Beautifully written, moving, and very funny, "Love! Valour! Compassion!" gathers together eight gay men at the upstate New York summer house of a celebrated dancer-choreographer who fears he is losing his creativity...and possibly his lover. Infidelity, flirtations, soul-searching, AIDS, truth-telling, and skinny-dipping mix monumental questions about life and death with a wacky dress rehearsal for "Swan Lake" performed in drag. The result is a cross between a gay "Big Chill" and Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard." To read it is to join in a dance of life.
THE STORY: The pilgrimage tradition is turned on its head when two outwardly unremarkable, middle-aged lady friends throw themselves into a rousing tour of India, each one having her own secret dreams of what the fabled land of intoxicating opposit
Peter Wolfe's new book isn't just a groundbreaking introduction to one of today's leading American playwrights; it's also a subtle, carefully nuanced critique. This first book-length monograph on Terrence McNally shows how McNally's decades in the theater have both deepened and refined his thoughts on subjects like growing up gay in mannish, homophobic Texas, Shakespeare's legacy in contemporary drama, and the life-giving power of forgiveness. McNally believes that the ability to forgive confirms our humanity because the wrongs perpetrated against us usually don't deserve to be forgiven. Putting them behind us, he knows, too, challenges the most high-minded. He likens this to the idea, from Edward Albee's Zoo Story, of having to go a great distance out of our way to cover a short distance correctly. This journey, he views as vital. Wolfe shows how his impeccable timing, his instinct for a good laugh line, and his preference for physical sensation and character over plot helps him reveal both what's important to his people and why his people are important. These revelations will shake up your preconceptions. Often shaking your sides with laughter, too, they leave you in a better place?while providing, to boot, a great evening at the theater.
The Stendahl Syndrome is named for the French novelist, who on a visit to Florence had such a visceral and physical reaction to its beauty that he wrote, "I felt a pulsating in my heart. Life was draining out of me, while I walked fearing a fall." Now Terrence McNally, whom The New Yorker has called "one of our most original and audacious dramatists and one of our funniest," has crafted two stunning and witty plays about art and how it transforms us. Full Frontal Nudity explores the reaction of three American tourists to the perfection and beauty of Michelangelo's David. In Prelude & Liebestod, a renowned conductor watches his life unravel while conducting Wagner's musical masterpiece.
At turns funny and powerful, MOTHERS AND SONS portrays a woman who pays an unexpected visit to the New York apartment of her late son's partner, who is now married to another man and has a young son. Challenged to face how society has changed around her, generations collide as she revisits the past and begins to see the life her son might have led.
THE STORY: Warmly funny and unexpectedly touching, DEUCE tells the story of retired tennis stars Leona Mullen and Midge Barker, who once made up a championship doubles team. When they meet again at the U.S. Open, the women--now at the end of their l
Based on Eric Bentley's Brecht Memoir, as well as on extensive personal interviews with the writer himself, Marowitz has created an entertaining story that is simultaneously funny, perplexing and disturbing. Tossing in small bits of insight into both men THE AGONY & THE AGONY is proof, once and for all, that hard work, grit and determination almost compensate for a total lack of talent. --Jill Silver (the playwright's mother).
It's opening night of Vincenzo Bellini's new opera I Puritani in Paris, and the Italian composer is determined to win the adulation of not only his audience, but his colleagues and rivals as well. When the curtain falls, will a thunderous ovation cement his prominence? Or has Bellini unwittingly composed his own swan song? Blending 21st-century language with the timeless beauty of 19th-century bel canto opera, GOLDEN AGE portrays the final act of an artist whose desire for greatness has eclipsed all else.
Times change, but life in the theatre remains the same: chaotic, sometimes brutal, but often euphoric, too. AND AWAY WE GO jumps through time from backstage in ancient Athens to a rehearsal at the Globe, from Versailles’ Royal Theatre to the first reading of a new play by Chekhov—with an unlikely stop in Coral Gables and the American premiere of Waiting for Godot along the way.
(Applause Books). Featuring 28 of the top talents on Broadway! The Alchemy of Theatre lets the top talents in every theatrical field, from producing and writing to publicity and makeup, share their hard-earned wisdom. They speak on how to achieve success in an environment where giant egos are locked up together under mounting financial and emotional pressure, and are expected to deliver greatness. In short, this book is a how-to manual of collaboration by the professionals who do it best. Among those who have packed their lively essays with real-world stories of experience on legendary productions are directors Harold Prince, Susan Stroman, and George C. Wolfe; playwrights Wendy Wasserstein, recently deceased, and Edward Albee; stars Chita Rivera and Brian Stokes Mitchell; set designer Robin Wagner; songwriter Cy Coleman, in one of his last writing efforts before his death; costume designer William Ivey Long; producer Rocco Landesman; theatre operator Gerald Schoenfeld, chairman of The Shubert Organization; playwright and librettist Terrence McNally; lighting designers Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer; Musical Director Paul Gemignani; and more than a dozen more. This book is nothing but true-life stories of how these precepts work in real life for some of the most talented people alive. "Every narrative gives an inside look at what makes theater magical and allows a performance to come together. For those who love the theater, this book is essential." Library Journal
Die 12-jährige September führt ein schrecklich langweiliges Leben in Nebraska, wo sie den lieben langen Tag nur gelb-rosa Teetassen abspülen und mit ihrem Hündchen spielen kann. Bis eines Tages der Grüne Wind auf seiner Leopardin der leichten Lüfte an ihr Fenster fliegt und sie zu einem großen Abenteuer ins Feenland einlädt. Tatsächlich wird Septembers Hilfe dringend gebraucht, denn im Feenland herrscht eine schreckliche Marquess, die nicht älter ist als September selbst. Sie verlangt von September, einen ganz besonderen Gegenstand aus dem gefährlichen Gespinstwald zu holen. Sonst will die Marquess das Feenland in einen langweiligen, phantasielosen Ort verwandeln und den Einwohnern das Leben zur Hölle machen – darunter auch Septembers neue Freunde, der bücherliebende Lindwurm A-bis-L und der blaue Dschinn Samstag. Mit viel Mut und noch mehr Herz stellt sich September ihrer schwierigen Aufgabe. Für Leser jeden Alters, die den Charme von «Alice im Wunderland» und die Phantasie der «Unendlichen Geschichte» lieben. Dieses Buch ist unvergesslich.
Raze ist ein Seminus-Dämon, der Sex mit Frauen haben muss, um nicht qualvoll zu sterben. Doch Frauen interessieren ihn eigentlich gar nicht. Um zu überleben, hat er ein nüchternes Arrangement mit seiner Freundin Fayle getroffen, ist jedoch zutiefst unglücklich über seine ausweglose Situation. Als er den sexy Dämonenkrieger Slake trifft, springt sofort der Funke über, und Raze ist bereit, sich auf ein ungewisses Abenteuer einzulassen. Es gibt nur ein Problem: Slake hat den Auftrag, Fayle zu töten...
Harmonie, Lebenssinn und Glück durch "Ein Kurs in Wundern"
Author: Marianne Williamson
Publisher: Goldmann Verlag
Mit Herz und Einfühlsamkeit interpretiert die amerikanische Bestsellerautorin die Weisheit des spirituellen Grundlagenwerkes „Ein Kurs in Wundern“. Sie macht mit Hilfe eines Selbstheilungsprogramms verständlich, was es heißt, auch dann immer wieder zur Einheit und Liebe zurückzukehren, wenn wir in unseren Beziehungen in Konflikte geraten oder in einer schweren Lebenskrise stecken.