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The Secret Rapture and Other Plays

Author : David Hare
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A collection of five plays from the Tony Award–winning playwright and screenwriter, “the premiere political dramatist writing in English” (The Washington Post). David Hare, “Britain’s leading contemporary playwright,” has established a unique reputation for plays that are at once personal and political, deeply serious and incredibly funny (The Times). He is the author of seventeen plays, many of which have been presented on Broadway. Included in this collection are Fanshen; A Map of the World; Saigon: Year of the Cat; The Bay at Nice; and The Secret Rapture. Of the title play, Frank Rich of The New York Times said, “The Secret Rapture has gone further than before in marrying political thought to the compelling drama of lives that refuse to conform to any ideology’s utopian plan . . . Mr. Hare embraces the human, messy though it may be.” Praise for David Hare Fanshen “The nearest any English contemporary writer has come to emulating Brecht.” —Financial Times A Map of the World “Mr. Hare’s A Map of the World, which passionately embraces utopia without arrogantly presuming to annex it, is original and provocative.” —The New York Times Saigon “An impressive new film which vividly captures the last desperate days in Vietnam as the Reds laid siege to the sweltering city.” —Daily Express The Bay at Nice “Witty, cerebral, and full of fine-spun ironies.” —The Guardian The Secret Rapture “His writing, as always, is smart, and this time, glorious. The characters are unhackneyed and complex; the insights are tough and hard to ignore.” —New York Newsday

The Secret Rapture

Author : David Hare
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An elderly antiquarian bookseller has just died at his home in the country. His two daughters come to attend to things. Isobel, who has been nursing him, is a partner in a small design firm. Marion is in politics - already a junior minister. It is Marion's profession to provide answers, and to back those who offer solutions, but not all human situations yield to a professional approach - least of all when they involve their junior step-mother Katherine. In this elegantly constructed play, a mordant comedy of manners deepens into a painfully unsparing examination of the consequences of applying principled pragmatism to human feelings. 'David Hare has written one of the best English plays since the war and established himself as the finest British dramatist of his generation.' John Peter, Sunday Times

David Hare Plays 2

Author : David Hare
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This second volume of plays by David Hare contains work from the 1970s and 1980s which confirmed him as one of the major contemporary playwrights in the English language. It includes Fanshen, his remarkable 1975 play which focused on the Chinese Revolution with Brechtian subtlety, his screenplay for Saigon: Year of the Cat, The Secret Rapture, his biting portrait of a family in crisis, and the plays A Map of the World and The Bay at Nice. The collection is introduced by the author.

A Study Guide for David Hare s The Secret Rapture

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A Study Guide for David Hare's "The Secret Rapture," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Drama For Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Drama For Students for all of your research needs.

The Cambridge Companion to David Hare

Author : Richard Boon
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David Hare is one of the most important playwrights to have emerged in the UK in the last forty years. This volume examines his stage plays, television plays and cinematic films, and is the first book of its kind to offer such comprehensive and up-to-date critical treatment. Contributions from leading academics in the study of modern British theatre sit alongside those from practitioners who have worked closely with Hare throughout his career, including former Director of the National Theatre Sir Richard Eyre. Uniquely, the volume also includes a chapter on Hare's work as journalist and public speaker; a personal memoir by Tony Bicât, co-founder with Hare of the enormously influential Portable Theatre; and an interview with Hare himself in which he offers a personal retrospective of his career as a film maker which is his fullest and clearest account of that work to date.

The Blue Room

Author : David Hare
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The Tony Award–winning playwright and screenwriter delivers “a witty, contemporary reworking of Arthur Schnitzler’s nineteenth-century shocker La Ronde” (The Mail on Sunday, four stars). Arthur Schnitzler described Reigen, his loose series of sexual sketches, as “completely unprintable,” and indeed, its premiere in 1921 spurred an obscenity suit. It was only when Max Ophüls made his famous film in 1950 that the work became better known as La Ronde. Now David Hare has reset these circular scenes of love and betrayal in the present day, with a cast of two actors playing a succession of characters whose sexual lives enmesh like a daisy chain. The Blue Room is a brilliant meditation on men and women, sex and social class, actors and the theater. With deft insight about the gap between the sexes, it takes the treacherous Freudian subject of projection and desire and reinvents it in a bittersweet landscape that is both eternal and completely up to date. “[Hare’s] play slides up on one insidiously—always suggesting more than they first suggest, planting depth charges in the mind, subtly laying a minefield in the self-confidence of one’s first impressions.” —New York Post “In the jungle of this city, sex is a driving force, a commodity and a need . . . This play could almost be a vividly illustrated Freudian textbook: the erotic drive in action, amoral and ruthless. Hare’s version is, in the deepest and most essential sense, completely faithful to Schnitzler.” —The Sunday Times “Hare—buttressed by Freud and Proust—has turned sexual disappointment into something more interesting, the idea that what we are in love with is part illusion.” —The Observer

The Judas Kiss

Author : David Hare
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Oscar Wilde's philosophy leads him on a path to destruction. The Judas Kiss describes two pivotal moments: the day Wilde decides to stay in England and face imprisonment, and the night when the lover for whom he risked everything betrays him. With a burning sense of outrage, David Hare presents the consequences of an uncompromisingly moral position in a world defined by fear and conformity. Originally produced in the West End and on Broadway, this new edition coincides with a 2012 revival. 'Superbly written... Hare has taken a history and pieced it together with heroic grace... Vastly rich, sophisticated and heartbreaking.' Time Out, New York

Amy s View

Author : David Hare
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It is 1979. Esme Allen is a well-known West End actress at just the moment when the West End is ceasing to offer actors a regular way of life. The visit of her young daughter, Amy, with a new boyfriend sets in train a series of events which only find their shape eighteen years later. A generational play about the long term struggle between a strong mother and her loving daughter, Amy's View mixes love, death and the theatre in a way which is both heady and original.

