The Servant of Two Masters


Author: N.A
Publisher: Ivan R Dee
ISBN: 9781566635363
Category: Drama
Page: 122
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Dorothy Louise's adaptation uses contemporary language to involve actors and audiences in Carlo Goldoni's great classic commedia dell'arte play. Plays for Perfomance Series.

Spoonface Steinberg


Author: Lee Hall
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: N.A
Category: Drama
Page: 35
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An award-winning play which took the nation by storm when first heard on BBC Radio 4, now in a new stage version Lee Hall's extraordinary, award-winning play about faith, love and the meaning of life was first broadcast on Radio Four in 1997 to unprecedented acclaim. A monologue by an exceptional autistic seven-year-old girl called Spoonface Steinberg, who is dying of cancer, touched the hearts of all who heard it. It is a moving, funny and exhilarating piece of drama. The radio version was immediately repeated due to popular demand and a cassette of the play was rushed into shops and has sold over 80,000 copies. This play edition was performed in Sheffield's Crucible Theatre in December 1999 and then in London's West End in January 2000 at the Ambassador's Theatre. The production starred Kathryn Hunter. "And what was the meaning of all these things? And the meaning was as if you found the spark - and it was finding the sparks inside you and setting them free" (Spoonface Steinberg)

Carlo Goldoni's The Servant of Two Masters


Author: Carlo Goldoni,Jeffrey Hatcher,Paolo Emilio Landi
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service Inc
ISBN: 9780822218470
Category: Drama
Page: 67
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THE STORY: A cross between traditional Italian commedia and postmodern vaudeville, this new version of Goldoni's classic pits the madcap servant Truffaldino against masters, mistresses, lovers, lawyers and twenty-seven plates of meatballs. Imagine

Cooking With Elvis & Bollocks


Author: Lee Hall
Publisher: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama
ISBN: 9780413748607
Category: Drama
Page: 128
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Two comic plays by Lee Hall which have had success at the Edinburgh Festival and are coming to London in February 2000 Cooking with Elvis is a domestic play that is both farcical and upsetting. Mam and Jill live together in an uneasy calm. Jill is overweight and a fiendish cook who whips up one exotic dish after another. Her father (and Mam's husband) is stuck in a wheel chair as the result of a stroke. He can neither speak nor move, but he can hear. He was a famous Elvis impersonator and from time to time steps out of the wheel chair in a series of fantasy scenes to give stirring renditions of some of Elvis's most famous hits. But Mam brings into the house a new young lover whose presence in the house become the source for hilarity and big time trouble. The ending is a deadly one, you can be sure. The play has been compared to the early black farces of Joe Orton. Also included in this volume is Bollocks!, Lee Hall's contemporary version of the Expressionist German playwright Ernst Toller's Hinkemann, which has been updated from twenties Bavaria to contemporary Tyneside.

What the Butler Saw

Two Hundred and Fifty Years of the Servant Problem
Author: E. S. Turner
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 0571295185
Category: History
Page: 312
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'A book which goes on a special shelf in my library.' P.G. Wodehouse What the Butler Saw (1962) is one of E.S. Turner's most pertinent and illuminating 'social histories', an exploration of the 'upstairs/downstairs' relationship across three centuries of English life. Drawing on literature, contemporary accounts and household manuals, Turner describes in fascinating detail how it came to be that the upper classes felt a need for an ever larger household staff, engaged in every imaginable form of drudgery; and, accordingly, how those in service - from high to low, butler to footman, housemaid to au pair - had to give satisfaction to their masters and mistresses while also, on occasions, contending with physical blows, tantrums, and (in the cases of some unfortunate servant girls) threats to their virtue.

Domestic Affairs

Intimacy, Eroticism, and Violence between Servants and Masters in Eighteenth-Century Britain
Author: Kristina Straub
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 9780801895111
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 240
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In examining the interpersonal relationships between the different classes, she offers new ways in which to understand sexuality and gender in the eighteenth century.

New Masters, New Servants

Migration, Development, and Women Workers in China
Author: Hairong Yan
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 0822388650
Category: Social Science
Page: 326
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On March 9, 1996, tens of thousands of readers of a daily newspaper in China’s Anhui province saw a photograph of two young women at a local long-distance bus station. Dressed in fashionable new winter coats and carrying luggage printed with Latin letters, the women were returning home from their jobs in one of China’s large cities. As the photo caption indicated, the image represented the “transformation of migrant women”; the women’s “transformation” was signaled by their status as consumers. New Masters, New Servants is an ethnography of class dynamics and the subject formation of migrant domestic workers. Based on her interviews with young women who migrated from China’s Anhui province to the city of Beijing to engage in domestic service for middle-class families, as well as interviews with employers, job placement agencies, and government officials, Yan Hairong explores what these migrant workers mean to the families that hire them, to urban economies, to rural provinces such as Anhui, and to the Chinese state. Above all, Yan focuses on the domestic workers’ self-conceptions, desires, and struggles. Yan analyzes how the migrant women workers are subjected to, make sense of, and reflect on a range of state and neoliberal discourses about development, modernity, consumption, self-worth, quality, and individual and collective longing and struggle. She offers keen insight into the workers’ desire and efforts to achieve suzhi (quality) through self-improvement, the way workers are treated by their employers, and representations of migrant domestic workers on television and the Internet and in newspapers and magazines. In so doing, Yan demonstrates that contestations over the meanings of migrant workers raise broad questions about the nature of wage labor, market economy, sociality, and postsocialism in contemporary China.

