The Odyssey: A Play

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Northwestern University Press #ad - The Odyssey: A Play #ad - A classical muse appears, and the young woman becomes the goddess Athena--a tireless advocate for Odysseus in his struggle to get home. This dramatic adaptation of homer's myth begins with a modern young woman who is struggling to understand Robert Fitzgerald's translation of The Odyssey. With her trademark irreverent and witty twist on classic works, the Cyclops, the Sirens, Zimmerman brings to life the story of Odysseus's ten-year journey, Calypso, depicting his encounters with characters such as Circe, Poseidon, and others.

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Argonautika: The Voyage of Jason and the Argonauts

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Northwestern University Press #ad - Zimmerman brings to argonautika her trademark ability to encompass the full range of human experience in a work as entertaining as it is enlightening. Bursts of humor and fantastical creatures enrich a story whose characters reveal remarkable complexity. As in her tony award–winning metamorphoses, Mary Zimmerman transforms Greek mythology—here the story of Jason and the Argonauts—into a mesmerizing piece of theater.

Encountering an array of daunting challenges in their “first voyage of the world, their inspiring and overwhelming breadth of emotion, ” Jason and his crew illus­trate the essence of all such journeys to follow—their un­predictability, their lessons in the inevitability of failure and loss. Medea is profoundly sympathetic even as the seeds are sown for the monstrous life ahead of her, and the brute strength of Hercules leaves him no less vulnerable to the vicissitudes of love.

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Metamorphoses: A Play

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Northwestern University Press #ad - Called by time the "theater event of the year, " Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses brings Ovid's tales to stunning visual life. Set in and around a large pool of water onstage, Metamorphoses juxtaposes the ancient and the contemporary in both language and image to reflect the variety and persistence of narrative in the face of inevitable change.

Nominated for three 2002 tony awards, including "Best Play, " Metamorphoses earned Zimmerman a Tony for "Best Direction of a Play. Used book in Good Condition.

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The Secret in the Wings: A Play

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Northwestern University Press #ad - The framing story concerns a child and the frightening babysitter with whom her parents leave her. Used book in Good Condition. As the babysitter reads from a book, the characters in each of the tales materialize, with each tale breaking off just at its bleakest moment before giving way to the next one. The central tale is told without interruption, after which each previous tale is successively resumed, with each looming disaster averted.

. As in zimmerman’s other productions, props, here she uses costumes, sets, and lighting to brilliant effect, creating images and feelings that render the fairy tales in all their elemental and enduring power. Mary zimmerman’s the secret in the wings adapts a group of lesser-known fairy tales to create a theatrical work that sets their dark mystery against her signature wit and humor.

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J.B.: A Play in Verse

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Houghton Mifflin #ad - J.B.: A Play in Verse #ad - More important, the meaning of hope, the play sparked a national conversation about the nature of God, and the role of the artist in society. Used book in Good Condition. Great product! Based on the story of job, this drama in verse tells the story of a twentieth-century American banker and millionaire whom God commands be stripped of his family and wealth, but who refuses to turn his back on God.

J. B. Won the pulitzer prize for drama in 1959 and the Tony Award for best play.

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New Atlantis and The City of the Sun: Two Classic Utopias Dover Thrift Editions

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Dover Publications #ad - Campanella was a student of logic and physics; Bacon focused on politics and philosophy. Great product! . Used book in Good Condition. In keeping with the inquisitive spirit of their times, two 17th-century writers envisioned their own philosophical and intellectual utopias. Tomasso campanella, a calabrian monk, published The City of the Sun in 1623, and Francis Bacon's The New Atlantis appeared in 1627.

New Atlantis and The City of the Sun: Two Classic Utopias Dover Thrift Editions #ad - Despite differences in setting and treatment, both authors employed the latest methods of scientific experimentation to restructure the social order, and both works abound in imaginative thought and expression. Campanella formulated the first scientifically based socialistic system — one that furnished a model for subsequent ideal communities.

Bacon focused on the duty of the state toward science, meteorology, and his projections for state-sponsored research anticipated many advances in medicine and surgery, and machinery. Both of these classics mirror their period's idealism and its revolutionary trends in thought.

