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Ives, David

Works: 47 works in 103 publications in 1 language and 8,023 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Juvenile works  Fiction  Drama  History  Young adult works  Conference proceedings  Humorous stories 
Roles: Speaker, Adapter
Classifications: PS3559.V435, [FIC]
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Most widely held works by David Ives
All in the timing : fourteen plays by David Ives ( Book )
11 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in English and held by 760 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The world according to David Ives is a very odd place, and his plays constitute a virtual stress test of the English language, and of the audience's capacity for disorientation and delight. Ives's characters plunge into black holes called "Philadelphias," where the simplest desires are hilariously thwarted. Chimps named Milton, Swift, and Kafka are locked in a room and made to re-create Hamlet. And a con man peddles courses in a dubious language in which "hello" translates as "velcro" and "fraud" comes out as "freud."
An introduction to The age of innocence by Edith Wharton by Dan Stone ( Recording )
4 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 757 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Readings of excerpts from and critical analysis of Wharton's The age of innocence, a novel about the upper classes of New York and the story of Newland Archer's love for Countess Olenska
An introduction to A farewell to arms by Ernest Hemingway audio guide by Dan Stone ( Recording )
6 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 742 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Readings of excerpts from and critical analysis of Hemingway's A farewell to arms, a novel about the tenuous nature of love in time of war told through the story of Lieutenant Henry, an American, and Catherine Barkley, a British nurse, who meet during World War I
An Introduction to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain audio guide by Adam Kampe ( Recording )
2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 740 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Readings of excerpts and critical analysis of the classic Twain story of a young boy growing up in Hannibal, Missouri
Scrib by David Ives ( Book )
2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 562 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In 1863, a sixteen-year-old boy nicknamed Scrib travels around the West making his living writing and delivering letters, an occupation that leads to him nearly getting killed, being jailed as a criminal, joining up with the notorious Crazy James Kincaid, and delivering a letter from President Abraham Lincoln to a Paiute Indian
Monsieur Eek by David Ives ( Book )
4 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in English and held by 507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
When a chimpanzee arrives in MacOongafoondsen he is put on trial for being a thief and a French spy, resulting in some changes to the tiny town that delight Emmaline Perth, his thirteen-year-old defender
Time flies and other short plays by David Ives ( Book )
4 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and held by 411 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Zany, thought-provoking, and always original, this anthology brings together all the one-acts from the Off-Broadway hit Mere Mortals and from the all-new Lives of the Saints, as well as several new and uncollected plays, including Bolero, Arabian Nights (which premiered at the celebrated Humana Festival in Louisville), The Green Hill, and Captive Audience
Voss : how I come to America and am hero, mostly by David Ives ( Book )
3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Through a series of letters home, fifteen-year-old Vospop "Voss" Vsklzwczdztwczky shares his experiences as he is smuggled out of Slobovia in a crate of black-market cheese puffs, tries to find a job in an American city, and foils a sinister plot
All in the timing : six one-act comedies by David Ives ( Book )
2 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Venus in fur : a play by David Ives ( Book )
5 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In David Ives's seductive, darkly funny Venus in Fur, a playwright-director, Thomas, has written an adaptation of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's classic erotic novel Venus in Fur, the story of an obsessive relationship between a man and the mistress to whom he becomes enslaved. At the end of a long day in which the actress Thomas auditions fail to impress him, in walks Vanda, very late and seemingly clueless, but she convinces him to give her a chance. As they perform scenes from Thomas's play, the lines between writer, actor, director, and character begin to blur."--P. [4] of cover
