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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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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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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

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The Sex Fable; a play

By: Bourdet, Edouard (English text by Jane Hinton)

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Brentano's: 1931

Edition: 1st U.S. edition

Seller ID: 19891


(no dust jacket) [well-worn copy, rear hinge cracked; should be considered a reading copy only]. "The theory that the female is the dominating, superior sex is not novel, but Bourdet treats it in a novel way. His characters in [this play] are members of the international plutocracy whose favorite playground is Paris. There is a dominant mother; her weak-willing, charming sons for whom she engineers 'fortunate' marriages; a daughter who manages an ultra-smart dress ... View more info

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"The Private Life of the Master Race" (in Theatre Arts, issue of September 1944)

By: Brecht, Bertold

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, Theatre Arts, Inc.: 1944

Edition: (Vol. XVIII, No. 9)

Seller ID: 22525


[generally a nice clean copy, with a bit of bumping to the edges of the covers, inevitable due to the cover slightly overlapping the magazine's pages]. (B&W photos, facsimiles, drawings, etc.) Special issue of this popular theatrical magazine, entitled "A Book of Scripts." The English version presented here of the Brecht piece (translated by Eric Russell Bentley, and accompanied by his essay on Brecht and his work) is actually a partial work: a prefatory note ex... View more info

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Small Wonder: The Story of The Yale Puppeteers and the Turnabout Theatre [*SIGNED*]

By: Brown, Forman

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Metuchen NJ/London, The Scarecrow Press: 1980

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 20574


[book is flawless; mostly-white jacket shows a bit of smudging on front panel, overall light surface wear]. (B&W photographs) SIGNED by the author on the dedication page. A bit more than half of this volume is actually a reprint of the author's 1936 book "Punch's Progress," which deals with the founding and early operation of the Yale Puppeteers; the remainder is new material about the Turnabout, including an appendix listing all the songs and sketches performe... View more info