Waiting For Lefty And Other Plays

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Waiting For Lefty Other Plays

Author : Clifford Odets
ISBN : 0802132200
Genre : Drama
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Six plays deal with unions, an anti-Nazi group, work, loneliness, the depression, and the American obsession with success
Category: Drama

Waiting For Lefty

Author : Clifford Odets
ISBN : 0822212153
Genre : Drama
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THE STORY: The action of the play is comprised of a series of varied, imaginatively conceived episodes, which blend into a powerful and stirring mosaic. The opening scene is a hiring hall where a union leader (obviously in the pay of the bosses) is trying to convince a committee of workers (who are waiting for their leader, Lefty, to arrive) not to strike. This is followed by a moving confrontation between a discouraged taxi driver, who cannot earn enough to live on, and his angry wife, who wants him to show some backbone and stand up to his employer; a revealing scene between a scheming boss and the young worker who refuses to spy on his fellow employees; a sad/funny episode centering on a young cabbie and his would-be bride, who lack the wherewithal to get married; a disturbing scene involving a senior doctor and the underpaid young intern (a labor activist) whom the doctor has been ordered to discharge; and, finally, a return to the union hall where the workers, learning that Lefty has been gunned down by the powers-that-be, resolve at last to stand up for their rights and to strike-and to stay off their jobs until their grievances are finally heard and acted upon by those who have so cynically exploited and misused them.
Category: Drama

A Study Guide For Clifford Odets S Waiting For Lefty

Author : Gale, Cengage Learning
ISBN : 9781410361936
Genre : Literary Criticism
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A Study Guide for Clifford Odets's "Waiting for Lefty," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Drama For Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Drama For Students for all of your research needs.
Category: Literary Criticism

Three Plays By Clifford Odets

Author : Clifford Odets
ISBN : 1494054787
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This is a new release of the original 1935 edition.
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Censorship

Author : Derek Jones
ISBN : 9781136798641
Genre : Reference
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"Censorship: A World Encyclopedia presents a comprehensive view of censorship, from Ancient Egypt to those modern societies that claim to have abolished the practice. For each country in the world, the history of censorship is described and placed in context, and the media censored are examined: art, cyberspace, literature, music, the press, popular culture, radio, television, and the theatre, not to mention the censorship of language, the most fundamental censorship of all. Also included are surveys of major controversies and chronicles of resistance. Censorship will be an essential reference work for students of the many subjects touched by censorship and for all those who are interested in the history of and contemporary fate of freedom of expression."--Publisher's description.
Category: Reference

The One Act Play Companion

Author : Colin Dolley
ISBN : 9781408103166
Genre : Study Aids
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The one-act play stands apart as a distinct art form with some well known writers providing specialist material, among them Bernard Shaw, Tom Stoppard, Harold Pinter, Caryl Churchill. Alan Ayckbourn, Edward Albee and Tennesee Williams. There are also lesser-known writers with plenty of material to offer, yet sourcing one-act plays to perform is notoriously hard. This companion is the first book to survey the work of over 250 playwrights in an illuminating A-Z guide. Multiple styles, nationalities and periods are covered, offering a treasure trove of compelling moments of theatre waiting to be discovered. Guidance on performing and staging one-act plays is also covered as well as essential contact information and where to apply for performance rights. A chapter introducing the history of the one-act play rounds off the title as a definitive guide.
Category: Study Aids

Gcse Drama For Ocr

Author : David Cross
ISBN : 0435186108
Genre : Drama
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This text attempts to develop the processes, skills and knowledge that students need to succeed in OCR GCSE Drama. Written by experienced examiners, it aims to ensure that students are confident in their understanding and application of the drama elements, including use of dramatic language.
Category: Drama