The Best American short plays 1990 ( Book )
1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A collection of twelve short plays
Polish joke and other plays by David Ives ( Book )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Mere mortals : six one-act comedies by David Ives ( Book )
2 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Act One: In FOREPLAY OR: THE ART OF THE FUGUE, we find Chuck, a self-styled Don Juan, and his girlfriend on a date at the miniature golf course. When they move to the second hole, a slightly older Chuck II appears with another date. Finally, Chuck III, now in his late thirties, arrives with a young date. His latest date doesn't get his jokes, and worse, she's beating him at golf. (3 men, 3 women.) MERE MORTALS eavesdrops on a lunch hour on a girder 50 stories over the street, as three construction workers share increasingly amazing secrets of their past. (3 men.) In TIME FLIES, two lonely but sweet young mayflies meet at a pond and really hit it off. Unfortunately, Horace and May watch a nature program on this first night out and discover they have a lifespan of only one day--and their lives are half over. (2 men, 1 woman.) Act Two: SPEED-THE-PLAY is a crash-course send-up of David Mamet, presenting the complete works of the master of scatological dialogue in just under eight, male-bonding minutes. (3 men, 3 women.) In DR. FRITZ, Vaudeville reigns as an American tourist in pain seeks medical help from a wacky souvenir seller named Maria who channels an even wackier German surgeon named Dr. Ringsvwandl. The comedy steps up when the doctor recommends an operation. (1 man, 1 woman.) DEGAS C'EST MOI. A man wakes up one morning and decides to be the French artist Degas. The best place to do that is in New York City where he encounters all that makes great art. (3 men, 3 women, flexible casting)."--
Lives of the saints : seven one-act plays by David Ives ( Book )
1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
THE STORIES: ENIGMA VARIATIONS. Zany hijinks as a pair of lookalikes named Bebe W.W. Doppel-gñgler solve an identity crisis with the help of Dr. William W. Williams and his nurse Fifi, who may or may not be Aphrodite the Goddess of Love. Or is she a male gym-teacher in a dress? (3M, 2W). THE MYSTERY AT TWICKNAM VICARAGE. A body on the carpet, three ridiculous Masterpiece Theatre-style suspects and a bumbling Scotland Yard detective solve philosophical quandaries as they investigate: Who killed Jeremy Thumpington-Fffienes? (3M, 2W). BABEL'S IN ARMS. Two blue-collar Mesopotamian construction workers are handed a provocative task: Build the Tower of Babel₇or else. How many stones does it take to get to heaven, anyway? (3M, 2W). SOAP OPERA. A washing-machine repairman falls in love with a picture-perfect washer. Should he tell his girlfriend Mabel? Is the washer two-timing him with a dryer? Stay tuned. (3M, 2W). LIVES OF THE SAINTS. A tender and gently comic meditation. Two women preparing a funeral breakfast in a church basement muse on life, death, and the meaning of Polish jokes₇and along the way achieve a kind of sanctity. (3M, 2W). ARABIAN NIGHTS. Utterly normal Norman walks into utterly ordinary Flora's shop looking for a souvenir of his travels and together they find whirlwind romance, spurred on by a wacky translator. (1M, 2W or 2M, 1W). CAPTIVE AUDIENCE. A cautionary fable tells how Rob and Laura face a menace in their living room: a television that talks back to them and threatens to swallow them whole. (2M, 2W)
Reverence for life revisited Albert Schweitzer's relevance today by David Ives ( )
4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This book is the product of a conference held by the Albert Schweitzer Institute at Quinnipiac University in 2005. The conference re-examined the life and work of Albert Schweitzer, particularly his idea of "Reverence for Life," and assessed the relevance of his ideas for the twenty-first century. The essays in this book represent various perspectives on Schweitzer's life and works, including: reminiscences from individuals who worked with or were directly influenced by Schweitzer's life, including Jane Goodall (who was the keynote speaker at the conference); philosophical examinations of Schweitzer's ideas in light of present concerns; and practical applications of Schweitzer's ideas to current problems in global issues including arms control, medical ethics, education, and state building. The essays represent perspectives drawn from individuals of diverse backgrounds (from undergraduate students to professional academics, as well as those engaged in diplomacy, wildlife conservation, and health care), and from the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Africa
