in a new version by Stephen Karam

From The New York Times: "Mr. Karam's plays aren't tearful, but they are often about loss--of love, of health, of innocence--and the messy, haphazard, necessary ways we get on with our lives afterward... He specializes in painful comedies that really shouldn't be as funny as they are. Karam is a mature writer, very much in command of his gifts."

Stephen Karam is known for his dedication to exploring the idiosyncrasies of human speech and behavior--the subtleties, the depth, and the won­derfully awkward minutiae. With this new adaptation of  The Cherry Orchard , Chekhov's canonical masterpiece about a family on the brink of bankruptcy, Karam's fluid style pairs harmoniously with the work of the master playwright.
by David Mamet

In David Mamet's searing new drama, Charles, a psychiatrist, is thrown into a firestorm of controversy when he refuses to testify on behalf of a gay client accused of killing ten people. He claims his refusal is a principled defense of the Hippocratic oath, enshrining the confidentiality of the doctor-client relationship. The client's defense claims it is bigotry. As Charles is subjected to a Job-like barrage of misfortune, The Penitent asks the question: What is the cost of standing up for what you believe?
by Craig Lucas

From the  Village Voice "Full of interest, intelligence, amusement, and spine-chilling verity...  Small Tragedy  is a play to see and ponder, staying with you, in typical Lucas fashion, long after you leave the theater."

While rehearsing  Oedipus , turbulent relationships between actors threaten to sabotage the production. As tensions grow stronger and hidden truths emerge, reality begins to emulate  Oedipus  in staggering ways. Craig Lucas's topical and complex play is a remarkably funny, sharply articulated missive about tragedy in the contemporary world.
by Paula Vogel

From The New York Times: "The play is steeped in a gentle lyricism we associate with nostalgic portraits of American youth. The tone, the setting, the characters seem at first so familiar, so, well, normal, that it's only by degrees that we sense the poison within the pastels. By then we feel both locked into, and complicit with, this portrait of a warping relationship. That's the art of Drive."
Paula Vogel's widely celebrated masterpiece,  How I Learned to Drive , winner of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and many other accolades, is published here for the first time as a stand-alone edition. Following a disjointed timeline of the twisted dynamics between Uncle Peck and his young niece L'il Bit, the story unfolds through her perspective, detailing the murky transformation she underwent. Known for its dark subject matter, the work demonstrates the result of child abuse on identity and the discovery of strength through trauma.

These fabulous new titles come from our Partner Publishers  -- all of whom are distributed by TCG and can be found in our online bookstore.

Year of the Mad King
The Lear Diaries
By Antony Sher
From Nick Hern Books, a fascinating account of researching, rehearsing and performing one of Shakespeare's greatest roles: King Lear. Antony Sher's honest, illuminating, and witty commentary provides an intimate, first-hand look at the development of his Lear for the 2016 Royal Shakespeare Company production. Also included are a selection of Sher's paintings and sketches, many reproduced in full color. King Lear transfers to the Brooklyn Academy of Music in April 2018. 
From Playwrights Canada Press, an emotional and raw new play that investigates family dynamics, trust, resolution and change. For six years of her childhood, Claudette and her sister were left with their grandmother while their mother, Daphne, moved from Jamaica to the United States to start a new chapter for their family. But in that time, Daphne remarried and had another daughter. Claudette, now in her late thirties, travels to visit her dying mother in Brooklyn, but that doesn't stop her anger and abandonment issues from bubbling up. Under one roof again, each family member is forced to confront their emotions while there's still time.

Reflections on Language and Meaning
by Peter Brook
In this new title from Nick Hern Books, acclaimed theatre director Peter Brook takes a charming, playful, and wise look at topics such as the subtle, telling differences between French and English, and the many levels on which we can appreciate the works of Shakespeare. Brook also revisits his seminal concept of the "empty space," considering how theatre--and the world--has changed over the span of his long and distinguished career.

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