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Image for Theatre Workshop: A Journal of the Theatre and Film Arts, published by the New Theatre League - April-June 1938 [includes "Senora Carrar's Rifles" by Brecht]

Theatre Workshop: A Journal of the Theatre and Film Arts, published by the New Theatre League - April-June 1938 [includes "Senora Carrar's Rifles" by Brecht]

By: (Brecht, Bertolt) Marvin, Mark, ed.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, New Theatre League: 1938

Edition: (Vol. 2, No. 1)

Seller ID: 21076


[nice clean copy, dog-earing to the corners of the first couple of pages, appears to be missing its original cover (all editorial matter is present)]. The highlight of this issue of this short-lived (1936-1938) publication is "Senora Carrar's Rifles," a one-act play by Bertolt Brecht, set in Spain during the Civil War; this is possibly its first publication in English (in a translation by Keene Wallis). Other contents include: a symposium on "Scenery or No S... View more info

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The Old Maid; a play, based on the novelette of the same name by Edith Wharton

By: Akins, Zoë

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, Samuel French: (c.1951)

Edition: Acting Version

Seller ID: 22754


[slight browning along spine, very slight wear at bottom corner of front cover]. (B&W photo frontispiece, stage layout drawings) Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the 1934-35 season, originally starring Judith Anderson and Helen Menken as cousins fighting over the affection of the illegitimate daughter of the former. (In the 1939 movie Warner Bros. movie version, the roles went to Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins.) View more info

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The Lady from Dubuque; a play

By: Albee, Edward

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Atheneum: 1980

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 19881


[nice tight clean copy, slight fading to top edge (cloth and red topstain); jacket shows no significant wear, but is a bit faded at the spine]. Albee's Pirandellian play about a group of young couples engaged in playing psychologically revealing party games. Although the Time magazine critic (quoted in a jacket blurb) thought it "Albee's best work since 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?'," but audiences apparently felt otherwise: its original Broadway run in 198... View more info

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Don't Drink the Water; a comedy in two acts

By: Allen, Woody

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York/London/Toronto, Samuel French, Inc.: (c.1967)

Edition: Early printing

Seller ID: 20609


[an "actor-used" copy with extensive underlining and annotation (see notes), worn along spine, some dog-earing to covers and early pages, some discoloration and light soiling to covers, slight splitting at both ends of spine]. (stage diagram) Allen's early theatrical success, filmed in 1969 under the unsubtle direction of Howard Morris, with Jackie Gleason taking over the role played by Lou Jacobi on the stage, as head of an American family trapped in an unnamed ... View more info

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Don't Drink the Water

By: Allen, Woody

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1967)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23890


[nice clean tight copy with no discernible wear (a review copy, with publisher's slip laid in); the jacket has been slightly insect-nibbled at various points along the top and bottom edges]. (B&W photographs) The Woodman's early theatrical success (and technically his first published book), filmed in 1969 with Jackie Gleason taking over the role played by Lou Jacobi on the stage, as head of an American family trapped behind the Iron Curtain, in an unnamed "Middle-Eur... View more info

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Box Office

By: Anderson, John

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith: 1929

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20757


[moderate wear to book extremties, some fading to cloth around perimeters of both covers and at spine; jacket is a bit tattered, missing about two inches from top of spine, some degree of paper loss at most corners, small ragged closed tear at bottom of front panel, etc.]. Treatise on the economic conditions facing the American theatre in the late 1920s, historically interesting from at least two particular perspectives: (1) being just prior to the stock market crash in... View more info

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Valley Forge; a play in three acts

By: Anderson, Maxwell

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Washington DC, Anderson House: 1934

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22027


[front hinge a little weak, slight fading to cloth at edges of covers and spine, attractive full-page vintage bookplate on half-title page; jacket spine is browned, jacket has some shallow chipping along top and bottom edges, minor paper loss at corners]. (endpaper maps) Historical drama about the difficulties endured by General George Washington's army during the Winter of 1777-78, "the dark days [when] the fortunes of the rebellious colonists were at their lowest ... View more info

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Anne of the Thousand Days

By: Anderson, Maxwell

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, William Sloane Associates, Inc. (An Anderson House Book): (c.1948)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22592


[moderate wear to book, ink-staining at bottom of fore-edge; jacket browned at edges, with some uneven fading to front panel, title nearly faded away on spine, a few tiny nicks along top edge]. "The story of Anne Boleyn from the time when King Henry first came to claim her to the time when she is awaiting her execution." The original Broadway production starred Rex Harrison (who won a Tony) and Joyce Redman as Henry and Anne; in the 1969 film version the roles ... View more info

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King-Hunger

By: Andreyev, Leonid (translated from the Russian by Eugene M. Kayden)

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Boston, Richard G. Badger: 1911

Edition: (Vol. XXII, No. VI; Winter 1911)

Seller ID: 22600


(no dust jacket; paper spine and front cover labels) [small stain at lower left front cover near spine, light dampstain at left top edge of front cover, slight cracking of spine covering at both ends of spine; "Property of The Theatre Guild, Inc., Garrick Theatre, N.Y.C." stamped on ffep]. (Poet Lore Plays) Series Russian play, issued in a periodical entitled "Poet Lore." In addition to the text of the play itself, this volume also contains: "The Sig... View more info

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Ring Round the Moon; A Charade with Music

By: Anouilh, Jean (translated by Christopher Fry)

Price: $10.00

Publisher: London, Methuen & Co. Ltd.: 1950

Edition: Second Edition

Seller ID: 17670


[spine turned, light shelfwear, a little soiling to ffep; jacket moderately soiled, some fading to spine, small tape remnant on front flap]. Preface by Peter Brook, who directed the original London production at the Globe Theatare. The original French title was "L'Invitation au Chateau." View more info

