The Tony-nominated play The Assembled Parties is TCG's first title from the venerable playwright Richard Greenberg. The play centers around the Bascovs, an Upper West Side Jewish family, over the course of two decades. In 1980, former movie star Julie and her sister-in-law Faye bring their families together for a traditional holiday dinner on a night when things don't go as planned. Twenty years later, as 2001 approaches, the Bascovs' life may be about to crumble.

 


Acclaimed theatre director Richard Maxwell is known for his innovative techniques and experimental work -- all chronicled and discussed in his new pocket-sized book Theater For Beginners. With his ongoing exploration into actor behavior and an ever-innovative body of work, Maxwell has written a study guide to the art of making theatre. This illuminating volume provides a deeper understanding of his work, aesthetic philosophy and process for creating theatre.
 

As the second entry in TCG's Classic Russian Drama Series, renowned playwright Richard Nelson and preeminent translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky have translated Ivan Turgenev's classic work A Month in the Country.  "I set myself quite a complicated psychological task in this comedy," Turgenev wrote of the play, which would go on to become a major part of the Russian dramatic canon.  

 

 

 

The celebrated play Stage Kiss is TCG's latest from Sarah Ruhl, one of America's most widely produced playwrights. When estranged lovers are thrown together as romantic leads in a long-forgotten 1930s melodrama, the line between offstage and onstage begins to blur. Ruhl brings her unique mix of lyricism, sparkling humor and fierce intelligence to the world of romantic comedy. The play asks us to consider what is real, both in love and in art.

  

 

TCG is pleased to offer The Country House, the newest play from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies. Anna Patterson, the matriarch of a brood of famous and longing-to-be-famous creative artists, has gathered her family at their Berkshires summerhouse during the Williamstown Theatre Festival on the anniversary of her beloved daughter's death. But as restless egos and simmering jealousies derail the weekend, this family of performers must come to terms with the roles they play in each other's lives.

 

 

And more...

 

 

New from Chance MagazineChance is a photography magazine and serialized art book that looks at the world through the lens of theater and design. In the new issue, Issue 4: Unbound, new spaces mean new ideas, and the reactivation of theatre as a literary contact sport.  Chance 4 includes The Chekhov Project at Lake Lucille; Rita Ryack's Casa Valentina; James Thompson's work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; design legend Eugene Lee's library; Hugh Hardy's new buildings for LCT3 and TFANA and much more.

New from Oberon Books: Founded in 2004, the TEAM is an internationally-acclaimed Brooklyn-based collaborative ensemble. Once described as "Gertrude Stein meets MTV," the TEAM's mission is to make new work about the experience of living in America today. Released in celebration of the company's 10th anniversary, Five Plays by the TEAM collects the group's seminal works along with a timeline of events, production and rehearsal images, personal introductions to the plays by members of the company, and a foreword by John Tiffany (Blackwatch, Once). 

New from Nick Hern Books: Jack Thorne's haunting adaptation of Let the Right One In (a 2004 vampire novel and 2008 horror film) follows Oskar, a bullied, lonely, teenage boy, who is living with his mother on a housing estate at the edge of town, when a spate of sinister killings rocks the neighborhood. Eli is the young girl who has just moved in next door. Sensing in each other a kindred spirit, the two become devoted friends. What Oskar doesn't know is that Eli has been a teenager for a very long time.
 
In addition to publishing its own books, TCG is proud to distribute the publications of eleven other terrific drama publishers. Here, we shine a spotlight on the work of PAJ Publications. 

PAJ Publications was founded in 1976 by Bonnie Marranca and Gautam Dasgupta to publish important, original works in the arts and the critical commentary about them, as an ongoing dialogue between art, artists, and the public. In its 39 years, PAJ has published more than 1000 plays, performance texts, and groundbreaking essays, translated from more than 20 languages, in more than 155 books. Its list of authors includes Maria Irene Fornes, Sam Shepard, Heiner Müller, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Michael Chekhov, Victor Turner, Yvonne Rainer, John Jesurun and Thomas Bradshaw, as well as works from the modernist heritage in symbolism, Dadaism, and futurism. 

Most recently, PAJ Publications has launched its "Performance Ideas" series, a collection of books that examine the intersection between performance and other fields, including visual arts, video, music, neuroscience and technology. The second entry in the series, Conversations with Meredith Monk, was published in October 2014.

 

Today, PAJ is overseen by Ms. Marranca, who also serves as publisher and editor of PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, a triannual periodical that is distributed by MIT Press Journals. PAJ Publications received an Obie Award in 1983. In 2011, Ms. Marranca won the award for Excellence in Editing from the Association of Theatre in Higher Education. 


 


Richard Nelson (The Apple Family)
in Conversation with Robert Marx
February 28th at 7pm
Oblong Books; Rhinebeck, NY

Award-winning playwright Richard Nelson's critically acclaimed play cycle about loss, memory and remembrance follows the Apple family of Rhinebeck, New York, as they grapple with events both personal and political in their immediate present: the 2010 election (That Hopey Changey Thing), the tenth anniversary of 9/11 (Sweet and Sad), Obama's reelection (Sorry), and the fiftieth anniversary of JFK's assassination (Regular Singing). 

At this event Nelson will talk about The Apple Family play cycle with colleague Robert Marx, president of The Samuels Foundation in New York City.
 
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To purchase a copy of The Apple Family, click here.

 


Each month, a TCG staff member selects a TCG Books title that holds a special meaning -- whether it's  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, Soriya Chum, artistic & international programs intern, has selected Thom Pain (based on nothing) by Will Eno, and here's why.
TCG Bestsellers 

January 2015

 

by James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim

 

2. Angels in America: Revised and Complete Edition

by Tony Kushner

 

3. The Flick 
by Annie Baker
 

4. Doubt

by John Patrick Shanley

 

5. The America Play and Other Works

by Suzan-Lori Parks

 

6. Topdog/Underdog

by Suzan-Lori Parks

7. A Tempest
by Aime Cesaire

 

8. Ruined

by Lynn Nottage

 

9. August: Osage County

by Tracy Letts

 

10. Venus
by Suzan-Lori Parks

 

TCG Titles Currently in Production in   
February

 

Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov, adapted by Annie Baker, Southwest Shakespeare Company (AZ)
 


King Hedley II by August Wilson, Arena Stage (DC)

4000 Miles by Amy Herzog, Aurora Theatre (GA)

Ruined by Lynn Nottage, Everyman Theatre (MD)

 
Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, Theatre Horizon (PA)

 


by Jeanine Tesori and Tony Kushner, Virginia Repertory Theatre (VA)


 

Hartford Courant: "New Book Celebrates Set-Design Master Ming Cho Lee"

Check out the thoughtful article about Ming Cho Lee: A Life in Design by Frank Rizzo, including a discussion with author Arnold Aronson and Ming Cho Lee himself.

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Play The Flick to be Restaged

Annie Baker's widely-lauded play The Flick will re-open this spring at the Barrow Street Theatre, with the original cast and director returning.  

"Catching Up" with Tony Kushner and His Current Projects

R. Kurt Osenlund from Out interviews the beloved playwright Tony Kushner about the exciting new works he has up his sleeve. 

Yale Library Now Includes the Work of Paula Vogel

The Yale library's rare book collection recently attained the literary archive of Paula Vogel, making her work the first by a female playwright to join the collection.

LA Times Examines the Macabre Repertoire of Conor McPherson

Check out LA Times columnist Charles McNulty's article about the  mutating style of Conor McPherson's plays and his new work on stage at the Geffen, The Night Alive (soon to be published by TCG).
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