Serving Two Masters?


Author: C. William Pollard
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 0060823763
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 262
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Offers advice, practical insights, and business wisdom for businesspeople, explaining how to integrate the principles of faith and smart business practices to achieve outstanding professional success.

Masters and Servants


Author: Pierre Michon
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300199058
Category: Fiction
Page: 193
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One of Pierre Michon's most powerful works, this book imagines decisive moments in the lives of five artists of different times and places: Vincent van Gogh, Francisco Goya, Antoine Watteau, Claude Lorrain, and Lorentino, a little-remembered disciple of Piero della Francesca. Michon focuses on particular moments when artist and model collide, whether that model is a person or a landscape, inner or outer. In the five separate tales he evokes the full passion of the artist's struggle to capture the world in images even as the world resists capture. Each story is a small masterpiece that transcends national boundaries and earns its place among the essential works of world literature.

Brontë


Author: Polly Teale
Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
ISBN: 9781848421707
Category: Drama
Page: 83
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A compelling literary detective story about the turbulent lives of the Brontë sisters - dramatised by Polly Teale and Shared Experience, the team behind After Mrs Rochester and Jane Eyre. In 1845, Branwell Brontë returns home in disgrace, plagued by his addictions. As he descends into alcoholism and insanity, bringing chaos to the household, his sisters write… Polly Teale’s extraordinary play evokes the real and imagined worlds of the Brontës, as their fictional characters come to haunt their creators. Brontë was produced by award-winning theatre company Shared Experience in 2010, in a co-production with the Watermill Theatre, Newbury, directed by Nancy Meckler. Shared Experience are acclaimed the world over for their powerful, visually-charged productions.

Servant of the Bones


Author: Anne Rice
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 0345389417
Category: Fiction
Page: 419
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Drawn from his centuries-long slumber, Azriel, an embittered immortal and Servant of the Bones, becomes a witness to the murder of an innocent girl, a crime that leads him into the conflict between a great leader of the Hasidim, and his stepson, a diabolical cult leader. Reissue.

Eleemosynary

A Play
Author: Lee Blessing
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
ISBN: 9780822203544
Category: Drama
Page: 47
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THE STORY: Staged with utmost simplicity, using platforms and a few props, the play probes into the delicate relationship of three singular women: the grandmother, Dorothea, who has sought to assert her independence through strong-willed eccentrici

Something's Coming, Something Good

West Side Story and the American Imagination
Author: Misha Berson
Publisher: Applause Theatre & Cinema
ISBN: 155783766X
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 279
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A critical and comprehensive exploration of the influential Broadway musical analyzes West Side Story against a backdrop of its cultural period while considering its reflection of both classical Shakespeare conflicts and modern youth issues. Original.

The Servant of Two Masters

And Other Italian Classics
Author: Eric Bentley
Publisher: Wallstein Verlag
ISBN: 9780936839202
Category: Drama
Page: 262
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Four plays tell of a young man who returns to his childhood home, a bragging soldier, a woman who impersonates her brother, and a king who is transformed into a stag

The Taming of the Shrew


Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: Book Jungle
ISBN: 9781603037129
Category: Drama
Page: 160
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Can a man tame an ill-tempered woman? Petruchio thinks he is up to the task in The Taming of the Shrew. William Shakespeare (1564 ż 1616) is the most influential writer in English history. Shakespeare has been called The Barb of Avon and Englandżs national poet. There are 2 narrative poems, 154 sonnets and 38 plays in his collected works. He began work as an actor and writer in London first writing comedies and historic plays. He later wrote tragedies. Romeo and Juliet, MacBeth and Othello are some of his more famous plays. The Taming of the Shrew was an early comedy. The play begins with a drunken man who is deceived into thinking he is a nobleman. He then watches this play in which the noble Petruchio married an outspoken ill-tempered woman. Katherine is eventually tamed to the will be Petruchio. The play has been adapted into opera, stage plays and screen plays. Cole Porterżs play Kiss Me Kate is one instance

A Director Prepares

Seven Essays on Art and Theatre
Author: Anne Bogart
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134556888
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 168
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A Director Prepares is a thought-provoking examination of the challenges of making theatre. In it, Anne Bogart speaks candidly and with wisdom of the courage required to create 'art with great presence'. Each chapter tackles one of the seven major areas Bogart has identified as both potential partner and potential obstacle to art-making. They are Violence; Memory; Terror; Eroticism; Stereotype; Embarrassment; and Resistance. Each one can be used to generate extraordinary creative energy, if we know how to use it. A Director Prepares offers every practitioner an extraordinary insight into the creative process. It is a handbook, Bible and manifesto, all in one. No other book on the art of theatre comes even close to offering this much understanding, experience and inspiration.

Tips: Ideas for Directors


Author: Jon Jory
Publisher: Crossroad Press
ISBN: N.A
Category: Performing Arts
Page: N.A
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Until very recently, directing wisdom was passed on in the form of "tips". Continuing this tradition, you will find them ranging from the way set a scene to directing the actor on the way to laugh. The tips are clear, concise, evocative, and constructed to give you a better day in rehearsal and performance. A buffet of ways to improve immediately that you'll refer to over and over again!