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Simon Stephens (THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME) in conversation with Christian Parker on HEISENBERG

Jun 4 2015 6:00 pm


Photo: 2008

Thursday, June 4th, 2015, 6pm

Simon Stephens (THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME) in conversation with Christian Parker on HEISENBERG

Join Simon Stephens (author of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME) in conversation with Christian Parker about his latest play HEISENBERG. HEISENBERG premiers June 3rd at the Manhattan Theatre Company, directed by Mark Brokaw with Denis Arndt & Mary-Louise Parker.

Olivier Award winner Simon Stephens is one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights. The author of more than twenty stage plays, including PUNK ROCK, PORT, THREE KINGDOMS and PORNOGRAPHY, as well as the celebrated adaptation of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, he is a former tutor on the Royal Court Young Writers Programme. Awards include the Pearson Award for Best New Play, 2001, for PORT; Olivier Award for Best New Play for ON THE SHORE OF THE WIDE WORLD, 2005; Best Foreign Playwright, as voted by German critics in Theater Heute's annual poll, 2007; the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland for Best New Play, 2008 for PORNOGRAPHY; and the Olivier Award for Best New Play, 2013, for THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME.

Christian Parker is a director, dramaturg and teacher who recently stepped down as Associate Artistic Director at the Atlantic, after nearly thirteen years with the company, in order to prioritize his freelance career. At Atlantic he collaborated closely with Neil Pepe on programming and producing the season, and oversaw commissioning and new play development. He directed several times for the company, including The Hiding Place by Jeff Whitty, Arrangements by Ken Weitzman, Birth and After Birth by Tina Howe, and Make Me by Leslie Ayvazian, as well as several short plays in 10x20 and 10x25. He is Associate Professor and Chair of the graduate Theatre program at Columbia University, where he oversees the concentration in Dramaturgy. He has also worked directing and developing plays at Sundance Theatre Labs, the O'Neill Center, the Lark, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Keen Company, P73, the Labyrinth Theatre Company, and Soho Rep, among others. He is the newly appointed Resident Director of the Kenyon Playwrights Conference. He began his career as the Literary Manager at Manhattan Theatre Club, and holds a BA from Middlebury College and an MFA from Columbia.

Save your receipt: Customers who purchase HEISENBERG at the Drama Book Shop received priority seating (first come, first seated). If you would like a signed copy of HEISENBERG but are unable to attend, please call us at 212 944-0595, Option 3, during business hours.

Heisenberg (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781474261739
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Published: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 5/2015

Carmen Disruption (Paperback)

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FISH IN THE DARK by Larry David, on Broadway

Larry David's

Broadway's Cort Theatre, through July 18, 2015 

ISBN-13: 9780802124401
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grove Press, 5/2015

GIN GAME on Broadway with James Earl Jones & Cicely Tyson. Previews September 21, 2015

by D.L. Coburn
directed by Leonard Foglia

Broadway's Golden Theater

With James Earl Jones & Cicely Tyson.

Previews begin September 21, 2015. Opens October 13.

This winner of the 1978 Pulitzer Prize, which originally starred Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn and was later revived with Julie Harris and Charles Durning, uses a card game as a metaphor for life. Weller Martin is playing solitaire on the porch of a seedy nursing home. Enter Fonsia Dorsey, a prim, self righteous lady. They discover they both dislike the home and enjoy gin rummy, so they begin to play and to reveal intimate details of their lives. Fonsia wins every time and their secrets become weapons used against one another. Weller longs for a victory to counter a lifetime of defeats but it doesn't happen. He leaves the stage a broken man and Fonsia realizes her self-righteous rigidity has led to an embittered, lonely old age. 

