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tweet me a novel

I'm enjoying following Moby Dick excerpts via Twitter, and Angus MacLise's calendar poem YEAR. Are there any other Twitter accounts like this that the hive would recommend? [more inside]
posted by ethel on Jun 19, 2014 - 8 answers

Appreciating the Density of Shakespeare in Real Time

Shakespeare's plays are so densely rich and full of deep philosophy and wordplay (e.g. throwaway allusions which open - and, a line or two later, shut - huge worlds of insightful ideas) that I find it quite impossible to parse (much less absorb) all of what's being said and alluded to in real-time. And this is leaving completely aside the issues of outdated references and obsolete language. So: is it that people back then had nimbler minds, capable of absorbing densely-packed language in real time by rapidly spieling actors? Or.......? [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Mar 13, 2014 - 26 answers

Where to get feedback on a French play?

My friend is a French expat living in the USA and is almost finished writing a play--in French. She is looking for some feedback on her work from people who are decent speakers of French and know enough about writing for theater, or fiction in general, but it's been surprisingly difficult to find such people. Do you have any ideas for helping her find such people? [more inside]
posted by ropeladder on Mar 2, 2014 - 4 answers

How do playwrights think about play structure and meaning?

Yesterday I saw a community theater production of Sam Shepherd's Buried Child. Later at home, I looked up some commentary/analysis on it. So many different meanings were attributed to various aspects of the play, such as the corn that Tilden kept bringing in from outside. It was tied to fertility, infertility, Sukkot, the Corn King, death, and on and on. At one point, Vince reentered the house from the screened-in porch by cutting the screen vertically top to bottom and stepping through. This was said to be a symbolic rebirth for his character. [more inside]
posted by michellenoel on Feb 10, 2014 - 5 answers

Help me compile a list of 100 books to read

This year one of my goals is to read two books a week, help me make sure I get the good ones! [more inside]
posted by everydayanewday on Dec 30, 2013 - 35 answers

Short plays for a very small theater company?

What are some great, dramatic, one- or two-act plays that work with three or fewer actors and require minimal stagecraft? [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Aug 14, 2013 - 15 answers

Excellent plays to watch this weekend in NYC?

I need recommendations for an excellent play for which I can get tickets for a somewhat older couple this weekend in NYC. No musicals, please, and nothing too risque or avant-garde. Any ideas?
posted by shivohum on Apr 18, 2013 - 6 answers

Is the main character a knight in shinning armor or a total sleaze?

Need recommendations for short stories or a book (with short self-contained sections) whereby a character's actions/motives could be considered in two very different ways depending on what you thought about the character going into the story (i.e., if I gave you some background first) The best example I can think of is of a man either being genuinely nice to a woman or only pretending to do so in order to get her number. This is for a psychology experiment. [more inside]
posted by Smegoid on Mar 27, 2013 - 20 answers

Looking for a play

Looking for a play. It's about the writing staff of a fictional TV show, I think a sitcom. The protagonist is female. (And I think the playwright is too, and possibly the protagonist is the playwright's stand-in). Other characters: a Norman Lear-esque showrunner, and an ex-NCAA basketball player staff writer. [more inside]
posted by world b free on Feb 26, 2013 - 1 answer

A play: Queen Elizabeth & Shakespeare & fart jokes. Ring any bells?

My friend's mom is trying to find a play that might be called "1601." Probably has as characters: Queen Elizabeth I, Sir Walter Raleigh, Shakespeare. She read it in the late 1960's, and it was full of many fart jokes, sexual allusions, etc. Was supposed to be set in Queen Elizabeth's drawing room... We're having no luck, turning to the hive mind.....
posted by kestralwing on Feb 26, 2013 - 3 answers

What play is this?

In high school theater class, two of my class mates performed a dialogue which, if I remember correctly, involved a street hustler telling his roomate "You get a cold ass from sitting in the fuckin' tub!" For the life of me I can't figure out what play/movie this is from. Any suggestions?
posted by ladypants on Feb 22, 2013 - 3 answers

Ace plays for table readings

Week-long cottage holiday with friends coming up. We're planning a table reading. Last year's "Macbeth and margaritas" night was a roaring success, but we want to branch out. Recommend us some great plays! [more inside]
posted by stuck on an island on Feb 13, 2013 - 11 answers

What are you best and worst experiences with a Director?

