the parents for the first time.
Sunday on the Rocks by Teresa Rebeck On a beautiful Sunday morning in mid-October, three housemates decide to have scotch for breakfast in this play by the author of Spike Heels, The Family of Mann, and Loose Knit.
Theatre for Youth II: More Plays with Mature Themes edited by Coleman A. Jennings and Gretta Berghammer As these plays explore some of the most challenging themes for today’s youth, including the difficulties of single parenthood, divorce, race relations, sexuality, and gender discrimination, they share messages fundamental to us all: open your imagination and dare to dream; embrace life; honour your personal passion, beliefs, and creativity; take a risk; and love with all your heart.
Twenty-Five Short Plays: Selected Works from the University of North Carolina Long Story Shorts Festival, 2011-2015 edited by Dana Coen In the fall of 2011, The Long Story Shorts One Act Festival was launched, featuring performances of short plays written by undergraduate students in the Writing for the Screen and Stage minor, an interdisciplinary, dramatic writing program housed in the Department of Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The Ugly One by Marius von Mayenburg Lette thought he was normal. When the extent of his ugliness is revealed he turns to a plastic surgeon for help. But after the bandages come off, Lette soon learns that there is such a thing as too beautiful.
Unbearable Hotness by Gabriel Davis Andrew has thrown a house party in hopes that the girl of his dreams, Marisa, will attend. Once he learns she is somewhere in his home, he becomes set on winning her heart. Matters are complicated when Chuck arrives bent on the same goal, followed by Jill who reveals her ex-boyfriend is pursuing Marisa.
When Words Sing : Seven Canadian Libretti edited by Julie Salverson Meet the creators behind the words of Canadian opera in this exciting new collection of contemporary libretti. Featuring Ours by Robert Chafe, Rocking Horse Winner by Anna Chatterton, Beatrice Chancy by George Eilliott Clarke, Missing by Marie Clements, Nigredo Hotel by Ann-Marie MacDonald, Shelter by Julie Salverson, and Dog Days by Royce Vavrek, When Words Sing turns the spotlight on everything that goes into writing libretti, and answering frequently asked questions along the way.
Winning Monologs For Young Actors: 65 Honest-to-life Characterization To Delight Young Actors And Audiences by Peg Kehret Peg Kehret’s middle grade books have won more than 50 state and national young reader awards. So these “scare-free” monologues are perfect for speech contests, acting exercises, auditions, or as part of a performance.
Adaptations of: Stuart Little; Wind in the Willows; Getting Near to Baby; Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry; Charlotte’s Web; Hanna’s Suitcase; Treasure Island; The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe; The Neverending Story; The Velveteen Rabbit; The Bridge to Terabithia; Little Women; Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing; The Cay; and the Adventures of Robin Hood are all available at the Theatre Alberta Library.