Blood On The Stage, 480 B.c. To 1600 A.d.: Milestone Plays Of Murder, Mystery, And Mayhem by Amnon KabatchnikBlood On The Stage, 480 B.c. To 1600 A.d.: Milestone Plays Of Murder, Mystery, And Mayhem by Amnon Kabatchnik

Blood On The Stage, 480 B.c. To 1600 A.d.: Milestone Plays Of Murder, Mystery, And Mayhem

byAmnon Kabatchnik

Hardcover | June 20, 2014

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In four volumes of Blood on the Stage, Amnon Kabatchnik examined more than 400 crime-themed plays produced in the 20th century. As any theater lover knows, however, depicting acts of wrong-doing is not a recent phenomenon. The stark, violent plays of Seneca in ancient Rome were followed by liturgical dramas of the Dark Ages that drew on both the Old and New Testaments. The golden age of Elizabethan drama boasted masterful plays drenched with treachery, bloodshed, and horror.In Blood on the Stage, 480 B.C. to 1600 A.D.: Milestone Plays of Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem: An Annotated Repertoire, Kabatchnik analyzes more than fifty blood-splattered plays that have withstood the test of time. Beginning with masterpieces like Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus, Oedipus the King by Sophocles, and Medea by Euripides, this volume spans centuries of equally compelling dramas such as The Haunted House (200 B.C.), Phaedra (c. 60 A.D.), and The Killing of Abel (mid-15th century). Later works include Thomas Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy, as well as several plays by Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare, notably The Tragedy of Julius Caesar and Hamlet.The plays in this book-a "prequel" to the other four volumes of Blood on the Stage-represent ancient Greece, ancient Rome, the Middle Ages, and Elizabethan England. The entries are arranged in chronological order and include plot synopses, biographical sketches of playwrights and actors, details about productions, and critical reception, if available. From the killing of Abel by his brother Cain to Hamlet's revenge of his father's murder, Blood on the Stage, 480 B.C. to 1600 A.D. provides a critical overview of some of the most significant dramatizations of criminal behavior.
Amnon Kabatchnik, now retired, was a professor of theatre at SUNY Binghamton, Stanford University, Ohio State University, Florida State University, and Elmira College. He is the author of the four previous Blood on the Stage volumes: 1900-1925 (2008), 1925-1950 (2009), 1950-1975 (2011), and 1975-2000 (2012), as well as the author of Sh...
Title:Blood On The Stage, 480 B.c. To 1600 A.d.: Milestone Plays Of Murder, Mystery, And MayhemFormat:HardcoverDimensions:402 pages, 9.31 × 6.39 × 1.38 inPublished:June 20, 2014Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroductionPrometheus Bound (480 B.C.) by AeschylusThe Danaid Tetralogy (463 B.C.) by AeschylusOresteia (458 B.C.) by Aeschylus Women of Trachis aka The Trachiniae (c. 450 B.C.) by SophoclesAjax (c. 444 B.C.) by SophoclesAntigone (c. 442 B.C.) by SophoclesMedea (431 B.C.) by EuripidesOedipus the King (c. 429 B.C.) by SophoclesWasps (422 B.C.) by AristophanesWomen at the Thesmophoria Festival (411 B.C.) by AristophanesElectra (c. 409 B.C.) by SophoclesThe Bacchae aka The Bacchantes (405 B.C.) by EuripidesPlutus aka Wealth (388 B.C.) by AristophanesThe Rope aka Rudens (c. 211 B.C.) by Titus Maccius PlautusThe Haunted House (200 B.C.) by Titus Maccius PlautusThe Pot of Gold (c. 194 B.C.) by Titus Maccius PlautusMad Hercules aka Hercules Furens (c. 54 A.D.) by Lucius Annaeus Seneca Phaedra (c. 60 A.D.) by Lucius Annaeus SenecaThyestes (c. 60 A.D.) by Lucius Annaeus SenecaThe Little Clay Cart (Sixth Century A.D.?), attributed to King ShudrakaThe Miracle of Saint Nicholas and the Schoolboys (Twelfth Century) by AnonymousThe Miracle of Saint Nicholas and the Image (Twelfth Century) by Hilarius Daniel (c. 1140 A.D.) by HilariusAbraham and Isaac (between1400-1425 A.D.) by AnonymousDavid and Bathsheba (between 1450-1500 A.D.) by AnonymousThe Second Shepherds' Play (mid-Fifteenth Century) by The Wakefield MasterThe Killing of Abel (latter half of the Fifteenth Century) by The Wakefield MasterThe Mystery of the Redemption aka Ludus Coventriae (1468 A.D.) by AnonymousPierre Patelin aka Master Pierre Patelin (c. 1469 A.D.) by AnonymousOrbecche (1541 A.D.) by Giovanni Battista Giraldi Herod the Great (between 1554-1576 A.D.) by The Wakefield MasterGammer Gurton's Needle (c. 1560 A.D.) by "Mr. S., Master of Art" Gorboduc (1561 A.D.) by Thomas Norton and Thomas SackvilleThe Life of Cambyses, King of Percia (c. 1561 A.D.) by Thomas PrestonThe Three Ladies of London (1581) by Robert WilsonTamburlaine the Great (1587) by Christopher MarloweThe Tragical history of Doctor Faustus (c. 1588) by Christopher MarloweThe Jew of Malta (c. 1589) by Christopher MarloweThe Spanish Tragedy (c. 1590) by Thomas KydEdward the Second (c. 1592) by Christopher MarloweArden of Faversham (1592) by AnonymousThe Tragedy of King Richard the Third (c. 1593) by William Shakespeare Titus Andronicus (c. 1594) by William ShakespeareThe Life and Death of King John (c. 1596) by William ShakespeareThe Downfall of Robert, Earl of Huntington (1598) and The Death of Robert, Earl of Huntington (1598) by Anthony MundayThe Tragedy of Julius Caesar (1599) by William ShakespeareAntonia and Mellida (1599) and Antonio's Revenge (1600) by John MarstonHamlet (c. 1600) by William ShakespeareAppendix A: Lethal PoisonAppendix B: Early Trial PlaysAppendix C: Mourning Becomes Electra by Eugene O'NeillAppendix D: Faust by Johann Wolfgang von GoetheAppendix E: A Yorkshire Tragedy by AnonymousAppendix F: Cue for Passion by Elmer RiceAbout the Author

Editorial Reviews

Blood on the Stage, 480 B.C. to 1600 A.D. by Amnon Kabatchnik is a fascinating book for those interested in theatre in general, and for those interested in theatrical works about murder, mystery and mayhem in particular. The book is easy to read and understand, and you don't have to have previous knowledge of the plays presented in the book. If this is the case, you may want to read the original play or go and see the play after reading each entry. The book is rather complex, demonstrating profound knowledge of the field and extensive research skills. I enjoyed reading this book, as not only did it refresh my knowledge of some of the plays I had read a long time ago, but I also learned about theatrical works and playwrights which now I want to read and/or view.