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Dramatists Play Service (New York, N.Y.)

Works: 371 works in 417 publications in 1 language and 27,124 library holdings
Genres: Drama  History  Bibliography‡vCatalogs  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  Young adult works  Catalogs  Historical drama  Sources  Study guides 
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Classifications: PS3525.I5156, 812.52
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Most widely held works by Dramatists Play Service (New York, N.Y.)
You can't take it with you; a play by George S Kaufman ( Book )
1 edition published in 1964 in English and held by 509 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
At first the Sycamores seem mad, but it is not long before we realize that if they are mad, the rest of the world is madder. In contrast to these delightful people are the unhappy Kirbys. The plot shows how Tony, attractive young son of the Kirbys, falls in love with Alice Sycamore and brings his parents to dine at the Sycamore home on the wrong evening. The shock sustained by the Kirbys, who are invited to eat cheap food, shows Alice that marriage with Tony is out of the question. The Sycamores, however, though sympathetic to Alice, find it hard to realize her point of view. Meantime, Tony, who knows the Sycamores are right and his own people wrong, will not give her up, and in the end Mr. Kirby is converted to the happy madness of the Sycamores, particularly since he happens in during a visit by an ex-Grand Duchess, earning her living as a waitress. No mention has as yet been made of the strange activities of certain members of the household engaged in the manufacture of fireworks; nor of the printing press set up in the parlor; nor of Rheba the maid and her friend Donald; nor of Grandpa's interview with the tax collector when he tells him he doesn't believe in the income tax. -- from publisher
Outstanding women's monologues 2001-2002 ( Book )
2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 379 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In the blood by Suzan-Lori Parks ( Book )
2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In this modern day riff on The Scarlet Letter, Hester La Negrita, a homeless mother of five, lives with her kids on the tough streets of the inner city. Her eldest child is teaching her how to read and write, but the letter "A" is, so far, the only letter she knows. Her five kids are named Jabber, Bully, Trouble, Beauty and Baby, and the characters are played by adult actors who double as five other people in Hester's life: her ex-boyfriend, her social worker, her doctor, her best friend and her minister. While Hester's kids fill her life with joy--lovingly comical moments amid the harsh world of poverty--the adults with whom she comes into contact only hold her back. Nothing can stop the play's tragic end." -- Publisher's description
Rabbit hole by David Lindsay-Abaire ( Book )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart. 'Rabbit Hole' charts their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day."--
Master class by Terrence McNally ( Book )
1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Typescript, with notes in ms. by the video director
Complete catalogue of plays by N.Y.) Dramatists Play Service (New York ( )
in English and held by 256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Harvey : comedy in three acts by Mary Chase ( Book )
2 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
When Elwood P. Dowd starts to introduce his imaginary friend Harvey, a six and a half foot rabbit, to guests at a dinner party, his sister, Veta, has seen as much of his eccentric behavior as she can tolerate. She decides to have him committed to a sanitarium to spare her daughter, Myrtle Mae, and their family from future embarrassment. Problems arise, however, when Veta herself is mistakenly assumed to be on the fringe of lunacy when she explains to doctors that years of living with Elmwood's hallucination have caused her to see Harvey also! The doctors commit Veta instead of Elwood, but when the truth comes out, the search is on for Elwood and his invisible companion. When he shows up at the sanitarium looking for his lost friend Harvey it seems that the mild-mannered Elwood's delusion has had a strange influence on more than one of the doctors. Only at the end does Veta realize that maybe Harvey isn't so bad after all
Fuddy Meers by David Lindsay-Abaire ( Book )
1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Claire has a rare form of psychogenic amnesia that erases her memory whenever she goes to sleep. This morning, like all mornings, she wakes up a blank slate. Her chipper husband comes in with a cup of coffee, explains her condition, hands her a book filled with all sorts of essential information, and he disappears into the shower. A limping, lisping, half-blind, half-deaf man in a ski mask, pops out from under her bed and claims to be her brother, there to save her. Claire's info book is quickly discarded, and she's hustled off to the country-house of her mother, a recent stroke victim whose speech has been reduced to utter gibberish. Claire's journey gets even more complicated when a dimwitted thug with a foul-mouthed hand puppet pops up at a window, and her driven husband and perpetually stoned son show up with a claustrophobic lady-cop that they've kidnapped. Every twist and turn in this funhouse plot bring Claire closer to revealing her past life and everything she thought she'd forgotten. It's one harrowing and hilarious turn after another on this roller coaster ride through the day of an amnesiac trying to decipher her fractured life. This poignant and brutal new comedy traces one woman's attempt to regain her memory while surrounded by a curio-cabinet of alarmingly bizarre characters
