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Slave Play, Fleabag, Exquisite Agony, and more new plays in from the US and UK

By Jessica Lewis Date: May 05, 2020 Tags: Lists and recommendations

While our specialty is Canadian theatre, we distribute books across Canada from the United States and United Kingdom from publishers Theatre Communications Group and Nick Hern Books, respectively. Check out some of the exciting books that have come in from them recently!

Slave Play by Jeremy O. Harris
The Old South lives on at the MacGregor Plantation—in the breeze, in the cotton fields . . . and in the crack of the whip. Nothing is as it seems, and yet everything is as it seems. Slave Play rips apart history to shed new light on the nexus of race, gender, and sexuality in twenty-first-century America.

Fleabag: The Special Edition by Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Celebrate the incredible journey of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s outrageously funny, blazingly forthright Fleabag, from fringe theatre hit to international cultural phenomenon, in this special edition—featuring the original playscript, never-before-seen colour photos, and exclusive bonus content by Phoebe, director Vicky Jones, and key members of the creative team.

The Sound Inside by Adam Rapp
When Bella Baird, an isolated creative writing professor at Yale, begins to mentor a brilliant but enigmatic student, Christopher, the two form an unexpectedly intense bond. As their lives and the stories they tell about themselves become intertwined in unpredictable ways, Bella makes a surprising request of Christopher. Brimming with suspense, Rapp’s riveting play explores the limits of what one person can ask of another.

Exquisite Agony by Nilo Cruz
After Millie’s husband Lorenzo dies in a car crash, his heart is used to save a young man’s life. Unable to let go of this final living piece of her husband, Millie reaches out to the transplant recipient, Amér, with the hope that some part of the heart still carries Lorenzo’s memories. As Amér ponders the ways in which this new heart is transforming him, he becomes entangled in the lives of Millie and her family.

Anna by Ella Hickson
1968. East Berlin. Anna and Hans are married, in love, and moving up in the world—but it is a world ruled by suspicion. Who can be trusted when everyone is listening? Can we ever escape our past? Written by playwright Ella Hickson, and co-created with sound designers Ben and Max Ringham, Anna unfolds with all the tension of a spy thriller, and the inexorable revelations of an Ibsen play.

The Changing Room by Chris Bush
Set in and around a swimming pool, Chris Bush’s play The Changing Room follows a group of teenagers full of excitement, impatience, and uncertainty. They know change is coming, but not what it’ll look like.

Enough by Stef Smith
Jane and Toni are immaculate, iconic, accommodating flight attendants. They’re here for your safety, your comfort, and your pleasure. Or so you think. But 30,000 feet below them their seemingly perfect lives are rapidly unravelling.

Pride and Prejudice* (*Sort Of) adapted from Jane Austen by Isobel McArthur
You might have seen them before, emptying the chamber pots and sweeping ash from the grate—the overlooked and the undervalued making sure those above stairs find their happy ending. This unique take on Jane Austen’s beloved novel is an adaptation like no other, drawing on over two hundred years of romantic pop history, and featuring six young women with a story to tell.

Antlia Pneumatica by Anne Washburn
In Anne Washburn’s captivating new drama, a group of old friends—who, now in middle age, have mostly lost touch over the years—reunite at a remote Texas estate for the funeral of one of their own. As the former friends confront the memories of their shared past, the walls quickly dissolve (literally and figuratively) into a realm bordering on supernatural.

Fairview by Jackie Sibblies Drury
Grandma’s birthday approaches. Beverly is organizing the perfect dinner, but everything seems doomed from the start: the silverware is all wrong, the carrots need chopping and the radio is on the fritz. What at first appears to be a family comedy takes a sharp, sly turn into a startling examination of deep-seated paradigms about race in America.

Illyria by Richard Nelson
It is 1958. In the midst of a building boom in New York City, Joe Papp and his colleagues are facing pressure from the city’s elite as they continue their free Shakespeare in Central Park. From the creator of the most celebrated family plays of the last decade comes a drama about a different kind of family—one held together by the belief that the theatre, and the city, belong to all of us.

The Arrival by Bijan Sheibani
When Tom and Samad meet for the first time, they are stunned by the similarities they share. In spite of Tom’s adoption and all the years spent apart, the two brothers are joined by an undeniable biological bond. But as they become closer and their lives entangle, they realize that finding each other comes at a price.

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