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Twelve Angry Men (Penguin Classics)
by Reginald Rose

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English

Pages

73

Publication Date

August 29, 2006

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<b>A landmark American drama that inspired a classic film and a Broadway revival—featuring an introduction by David Mamet<br /></b><br />A blistering character study and an examination of the American melting pot and the judicial system that keeps it in check, <i>Twelve Angry Men</i> holds at its core a deeply patriotic faith in the U.S. legal system. The play centers on Juror Eight, who is at first the sole holdout in an 11-1 guilty vote. Eight sets his sights not on proving the other jurors wrong but rather on getting them to look at the situation in a clear-eyed way not affected by their personal prejudices or biases. Reginald Rose deliberately and carefully peels away the layers of artifice from the men and allows a fuller picture to form of them—and of America, at its best and worst.<br />  <br /> After the critically acclaimed teleplay aired in 1954, this landmark American drama went on to become a cinematic masterpiece in 1957 starring Henry Fonda, for which Rose wrote the adaptation. More recently, <i>Twelve Angry Men </i>had a successful, and award-winning, run on Broadway.<br /><br />For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two: The Offici...
by , Jack Thorne

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English

Pages

336

Publication Date

July 25, 2017

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<p><b>The official playscript of the original West End production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.</b></p><p>It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn't much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.</p><p>While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.</p><p>The playscript for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was originally released as a 'special rehearsal edition' alongside the opening of Jack Thorne's play in London's West End in summer 2016. Based on an original story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, the play opened to rapturous reviews from theatregoers and critics alike, while the official playscript became an immediate global bestseller.</p><p>This definitive and final playscript updates the 'special rehearsal edition' with the conclusive and final dialogue from the play, which has subtly changed since its rehearsals, as well as a conversation piece between director John Tiffany and writer Jack Thorne, who share stories and insights about reading playscripts. This edition also includes useful background information including the Potter family tree and a timeline of events from the Wizarding World prior to the beginning of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.</p>
If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?: My Adven...
by Alan Alda

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English

Pages

210

Publication Date

June 06, 2017

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER • Award-winning actor Alan Alda tells the fascinating story of his quest to learn how to communicate better, and to teach others to do the same. With his trademark humor and candor, he explores how to develop empathy as the key factor.<br /></b><br /><b>“Invaluable.”—Deborah Tannen, #1 <i>New York Times </i>bestselling author of <i>You’re the Only One I Can Tell </i>and <i>You Just Don’t Understand</i></b><br /><br /> Alan Alda has been on a decades-long journey to discover new ways to help people communicate and relate to one another more effectively. <i>If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?</i> is the warm, witty, and informative chronicle of how Alda found inspiration in everything from cutting-edge science to classic acting methods. His search began when he was host of PBS’s <i>Scientific American Frontiers,</i> where he interviewed thousands of scientists and developed a knack for helping them communicate complex ideas in ways a wide audience could understand—and Alda wondered if those techniques held a clue to better communication for the rest of us.<br /><br /> In his wry and wise voice, Alda reflects on moments of miscommunication in his own life, when an absence of understanding resulted in problems both big and small. He guides us through his discoveries, showing how communication can be improved through learning to relate to the other person: listening with our eyes, looking for clues in another’s face, using the power of a compelling story, avoiding jargon, and reading another person so well that you become “in sync” with them, and know what they are thinking and feeling—especially when you’re talking about the hard stuff.<br /><br /> Drawing on improvisation training, theater, and storytelling techniques from a life of acting, and with insights from recent scientific studies, Alda describes ways we can build empathy, nurture our innate mind-reading abilities, and improve the way we relate and talk with others. Exploring empathy-boosting games and exercises, <i>If I Understood You</i> is a funny, thought-provoking guide that can be used by all of us, in every aspect of our lives—with our friends, lovers, and families, with our doctors, in business settings, and beyond.<br /><br /><b>“Alda uses his trademark humor and a well-honed ability to get to the point, to help us all learn how to leverage the better communicator inside each of us.”—<i>Forbes</i></b><br /><br /><b>“Alda, with his laudable curiosity, has learned something you and I can use right now.”—Charlie Rose</b>
The Hangman (Chief Inspector Gamache Novel)
by Louise Penny

Language

English

Pages

96

Publication Date

October 24, 2011

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On a cold November morning, a jogger runs through the woods in the peaceful Quebec village of Three Pines. On his run, he finds a dead man hanging from a tree.<br />The dead man was a guest at the local Inn and Spa. He might have been looking for peace and quiet, but something else found him. Something horrible.<br />Did the man take his own life? Or was he murdered? Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is called to the crime scene. As Gamache follows the trail of clues, he opens a door into the past. And he learns the true reason why the man came to Three Pines.<br />This book is a quick and easy read for people on the go.
The Idea: The Seven Elements of a Viable Story for Screen, Stage ...
by Erik Bork

