The award-winning team behind Doubt -- playwright John Patrick Shanley and director Doug Hughes -- reunite on Broadway for the world-premiere romantic comedy Outside Mullingar starring Debra Messing and Bryan F. O'Byrne. Playing through March 16 at Manhattan Theatre Club, Shanley's newest follows the romance between two middle-aged neighbors in rural Ireland as family eccentricities and land feuds threaten to keep them apart. The volume contains an introduction by the playwright about his own offbeat Irish family that inspired this work.


Playwright-provocateur Adam Rapp (Pulitzer Prize finalist for Red Light Winter), spanning  100 years in a Lower East Side tenement hallway, weaves tales of love, torment and redemption in  The Hallway Trilogy. In the playwright's words: "I thought setting a series of plays in one of these transitional spaces would be an exciting challenge:  How to extend moments and dig deep with story and character. How to embrace the limitations of a non-descript, narrow space... How the actual hallway would change over the course of a century... And what doesn't change? What's forgotten? Which lives have haunted a building and which ones simply fade away?" 


Twenty years after its world premiere, Tony Kushner's masterpiece, Angels in America, received its first New York revival in fall 2010 at Signature Theatre. This new Revised and Complete Edition, available in hardcover and paperback, contains both Part One: Millennium Approaches and Part Two: Perestroika, in the revised versions that were performed, as well as a new author's foreword. TCG celebrated the launch of this new edition with the playwright and director George C. Wolfe at Signature Theatre back in December.
Inspired by the case of gay Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi, who killed himself in 2010 after being harassed by his straight roommate, Teddy Ferrara is a searing new play about what happens when a tragedy sparks a movement -- and the truth gets lost along the way. By Christopher Shinn, the author of Pulitzer Prize-finalist Dying City, this gripping drama received its world premiere at Chicago's Goodman Theatre in 2013. 


Published to mark the National Theatre's 50th anniversary, The National Theatre Story (Oberon Books) chronicles the political, architectural and artistic history of London's National Theatre, revealing scores of previously unpublished stories. Author Daniel Rosenthal interviewed more than 100 actors, directors, playwrights and producers, and was granted unprecedented access to the National's archive. The result is this definitive work which covers many of the stage's greatest actors, dramatists and productions.


Seamlessly blending the personal and the political, Grounded (Oberon Books) tells the story of a hot-rod F16 fighter pilot whose unexpected pregnancy ends her career in the sky. A tour-de-force play for one actress, the multiple-awards-winning play by George Brant targets our assumptions about war, family and the power of storytelling. 


One of the hotly debated current issues is the turn by visual artists towards theatre as a way of working, by using plays, acting and rehearsal techniques for their art. The first of the new "Performance Ideas" books by PAJ, newARTtheatre: Evolutions of the Performance Aesthetic by Paul David Young, includes playwright and curator Paul David Young in dialogue with many crossover artists, including Pablo Helguera, Liz Magic Laser, David Levine, Janet Cardiff, Alix Pearlstein and Michael Smith, who offer wide-ranging views on performance, video, photography and sound.

August: Osage County
by Tracy Letts


One of the most bracing and critically acclaimed plays in recent Broadway history, Tracy Letts's Pulitzer Prize-winning August: Osage County is a portrait of the dysfunctional American family at its finest -- and absolute worst. 



A new edition of the play, coinciding with the current film starring Academy Award nominees Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, as well as Chris Cooper, Dermot Mulroney, Sam Shepherd, Juliette Lewis and Ewan McGregor, is now available. Letts's screenplay was nominated for a WGA Award and a Critics Choice Award. Watch the Oscars on Sunday, March 2, to see if either Streep or Roberts goes home with the gold.

Will Eno

The Pulitzer Prize-finalist playwright of Thom Pain (based on nothing) receives a starry Broadway premiere. 


Nearly ten years after being christened by the New York Times as "a Samuel Beckett for the Jon Stewart generation," playwright Will Eno (Middletown, The Flu Season) is receiving his Broadway premiere, and it's a starry one at that. The Realistic Joneses, which begins performances March 13 at the Lyceum Theatre in NYC, first premiered at Yale Rep in spring 2012. It's an outrageous, intimate look at the suburbanites who live next door -- and in this case, those same last-named neighbors are portrayed by playwright-actor Tracy Letts, Marisa Tomei, Michael C. Hall and Toni Collette. The production will be directed by Sam Gold, who also helmed the Yale production.