Hidden In Plain Sight

Author : Eviatar Zerubavel
ISBN : 9780199366637
Genre : Social Science
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Many of us take for granted that what we perceive is a completely accurate representation of the world around us. Yet we have all had the experience of suddenly realizing that the keys or glasses that we had been looking for in vain were right in front of us the whole time. The capacity of our sense organs far exceeds our mental capabilities, and as such, looking at something does not guarantee that we will notice it. Our minds constantly prioritize and organize the information we take in, bringing certain things to the foreground, while letting others - that which we deem irrelevant - recede into the background. What ultimately determines what we perceive, and what we do not? In this fascinating book, noted sociologist Eviatar Zerubavel argues that we perceive things not just as human beings but as social beings. Drawing on fascinating examples from science, the art world, optical illusions, and all walks of life, he shows that what we notice or ignore varies across cultures and throughout history, and illustrates how our environment and our social lives - everything from our lifestyles to our professions to our nationalities - play a role in determining how we actually use our senses to access the world. A subtle yet powerful examination of one of the central features of our conscious life, this book offers a way to think about all that might otherwise remain hidden in plain sight.
Category: Social Science

The Sacrament And Other Plays Of Forbidden Love

Author : Hugo Claus
ISBN : 1575911108
Genre : Literary Collections
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Hugo Claus, generally recognized as the greatest living writer in the Dutch language, became famous in the theater for several early works of particular force and daring. This volume includes three of those remarkable early plays: Bride in the Morning, Sugar, and The Sacrament. All three plays boast unforgettable characters trapped in a world of oppressive social mores. The central figures are all subject to sexual and creative impulses towards objects of forbidden love that bring disapproval and censure crashing in on them, subsequently bringing about their own ruin. Bride in the Morning follows an endgame contest between a young heroine enamored of her own mentally challenged brother pitted against her grasping and dictatorial mother, hell bent on separating the two. Sugar, set in the sugar beet country of northern France, reminiscent of the itinerant workers of Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, follows the infatuation of a luckless worker, hopelessly enamored of a self destructive local prostitute. And The Sacrament offers the desperate quest for approbation of a young homosexual man, who had been seduced early on by a village priest and who now futilely seeks that priest's understanding. The introduction incorporates lengthy, detailed analyses of the plays, sets them in their historical and stylistic context, provides carefully researched descriptions of the original productions as well as mention of subsequent ones and goes into great depth charting the initial critical and public response to the plays as well as their later reception, as they came to be considered modern classics.
Category: Literary Collections

Critical Survey Of Drama Jane Martin Lennox Robinson

Author : Carl Edmund Rollyson
ISBN : 1587651076
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Combines, updates, and expands two earlier Salem Press reference sets: Critical survey of drama, Rev. ed., English language series, published in 1994, and Critical survey of drama, Foreign language series, published in 1986. This new 8 vol. set contains 6
Category: Literary Criticism

Golden Boy

Author : Clifford Odets
ISBN : 0822204568
Genre : Drama
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THE STORY: The Acting Edition contains notes showing how nearly all scene changes may be made with a minimum of effort. People are inclined to laugh at Joe, a moody young Italian with cockeyed notions. At heart a musician--he has a real talent for
Category: Drama

Radical Innocence

Author : Bernard F. Dick
ISBN : 9780813147710
Genre : Performing Arts
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On October 30, 1947, the House Committee on Un-American Activities concluded the first round of hearings on the allege Communist infiltration of the motion picture industry. Hollywood was ordered to "clean its own house," and ten witnesses who had refused to answer questions about their membership in the Screen Writers Guild and the Communist party eventually received contempt citations. By 1950 the Hollywood Ten, as they quickly became known, were serving prison sentences ranging from six months to a year. Since that time the group, which included writers, directors, and a producer, have been either dismissed as industry hacks or eulogized as Cold War martyrs, but never have they been discussed in terms of their profession. Radical Innocence is the first study to focus on the work of the Ten: their short stories, plays, novels, criticism, poems, memoirs, and, of course, their films. Drawing on myriad sources, including archival materials, unpublished manuscripts, black-market scripts, screenplay drafts, letters, and personal interviews, Bernard F. Dick describes the Ten's survival tactics during the blacklisting and analyzes the contribution of these ten individuals no only to film but also to the arts. Radical Innocence captures the personality of each of the Ten -- the arrogant Herbert J. Biberman, the witty Ring Lardner, Jr., the patriarchal Samuel Ornitz, the compassionate Adrian Scott, and the feisty Dalton Trumbo.
Category: Performing Arts

