A Comedy Play by William Shakespeare
A Midsummer Night's Dream
A Midsummer Night's Dream is a comedy play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1590 and 1597. It portrays the events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus, and Hippolyta. These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors (the mechanicals), who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set. The play is one of Shakespeare's most popular works for the stage and is widely performed across the world.
The play consists of four interconnecting plots, connected by a celebration of the wedding of Duke Theseus of Athens and the Amazon queen, Hippolyta, which is set simultaneously in the woodland and in the realm of Fairyland, under the light of the moon.
The play opens with Hermia, who is in love with Lysander, not wanting to submit to her father Egeus' demand that she wed Demetrius, whom he has arranged for her to marry. Helena meanwhile pines unrequitedly for Demetrius. Enraged, Egeus invokes an ancient Athenian law before Duke Theseus, whereby a daughter must marry the suitor chosen by her father, or else face death. Theseus offers her another choice: lifelong chastity while worshiping the goddess Diana as a nun.
Peter Quince and his fellow players plan to put on a play for the wedding of the Duke and the Queen, "the most lamentable comedy and most cruel death of Pyramus and Thisbe". Quince reads the names of characters and bestows them to the players. Nick Bottom, who is playing the main role of Pyramus, is over-enthusiastic and wants to dominate others by suggesting himself for the characters of Thisbe, the Lion, and Pyramus at the same time. He would also rather be a tyrant and recites some lines of Ercles. Quince ends the meeting with "at the Duke's oak we meet".
Cambridge School Shakespeare offers an active approach to classroom Shakespeare, enabling students to inhabit Shakespeare's imaginative world in accessible and creative ways. This dramatic experience is at the heart of the series with students encouraged to share Shakespeare's love of language, interest in character and sense of theatre. With complete play texts on right-hand pages, classroom activities on facing pages include: running synopses of the action, explanations of unfamiliar words, and a wide range of classroom-tested activities to help turn script into drama. Activities are thematically organised in clearly visible features. Extended page-by-page glossaries are aligned with the play text for ease of reference. 'Looking back' sections follow each act with further notes, illustrations and activities. 'Stagecraft' and Write about it' features are significantly revised and expanded, endnotes include new sections on Writing about Shakespeare and each play. Includes rich and exciting colour photos of performances from around the world.
White Nights A Play By B. K. De Fabris(Drama, 2 Men, 1 Woman, Exterior)B. K. De Fabris brings us a new and engaging stage adaptation of a short story by F. M. Dostoevsky - probably the greatest Russian writer of all time. "White Nights" is a subtle, yet powerful story of four nights in the solitary life of a sensitive young man who defines himself as a "dreamer". One night, as he walks the back streets of St. Petersburg, he comes upon a young woman standing on a bridge, sobbing. Despite his reticence, he finds himself eager to speak to this amiable stranger, and a sudden accident brings them into conversation. The lovely lady misses her lover, but the young man falls in love with her and pours out his soul at her feet.Will his affection be returned? Could he find happiness in a real life, or is he condemned to be lost in his dreams forever?However that may be, what finally comes out of this chance meeting of two lonely people is a psychologically nuanced masterpiece of solitude, melancholy and love.Dostoevsky had written the short story in 1848, and there have been several film adaptations worldwide, including Italian director Luchino Visconti (Le notti bianche, 1957), French director Robert Bresson (Four Nights of a Dreamer, 1971), and American director James Gray (Two Lovers, 2008).
"An invaluable resource to teachers of Latin American theater, with texts that provide an accurate panorama of Latin American theater."
"A most welcome and needed collection . . . Not only is it the first English-language anthology of theater and performance in Latin America from the Conquest onward, but it also includes excellent introductory and background material . . . certain to become an essential source book."
"A rich resource for teachers and students, and for everyone intrigued by the history of performing Latin America . . . Diana Taylor and Sarah Townsend locate an animating tension between indigenous and colonial performance practices, and between the irreducibly local character of performance and the insistent pressure---as visible in the sixteenth century as in the twenty-first---of a globalizing, often oppressive modernity."
"Stages of Conflict" brings together a vast array of dramatic texts, ambitiously tracing the intersection of theater and social and political life in the Americas over the past five centuries. Including eighteen works faithfully translated into English, the collection moves from a sixteenth century Mayan dance-drama to a 2003 production by the first published indigenous playwright in Mexico. Historical pieces from the sixteenth century to the present highlight the encounter between indigenous tradition and colonialism, while contributions from modern playwrights such as Virgilio Pinero, Jose Triana, and Denise Stolkos take on the tumultuous political and social upheavals of the past century.
The editors have added comprehensive critical commentary that details the origins of each play, affording scholars and students of theater, performance studies, and Latin American studies the opportunity to view the history of a continent through its rich and diverse theatrical traditions.
Diana Taylor is Director of The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics and Professor of Performance Studies and Spanish at New York University. Her books include the award-winning volume "The Archive and the Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas."
Sarah J. Townsend is a doctoral student at New York University.
Jakob Petter Hansen, a knight in service to Henry the Eighth's wife, Queen Catherine of Aragon, is married to her childhood friend and chief Lady-in-Waiting, Lady Avery Galaviz de Hansen.Lady Avery owns a burgeoning trade business and the first ship is expected to dock in London any day. When it does, it brings two unanticipated visitors: one very dear to Jakob ~ and one very dangerous to Avery. Please enjoy this sequel to A Nordic Knight in Henry's Court and A Nordic Knight of the Golden Fleece. You can find the entire Hansen Series on Amazon. Reviews are always appreciated.
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