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The Theatrical 'World' of 1894

By: Archer, William

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, Benjamin Blom, Inc.: 1971

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 18703


(no dust jacket, probably as issued) [nice sound clean copy, with just a touch of wear at the extremities; the bottom corners of the paper spine label have chipped off, but with no loss of text on the label itself]. Facsimile reprint of the original (1895) edition, which itself essentially reprinted the theatrical reviews from "The World" covering productions on the London stage during 1894. Preface by George Bernard Shaw; includes a "Synopsis of Playbills&#... View more info

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Broadway Scrapbook

By: Atkinson, Brooks

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Theatre Arts, Inc.: (c.1947)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21926


[a bit of wear and slight deterioration to cloth at spine ends, otherwise a nice solid book with just a touch of dust-soiling to the top of the text block; jacket is browned along spine at at edges, with minor paper loss at and near spine ends, split along rear foldover about 3/4 of the way down from the top (but held together nicely by the jacket protector)]. (line drawings) The first book by the longtime New York Times theatre critic, who presents his "own selectio... View more info

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Intimate Exchanges: A Play [Volume I and Volume II]

By: Ayckbourn, Alan

Price: $40.00

Publisher: London, Samuel French: (c.1985)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 19921


[just minor external wear to each of the two volumes; very clean inside and out]. Trade PB "A related series of plays totaling eight scripts, [representing] a fascinating, often hilarious, new concept in stage management and character development. The plays begin with a woman faced with a small, fairly trivial decision. Should she resist having the first cigarette of the day before 6 pm? On some nights her willpower is strong enough, on others it isn't. The two q... View more info

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First Your Money, Then Your Clothes: My Life and OH! CALCUTTA! [*SIGNED*]

By: Barrett, Raina

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, William Morrow & Company: 1973

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 18859


[very nice clean copy, just minimal shelfwear to book and jacket]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author, opposite the title page, in the year of publication: "___! / All that you / read here is true, / and the stories I / didn't write make for / good bed-time stories." The author's story of her journey from 1967, when she was "a thirty-one-year-old wife, mother, and schoolteacher in Ossining, New York, [who] had never slept with any man but ... View more info

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411 Joseph; a play in two acts

By: Becker, Frawley

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Woodstock IL/London/Melbourne, Dramatic Publishing: (c.1998)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22050


[faint stain on front cover, minimal handling wear]. Trade PB "The rivalry between two brothers for paternal love is an old theme that gets a Jewish American twist" in this play, in which "eldest son David attempts to win his father's love by fulfilling his father's dream: to have his sons open a medical clinic dedicated to himself." View more info

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Let Freedom Ring: A Play in Three Acts; based on the Grace Lumpkin novel "To Make My Bread"

By: Bein, Albert

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Samuel French: 1936 (c.1935)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21037


(no dust jacket) [nice clean book, with just light wear to extremities]. (B&W photographs) Proletarian drama, adapted from Grace Lumpkin's 1932 novel about the Gastonia strike. Don West, in his introduction (originally published as a review of the play in The Daily Worker), states: "With keen and discriminating understanding, with sensitive and sympathetic strokes, Albert Bein paints this picture of an awakening South, of a youthful and gigantic proletariat testing ... View more info

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Beyond the Fringe

By: Bennett, Alan, Peter Cook, Jonathan Miller, and Dudley Moore

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1963)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17781


[nice copy with no significant wear, blemished only by diagonal creases from turned-down corners of two pages (why do people DO this? never heard of bookmarks?), and also slightly twisted on its axis, possibly from long-term slanted shelving; jacket has tiny tears at a couple of spine corners, and shows light browning at spine and edges (somewhat less than usually seen, and somewhat less pronounced to the naked eye than in the scanned image, for some reason)]. (B&W photo... View more info

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Beyond the Fringe

By: Bennett, Alan, Peter Cook, Jonathan Miller, and Dudley Moore

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1963)

Edition: Fireside BCE

Seller ID: 15144


[moderate shelfwear, light bumping to several corners, agency stamp on front pastedown (hidden by jacket flap); jacket shows wear and minor wrinkling along top edge, wear at several corners, minor soiling to front panel, tiny tears at top of spine and bottom of rear panel]. (B&W photographs) Two Oxford men (Bennett and Moore) teamed up with two Cambridge men (Cook and Miller) in this "satirical review which treats calmly and ruthlessly of the hydrogen bomb, the end ... View more info

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Life Demands! and Other Plays

By: Berman, Henry

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Brentano's: 1931

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22000


(no dust jacket) [solid copy, moderate shelfwear to bottom edge (slight cracking & exposure of boards at bottom corners), mild yellowing/discoloration to spine cloth, attractive custom vintage bookplate on front pastedown]. Contents: "Life Demands!" (a play in four acts), and five one-act plays: "Time's Fool"; "Out of the Dark"; "The Law of Compensation"; "The Age of Discretion"; and "Vestiges." Henry Berman would appear ... View more info

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Stalag 17; a comedy melodrama in three acts

By: Bevan, Donald, and Edmund Trzcinski

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Dramatists Play Service, Inc.: (c.1951, 1948)

Edition: Fireside Theatre BCE

Seller ID: 19903


[light shelfwear to bottom edge, slight dent in bottom edge of front cover; jacket shows some wear at extremities, a few tiny tears (no paper loss)]. (3 B&W photographs) Play set in a German prison camp during World War II, based on the authors' personal experiences. While confined together in the real Stalag 17, their activities included operating the camp theatre, making sets and writing scripts for their productions. "It was after curfew one night that they lay... View more info