Take me out : a play by Richard Greenberg ( Book )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Darren Lemming, the star center fielder of the world champion New York Empires, is young, rich, famous, talented, handsome and so convinced of his popularity that when he casually announces he's gay, he assumes the news will be readily accepted by everyone. It isn't. Friends, fans and teammates react with ambivalence, and when the slipping Empires call up the young phenom Shane Mungitt to close their games, the ambivalence turns to violence. Angry, lonely, guilt-ridden and confused, Darren finds some unlikely solace in the form of friendship with his new business manager, Mason Marzac--a brilliant but repressed guy, who, as everyone around him copes with disenchantment, blooms in the ecstatic discovery of baseball." -- Publisher's description
Almost, Maine by John Cariani ( Book )
3 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and held by 239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost's residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend--almost--in this delightful midwinter night's dream."--
The vagina monologues by Eve Ensler ( Book )
1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The Vagina Monologues introduces a wildly divergent gathering of female voices, including a six-year-old girl, a septuagenarian New Yorker, a vagina workshop participant, a woman who witnesses the birth of her granddaughter, a Bosnian survivor of rape, and a feminist happy to have found a man who 'liked to look at it'"--
33 variations by Moisés Kaufman ( Book )
3 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"A mother coming to terms with her daughter. A composer coming to terms with his genius. And, even though they're separated by 200 years, these two people share an obsession that might, even just for a moment, make time stand still"--P. 4 of cover
The crucible : a play in four acts by Arthur Miller ( Book )
1 edition published in 1982 in English and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Tale about the Puritan witch trials in the late 1600's Salem (Massachusetts), and how this historical play's lessons apply to contemporary society
Red by John Logan ( Book )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
""There is only one thing I fear in life, my friend ... One day the black will swallow the red."" "Under the watchful gaze of his young assistant and the threatening presence of a new generation of artists, Mark Rothko takes on his greatest challenge yet: to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting." "This play is a moving and compelling account of one of the greatest artists of the 20th century whose struggle to accept his growing riches and praise became his ultimate undoing."--Jacket
Man from Nebraska : a play by Tracy Letts ( Book )
3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"A luxury sedan, a church pew and visits to a nursing home form the comfortable round of Ken Carpenter's daily life. And then one night, he awakens to find that he no longer believes in God. This crisis of faith propels an ordinary middle-aged man into an extraordinary journey of self-discovery. This wickedly funny and spiritually complex play examines the effects of one man's awakening on himself and his family"--[P. 4] of cover
The beauty queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh ( Book )
1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This Student Edition of Martin McDonagh's The Beauty Queen of Leenane features expert and helpful annotation, including a scene-by-scene summary, a detailed commentary on the dramatic, social and political context, and on the themes, characters, language and structure of the play, as well a list of suggested reading and questions for further study and a review of performance history. Set in the mountains of Connemara, County Galway, The Beauty Queen of Leenane tells the darkly comic tale of Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely spinster in her early forties, and Mag her devilishly manipulative age
Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo ( Book )
2 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A newlywed couple fixes up two romantically challenged friends: wife's best friend, meet husband's sexy and strange new co-worker
Ruined : [a play] by Lynn Nottage ( Book )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Set in a small mining town in Democratic Republic of the Congo, this powerful play follows Mama Nadi, a shrewd businesswoman in a land torn apart by civil war. But is she protecting or profiting by the women she shelters? How far will she go to survive? Can a price be placed on human life?
The Laramie project : ten years later by Moisés Kaufman ( Book )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
With the tenth anniversary of Matthew Shepard's death approaching, Moisés started thinking about legacy, transformation and Jonas' question: what had come out of Matthew's murder? So we decided to return to Laramie to ask many of our original interviewees how their town had changed. This play is the result of those interviews
Frozen by Bryony Lavery ( Book )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Follows the lives of three people after the disappearance of a 10-year-old girl: the girl's mother, the killer, and a doctor who is studying what causes men to commit such crimes
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Dramatists Play Service.
Dramatists Play Service, New York
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