The Gin Game (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780573609763
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Samuel French, Inc., 1/2011

GROUNDED by George Brant, starring Anne Hathaway and directed by Julie Taymor, at The Public, April 7,2015-May 24, 2015

by George Brant
directed by Julie Taymor 

Starring Anne Hathaway

The Public
April 7,2015-May 17 Extended through May 24, 2015

Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway (Interstellar, Les Misérables, Twelfth Night) returns to The Public in George Brant's (Elephant's Graveyard, The Mourners' Bench), spellbinding, ripped-from-the-headlines play GROUNDED. An ace fighter pilot reassigned to a remote-controlled drone faces twelve-hour shifts hunting targets from her Air Force trailer followed by twelve in the suburbs with her family in this "gripping" (New York Times) new play about the complicated consequences of waging war without leaving home. Named one of the Best Plays of the year by both London's The Evening Standard and The Guardian, and winner of the Smith Prize for Political Theater, GROUNDED comes to The Public's intimate Anspacher Theater under the masterful direction of two-time Tony Award winner Julie Taymor (A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Lion King, Frida, Across the Universe).



April 7, 2015: Julie Taymor Directs Anne Hathaway in Off-Broadway's GROUNDED, Starting Tonight —Playbill >>

Grounded, George Brant's new Off-Broadway solo play starring Academy Award-winning "Les Misérables" star Anne Hathaway with direction by Academy Award nominee and two-time Tony Award winner Julie Taymor, begins previews April 7. 

Grounded (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780573702785
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Published: Samuel French, Inc., 10/2014

FLICK. 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner THE FLICK by Annie Baker returns to Off-Broadway beginning May 5, 2015


by Annie Baker
directed by Sam Gold

The Barrow Street Theater. Previews begin May 5, 2015. Opens May 28.


WINNER! 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Winner! 2013 OBIE Award, Playwriting
Winner! 2013 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize


Originally staged at Playwrights Horizons, the production will transfer intact, reuniting director Sam Gold with the entire original cast, which includes Alex Hanna, Louisa Krause, Matthew Maher and Aaron Clifton Moten.

“Annie Baker’s exquisite play, acted by a perfect cast, won my heart. One of the freshest and most talented dramatists to emerge in the past decade.” —Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

“The most spellbinding theater this year. ‘The Flick’ may be the best argument anyone has yet made for the continued necessity and profound uniqueness of the theater. —Jesse Green, New York Magazine


In a run-down movie theater in central Massachusetts, three underpaid employees mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35-millimeter film projectors in the state. Their tiny battles and not-so-tiny heartbreaks play out in the empty aisles, becoming more gripping than the lackluster, second-run movies on screen. With keen insight and a finely-tuned comic eye, The Flick is a hilarious and heart-rending cry for authenticity in a fast-changing world.

[Original DBS THE FLICK Off-Broadway page]


May 13, 2015: THE FLICK, a Pulitzer Winner, Retakes the Stage by Charles Isherwood, New York Times >>

When Annie Baker’s play “The Flick” won the Pulitzer Prize last year, my surprise almost equaled my delight. This smart, subtle, delicately moving drama about the relationships among three low-wage workers at a grimy New England movie theater hardly seemed like the kind of play the Pulitzer judges would honor. Unless, of course, they happened to see it and were caught up in the rapt spell it casts — more than three hours that, no, don’t fly by. (As life doesn’t, really, until it does.)...

May 14, 2015: Playwright Annie Baker On Life After The Pulitzer —Variety >>  

The Flick (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780573702037
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Published: Samuel French, Inc., 5/2014

The Flick (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781559364584
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Published: Theatre Communications Group, 8/2014

AUDIENCE with Helen Mirren, on Broadway beginning February 17, 2015

by Peter Morgan
Directed by Stephen Daldry

Starring Helen Mirren, on Broadway at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater beginning February 17, 2015. Opening March 8, 2015 and scheduled to run through June 28, 2015.


