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Classic Plays by Women

From 1600 - 2000

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Classic Plays by Women by Aphra Behn
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Staged in theatres by successive generations and proving relevant to contemporary audiences, the plays demonstrate the wit, theatrical skill and innovation of their creators in exploring timeless topics from marriage, morality and money to class conflict, rage and sexual desire. An essential resource for students, playwrights, colleges, universities and libraries, this collection also provides theatres with the opportunity to programme a range of theatrical classics by women. Plays from: Hroswitha's 'Paphnutius' (extract); Elizabeth Cary's 'The Tragedy of Mariam'(extract); Aphra Behn's 'The Rover'; Susanna Centlivre's 'A Bold Stroke For A Wife'; Joanna Baillie's 'De Montfort'; Githa Sowerby's 'Rutherford and Son'; Enid Bagnold's 'The Chalk Garden'; Caryl Churchill's 'Top Girls' (extract); Marie Jones' 'Stones in his Pockets'.

Author Biography

Susan Croft Susan is a writer, historian, curator and researcher. She worked in the USA with the Omaha Magic Theatre in the early 1980s, returning to Britain to work as a dramaturg with small-scale theatre companies and founding New Playwrights Trust, of which she was Director from 1986-89. She taught Creative Arts (Performance) at Nottingham Trent University and then was Senior Research Fellow in Performance Arts at Manchester Metropolitan University to 1996. From 1997-2005, she was Curator of Contemporary Performance at the Theatre Museum where she worked on the National Video Archive of Performance. She also curated four major exhibitions including Let Paul Robeson Sing! and Architects of Fantasy and pioneered a range of initiatives to record the history of black and Asian theatre in Britain. She has written extensively on women playwrights, including: ... She Also Wrote Plays: an International Guide to Women Playwrights from the 10th to the 21st Century (Faber, 2001) and edited Votes for Women and other plays (Aurora Metro, 2009). She is working on A Critical Bibliography of Plays Published by Women Playwrights in English to 1914 (working title) for Manchester University Press and a major anthology Staging the New Woman, with Sherry Engle. She also runs the project Unfinished Histories: Recording the History of Alternative Theatre, with Jessica Higgs, a major initiative to record oral histories and preserve archives of the alternative theatre movement from the 1960s to the 1980s. See for further details. She lives in London with her husband and two children.
Release date Australia
January 1st, 2010
Edited by Cheryl Robson Edited by Susan Croft
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Aurora Metro Books
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