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Caryl Churchill

Caryl Churchill

1st Edition

Mary Luckhurst
December 12, 2014

One of Europe's greatest playwrights, Caryl Churchill has been internationally celebrated for four decades. She has exploded the narrow definitions of political theatre to write consistently hard-edged and innovative work. Always unpredictable in her stage experiments, her plays have stretched the...

Maria Irene Fornes

Maria Irene Fornes

1st Edition

Scott T. Cummings
July 12, 2012

Maria Irene Fornes is the most influential female American dramatist of the 20th century. That is the argument of this important new study, the first to assess Fornes's complete body of work. Scott T. Cummings considers comic sketches, opera libretti and unpublished pieces, as well as her...

Jean Genet

Jean Genet

1st Edition

David Bradby, Clare Finburgh
October 31, 2011

‘This volume is a gem. Written by two experts in modern French theater, whose stated objective is to render the complexity of Genet's work exhilarating rather than intimidating, the book bears witness to the continued political relevance and artistic power of one of the most controversial and...

August Strindberg

August Strindberg

1st Edition

Eszter Szalczer
October 27, 2010

Dramatist, theatre practitioner, novelist, and painter, August Strindberg’s diverse dramatic output embodied the modernist sensibility. He was above all one of the most radical innovators of Western theatre. This book provides an insightful assessment of Strindberg’s vital contribution to the...

Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov

1st Edition

Rose Whyman
August 11, 2010

Anton Chekhov offers a critical introduction to the plays and productions of this canonical playwright, examining the genius of Chekhov's writing, theatrical representation and dramatic philosophy. Emphasising Chekhov’s continued relevance and his mastery of the tragicomic, Rose Whyman provides an...

Federico García Lorca

Federico García Lorca

1st Edition

Maria M. Delgado
March 10, 2008

Immortalized in death by The Clash, Pablo Neruda, Salvador Dalí, Dmitri Shostakovich and Lindsay Kemp, Federico García Lorca's spectre haunts both contemporary Spain and the cultural landscape beyond. This study offers a fresh examination of one of the Spanish language’s most resonant voices;...

J.B. Priestley

J.B. Priestley

1st Edition

Maggie B. Gale
March 10, 2008

J. B. Priestley is the first book to provide a detailed and up to date analysis of the enormous contribution made by this playwright, novelist, journalist and critic to twentieth century British theatre. Priestley was often criticised for being either too populist or too experimental and this...

Susan Glaspell and Sophie Treadwell

Susan Glaspell and Sophie Treadwell

1st Edition

Barbara Ozieblo, Jerry Dickey
January 30, 2008

Susan Glaspell and Sophie Treadwell presents critical introductions to two of the most significant American dramatists of the early twentieth century. Glaspell and Treadwell led American Theatre from outdated melodrama to the experimentation of great European playwrights like Ibsen, Strindberg and...

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