Twitter: @TheAudienceBway 


August 6, 2014: Why the Theater Next Door Isn’t Fit for a Queen. Helen Mirren Returning to Broadway With ‘The Audience’ —NY Times >>

November 12, 2014: Producers of ‘The Audience,’ With Helen Mirren, Won’t Move —NY Times>>

November 24, 2014: Judith Ivey to Play Thatcher in 'The Audience' —ABC News >>

Judith Ivey will need to get in touch with her fearsome side. She's going to be the "Iron Lady" on Broadway. Producers of "The Audience" said Monday that Ivey, the two-time Tony Award winner and one-time cast member of "Designing Women," will play former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher when the show opens in New York City on Feb. 17. 

The Audience (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780822232667
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Published: Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 5/2015

KING CHARLES III by Mike Bartlett: Almeida, West End and Broadway


by Mike Bartlett
Directed by Rupert Goold

London's Almeida, April 3, 2014—May 31, 2014
Wyndham's Theatre, September 2, 2014-November 29, 2014, official opening September 11, 2014.

Broadway, Spring Fall 2015.

Music Box Theater. Previews beginning October 10, 2015. Opening November 1. 

The Queen is dead: after a lifetime of waiting, the prince ascends the throne. A future of power. But how to rule?

Mike Bartlett’s controversial new play explores the people beneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of our democracy, and the conscience of Britain’s most famous family.

Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold directs the World Premiere, following his acclaimed production of American Psycho. He is reunited with Mike Bartlett (Chariots of Fire, Cock) after their collaboration on Earthquakes in London.


February 24, 2014: Casting Announced for World Premiere of Mike Bartlett's King Charles III at London's Almeida Theatre —

Rupert Goold will direct a cast that will include Katie Brayben, Oliver Chris, Richard Goulding, Nyasha Hatendi, Adam James, Margot Leicester, Tim Pigott-Smith, Tom Robertson, Nicholas Rowe, Nick Sampson, Tafline Steen and Lydia Wilson. 

April 3, 2014: What would happen if Prince Charles was made king? —London Evening Standard

In his new play for the Almeida, writer Mike Bartlett imagines a future with Charles on the throne. ‘We have this strange family at the top of our society and it is our duty to question why,’ he tells Nick Curtis 

April 11, 2014: King Charles III, review: 'spectacular, gripping and wickedly entertaining' Five Stars —Telegraph

April 14, 2014: Imagining Charles (Finally) in Charge. ‘King Charles III’ Causes a Stir in London —NY Times

The critic for The New Statesman called it the “boldest and most provocative play about the royal family in British theatrical history,”

April 16, 2014: Review: King Charles III, Almeida Theatre —Matt Trueman

"...a takedown of the entire British establishment: monarchy, parliament, aristocracy, armed forces, media. In fact, it turns out to be the best British play since Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem."

May 22, 2014: Almeida confirms King Charles III transfer and announces autumn season —What's on Stage >>

September 25, 2014: Mike Bartlett's London Hit King Charles III is Headed for the Great White Way — >>

September 25, 2014: Royal showdown this spring on B’way, led by Helen Mirren —NY Post >>

Broadway is getting Queen Elizabeth II this spring in “The Audience,” a play starring Helen Mirren as the monarch, and in all probability Broadway will get her soon afterward with “King Charles III,” Mike Bartlett’s future-history play that has earned critical acclaim in London. 

January 28, 2015: ‘King Charles III,’ a Hit in London, Is Aiming at Broadway —NY Times Arts Beat >> 

January 28, 2015: Grand Royal Illusions. ‘King Charles III’ and ‘The Ruling Class’ in London —NY Times >>

LONDON — “We’ll never be royals,” begins the chorus of the hit pop song by Lorde that’s played as the curtain falls on Mike Bartlett’s dazzling “King Charles III” at Wyndham’s Theater. And aren’t we the lucky ones? 