I'm a writer who has two one-act plays on in a theatre. I am also directing them but this will be my first time working as a director. What do you think makes a good director? What positive and negative experiences have you have and what could I do to make this go brilliantly? [more inside]
posted by Nufkin on Jan 27, 2013 - 10 answers

MORE LIKE Lucille Lortel, please

Dear NYC-Hive: Visiting in Feb and would like to find listings of theatres whose offerings are like Lucille Lortel Theater in the Village. Would prefer Manhattan locations (over other boroughs). They just did "Volpone" and are doing "She Stoops to Conquer" soon. But they also do new works as well. What are similar theaters? And bonus points if you can give me a link to calendar/listings.
posted by nancoix on Jan 2, 2013 - 5 answers

Looking for theatre plays with important light prop

I'm looking for major theatrical plays, set no later than 1950, that feature a lamp, flashlight, or other luminous prop as important to the story. If possible, please summarize the prop's usage including where in the story the prop is used. Thanks in advance!
posted by landonmoon on Nov 12, 2012 - 10 answers

Cultural Outreach in the Greater LA Area?

Tips for finding out about diplomatic cultural outreach events in greater L.A. area? [more inside]
posted by bswinburn on Oct 18, 2012 - 6 answers

Retail Broadway?

Play based on Retail [more inside]
posted by Query on May 14, 2012 - 9 answers

No one came to the audition. What to do?

My friend is trying to stage his own play at a fringe festival. But when he held auditions, hardly anyone came. What should he do? [more inside]
posted by steinsaltz on May 11, 2012 - 14 answers

Dialogue is the story?

Movies, shorts, and plays: Talking heads or dialogue-heavy? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Apr 17, 2012 - 21 answers

How to find a type of character

Looking for plays featuring particularly confident characters; any era will do. Specific recommendations/favourites would be great - tips on finding them myself also helpful. [more inside]
posted by danteGideon on Apr 15, 2012 - 8 answers

Plays for Women: Suggestions?

Anyone know of some Strong Comedies for a mostly female cast? I'm looking for something that laughs easy but isn't campy and has some underlying substance to it. Suggestions?
posted by docholiday1307 on Mar 19, 2012 - 11 answers

Help me choose a show to get tickets to for her birthday in August.

My girlfriend loves musicals. Help me choose a show to get tickets to for her birthday in August. I'm new to Atlanta, and I also don't know much about musicals. I'm in need of some help and suggestions on where and for what to get tickets. I'm open to any ideas those with knowledge of these things (musicals and Atlanta) may have. Thanks!
posted by rbf1138 on Jul 11, 2011 - 8 answers

Who are the best playwrights of the last fifteen years or so?

What are the best plays written in the last fifteen years? [more inside]
posted by prior on Mar 26, 2011 - 18 answers

Good examples of exposition?

What are some good examples of hidden or subtle exposition? [more inside]
posted by Silentgoldfish on Nov 8, 2010 - 14 answers

Which Shakespeare works should I read next?

Which Shakespeare works should I read next? [more inside]
posted by cranberrymonger on May 26, 2010 - 21 answers

Help me find plays for an advanced reader

My daughter is looking for some plays to read. I'm looking for suggestions of plays that are interesting to an avid reader, but still appropriate for her age level (8 years old). [more inside]
posted by mikepop on Jan 28, 2010 - 28 answers

Recent plays?

What plays from the last 50-odd years should I read? Satire, black comedy, or scathing political criticism a plus. Also plays challenging the bounds of normal theater. [more inside]
posted by beerbajay on Dec 14, 2009 - 47 answers

Shakespeare's plays not in play form

Looking for a website that retells the plots of Shakespeare's plays. Using modern English, in short story form. [more inside]
posted by thisperon on Aug 17, 2009 - 10 answers

Precocious Children in Plays

I'm looking for plays about precocious children. [more inside]
posted by stray on Jun 26, 2009 - 16 answers

"Based on a story by my pal Shecky"

How often are the stories of a comic, novel, play, TV series, movie, or song conceived by the writer's friend, relative, acquaintance, neighbor, mailman, dog, etc? [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing on May 28, 2009 - 14 answers

Videos of plays?

Is there an archive somewhere that has films of specific productions of plays? [more inside]
posted by prior on May 19, 2009 - 6 answers

Playing with fire? No, plays about fire!

Sort of a two-part question, though answering the first part will help me answer the second. First, does anyone know of a (preferably online) way to search for plays by topic or subject matter? Searching for title keywords is sometimes useful but not ideal, and I haven't been able to make the search functions at the major playhouses' websites play nicely either. Second, in particular, I'm looking for plays about, referencing, or otherwise related to fire, smoke, etc. Any thoughts on either? [more inside]
posted by hatta on Apr 3, 2009 - 9 answers

Drama, drama everywhere...but not a play in sight?