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Death and the King's Horseman: A Play

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W. W. Norton & Company #ad - A nobel prize-winning playwright's classic tale of tragic decisions in a traditional African culture. Great product! The stage is set for a dramatic climax when Pilkings learns of the ritual and decides to intervene and Elesin's son arrives home. Based on events that took place in oyo, now studying medicine in england; and Simon Pilkings, Wole Soyinka's powerful play concerns the intertwined lives of Elesin Oba, in 1946, an ancient Yoruba city of Nigeria, Olunde, the king's chief horseman; his son, the colonial district officer.

Used book in Good Condition. The king has died and elesin, his chief horseman, is expected by law and custom to commit suicide and accompany his ruler to heaven.

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In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

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Penguin Books #ad - Nathaniel philbrick uses little-known documents and vivid details about the Nantucket whaling tradition to reveal the chilling facts of this infamous maritime disaster. Great product! Used book in Good Condition. In the heart of the sea, recently adapted into a major feature film starring Chris Hemsworth, is a book for the ages.

From the author of mayflower,  valiant ambition, and In the Hurricane's Eye--the riveting bestseller tells the story of the true events that inspired Melville's Moby-Dick. Winner of the national book award, steeped in the lore of whaling, Nathaniel Philbrick's book is a fantastic saga of survival and adventure, with deep resonance in American literature and history.

In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex #ad - In 1820, the whaleship essex was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale, leaving the desperate crew to drift for more than ninety days in three tiny boats. Penguin Books.

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The Arabian Nights: A Play

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Northwestern University Press #ad - Used book in Good Condition. A twelve-member cast enacts Scheherazade's tales of love, comedy, lust, and dreams. The final scene brings the audience back to a modern day Baghdad with the wail of air raid sirens threatening the rich culture and history that are embodied by these tales. Scheherazade's cliffhanger stories prevent her husband, from murdering her, and after 1, Shahryar is cured of his madness, 001 nights, the cruel ruler Shahryar, and Scheherazade returns to her family.

This adaptation offers a wonderful blend of the lesser-known tales from Arabian Nights with the recurring theme of how the magic of storytelling holds the power to change people. Penguin Books. Great product! .

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Strangers on a Train

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W. W. Norton & Company #ad - For eliciting the menace that lurks in familiar surroundings, there's no one like Patricia Highsmith. Timethe world of patricia Highsmith has always been filled with ordinary people, all of whom are capable of very ordinary crimes. This theme was present from the beginning, when her debut, Strangers on a Train, galvanized the reading public.

Strangers on a Train #ad - Great product! Penguin Books. Some people are better off dead, " Bruno remarks, "like your wife and my father, for instance. As bruno carries out his twisted plan, under the right circumstances, where, Guy is trapped in Highsmith's perilous world, anybody is capable of murder. The inspiration for alfred hitchcock's classic 1951 film, Strangers on a Train launched Highsmith on a prolific career of noir fiction, proving her a master at depicting the unsettling forces that tremble beneath the surface of everyday contemporary life.

But while guy is a successful architect in the midst of a divorce, Bruno turns out to be a sadistic psychopath who manipulates Guy into swapping murders with him. Here we encounter guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno, passengers on the same train. Used book in Good Condition.

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The White Snake: A Play

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Northwestern University Press #ad - In her latest theatrical production inspired by a classic story, Mary Zimmerman reimagines The White Snake, an ancient Chinese legend in which a snake spirit transforms herself into a beautiful woman in order to experience the human world. Adventuring down her mountainside with her companion, White Snake meets and falls in love with the humble, Green Snake, virtuous Xu Xian and convinces him to marry her.

Together, the three friends open a pharmacy, but soon the remarkable healing powers of White Snake draw the attention of a treacherous monk, Fa Hai. Zimmerman brings to this timeless romance her usual brilliant mix of ingenious stagecraft, song, abundant humor, and compassion. Great product! . Penguin Books.

The White Snake: A Play #ad - Used book in Good Condition. Outraged at the union between a mortal and a snake spirit, Fa Hai takes it upon himself to destroy it.

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