Carey Perloff, Artistic Director of San Francisco´s legendary American Conservatory Theater, pens a lively and revealing memoir of her 20-plus years at the helm and delivers a provocative and impassioned manifesto for the role of live theater in today´s technology-infused world. Perloff´s personal and professional journey - her life as a woman in a male-dominated profession, as a wife and mother, a playwright, director, producer, arts advocate, and citizen in a city erupting with enormous change - is a compelling, entertaining story for anyone interested in how theater gets made. She offers a behind-the-scenes perspective, including her intimate working experiences with well-known actors, directors, and writers, including Tom Stoppard, Harold Pinter, Robert Wilson, David Strathairn, and Olympia Dukakis. Whether reminiscing about her turbulent first years as a young woman taking over an insolvent theater in crisis and transforming it into a thriving, world-class performance space, or ruminating on the potential for its future, Perloff takes on critical questions about arts education, cultural literacy, gender disparity, leadership, and power. Carey Perloff is an award-winning playwright, theater director, and the artistic director of the American Conservatory Theater of San Francisco since 1992. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Carey Perloff. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/026745/bk_adbl_026745_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When Daisy McDare attends a murder-mystery dinner theater performance, she worries that a real-life death will occur during the show. Is she just being paranoid, or does she have every reason to be concerned? Books in the Daisy McDare series:Book 1 - The Deadly Art AffairBook 2 - The Deadly Legal AffairBook 3 - The Deadly Directorial AffairBook 4 - The Deadly Real Estate AffairBook 5 - The Deadly Rock Star AffairBook 6 - The Deadly Restaurant AffairBook 7 - The Deadly Secret AffairBook 8 - The Deadly Rival AffairBook 9 - The Deadly Radio AffairBook 10 - The Deadly Political AffairBook 11 - The Deadly Dinner Theater Affair 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lili Dubuque. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/141342/bk_acx0_141342_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An Audible Original from Audible Theater, Life Ever After is an Emerging Playwrights Commission, written for and available exclusively on Audible. Tech City: Society is obsessed with relentless progress and the possibility of eternal life. A woman and a man meet in waiting room, anticipating a procedure that will incorporate the latest science and technology into their minds and bodies, heightening their awareness and increasing their productivity. Years pass, their relationship deepens and fades, and they grow increasingly uncertain where the AI stops and where they begin. A romantic drama exploring the potentiality of transhumanism, Life Ever After is a rich listening experience that is at once naturalistic and poetic. Created by: Carla Grauls Performed by: Raúl Castillo Nana Mensah Piper Goodeve Special thanks to: Meroe Candy, story researcher; Dr. Gill Haddow based in Science, Technology and Innovation Studies, University of Edinburgh; Tom Douglas, Senior Research Fellow in Philosophy, University of Oxford. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Raúl Castillo, Nana Mensah, Piper Goodeve. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/or/orig/000319/or_orig_000319_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The family that gathers ´round the radio together, enjoys Family Theater together! Some of radio´s finest performers come to the microphone for thrilling tales of adventure, heart-warming comedies, and inspiring real-life dramas - all with a positive, spirit-building message! Fred Allen, Shirley Temple, Kirk Douglas, Ethel Barrymore, Gary Cooper, Gene Kelly, Donna Reed, and many more are heard in 16 digitally restored and remastered episodes. Episodes include: The Future Is Yours 02-19-48; Life´s a Circus 02-26-48; Dear Mr. American 03-04-48; The Man Who Died Twice 03-11-48; Talent for Living 03-18-48; The Passion and Death of Christ 03-25-48; Little Boy Blue 04-01-48; Toledo Smith 04-08-48; Wanted: One Baby 04-15-48; Eddie Meets the Family 04-22-48; Their Only Son 04-29-48; Mother´s Halo Was Tight 05-06-48; Song For a Long Road 05-13-48; A Thief In The Night 05-20-48; The Unsung Hero 05-27-48; The High Boarded Fence 06-03-48. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Fred Allen, Shirley Temple, Gene Kelly, Kirk Douglas, Ethel Barrymore, Gary Cooper, Donna Reed. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/radi/001260/rt_radi_001260_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A little British orphan comes to America, finding that adjusting to a new life is made easier by a new ´´boyfriend´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tony La Frano. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/radi/001039/rt_radi_001039_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
