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  • Behind the Beautiful Foreversby David Hare

    Faber & Faber 2014; US$ 13.11

    It's not just that rich people don't know what they've got. They don't even know what they throw away. India is beginning to prosper. But beyond the luxury hotels surrounding Mumbai airport is an obstacle, a makeshift slum. It's home to foul mouthed Zehrunisa and her garbage sorting son Abdul, entrepreneurs both. Sunil, twelve, picks plastic.... more...

  • Berlin/Wallby David Hare

    Faber & Faber 2009; US$ 7.29

    Berlin/Wall In two contrasted readings for the stage, David Hare visits a place where a famous wall has come down; then another where a wall is going up. Berlin For his whole adult life, David Hare has been visiting the city which so many young people regard as the most exciting in Europe. But there's something in Berlin's elusive character... more...

  • The Power of Yesby David Hare

    Faber & Faber 2010; US$ 14.57

    On 15 September 2008, capitalism came to a grinding halt. As sub-prime mortgages and toxic securities continued to dominate the headlines well into 2009, this spring the National Theatre asked David Hare to write an urgent and immediate work to be staged this autumn that sought to find out what had happened, and why. Capitalism works when greed... more...

  • South Downs and Mere Fact, Mere Fictionby David Hare

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 13.11

    John Blakemore is a solitary boy who finds it impossible either to understand or adapt to the ways of the school. His adolescent earnestness put off teacher and pupil alike. And now suddenly he seems to be in danger of losing his only friend. David Hare's emotional new play, written at the invitation of the Rattigan estate as a response to The... more...

  • Obedience, Struggle and Revoltby David Hare

    Faber & Faber 2014; US$ 14.57

    What is a political playwright? Does theatre have any direct effect on society? Why choose to work in a medium which speaks to so few? Is theatre itself facing oblivion? All frequent questions addressed to David Hare over the last thirty-five years, as his work has taken him from the travelling fringe to the National Theatre, from seasons on Broadway... more...

  • The Secret Raptureby David Hare

    Faber & Faber 2014; US$ 13.11

    An elderly antiquarian bookseller has just died at his home in the country. His two daughters come to attend to things. Isobel, who has been nursing him, is a partner in a small design firm. Marion is in politics - already a junior minister. It is Marion's profession to provide answers, and to back those who offer solutions, but not all human situations... more...

  • Acting Upby David Hare

    Faber & Faber 2014; US$ 14.57

    In 1997 the 50-year-old playwright David Hare decided to visit the 50-year-old state of Israel and write a play - Via Dolorosa - about the conflict. He then chose to become the actor of his own play and set about learning to act the monologue for an uninterrupted 95 minutes on stage. Acting Up is a diary of the ups and downs of that learning curve... more...

  • Amy's Viewby David Hare

    Faber & Faber 2014; US$ 14.57

    It is 1979. Esme Allen is a well-known West End actress at just the moment when the West End is ceasing to offer actors a regular way of life. The visit of her young daughter, Amy, with a new boyfriend sets in train a series of events which only find their shape eighteen years later. A generational play about the long term struggle between a strong... more...

  • Writing Left-Handedby David Hare

    Faber & Faber 2014; US$ 13.11

    The leading British writer-director of his generation, David Hare is also one of the most productive. The last two years have seen the outstanding success of two stage plays, The Secret Rapture and Racing Demon , and the release of two films, Paris by Night and Strapless . The pieces collected here, written left-handed, form both a concealed... more...

  • Via Dolorosaby David Hare

    Faber & Faber 2013; US$ 14.57

    'My whole life, it's been assumed, Western civilisation is an old bitch gone in the teeth. And so people say, go to Israel. Because in Israel at least people are fighting. In Israel, they're fighting for something they believe in.' Via Dolorosa In 1997, after many invitations, the 50-year-old British playwright resolved finally to visit the 50-year-old... more...