Smith and Kraus Publishers, Inc. announce the release of
Playwrights in an Hour Series
in April 2010


“Highly recommended for theater students, playgoers, and professionals.” -- Library Journal

ESSENTIAL FOR ALL
Actors • Students • Directors • Teachers • Playwrights
Professors • Dramaturgs • Theatergoers

Playwrights in an Hour is a 27-book series devoted to the most produced and studied playwrights in the English language, from the Greek Masters to comtemporary writers and written by leading authorities in the field.

Each book, under 100 pages, places the playwright and his or her work in historical, social, and literary context. Robert Brustein, founding director of the Yale and American Repertory Theaters, writes an introduction for each volume.

In addition to the main IN AN HOUR essay the books feature:

  • An “In an Minute” chronology, a snapshot of global events that influenced the playwright’s world view
  • A complete listing of the playwright’s work
  • A list of the playwright’s contemporaries in all fields
  • Excerpts from the playwright’s significant works
  • An extensive bibliography grouped according to type of reader
  • An index of the main essay.

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ANCIENT GREEK

Book Cover Image. Title: Aeschylus In an Hour, Author: by Carl  Mueller Book Cover Image. Title: Aristophanes In an Hour, Author: by Carl  Mueller Book Cover Image. Title: Euripides In an Hour, Author: by Carl  Mueller Book Cover Image. Title: Sophocles In an Hour, Author: by Carl  Mueller

RENAISSANCE

Book Cover Image. Title: Shakespeare In an Hour, Author: by Christopher  Baker

MODERN

Book Cover Image. Title: Chekhov In an Hour, Author: by Carol  Rocamora Book Cover Image. Title: Coward In an Hour, Author: by Howard  Kissel Book Cover Image. Title: Hansberry In an Hour, Author: by E. Teresa  Choate Book Cover Image. Title: Ibsen In an Hour, Author: by Rick and Johnston  Davis Book Cover Image. Title: Miller In an Hour, Author: by James  Fisher Book Cover Image. Title: Moliere In an Hour, Author: by Christopher  Baker Book Cover Image. Title: O'Neill In an Hour, Author: by James  Fisher Book Cover Image. Title: Schnitzler In an Hour, Author: by Carl  Mueller Book Cover Image. Title: Shaw In an Hour, Author: by Emily  Esfahani-Smith Book Cover Image. Title: Strindberg In an Hour, Author: by Carl  Mueller Book Cover Image. Title: Wedekind In an Hour, Author: by Carl  Mueller Book Cover Image. Title: Wilde In an Hour, Author: by Emily  Esfahani-Smith Book Cover Image. Title: Wilder In an Hour, Author: by James  Fisher Book Cover Image. Title: Williams In an Hour, Author: by Michael  Paller

CONTEMPORARY

Book Cover Image. Title: Albee In an Hour, Author: by E. Teresa  Choate Book Cover Image. Title: Ayckbourn In an Hour, Author: by E. Teresa  Choate Book Cover Image. Title: Beckett In an Hour, Author: by E. Teresa  Choate Book Cover Image. Title: Rebeck In an Hour, Author: by Stacy  Wolf Book Cover Image. Title: Ruhl In an Hour, Author: by James  Al-Shamma Book Cover Image. Title: Shepard In an Hour, Author: by Laura  Graham Book Cover Image. Title: Stoppard In an Hour, Author: by Mikhail  Alexeeff Book Cover Image. Title: A. Wilson In an Hour, Author: by Joan  Herrington

FREE! Download a prepublication copy of Shakespeare in an Hour

Book Cover Image. Title: Shakespeare In an Hour, Author: by Christopher  Baker



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Playwrights in an Hour Series:
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"These 27 books should be especially welcomed by actors and directors."

Stage Directions



“Essential and enjoyable reading for any theatergoer.”

Doug Langworthy, Denver Center Theatre Company



“The perfect supplement to the text for classrooms and rehearsals.”

E. Frank Bluestein, Disney Performing Arts Teacher of the Year