This devastatingly beautiful dramatic work, Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) was recently named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2015. From Suzan-Lori Parks, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Topdog/Underdog, this new work is the opening trilogy of a projected nine-play cycle that will ultimately take us into the present. Offered his freedom if he joins his master in the ranks of the Confederacy, Hero, a slave, must choose whether to leave the woman and people he loves for what may be another empty promise. As his decision brings him face to face with a nation at war with itself, the ones Hero left behind debate whether to escape or wait for his return, only to discover that for Hero, freedom may have come at a great spiritual cost. 


From the prolific and award-winning playwright Will Eno, The Realistic Joneses is the widely-acclaimed Broadway debut from the popular contemporary absurdist. Bob and Jennifer and their new neighbors, John and Pony, are two suburban couples who have more in common than their identical last names. This existential comedy, pitched in Will Eno's singular voice, finds the darkness, sweetness and hilarity in our fleeting and ordinary days, as we seek to reveal ourselves, and conceal ourselves, often in the same minute. Sometimes there are only short-term answers to life's eternal questions, but all four Joneses, like all of us, are going to try their best, in very different ways. 


In his new book An Actor's Companion, Seth Barrish, a prominent director with almost forty years of experience in the field has created a new guide and useful resource for actors and theatre professionals. A collection of practical acting tips, tools, and exercises, An Actor's Companion is ideal for both the seasoned professionals and actors-in-training. The tips -- all simple, direct, and useful -- are easy to understand and even easier to apply, in both rehearsal and in performance. Through The Barrow Group, founded in 1986, Seth Barrish has taught thousands of actors, many of whom have achieved critical accolades and honors such as Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, Obie Awards and more. Anne Hathaway, prolific film actress and former student of Barrish's, provides the foreword for the book.

In Ballyturk, the new innovative work from Enda Walsh, the lives of two men unravel quickly over the course of 90 minutes. Where are they? Who are they? What room is this, and what might be beyond the walls? The characters grapple with the confines of their fictional town of Ballyturk, falling through a Beckettian spiral into the heady unknown. A gut-wrenchingly funny, achingly sad play, featuring jaw-dropping moments of physical comedy, from the award-winning writer of such brilliant works as The New Electric Ballroom, The Walworth Farce and the internationally acclaimed musical Once. 


And more...


New from Nick Hern Books comes 3 Winters by Tena Stivicic, winner of the 2015 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. A portrait of an eclectic family, held together by the courage to survive. In an ivy-clad house in Zagreb, Croatia, the Kos family argue and fall in and out of love as world after world is erected and then torn down around them. From the remnants of monarchy, through Communism, then democracy, war, and eventual acceptance into a wider Europe, four generations of Kos women - each one more independent than the last - have to adapt to survive. 


Bringing together some of the innovative, thought-provoking, and daring new works from New York's downtown theater scene, 
The Downtown Anthology from Playscripts, Inc. offers a rich collection of plays from both up-and-coming and established playwrights. Includes: A Map of Virtue by Erin Courtney; We Are Proud To Present A Presentation About The Herero Of Namibia, Formerly Known As Southwest Africa, From The German Südwestafrika, Between The Years 1884-1915 by Jackie Sibblies Drury; Trevor by Nick Jones; The Lily's Revenge by Taylor Mac; Alice in Slasherland by Qui Nguyen; 

Phoebe in Winter by Jen Silverman. 


Oberon Books has released Tips for Actors by Fergus Craig, with a foreword by Ellen Page. In the most important theatrical book of this or any other decade, moderate twitter sensation @tips4actors (unrestrained by a 140-character limit) gives you all the advice you need to take your acting to the next level. How to upstage your fellow cast members; what to wear on the first day of rehearsals; and a guide to the finest places to poo in London's West End - it's all in here! Who else would come up with such transformative advice as: "Never read the script. Would your character read the script? No, of course not. For them the script doesn't exist."

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 June, Steph Wessels, membership and marketing
associate, has selected Raised in Captivity by Nicky Silver, and here's why. 

TCG Bestsellers 

May 2015


by Anne Bogart and Tina Landau


2. The Flick 

by Annie Baker


by Tony Kushner


4. An Actor's Companion

by Seth Barrish


5. Into the Woods 

by James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim


6. A Tempest

by Aime Cesaire

by Tracy Letts


8.  Topdog/Underdog

by Suzan-Lori Parks


9. Water by the Spoonful

by Quiara Alegria Hudes


10. Doubt
by John Patrick Shanley


TCG Titles Currently in Production in   



Vulture features Annie Baker and her love of "flicks"

Check out Jesse Green's article discussing Annie Baker's passion for film and the new commercial run of her Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Flick currently running at the Barrow Street Theatre in New York.

Suzan-Lori Parks signs her new play Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) at the Book Expo of America

Suzan-Lori Parks with TCG's publisher Terry Nemeth at the Javits Center in New York on May 28th, showing off the beautiful double-cover for her book. 

A Tribute to Tina Howe, TCG Playwright and Student Mentor

As a guest writer on, one student's recounts herexperience studying under Tina Howe, during the treasured playwright's last year before retiring from teaching at Hunter College.
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