Terence O'Brian returns to Ireland to discover his home has been colonized by the English, so he devises a new plan to reeducate its people. He partners with an English professor who switches sides to aid him in his efforts. Irish villagers are forced to live under England’s rule and taught their dialect, history and culture. When Terence O'Brian returns from his studies abroad he notices the drastic change. In an effort to preserve their remaining culture, he tries to reinstate native customs. With from help from Professor Bunn, who was initially hired by the English, they work to undo years of damage. The villagers create a plot to stamp out England’s influence, once and for all. The Emerald Isle is a rich collaboration between three of the most popular theatrical talents of the nineteenth century. It’s a compelling story about the importance of culture, identity and honoring one’s history. With an eye-catching new cover, and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of The Emerald Isle is both modern and readable.
This Absurdist masterpiece by the author of Rhinoceros “is explosively, liberatingly funny…a loony parody with a climax which is an orgy of non-sequiturs” (The Observer).
Written in 1950, Eugene Ionesco’s first play, The Bald Soprano, was a seminal work of Absurdist theatre. Today, it is celebrated around the world as a modern classic for its imagination and sui generis theatricality. A hilarious parody of English manners and a striking statement on the alienation of modern life, it was inspired by the strange dialogues Ionesco encountered in foreign language phrase books.
Ionesco went on to become an internationally renowned master of modern drama, famous for the comic proportions and bizarre effects that allow his work to be simultaneously hilarious, tragic, and profound. As Ionesco has said, “Theater is not literature. . . . It is simply what cannot be expressed by any other means.”
A poetic masterclass from a writer at the height of his craft
Kenneth Sherman’s work has always displayed a vibrant lyricism, so it’s no surprise that his powerful new collection contains a number of poems with musical motifs. In such pieces as “Clarinet,” “Transistor Sister,” and the book’s titular poem, Sherman ponders our human transience while searching for “a voice to stand time’s test.” Sherman also confronts health concerns in a language that is Shaker-plain. The book concludes with the sombre, compassionate, and truly remarkable seven-part “Kingdom,” a meditation on the plight of the dispossessed.
In a Globe and Mail review of The Well: New and Selected Poems, Fraser Sutherland notes, “Sherman always seems to be listening to the voice of Canadian soil and landscape at the same time as he is attentive to the great European metaphysical theme of the soul in conflict with the world and time.” So it is with Jogging with the Great Ray Charles. Sherman has also included three brilliant translations of Yiddish poets that appeared in the Malahat Review’s “At Home in Translation” issue.
A story adapted from James Joyce's classic and John Huston's film classic, The Dead, we drop in on the Morkan sisters, hosting their annual soiree, and one of their more curious guests, Mr. Gabriel Conroy. Over the course of the evening, he discovers more than he ever knew about both his wife and himself.
STARRING: DAN O'HERLIHY as The Narrator and Mr. Brown, HELENA CARROLL as Aunt Kate, KATHLEEN FREEMAN as Aunt Julia, THOMAS MacGREEVY as Gabriel, BAIBRE DOWLING as Greta,PEGGY WEBBER as Lily and Mrs. Malins, JOYCE DEEVER as Mary Jane, SEAN McCLORY as Freddy Malins, LIDA ANDERSON as Miss Ivers, SHAY DUFFIN as Bartel Darcy and The Porter; WITH LES TREMAYNE, and Announcer, WILLIAM WOODSON.
How different would the world have looked had the Nazis been the first to build an atomic bomb? Werner Heisenberg, one of Hitler's lead nuclear scientists, famously and mysteriously met in Copenhagen with his colleague and mentor, Niels Bohr, one of the founders of the Manhattan Project. Michael Frayn's Tony Award-winning drama imagines their reunion. Joined by Niels' wife, Margrethe, these three brilliant minds converge for an encounter of atomic proportions.An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring:Alfred Molina as Niels BohrShannon Cochran as Margrethe BohrDavid Krumholtz as Werner HeisenbergDirected by Martin Jarvis. Recorded before a live audience at the James Bridges Theater at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television in November, 2011.Copenhagen is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series featuring science-themed plays. Major funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to enhance public understanding of science and technology in the modern world.
Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson, FRS was Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland during much of Queen Victoria's reign and remains one of the most popular British poets."Tithonus" doesn't mean a whole lot without the knowledge that the speaker is a mythological character who was loved by a goddess and was granted immortality, but not immortal youth. Since the gods could not take back their gifts, he was doomed to slowly suffer the extremes of decay as he grew ever older and older. (Summary by Leonard Wilson)
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