How Love Came to Louie Polanski´´In this Valentine´s Day special, young Louie Polanski, a Wisconsin teen growing up in the early 1960s, travels down the eternal path of his first crush. But can Louie ask out the girl of his dreams without being murdered by the huge, athletic competition for her affections? Recorded before a live audience on Valentine´s Day, 2008. Starring Veryan Erwin, Rachel Adams and Justin Kapla, and written by David Finney. ´´The Mermaid´´Louis Jordan never really liked the lake shore. It was his wife, Madelyn, who loved his family cabin. After she dies tragically, Louis forces himself to the dilapidated little shack along the rocky shore to try and figure out how his life could possibly go on without her. Then, a mysterious creature appears at Louis´ dock, promising the possibility of magic by her very existence. Louis falls under the spell of the Rainy Lake Mermaid, only to discover that she does not have his best interests at heart, and that the path to a new life was within his reach all along. Recorded in front of a live audience. Starring Gene Gee and Aela Nordrum. ´´In from the Cold´´When two ice fishermen come in from the cold for ´´a steak and a beer´´, they discover their favorite restaurant transformed for Valentine´s Day. In a room dedicated to couples, two fishing buddies discover they have more in common with the lovers than they originally thought. A little slice of the Northland comedy for the Day of Love. Recorded before a live audience. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Veryan Erwin, Rachel Adams, Justin Kapla, Gene Gee, Aela Nordrum. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/iceb/000004/rt_iceb_000004_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Helen Hayes, acclaimed ´´First Lady of the American Theatre´´, has been on stage, screen, and television for more than fifty years. In that time she moved among the world´s most famous and talented: actors, film stars, writers, businessmen. She speaks with wit, wisdom, and candor on topics both public and private. She offers deft behind-the-scenes portraits of such personalities as Joan Crawford, William Randolph Hearst, Charlie Chaplin, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Richard Burton, Lillian Gish, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Gloria Swanson. She tells of the advice older actors gave her and of how she in turn gave advice, continuing the tradition. She treats us to delightful anecdotes about Ethel Barrymore, John Ford, and Al Capone. At the same time, she reflects more seriously, and with great honesty, on the painful parts of her life: the alcoholism of those close to her; the guilt of having not spent more time with her young children; the remorse about the fact that her success overshadowed her playwright-screenwriter husband, Charles MacArthur; the difficulty of being alone after the deaths of her daughter and husband. She tells about the pleasures and discomforts that go with being a celebrity, about her retirement in Mexico, about her sense of responsibility to support causes, to help others. And, finally, she expresses her strong views on what is wrong with the American theatre today and what has always been wrong with Hollywood. An engrossing account of a rich and productive life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: James MacArthur. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/001197/bk_blak_001197_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1975, the Broadway musical Chicago brought together a host of memes and myths - the gleefully subversive character of American musical comedy, the reckless glamour of the big-city newspaper, the mad decade of the 1920s, the work of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon, and the Wild West gangsterville that was the city of Chicago itself.The tale of a young woman who murders her departing lover and then tricks the jury into letting her off, Chicago seemed too blunt and cynical at first. Everyone agreed it was show biz at its brilliant best, yet the public still preferred A Chorus Line, with its cast of innocents and sentimental feeling. Nevertheless, the 1996 Chicago revival is now the longest-running American musical in history.As author Ethan Mordden looks back at Chicago´s various moving parts - including the original 1926 play that started it all, a sexy silent film directed by Cecil B. DeMille, a talkie remake with Ginger Rogers, the musical itself, and at last the movie of the musical - we learn how the American theater serves as a kind of alternative news medium, a town crier warning the public about the racy, devious interior contradictions of American society. Opinionated, witty, and rich in backstage anecdotes, All That Jazz brings the American musical to life in all its artistry and excitement. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joel Froomkin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/012466/bk_tant_012466_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The drive-in is dying. People can blame the demise on cable television, luxury theaters with sound systems so technical NASA engineers are needed to install them, or on a host of other modern conveniences and distractions. In reality, the drive-in operator of the Sulpher Springs Big-Screen Drive-In Theater hired a young Donald Davis to work his high school summers there. Employment at the Sulpher Springs Big-Screen Drive-In Theater consisted of working the concession stand, catching ´´slip-ins,´´ and patrolling the back row to learn about love and life. The theater survives Davis and his friends´ summer hijinks - until Labor Day. When the last movie, The Guns of Navarrone, is almost over, and the theater could be closed for the winter, Davis and his crew find a way to close it down forever. For Ages 10 to Adult 1. Language: English. Narrator: Donald Davis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/augu/000060/bk_augu_000060_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.