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English

Pages

228

Publication Date

September 03, 2018

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Most screenwriting books tend to focus on story structure, scene writing, navigating the business, and other parts of the craft that come AFTER the initial choice of the central concept for a story.<br /><br />Multiple Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning writer/producer Erik Bork (HBO's <b><i>Band of Brothers</i></b>) takes a different approach. His experience in the industry and as a screenwriting professor and coach have led him to recognize that it's the selection of the initial idea that is the most important part of the process -- with the most impact on the project's chance of success. And as Mr. Bork knows from experience, this choice takes a lot more understanding and work to get "right" than it might seem.<br /><br />Most screenwriters and fiction writers have difficulty getting their work read and accepted by agents, editors and producers mainly because their idea for a story presented in a query or pitch doesn't excite these "gatekeepers" like it would need to, for them to want to engage.<br /><br />And when they do read the whole story, their core reasons for "passing" are usually also about the basic idea (although lack of professional-level execution matters, too). But writers are usually in the dark about this, not realizing that the project they spent months or years on had fundamental flaws on a concept level, in the eyes of the people they most hoped to impress with it.<br /><br />But even the best fiction writing books and screenwriting experts tend to move quickly past the crucial step of choosing a viable idea, to get to the specific plotting and composition of it, because there is so much to master in those later parts of the process -- which feel a lot more like "writing" than developing and mulling over potential story concepts.<br /><br />Professionals, though, tend to understand the primacy of "the idea," and learn that there are certain key elements in story or series premises that really work, and which are worth investing time and energy in. And that's what <b><i>The Idea</i></b> focuses on -- laying out what those specific elements are, and how to master them.<br /><br />While its concepts originate from the author's screenwriting experiences, they apply equally to commercial fiction writing, playwriting and other forms of "story" -- because the focus is on what makes an underlying concept compelling enough to appeal to a substantial audience or readership.<br /><br />The "Seven Elements of a Viable Story" in <b><i>The Idea</i></b> form an acronym for the word PROBLEM, since every story is really about one, at its core. Each chapter focuses on one of these seven deceptively simple-looking aspects of a strong story, which are anything but easy to master. Mr. Bork highlights his own struggles as a writer, and his arrival at an understanding of how each of these elements works -- and how to know if one's idea really succeeds at each of them. A special section devoted to television writing (and its unique attributes) ends each chapter.<br /><br />Whatever your education and background in writing or story, this book and its unique focus contributes foundationally useful information not covered elsewhere -- which may be the missing piece that leads to greater results, both on the page and in the marketplace.
Rebus: Long Shadows: The New Play
by Ian Rankin

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English

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Publication Date

September 20, 2018

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<p><b>The stage debut for the legendary detective John Rebus in this brand new, original story by Ian Rankin, written alongside the award-winning playwright Rona Munro.</b></p><p>John Rebus is not as young as he was, but his detective instincts have never left him. And after the daughter of a murder victim turns up outside his flat, he's going to need them at their sharpest.</p><p>Enlisting the help of his old friend DI Siobhan Clarke, Rebus is determined to solve this cold case once and for all. But Clarke has problems of her own, problems that will put her at odds with her long-time mentor and push him into seeking help from his age-old adversary: 'Big Ger' Cafferty.</p><p>This haunting story takes Rebus to places he has never been before, sets him and his long-time foe on a collision course and takes us deeper into one of the most satisfying conflicts in modern fiction.</p><p>Featuring an introduction from Rankin himself, a Q&A between writers Ian and Rona, an interview with the director, and behind-the-scenes production materials, this book is one Rebus fans will not want to miss out on.</p>
Jimmy Stewart: The Truth Behind the Legend
by Michael Munn

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English

Pages

336

Publication Date

March 01, 2013

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Many of the stars of the silver screen in twentieth-century Hollywood became national icons, larger-than-life figures held up as paragons of American virtues. Unfortunately, the private lives of actors such as John Wayne, Henry Fonda, and Errol Flynn rarely lived up to the idealistic roles they portrayed. However, James Stewart was known as the underdog fighter in many of his films and in real life. He was highly decorated for his bravery during his time as a bomber pilot during World War II and was adored for his earnest and kindly persona.<BR><BR>Here many unknown sides of Stewart are revealed: his explosive temper, his complex love affairs, his service as a secret agent for the FBI, his innate shyness, and his passionate patriotism. Munn’s personal touch shines through his writing, as he was a friend of Stewart and his wife, Gloria, and interviewed them as well as their colleagues and friends. This definitive biography reveals the childhood ups and downs that formed this cinema hero, explores the legendary Fonda–Stewart relationship, and recounts Stewart’s experiences making acclaimed films that include The Philadelphia Story, Rear Window, Anatomy of a Murder, It’s a Wonderful Life, and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.
Teaching Contemporary Singing: The Proven Method for Becoming a S...
by John Henny