The busy playwright also has a play premiering Off-Broadway simultaneously: The Open House -- which, as Eno told the New York Times, he wrote because he "had never written a play that was just about a family" -- began performances at Signature Theatre on February 11 and will run through March 23. (One imagines that the playwright, known for sly language and absurd humor, wrote his this "synopsis" of the play for Signature's website; the "trailer" can be viewed here.)

The next act for Eno? TCG will publish a volume including his plays Title and Deed and Oh, the Humanity and Other Good Intentions, as well as Gnit, a willfully American misreading of Henrik Ibsen's Peer Gynt, this spring. In addition, the recently married Eno is expecting his first child with actress Maria Dizzia. And that might be his greatest work of all.

In the Wake
Monday, March 24 at 7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble; New York, NY


Obie-winning author Lisa Kron, author of Well and the recent hit-musical Fun Homepresents a reading of In the Wake, a play that takes on the question of our country's character and politics with plenty of humor and passion. This event is co-sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts.

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Each month, a TCG staff member selects a TCG Books title that holds a special meaning -- whether it's a show the staffer performed in, a dog-eared acting resource, a writer that continually inspires or simply a favorite play -- and we offer a special 50% discount off that title for the month. For February, Alissa Moore, education, research & collective action associate, has selected Ruined by Lynn Nottage, and here's why. 
TCG Bestsellers

February 2014


1.  August: Osage County
by Tracy Letts   


2. Outside Mullingar
by John Patrick Shanley


3. Doubt
by John Patrick Shanley


4. Cloud 9
by Caryl Churchill


5. Jerusalem
by Jez Butterworth


6. The Vermont Plays
by Annie Baker


7. The Hallway Trilogy

by Adam Rapp


8. The Viewpoints Book

by Anne Bogart &
Tina Landau


9.  Angels in America:
Revised and Complete
by Tony Kushner


10. Next to Normal

by Tom Kitt &
Brian Yorkey


TCG Titles Currently in Production in March


4000 Miles  by Amy Herzog, Capital Stage Company (CA)
Floyd Collins
by Adam Guettel &
Tina Landau, 
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts (CA)
Spring Awakening
by Steven Sater & Duncan Sheik,
PCPA Theaterfest (CA)
Spring Awakening
by Steven Sater & Duncan Sheik,
Cygnet Theatre Company (CA)
4000 Miles
by Amy Herzog,
Long Wharf Theatre (CT)
King Hedley II
by August Wilson,
Congo Square Theatre (IL)  
Road Show
by John Weidman & Stephen Sondehim, Chicago Shakespeare Theater (IL)
Water by the Spoonful
by Quiara Alegrķa Hudes, Court Theatre (IL)
Good People
by David Lindsay-Abaire, The Public Theatre (ME)
By the Way, Meet Vera Stark by Lynn Nottage, 
Actor's Theatre of Charlotte (NC)
Chinglish by
David Henry Hwang, 
Syracuse Stage (NY)
The Light in the Piazza
by Craig Lucas &
Adam Guettel,
Portland Playhouse (OR)

Water by the Spoonful
by Quiara Alegrķa Hudes, Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OR)


by Stephen Sondheim & George Furth, Tennessee Repertory Theatre (TN)


By the Way, Meet Vera Stark by Lynn Nottage, The Ensemble Theatre (TX)


Time Stands Still
by Donald Margulies, Main Street Theater (TX)


Enter Playwright, Trailed by Filmmakers    

by Erik Piepenburg
New York Times  


"The studio said: Let's make it a hug instead. And I said: Well, then we'd have to call it Prelude to a Hug." Playwrights Craig Lucas, Eric Bogosian, David Lindsay-Abaire, Alfred Uhry and more discuss adapting their works for the silver screen.


Turns Out His Blood Runs Green 
by John Patrick Shanley

New York Times


"I always knew I'd have to come home eventually." John Patrick Shanley discusses his Irishness and his newest play, Outside Mullingar, currently on Broadway.


Adam Rapp, Theresa Rebeck slated for 
Pacific Playwrights Festival

by David Ng
Los Angeles Times


Adam Rapp (The Hallway Trilogy) and Samuel Hunter (The Whale/A Bright New Boise) will be part of the festival in Costa Mesa, CA, April 25-27.


Columbia University Announces Winner of 2014 Edward M. Kennedy Prize   


The prize for a drama inspired by American history was awarded to Dominique Morisseau's Detroit '67, which is published by Oberon Books.  


Going Down For It: Thomas Bradshaw's Intimacy
by Ariel Stess
The Brooklyn Rail  


Thomas Bradshaw, the author of Intimacy, currently running Off-Broadway and to be published by TCG this fall, speaks to fearlessness, shock and genuine laughter in his work. 

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