April 12, 2015: Broadway Bound KING CHARLES III wins Olivier Best Play >> 

April 13, 2015: Olivier Winner ‘King Charles III’ Sets Dates, Theater for Broadway Run —Variety >>

Fresh from winning the 2015 Olivier Award for best play, Mike Bartlett’s “future-history” tale “King Charles III” has claimed the Music Box Theater for a fall run on Broadway. U.K. actor Tim Piggott-Smith will reprise his role as Charles, who, in the play, becomes king of England following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Rupert Goold, the artistic director of London’s Almeida Theater, directs. Further casting remains to be set for “King Charles III.” Stuart  Thompson and Sonia Friedman produce the show, which begins previews Oct. 10 ahead of a Nov. 1 opening. 

NOTE: Also available, a hard-cover "special edition" at $23.99, ISBN 9781848424425 

ISBN-13: 9781848424418
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Published: Nick Hern Books, 3/2015

King Charles III (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781848423978
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Published: Nick Hern Books, Ltd., 9/2014

ISBN-13: 9781848424425
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Published: Nick Hern Books, Ltd., 10/2014

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ISBN-13: 9781780014203
Published: Nick Hern Books, 04/10/2014

Cock (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780822227663
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Published: Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 7/2013

Bull (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780822229766
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Published: Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 5/2014

ISBN-13: 9781408132821
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Published: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 9/2011

ISBN-13: 9781408152164
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Published: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 3/2012

ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY on Broadway with Kristen Chenoweth and Peter Gallagher, beginning February 2015

Adolph Green, Betty Comden, Cy Coleman
Directed by Scott Ellis

With Kristen Chenoweth and Peter Gallagher,  

Broadway 2015 

Roundabout Theatre Company Production t the American Airlines Theatre, on Broadway

Fall 2014? Beginning February 12 13, 2015, opening March 12, 2015, through July 5, 2015

Rumors are flying... Now confirmed (5/13/2014)

It’s nonstop laughs aboard the Twentieth Century, a luxury train travelling from Chicago to New York City. Luck, love and mischief collide when the bankrupt theater producer Oscar Jaffee (Golden Globe® winner Peter Gallagher) embarks on a madcap mission to cajole glamorous Hollywood starlet Lily Garland (Tony Award® winner Kristin Chenoweth) into playing the lead in his new, non-existent epic drama. But is the train ride long enough to reignite the spark between these former lovers, create a play from scratch, and find the money to get it all the way to Broadway?

On the Twentieth Century is the hilarious Tony-winning musical comedy from the creators of Sweet Charity (composer Cy Coleman), Singin’ in the Rain (lyricist-librettists Betty Comden and Adolph Green) and Curtains (Tony-nominated director Scott Ellis), back in the spotlight nearly 40 years after making its Broadway debut.

Grab your ticket and hop onboard this fun-filled musical journey to The Great White Way! 

ISBN-13: 9780573681158
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Published: Samuel French Trade, 1/2011

ISBN-13: 9781423498339
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Published: Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation, 12/2010

WHAT I DID LAST SUMMER by A.R. Gurney at NYC's Signature Theatre, May 2015

by A.R. Gurney

directed by Jim Simpson

Signature Theatre, New York
Previews begin April 28, 2015. Through June 7, 2015.

With her husband overseas near the end of World War II, Grace fights to save the splintering bonds of her family by taking her teenage son and daughter to spend the summer on Lake Erie. When her son takes up with the town outcast, the entire family must confront the expectations of a society that holds conformity in the highest regard. Grace finds that her attempt to restore normalcy may have only fractured their relationships further in the second show of A. R. Gurney’s Signature Residency. 

Twitter: @SignatureTheatr 

With Kristine Nielsen, Pico Alexander, Juliet Brett, Noah Galvin, Carolyn McCormick and Kate McGonigle.


April 2, 2015:  Tony Nominee Kristine Nielsen Joins Off-Broadway Return of "What I Did Last Summer" —Playbill >>

Signature Theatre has announced that Kristine Nielsen (You Can't Take it With You, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) is among the cast for their production of resident playwright A.R Gurney's coming-of-age story What I Did Last Summer Off-Broadway this month. 

ISBN-13: 9780822212362
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 7/1978

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