Help me find free age appropriate plays/skits/acting exercises for my 6 year old. [more inside]
posted by dejah420 on Jan 19, 2009 - 8 answers

Culture me for cheap!

Help me pick out the best play, opera, lecture and art exhibit to see this winter in NYC. I'm a lowly wage slave who can't shell out $300 to see every Broadway sensation that comes to town, so I'd like to attend one incredible event in each category with a high return-on-awesome factor so I can walk away cultured but not impoverished. [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic on Dec 11, 2008 - 12 answers

Looking for trial scenes...

Looking for plays with courtroom/trial scenes. [more inside]
posted by jrb223 on Jun 10, 2008 - 24 answers

Unperformable plays?

What well-known (or lesser-known) plays are written intentionally so as to be unperformable -- only readable as scripts? I'm thinking stage directions along the lines of pulls out a handgun and fires at random into the audience, or that instruct the actors to walk on the ceiling, or specification in the dramatis personae that goats are to be cast in speaking parts. Who's employed this device to the greatest artistic effect?
posted by electric water kettle on Dec 25, 2007 - 24 answers

A good play for a cast of three males, one female?

I go to one of the few universities in the world that have no drama club, despite that it's a very large university. A few friends and I thought we'd put on a play and hopefully that would encourage others to get together and make a real drama club. We don't want to do a revue or anything like that. Of the four of us, only the female can sing and dance, so musicals are probably not a good idea. Two of the males have done a lot of amateur work and the female has done professional work. Even if we're not all professionals, we are all very dedicated, so we're up to a challenging play. So can anyone recommend a play for our small cast of three males and one female?
posted by giggleknickers on Dec 3, 2007 - 19 answers

Saved From Drowning

Where can I find a copy of the play by René Fauchois that Jean Renoir's film Boudou Saved From Drowning (Boudu sauvé des eaux) is based on? Does an English translation exist? [more inside]
posted by StopMakingSense on Sep 22, 2007 - 3 answers

Good high school plays?

What plays did you love performing when you were in your high school drama club? [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Aug 4, 2007 - 41 answers

What are the copyright rules governing a stage adaptation?

What copyright issues are associated with writing a stage adaptation of a classic 1950's horror story? [more inside]
posted by raygan on Aug 25, 2006 - 11 answers

Seeking list of plays in the public domain.

Does anyone know where I can find a list of all (or even many) of the plays that are currently in the public domain? One-acts, full-length, whatever...so long as they're free to produce.
posted by youcancallmeal on Aug 9, 2006 - 4 answers

What should I do with my play?

I've written a play. What should I do with it? [more inside]
posted by scarylarry on Jun 27, 2006 - 12 answers

Did Shakespeare even have an agent even?

Looking for an agent for my playwrighting. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie on Feb 23, 2006 - 9 answers

Finding a production of a play.

Is there a good resource (online or not) to find out if a given theatrical production is running, anytime in the near future, anywhere in the country (USA/Canada)? [more inside]
posted by mto on Oct 16, 2005 - 7 answers

Directing novice actors

I'm directing The Vagina Monologues here at my university. Rehearsals are going well, for the most part. The younger women, all students, mostly theater students, listen when I speak, take direction well, and are basically a dream to work with. My problems are with the older women, who are all professors or health care professionals who have never acted before(MI). [more inside]
posted by cilantro on Dec 12, 2004 - 17 answers

Comprehensive Shakespeare Experience

I would like to see all 37 of Shakespears plays (unabridged), what is the easiest, cheapest, way to do this?
posted by phrontist on Dec 7, 2004 - 21 answers

Help my theatre company pick our next play (must be written prior to the 20th century)

My theatre company is trying to pick our next play. We only produce "classics," but we have a broad definition of the term: basically, the play must be written prior to the 20th Century. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Nov 30, 2004 - 24 answers

Is there a review aggregator for London theatre?

I'm about to head off to London and I want to see some good, serious theatre. I'm VERY careful about what I see (theatre being expensive), and I like to read many reviews first. Instead of buying 30 newspapers and magazines, is there a site somewhere that collects or links to multiple reviews of each current show?

PS. I'm really looking for reviews, but if you want to recommend a specific show, please note that I prefer classics to modern plays. And I really like classics when they're done withOUT any obvious conceptual twist (i.e. I DON'T want to see "Hamlet" set on the moon.)
posted by grumblebee on Apr 30, 2004 - 8 answers

Auditioning for The Mikado

I'm doing an audition for a part in an amateur production of The Mikado. I have no stage experience at all. Any tips? [more inside]
posted by cbrody on Mar 25, 2004 - 5 answers

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