Via Dolorosa

Author : David Hare
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'My whole life, it's been assumed, Western civilisation is an old bitch gone in the teeth. And so people say, go to Israel. Because in Israel at least people are fighting. In Israel, they're fighting for something they believe in.' Via DolorosaIn 1997, after many invitations, the 50-year-old British playwright resolved finally to visit the 50-year-old State of Israel. The resulting play, written to be performed by the author himself, offers a meditation on an extraordinary trip to both Israel and the Palestinian territory, which leaves Hare questioning his own values as searchingly as the powerful beliefs of those he met. Accompanying Via Dolorosa is the 1996 lecture When Shall We Live?, which also addresses questions of art and faith. Originally given in Westminster Abbey as the Eric Symes Memorial Lecture, it attracted record correspondence when an abridged version was published in the Daily Telegraph.

British and Irish Dramatists Since World War II

Author : John Stanley Bull
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Embraces the work of writers working in theatrical traditions ranging from the classic well-made play to the most radical avant-garde pieces. This variety is indicative of the fact that this period is one of the most important in British drama, comparable to the late-Elizabethan/Jacobean and post-Restoration eras in terms of the quantity and quality of new work and surpassing both of them in the sheer variety of theatrical offerings.

David Hare Plays 3

Author : David Hare
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This is a new collection of some of David Hare's finest work, including Skylight (Winner of the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play, 1996), Amy's View, The Judas Kiss and My Zinc Bed.

A State of Play

Author : Steven Fielding
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A State of Play explores how the British have imagined their politics, from the parliament worship of Anthony Trollope to the cynicism of The Thick of It. In an account that mixes historical with political analysis, Steven Fielding argues that fictional depictions of politics have played an important but insidious part in shaping how the British think about their democracy and have helped ventilate their many frustrations with Westminster. He shows that dramas and fictions have also performed a significant role in the battle of ideas, in a way undreamt of by those who draft party manifestos. The book examines the work of overtly political writers have treated the subject, discussing the novels of H.G. Wells, the comedy series Yes, Minister and the plays of David Hare. However, it also assesses how less obvious sources, such as the films of George Formby, the novels of Agatha Christie, the Just William stories and situation comedies like Steptoe and Son, have reflected on representative democracy. A State of Play is an invaluable, distinctive and engaging guide to a new way of thinking about Britain's political past and present.

Gethsemane

Author : David Hare
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Nothing is more important to a modern political party than fund-raising. But the values of the donors can't always coincide with the professed beliefs of the party. And family scandal within the cabinet has the potential to throw both the money-raisers and the money-spenders into chaos. This richly imagined ensemble play about British public life looks at the way business, media and politics are now intertwined to nobody's advantage, as, in an unforgiving world, one character after another passes through Gethsemane. Gethsemane, David Hare's fourteenth original play for the National Theatre, London, premiered in November 2008.

David Hare

Author : Judy Lee Oliva
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A comprehensive examination of British playwright/director David Hare's work in the past decades. Included are textual analyses of over twenty plays, television scripts, and feature films, addressing both literary and performance issues. The texts are explored in relation to content, form, and style, and how each of these components work together or alone to produce Hare's sociopolitical critique. Illustrated with photographs from productions directed by Hare. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Hot Seat

Author : Frank Rich
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The chief drama critic of The New York Times shares a collection of three hundred of his finest essays on the American theater, accompanied by the author's commentary, reflections on the careers of notable figures, and a retrospective study of his reviews. 15,000 first printing.

The Plays of David Hare

Author : Carol Homden
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This 1995 book examines the work of David Hare including screenplays and the plays he has written for the Royal National Theatre.

Writing Left Handed

Author : David Hare
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The leading British writer-director of his generation, David Hare is also one of the most productive. The last two years have seen the outstanding success of two stage plays, The Secret Rapture and Racing Demon, and the release of two films, Paris by Night and Strapless. The pieces collected here, written left-handed, form both a concealed professional autobiography and a lucid commentary on his work.

Probl mes des genres litt raires

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David Hare Plays 1

Author : David Hare
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Plays One: Slag Teeth 'n' Smiles Knuckle Licking Hitler Plenty Introduced by the author, this first volume of David Hare's plays contains his work from the seventies, including the landmark play of that decade, Plenty, charting the development of 'one of the great post-war British playwrights' (Independent on Sunday).

David Hare

Author : Lane A. Glenn
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