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

Overview
Works: 370 works in 435 publications in 1 language and 26,259 library holdings
Genres: Drama  History  Monologues (Drama)  Comedy plays  Sports plays  Biographical drama  Historical drama  Bibliography‡vCatalogs  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Political plays 
Roles: Publisher, Other, Correspondent
Classifications: PS3525.I5156, 812.52
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Most widely held works about Dramatists Play Service (New York, N.Y.)
 
Most widely held works by Dramatists Play Service (New York, N.Y.)
You can't take it with you : a comedy in three acts by George S Kaufman( Book )

2 editions published in 1964 in English and held by 532 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
In the blood by Suzan-Lori Parks( Book )

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 331 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 328 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."--
'Art' by Yasmina Reza( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of Marc's best friends, Serge, has just bought a very expensive all white painting with white diagonal lines. To Marc, the painting is a joke, but Serge insists Marc doesn't have the proper standard to judge the work. Another friend, Ivan gets pulled into the disagreement. Lines are drawn and these old friends square off over the canvas, using it as an excuse to relentlessly batter one another over various failures
Almost, Maine by John Cariani( Book )

4 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in English and held by 296 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 man who came to dinner by George S Kaufman( Book )

1 edition published in 1968 in English and held by 291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ford's Theatre, Sam H. Harris presents "The Man Who Came to Dinner," a new comedy by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, with Alexander Woollcott, setting by Donald Oenslager
Master class by Terrence McNally( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Maria Callas is teaching a master class in front of an audience (us). She's glamorous, commanding, larger than life—and drop-dead funny. An accompanist sits at the piano. Callas' first "victim" is Sophie, a ridiculous, overly-perky soprano, dressed all in pink. Sophie chooses to sing one of the most difficult arias, the sleepwalking scene from La Sonnambula—an aria that Callas made famous. Before the girl sings a note, Callas stops her—she clearly can't stand hearing music massacred. And now what has started out as a class has become a platform for Callas. She glories in her own career, dabbles in opera dish and flat-out seduces the audience. Callas gets on her knees and acts the entire aria in dumb show, eventually reducing the poor singer to tears. But with that there are plenty of laughs going on, especially between Callas and the audience. Callas pulls back and gives Sophie a chance to use what she's learned. As soon as Sophie starts singing, though, Callas mentally leaves the room and goes into a sprawling interior monologue about her own performance of that aria and the thunderous applause she received at La Scala. Callas wakes up and sends Sophie off with a pat. The next two sessions repeat the same dynamic, only the middle session is with a tenor who moves Callas to tears. She again enters her memories, and we learn about Callas' affair with Aristotle Onassis; an abortion she was forced to have; her first elderly husband whom she left; her early days as an ugly duckling; the fierce hatred of her rivals; and the unforgiving press that savaged her at first. Finally, we meet Sharon, another soprano, who arrives in a full ball gown. With Sharon singing, Callas is genuinely moved, for the young singer has talent, but Callas tells her to stick to flimsy roles. Sharon is devastated and spits back every nasty thing you've ever heard about Callas: She's old, washed up; she ruined her voice too early in her career; she only wants people to worship her, etc. Sharon rushes out of the hall, and Callas brings the class to a close with a beautiful speech about the sacrifices we must make in the name of art.--
Harvey : comedy in three acts by Mary Chase( Book )

2 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Elwood Dowd's sister gets committed by mistake when she tries to put him in a mental hospital because of his obsession with an invisible six-foot tall rabbit named Harvey
Outstanding men's monologues( Book )

5 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 268 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Editors Craig Pospisil and Danna Call compiled this new collection of more than fifty monologues selected exclusively from Dramatists Play Service publications from recent seasons. Inside these pages you will find an enormous range of voices and subject matter, characters from their teens to their sixties and authors of widely varied styles, but all immensely talented. These monologues represent some of the best writing in the American theatre today, and we are proud to bring them together in this new volume
Fuddy Meers by David Lindsay-Abaire( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 259 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 258 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
Red by John Logan( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Master abstract expressionist Mark Rothko has just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art, a series of murals for New York's famous Four Seasons Restaurant. In the two fascinating years that follow, Rothko works feverishly with his young assistant, Ken, in his studio on the Bowery. But when Ken gains the confidence to challenge him, Rothko faces the agonizing possibility that his crowning achievement could also become his undoing. Raw and provocative, Red is a searing portrait of an artist's ambition and vulnerability as he tries to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting
The vagina monologues by Eve Ensler( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 229 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'"--
Complete catalogue of plays by N.Y.) Dramatists Play Service (New York( )

in English and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo( Book )

2 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 223 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
The crucible : a play in four acts by Arthur Miller( Book )

1 edition published in 1982 in English and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tale about the Puritan witch trials in the late 1600's Salem (Massachusetts), where a young servant girl maliciously accuses a young farmer's wife of witchcraft. The farmer brings the girl to court to admit the lie, only to inflate a monstrous course of bigotry, deceit and terror
Ruined : [a play] by Lynn Nottage( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 220 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 beauty queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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 ageing mother whose interference in Maureen's first and potentially last loving relationship sets in motion a train of events that is as gothically funny as it is horrific."--Publisher's website
Outstanding women's monologues 2001-2002( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Man from Nebraska : a play by Tracy Letts( Book )

3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 191 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"--Page 4 of cover
 
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You can't take it with you : a comedy in three acts
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In the bloodRabbit hole'Art'Almost, MaineThe man who came to dinnerMaster classHarvey : comedy in three actsOutstanding men's monologues