Greek Tragedy

Author Aeschylus Description Agememnon is the first part of the Aeschylus’s Orestian trilogy in which the leader of the Greek army returns from the Trojan war to be murdered by his treacherous wife Clytemnestra. In Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex the king sets out to uncover the cause of the plague that has struck his city, only […]

Equus

Author Peter Shaffer Description *Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play* *A Broadway production starring Richard Griffiths and Daniel Radcliffe* An explosive play that took critics and audiences by storm, Equus is Peter Shaffer’s exploration of the way modern society has destroyed our ability to feel passion.?Alan Strang is a disturbed youth whose dangerous […]

Medea

Author Euripides Description This is an English translation of Euripides’ tragedy Medea based upon the myth of Jason and Medea and her revenge against her husband Jason. Focus Classical Library provides close translations with notes and essays to provide access to understanding Greek culture.

Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992

Author Anna Deavere Smith Description Anna Deavere Smith’s stunning new work of “documentary theater” in which she uses verbatim the words of people who experienced the Los Angeles riots to expose and explore the devastating human impact of that event.

Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Author Michael Y. Bennett Description Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? shocked audiences and critics alike with its assault on decorum. At base though, the play is simply a love story: an examination of a long-wedded life, filled with the hopes, dreams, disappointments, and pain that accompany the passing of many years together. While […]

Euripides | Ten Plays

Author Euripides Description A modern translation exclusive to signet From perhaps the greatest of the ancient Greek playwrights comes this collection of plays, including Alcestis, Hippolytus, Ion, Electra, Iphigenia at Aulis, Iphigenia Among the Taurians, Medea, The Bacchae, The Trojan Women, and The Cyclops.

Faust: Part One

Author J. W. von Goethe Description The legend of Faust grew up in the sixteenth century, a time of transition between medieval and modern culture in Germany. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) adopted the story of the wandering conjuror who accepts Mephistopheles’s offer of a pact, selling his soul for the devil’s greater knowledge; over […]

Wit | A Play

Author Margaret Edson Description Winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the Drama Desk Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Lucille Lortel Award, and the Oppenheimer AwardMargaret Edson’s powerfully imagined Pulitzer Prize–winning play examines what makes life worth living through her exploration of one of existence’s […]

Hamlet (3rd ed.) | Prince of Denmark

Author William Shakespeare Description The third edition of Hamlet offers a completely new introduction to this rich, mysterious play, examining Shakespeare’s transformation of an ancient Nordic legend into a drama whose philosophical, psychological, political, and spiritual complexities have captivated audiences world-wide for over 400 years. Focusing on the ways in which Shakespeare re-imagined the revenge […]

Theban Plays

Author Sophocles Description This volume offers the fruits of Peter Meineck and Paul Woodruff’s dynamic collaboration on the plays of Sophocles’ Theban cycle, presenting the translators’ Oedipus Tyrannus (2000) along with Woodruff’s Antigone (2001) and a muscular new Oedipus at Colonus by Meineck. Grippingly readable, all three translations combine fidelity to the Greek with concision, […]

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