The other woman and other short pieces by David Ives ( Book )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Four disparate works demonstrate David Ives' mastery of the short form. THE OTHER WOMAN is a dark drama of sexual obsession within a marriage, as Thomas's sleepwalking wife, Emma, becomes his mistress without knowing it. (1 man, 1 woman.) ST. FRANCIS TALKS TO THE BIRDS is a comic excursion into death and dying in which the holyman meets a couple of desert vultures waiting to turn him into dessert. (2 men, 2 women.) THE BLIZZARD brings Salim and Natasha into the country house of Jenny and Neil on a fateful night when the house's owners must decide whether to put their trust in a pair of strangers. (2 men, 2 women.) In MOBY-DUDE, OR: THE THREE-MINUTE WHALE, Nathaniel, a stoned-out surfer dude, summarizes Melville's classic for his skeptical high-school teacher in a high-speed monologue. (1 man.)"--
Don Juan in Chicago by David Ives ( Book )
2 editions published between 1995 and 2008 in English and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Don Juan is a handsome, rich, sexually naive nobleman in sixteenth-century Spain. His servant, Leporello, urges him to find a girlfriend and lead a normal life, but the Don is more interested in finding the meaning of life through books and alchemy. Afraid he won't have time to find it, Don Juan calls up the Devil and cuts a deal that grants him (and Leporello) immortality--as long as Don Juan seduces a different woman every day. Unfortunately, the first woman he seduces is Dona Elvira, his true love. Infuriated by the Don's abandonment, Elvira cuts her own deal with the Devil: She won't die until she sleeps with Don Juan a second time. Four hundred years later, exhausted by endless sex and still pursued by Elvira, Don Juan and Leporello grapple with the sexual mores of contemporary urban America as embodied by Sandy, a woman of wide and wild sexual experience. Don also meets the young and innocent Zoey--who happens to be his daughter by Sandy. With never any time to pursue the meaning of life, Don Juan swears off sex after promising Elvira one last evening with her. Hearing this, the Devil calls in his debt. Don Juan, Leporello and Elvira face damnation, only to be redeemed by the Devil, who, moved by Don Juan's "unfailing niceness," sends them all on to eternal bliss."--
Long ago and far away by David Ives ( Book )
3 editions published between 1994 and 1999 in English and held by 121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Long ago and far away - is a domestic drama of a troubled young wife who finds herself crossing through time - and identities - on a fateful winter evening in an empty apartment."
New Jerusalem : the interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza at Talmud Torah Congregation : Amsterdam, July 27, 1656 by David Ives ( Book )
2 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Baruch de Spinoza is a young merchant and the heir apparent of Saul Mortera, the chief Rabbi of Amsterdam. But Amsterdam's Sephardic Jews have made a fatal arrangement with the city: They have agreed to police their own community for unorthodox beliefs. When the city accuses Spinoza of atheism, Mortera must summon Baruch to the synagogue to defend himself. Spinoza's best friend, his sister and the woman he loves are all drawn into the controversy, a historical event that shook up not only the entire Jewish community of Amsterdam, but changed Spinoza's and Mortera's lives--and all of Western thought--irrevocably. No written record survives of what was said at Temple Talmud Torah on July 27, 1656. In this eloquent and masterful drama, David Ives attempts to open the temple doors and let us listen in on a dispute whose philosophical and political echoes still reverberate today
The liar by David Ives ( Book )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Paris, 1643: Dorante is a charming young man newly arrived in the capital, and he has but a single flaw: He cannot tell the truth. In quick succession he meets Cliton, a manservant who cannot tell a lie, and falls in love with Clarice, a charming young woman whom he unfortunately mistakes for her friend Lucrece. What our hero regrettably does not know is that Clarice is secretly engaged to his best friend Alcippe. Nor is he aware that his father is trying to get him married to Clarice, whom he thinks is Lucrece, who actually is in love with him. From all these misunderstandings and a series of breathtakingly intricate lies springs one of the Western world's greatest comedies, a sparkling urban romance as fresh as the day Pierre Corneille wrote it, brilliantly adapted for today by All in the Timing's David Ives."--P.[4] of cover
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