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  • This Is How It Goesby Neil LaBute

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2005; US$ 14.99

    Belinda and Cody Phipps appear a typical Midwestern couple: teenage sweethearts, children, luxurious home. Typical except that Cody is black--"rich, black, and different," in the words of Belinda, who finds herself attracted to a former (white) classmate. As the battle for her affections is waged, Belinda and Cody frankly doubt the foundation of... more...

  • Wrecksby Neil LaBute

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2007; US$ 15.99

    Can someone honestly love a person whom they have deceived for thirty years? This is the central question behind Wrecks , Neil LaBute's latest foray into the dark side of human nature. Meet Edward Carr: loving father, successful businessman, grieving widower. In this concise powerhouse of a play, LaBute limns the boundaries of love, exploring the... more...

  • Detroitby Lisa D'Amour

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 15.99

    In a "first ring" suburb outside a midsize American city, Ben and Mary fire up the grill to welcome the new neighbors who've moved into the long-empty house next door. The fledgling friendship soon veers out of control, shattering the fragile hold that newly unemployed Ben and burgeoning alcoholic Mary have on their way of life?with unexpected comic... more...

  • DRINKS BEFORE DINNERby E.L. Doctorow

    Random House Publishing Group 2011; US$ 8.95

    The long-unavailable work by one of America's most eminent writers. more...

  • Clybourne Parkby Bruce Norris

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 16.99

    Clybourne Park spans two generations fifty years apart. In 1959, Russ and Bev are selling their desirable two-bedroom at a bargain price, unknowingly bringing the first black family into the neighborhood (borrowing a plot line from Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun ) and creating ripples of discontent among the cozy white residents of Clybourne... more...

  • The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Windowby Lorraine Hansberry

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 9.99

    Drama in three acts by Lorraine Hansberry, produced in 1964 and published the following year. The play concerns the nature of personal commitment to an ideal. The character Sidney Brustein is a disillusioned white intellectual. Alton Scales, a black activist who loves Sidney's sister-in-law, Gloria, persuades Sidney to support the candidacy of... more...

  • The Old Neighborhoodby David Mamet

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 12.00

    In The Old Neighborhood  David Mamet confirms his stature as a master of the American stage, a writer who can turn the most innocuous phrase into a lit fuse and a family reunion into a perfectly orchestrated firestorm of sympathy, yearning, and blistering authentic rage.               In these three short plays, a middle-aged Bobby Gould returns... more...

  • The Cryptogramby David Mamet

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 13.00

    In this gripping short play, David Mamet combines mercurial intelligence with genuinely Hitchcockian menace. The Cryptogram is a journey back into childhood and the moment of its vanishing?the moment when the sheltering world is suddenly revealed as a place full of dangers.             On a night in 1959 a boy is waiting to go on a camping trip... more...

  • Soul of a Whore and Purvisby Denis Johnson

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2012; US$ 20.99

    Two plays?hilarious and searing in equal measure?by one of our most essential and original authors In his poetry, short stories, novels, and plays, the National Book Award-winning author Denis Johnson has explored the story of America?especially of the West, land of self-made men and self-perpetuating myths?with searing honesty and genuine sympathy.... more...

  • Detroitby Lisa D'Amour

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 14.57

    In a suburb of a mid-sized American city, Ben and Mary welcome to the neighbourhood Sharon and Kenny who have moved in to the long-empty house next door. Fuelled by alcohol and backyard barbecues, their new friendship veers rapidly out of control as inhibitions are obliterated, laying bare the fragility of Ben and Mary's off-the-shelf lifestyle. ... more...