Dramashop Book Club

Dramashop Book Club

Most book discussions (which are free and open to the public) take place on the third Saturday of the month at 11am at Ember+Forge, our book club sponsor for the year. Check out our Facebook page for updated information on these events. A copy of the script can be purchased either at Dramashop, or on our online store.

September: People Places and Things, Duncan Macmillan

“Emma was having the time of her life. Now she’s in rehab. Her first step is to admit that she has a problem. But the problem isn’t with Emma, it’s with everything else. She needs to tell the truth. But she’s smart enough to know that there’s no such thing. When intoxication feels like the only way to survive the modern world, how can she ever sober up?” – Dramatist Play Service

October: Eurydice, Sarah Ruhl

“In Eurydice, Sarah Ruhl reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love. With contemporary characters, ingenious plot twists, and breathtaking visual effects, the play is a fresh look at a timeless love story.” – Samuel French

November: Preludes, Dave Malloy

“Critic’s Pick…Writer’s block turns out to be a lot more inspiring than you could ever have imagine —and sad and stirring and gloriously fun. In Preludes, Dave Malloy makes beautiful music out of a composer’s three years of creative silence…Rach’s pain is also our pleasure for the two phantasmagorical hours of this walls-bursting chamber work. Mr. Malloy and Ms. Chavkin have delivered the best musical about art’s agonies since Georges Seurat wielded a twitchy paintbrush in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Sunday in the Park With George. Mr. Malloy is the exuberant talent behind Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 and the enchanting concert piece Ghost Quartet.” -Ben Brantley, New York Times

December: She Kills Monsters, Qui Nguyen

“A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture, the acclaimed young playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.” – Samuel French

January: An Octoroon, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

“Judge Peyton is dead and his plantation Terrebonne is in financial ruins. Peyton’s handsome nephew George arrives as heir apparent and quickly falls in love with Zoe, a beautiful octoroon. But the evil overseer M’Closky has other plans—for both Terrebonne and Zoe. In 1859, a famous Irishman wrote this play about slavery in America. Now an American tries to write his own.” – Samuel French

February: The Birthday Party, Harold Pinter

” In a small house at a coastal resort lives a man, his mentally wayward wife, and their boarder, who has been with them for a year. He is a strange chap, unkempt and in-flight from we know not what. Enter an even stranger, sleek Jewish man and his musclebound Irish henchman. The mentally immature wife accommodates them with a room, and then decides that it is time for the boarder to have a birthday. At the party she arranges, the new guests play cruel games with the boarder, break his glasses, make a buffoon of him, and push him over the psychotic precipice. The next morning he is reduced to a gibbering idiot and meekly leaves with them.” – Samuel French

March: Scissoring, Christina Quintana

When Abigail Bauer takes a job as a teacher at a conservative Catholic school, she is forced to step back into the closet against the wishes of her long-term girlfriend. As she struggles to reconcile her professional ambitions, personal relationships, religious beliefs, and internalized shame, Abigail receives guidance from First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and Eleanor’s devoted friend and lover, Lorena Hickok. Through it all, Abigail must find the courage to be unabashedly herself. – Dramatist Play Service

April: Oslo, J.T. Rogers

Winner of the 2017 Tony Award for Best Play. Everyone remembers the stunning and iconic moment in 1993 when Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat shook hands on the South Lawn of the White House. But among the many questions that laced the hope of the moment was that of Norway’s role. How did such high-profile negotiations come to be held secretly in a castle in the middle of a forest outside Oslo? A darkly funny and sweeping play, OSLO tells the surprising true story of the back-channel talks, unlikely friendships, and quiet heroics that led to the Oslo Peace Accords between the Israelis and Palestinians. J.T. Rogers presents a deeply personal story set against a complex historical canvas: a story about the individuals behind world history and their all too human ambitions. – Dramatist Play Service

May: Blasted, Sarah Kane

When Blasted was first produced at the Royal Court in 1995 it was hailed jointly as a masterpiece and a ‘disgusting piece of filth’ (Daily Mail). Subsequently that play, and the others that followed, have been produced all over the world.

June: Angels in America, Tony Kushner

Among the twentieth century’s defining works of American art, ANGELS IN AMERICA remains as transcendent and as potent and timely in its concerns as when it premiered on Broadway over 25 years ago. – Broadway Play Pub

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