Language

English

Pages

111

Publication Date

March 11, 2019

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<p>Are you a singer who would like to be able to help others?</p><p>Would you like to increase your contemporary voice teaching skills?</p><p>Do you want a method to successfully identify and correct vocal issues with confidence?</p><p>You love singing and want to share your gift with others, yet navigating the world of teaching voice and vocal coaching can be confusing and intimidating.</p><p>There is a world of information out there, from methodology to voice science, but applying it in the teaching room can be a bewildering experience.</p><p>Why does the voice sound like this?</p><p>How can I fix this issue?</p><p>What exercises should I choose?<br /></p><p><strong>Teaching Contemporary Singing</strong> has the answers to these and many other vocal questions.</p><p>Written by celebrity voice teacher John Henny, Teaching Contemporary Singing gives you the method he has used to train hundreds of leading voice teachers around the world.</p><p>This easy to understand guide will show you:</p><ul><li><p>The first teaching steps</p></li><li><p>Theories of teaching</p></li><li><p>The Teaching Triangle</p></li><li><p>How the voice works</p></li><li><p>What registration is</p></li><li><p>Voice science</p></li><li><p>Advanced teaching</p></li><li><p>And MORE!</p></li></ul><p>Employing the revolutionary <strong>Teaching Triangle system</strong>, lessons are kept focused and non-intimidating so that you will quickly understand the techniques and be able to pass them on.</p><p>From the first lesson, to more advanced ideas, <strong>Teaching Contemporary Singing</strong>, is perfect for anyone who has ever thought about teaching others to sing and expanding into teaching contemporary music such as musical theatre.</p><p><em>Get a copy and start teaching contemporary singing now!</em></p>
Dark Star: A Biography of Vivien Leigh
by Alan Strachan

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English

Pages

272

Publication Date

October 25, 2018

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Vivien Leigh was perhaps the most iconic actress of the twentieth century. As Scarlett O'Hara and Blanche Du Bois she took on some of the most pivotal roles in cinema history. Yet she was also a talented theatre actress with West End and Broadway plaudits to her name. In this ground-breaking new biography, Alan Strachan provides a completely new full-life portrait of Leigh, covering both her professional and personal life. Using previously unseen<br />sources from her archive, recently acquired by the V&A, he sheds new light on her fractious relationship with Laurence Olivier, based on their letters and diaries, as well as on the bipolar disorder which so affected her later life and work. Revealing new aspects of her early life as well as providing glimpses behind-the-scenes of the filming of<i> </i><i>Gone with the Wind</i> and <i>A Streetcar </i><i>Named Desire</i>, this book provides the essential and comprehensive life-story of one of the twentieth century's greatest actresses.
Hamilton: The Revolution
by , Jeremy McCarter

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English

Pages

288

Publication Date

April 12, 2016

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<b>A backstage pass to the groundbreaking, hit musical <i>Hamilton, </i>winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Eleven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, including the award-winning libretto, behind-the-scenes photos and interviews, and exclusive footnotes from composer-lyricist-star Lin-Manuel Miranda.</b><div><br />Lin-Manuel Miranda's groundbreaking musical <i>Hamilton</i> is as revolutionary as its subject, the poor kid from the Caribbean who fought the British, defended the Constitution, and helped to found the United States. Fusing hip-hop, pop, R&B, and the best traditions of theater, this once-in-a-generation show broadens the sound of Broadway, reveals the storytelling power of rap, and claims our country's origins for a diverse new generation.<br /> <br />HAMILTON: THE REVOLUTION gives readers an unprecedented view of both revolutions, from the only two writers able to provide it. Miranda, along with Jeremy McCarter, a cultural critic and theater artist who was involved in the project from its earliest stages--"since before this was even a show," according to Miranda--traces its development from an improbable perfor­mance at the White House to its landmark opening night on Broadway six years later. In addition, Miranda has written more than 200 funny, revealing footnotes for his award-winning libretto, the full text of which is published here.<br /> <br />Their account features photos by the renowned Frank Ockenfels and veteran Broadway photographer, Joan Marcus; exclusive looks at notebooks and emails; interviews with Questlove, Stephen Sond­heim, leading political commentators, and more than 50 people involved with the production; and multiple appearances by Presi­dent Obama himself. The book does more than tell the surprising story of how a Broadway musical became a national phenomenon: It demonstrates that America has always been renewed by the brash upstarts and brilliant outsiders, the men and women who don't throw away their shot.<br /> </div>

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