Hardcover. New York, Playbill/ Applause Thetre& Cinama Books, 1st, 2002, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 357 pages. Hardcover with dust jacket. Clean, tight copy. Minor wear to dust jacket. Minor rubbing to top spine. Light soil on rear. This is the ultimate backstage tour of Broadway! AT THIS THEATRE tells the complete history of Broadway in the 20th century, theatre by theatre. This gorgeous book is now updated, revised and with a larger format, covering 1900 to 2001. PLAYBILL's columnist, Louis Botto, along with Robert Viagas, opens the doors and lets readers explore the 40 active Broadway theatres in New York. From the conception and design of the buildings, to their original creators, and on to the theatres' transformation, often under duress, from legitimate houses to vaudeville and Burlesque, to movie houses and then back to their original purpose, this book captures the magical world of Broadway. It is a complete and authoritative history that only Botto, the curator of PLAYBILL's incomparable 116-year-old archives, can tell.
Softcover. Syracuse, NY, Willis N Bugbee Co, 1st, 1932, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, 16 pages. Softcover booklet. Green paper wrappers with softened edges. Light soil to paper wrappers. tight copy. Lightly faded on rear.
Hardcover. Lexington KY, University Press of Kentucky, 1st, 1996, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 240 pages, in a bright, unclipped dust jacket. A collection of plays performed in Louisville. Edited by Michael Bigelow Dixon and Michele Volansky. Including plays by: Wendell Berry, Roy Blount, Jr., Harry Crews, and Marsha Norman. INSCRIBED BY CREWS on the front fly leaf to poet friend Ed Hyland: "For Ed - Best wishes for resilience in your work. Keep your ass in the chair - Harry Crews". The Crews play "Blood Issue" is included. Bright, clean copy.
Hardcover. San Francisco, The Bohemian Club, 1st, 1983, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, red and green decorated white boards, no dj issued. 69 pages, Carl Eberhard, composer. J. Robert Minser, director. Color illustrated stage design spread by Herbert P. Buel. Clean copy.
Hardcover. NY, Samuel French, 1st, 1932, Book: Very Good, Hardcover, blue cloth with paper label on spine. 131 pages. covers slightly splayed, clean copy. Robert Caplan and his wife are entertaining her brother and sister-in-law. Because Robert insists on uncovering the truth about his brother Martin's 'suicide', many unpalatable revelations ensue which cause Robert to shoot himself. At this point, the opening scene is repeated, but this time they bypass the dangerous corner at which the truth is demanded, thus averting the disaster.Written in 1932 this forms one of the three 'time plays'.
Softcover. NY, Theatre Communications Group, 2nd printing, 2005, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Softcover, 58 pages. SIGNED BY ACTRESS CHERRY JONES on title page. Clean, unmarked copy with only minor wear to wrappers.
Softcover. London/NY, Routledge, reprint, 2005, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Softcover, 260 pages, b&w illustrations. Kathakali Dance-Drama provides a comprehensive introduction to the distinctive and colorful dance-drama of Kerala in South-West India for the first time. This landmark volume explores Kathakali's reception as it reaches new audiences both in India and the west. During these performances heroes, heroines, gods and demons tell their stories of traditional Indian epics. The four Kathakali plays included in this anthology, translated from actual performances into English are:* The Flower of Good Fortune* The Killing of Kirmmira* The Progeny of Krishna* King Rugmamgada's LawEach play has an introduction and detailed commentary and is illustrated by stunning photographs taken during performances. Clean copy.
Hardcover. New York, Cheshire House, 1st, 1932, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, 147 pages. Half leather with marbled boards. Title in gilt on sun faded spine. Illustrated with wood engravings by Freda Bone. This being #406 of 1200 copies.
Hardcover. Chapel Hill NC, University of North Carolina , 1st, 1938, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, decorated yellow cloth covers with light soil, 227 pages. Illustrated with 7 b&w photos. These five one-act plays, originally produced by the Carolina Playmakers at Chapel Hill and on various tours, offer an unusual combination of brilliant local color and truth about human nature everywhere. Well written, with skillful stage directions and notes on Mexican costume and Spanish pronunciation, they are highly practical for production. Internally clean, no dust jacket.
Hardcover. New York, William Morrow and Company, 1st, 1978, Book: Good, Dust Jacket: Good, 225 pages. Hardcover with dust jacket. Gutter cracked in three places. Dust jacket shows edgewear and small tears at corners. Fading to top cover boards.