The World Of William Saroyan

Author : Nona Balakian
ISBN : 083875368X
Genre : Literary Criticism
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In this work, the author tells how Saroyan transformed the short story by personalizing it and by loosening the structure of the novella form. He went on to bring new life to the theater and to the telling of autobiography. Better than that of any recent drama critic, Balakian's chapters on the theater place Saroyan's plays in the larger framework of the American theater of his time and achieve the creation of a total picture of the state of the American theater of the 1930s.
Category: Literary Criticism

Modern American Literature H O

Author : Joann Cerrito
ISBN : 1558623817
Genre : American literature
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Presents critical excerpts and analyses from a variety of sources that combine to provide overviews of the work of 157 of the most significant authors of the modern period in American literature; arranged alphabetically, with bibliographies.
Category: American literature

Visions Of Belonging

Author : Judith E. Smith
ISBN : 9780231509268
Genre : History
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Visions of Belonging explores how beloved and still-remembered family stories—A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, I Remember Mama, Gentleman's Agreement, Death of a Salesman, Marty, and A Raisin in the Sun—entered the popular imagination and shaped collective dreams in the postwar years and into the 1950s. These stories helped define widely shared conceptions of who counted as representative Americans and who could be recognized as belonging. The book listens in as white and black authors and directors, readers and viewers reveal divergent, emotionally textured, and politically charged social visions. Their diverse perspectives provide a point of entry into an extraordinary time when the possibilities for social transformation seemed boundless. But changes were also fiercely contested, especially as the war's culture of unity receded in the resurgence of cold war anticommunism, and demands for racial equality were met with intensifying white resistance. Judith E. Smith traces the cultural trajectory of these family stories, as they circulated widely in bestselling paperbacks, hit movies, and popular drama on stage, radio, and television. Visions of Belonging provides unusually close access to a vibrant conversation among white and black Americans about the boundaries between public life and family matters and the meanings of race and ethnicity. Would the new appearance of white working class ethnic characters expand Americans'understanding of democracy? Would these stories challenge the color line? How could these stories simultaneously show that black families belonged to the larger "family" of the nation while also representing the forms of danger and discriminations that excluded them from full citizenship? In the 1940s, war-driven challenges to racial and ethnic borderlines encouraged hesitant trespass against older notions of "normal." But by the end of the 1950s, the cold war cultural atmosphere discouraged probing of racial and social inequality and ultimately turned family stories into a comforting retreat from politics. The book crosses disciplinary boundaries, suggesting a novel method for cultural history by probing the social history of literary, dramatic, and cinematic texts. Smith's innovative use of archival research sets authorial intent next to audience reception to show how both contribute to shaping the contested meanings of American belonging.
Category: History

Encyclopedia Of American Drama

Author : Jackson R. Bryer
ISBN : 9781438140766
Genre : American drama
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Provides a comprehensive guide to American dramatic literature, from its origins in the early days of the nation to American classics such as Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman and Thornton Wilder's Our Town to the groundbreaking works of today's best writers.
Category: American drama

The Big Knife

Author : Clifford Odets
ISBN : 0822201151
Genre : Drama
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THE STORY: We witness the last few days of Charlie Castle, a top movie star and an idealist, whose years of compromise with his beliefs for the sake of a Hollywood career have resulted in the slow destruction of his personality. We see his struggle
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American Working Class Literature

Author : Nicholas Coles
ISBN : UCSC:32106017805810
Genre : Literary Criticism
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American Working-Class Literature is an edited collection containing over 300 oieces of literature by, about, and in the interests of the working class in America. Organized in a broadly historical fashion, with texts are grouped around key historical and cultural developments in working-class life, this volume records the literature of the working classes from the early laborers of the 1600 up until the present.
Category: Literary Criticism