Hardcover. London, Hamish Hamilton, 1st UK, 1956, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright dust jacket with a small chip to top of spine. Nekrassov, or the Farce in Eight Scenes is a satirical drama written by Jean-Paul Sartre in 1955. Nekrassov takes place in the 1950s Paris. It shows the life of the unfortunate journalist Sibilot who works at the right-wing newspaper of France, Soir a Paris. His work is mostly to write anti-communist propaganda. The main turnpoint in his life when he cannot come up with any great idea, and his boss, Jules Palotin, tells him that if he does not find any news he will fire him. Clean copy.
Hardcover. London, Beaumont Press, 1st, 1919, Book: Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, Cloth-backed patterned paper boards designed by Michel Sevier. The sixth book published by the Press. Paper label on spine is chipped and tanned. Cover edges and corners worn, there is a small splash of red color to middle of sine cloth on front. Interior is bright and clean. #192 of 250 copies. One Day More' is a reworking of Conrad's short story 'Tomorrow'. It centers on a family which have structured their lives around the hope and promise of their son returning from a long stint at sea. Joseph Conrad was a Polish-British writer regarded as one of the greatest novelists to ever write in the English language.
Hardcover. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press, 2nd printing, 1957, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 73 pages. Third book in the Poets' Theatre Series. Dark blue cloth covers, white titles to spine dust jacket with b&w illustration. Slight soiling to dust jacket, clean boards, pages crisp and unmarked; a very clean, tight copy.
Hardcover. London, Hodder & Stoughton, nd (1913), Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, purple cloth covers with elaborate gilt design featuring 3 ladies drinking tea, 197 pages. 17 color illustrations plus frontispiece by Hugh Thomson, all tipped in and with tissue guards. Previous owner's inscription front end paper. Corners lightly rubbed, spine wear, light stain to rear cover. No date but assumed 1920s and first illustrated thus.
Hardcover. NY, Atheneum, 1st, 1988, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 227 pages, b&w illustrations. In a clean, unclipped dust jacket. Rattigan was a renowned English playwright, the author of 22 plays.
Hardcover. Franklin Center,PA, The Franklin Library, 1st thus, 1977, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, full leather binding, all edges gilt, moire endpapers, sewn-in ribbon marker, hubbed spine, gilt decorations on spine and covers. Two=color illustrations by Jerry Pinkney.
Hardcover. London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1st Thus, 1912, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, 198 pages. Hardcover. Green cloth boards with gilt decoration to front cover and spine. 25 tipped-in full color plates and black & white images by Hugh Thomson. Hinges intact but tender. Light wear. Clean, tight copy.
Hardcover. Winnipeg Canada, Blizzard Publishing, 1st, 1993, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 92 pages. SIGNED BY FINDLEY on title page. Slight wear to dust jacket with old price-sticker to back cover, else a very nice, tight, clean copy.
Hardcover. NY, The Viking Press, 1st, 1978, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright, price-clipped dust jacket, 79 pages. Illustrated by Arvis Stewart. Music by John Sebastian Brown. Small bookplate on front fly leaf. Otherwise clean.
Hardcover. Exeter, Robinson and Towle, 1st, 1833, Book: Good, Dust Jacket: None, 426 pages. Hardcover. Brown leather with title in gilt on spine. Previous owners name on front endpaper. Illustrated with black & white engravings. Book measures: 6.25" H X 3.75" W. Pages with light to moderate foxing throughout. Front cover hinge cracked - cover holding with original binding strings.
Hardcover. NY, W. W. Norton, 1st, 2014, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright, unclipped dust jacket, 765 pages, b&w illustrations. John Lahr has produced a theater biography like no other. Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh gives intimate access to the mind of one of the most brilliant dramatists of his century, whose plays reshaped the American theater and the nation's sense of itself. This astute, deeply researched biography sheds a light on Tennessee Williams's warring family, his guilt, his creative triumphs and failures, his sexuality and numerous affairs, his misreported death, even the shenanigans surrounding his estate. With vivid cameos of the formative influences in Williams's life-his fierce, belittling father Cornelius; his puritanical, domineering mother Edwina; his demented sister Rose, who was lobotomized at the age of thirty-three; his beloved grandfather, the Reverend Walter Dakin-Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh is as much a biography of the man who created A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof as it is a trenchant exploration of Williams's plays and the tortured process of bringing them to stage and screen. The portrait of Williams himself is unforgettable: a virgin until he was twenty-six, he had serial homosexual affairs thereafter as well as long-time, bruising relationships with Pancho Gonzalez and Frank Merlo. With compassion and verve, Lahr explores how Williams's relationships informed his work and how the resulting success brought turmoil to his personal life. Lahr captures not just Williams's tempestuous public persona but also his backstage life, where his agent Audrey Wood and the director Elia Kazan play major roles, and Marlon Brando, Anna Magnani, Bette Davis, Maureen Stapleton, Diana Barrymore, and Tallulah Bankhead have scintillating walk-on parts. This is a biography of the highest order: a book about the major American playwright of his time written by the major American drama critic of his time.
Hardcover. NY, Robert M. McBride, 2nd pr., 1927, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, floral decorated boards, black cloth spine, paper title labels, lacking dust jacket. American playwright, Green won the Pulitzer in 1927 for In Abraham's Bosom. 317 pages, top edge stained red. A clean, bright copy.
Hardcover. Boston, John W. Luce and Company, 1st US, nd, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, olive green cloth over tan cloth boards, no dustwrapper; 149 pages. No date but appears to be circa 1900. A uncommon edition of a Tolstoy play. Title page states "Authorized Edition". Owner's signature on front fly leaf otherwise clean.
Hardcover. New York, Random House, 2nd Printing, 1939, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, 159 pages. Previous owners bookplate on inside front cover and signature on front endpaper. Clean, tight copy. Oatmeal cloth with gilt titling over black, black topstain. Includes listing of original cast, including Tallulah Bankhead and Dan Duryea.
Hardcover. NY/New Haven, Coward-McCann / Yale University, 1st, 1931, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, #38/525 copies, Numbered and SIGNED by Wilder on a leaf tipped onto the copyright page, bound in faux-vellum spine, flowered paper covered boards. Mild foxing to a few pages, otherwise clean. A one act play whose action spans 90 years in the home of one family, specifically in the dining room during Christmas dinners. laid in is a page of The Yale Alumni Weekly from 1931 with a review of the play.
Softcover. NY, New York Theatre Program Corp., 1938, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Softcover, 48 page playbill program for the Shubert revue "Hooray for What!" starring Ed Wynn (featured on the cover) and Vivian Vance ( of The Lucy Show). Great ads feature night spots like Sardi's and The Cotton Club. Light wear, stapled, clean. 6 3/4 X 9 1/4".
Hardcover. NY, Harper and Brothers, 1st, 1905, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, small volume (4 X 6 1/4"), blue cloth designed and lettered in white. Frontispiece and 5 plates in b/w by Frank Nankivell. Comical theatrical play the scene of which is "a summer hotel in mid-August, where a group of summer-girls, longing for masculine companionship, construct a large worsted man from an old afghan, stuffing him with cotton. He comes to life, and proves to be one of the worst flirts ever created. Exceedingly funny to read, and is suitable for amateur theatricals." Includes a depreciating African-American character, Sambo Front, and use of music borrowed from Gilbert and Sullivan. Inscription on front fly leaf dated 1905, otherwise clean, bright copy. Plate at page 6 is loose.
Hardcover. Paris, Garnier, 1911, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, 625 pages, original blue paper wrappers here bound in half leather and marbled boards, spines with raised ribs and gilt design, floral end papers. Top edge gilt, 4 color plates.
Hardcover. NY, Crown, 1st, 1995, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright, unclipped dust jacket, 644 pages, b&w illustrations. After a protracted squabble over private papers with the playwright's estate, Leverich delivers this hefty first volume of a projected two-volume life of Tennessee Williams (1911-1983). In it, Leverich, who produced several of Williams's plays and calls himself Williams's "chosen biographer", covers the years through 1945, when The Glass Menagerie opened on Broadway. Treated are Williams's youth in Mississippi and St. Louis; the college years at the universities of Missouri and Iowa; bumming around (but always writing) in New Orleans and Greenwich Village; the disaster of his first Broadway play (it closed in Boston); script writing, or avoiding it, at MGM's Hollywood mill; and, finally, the evolution of Menagerie, a wonderfully detailed and dramatic case history in itself. Leverich's overworked conceit, which he restates at intervals, is that this is the life of Tom Williams, a "repressed puritan" poet, who in time created a more flamboyant public persona called Tennessee. A few matters are set straight. Leverich maintains his subject's active homosexual life started in his late 20s, later than Williams stated in his memoirs, and that his sister's infamous lobotomy came later than his mother claimed. Although the accumulation of information is impressive, the lower Leverich keeps his own profile and editorial commentary the better his book is, which means it is at its best when it simply reproduces Williams's sporadically kept journal. If you believe that all the details of a life are but preparation for a single event, in this case, the opening of a remarkable play, this is an impressively argued biography.
Hardcover. San Francisco, The Bohemian Club, 1st, 1984, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, 74 pages, illustrated orange paper over boards with title on front cover and spine. Illustrated with woodcuts by Vincent Perez. Issued without dust jacket. Bohemian Club Library Notes brochure laid in.