Blood on the Stage 1975-2000

In Blood on the Stage: Milestone Plays of Crime, Mystery, and Detection, An Annotated Repertoire, 1975-2000 provides an overview of 80 milestone plays of crime, mystery and detection. Each of the entries revolves around murder, theft, chicanery, kidnapping, political intrigue or espionage. The emphasis is on manuscripts of enduring importance, pioneering contributions, singular innovations, outstanding success, and representative works by prolific playwrights in this genre.

This work covers plays produced between 1975 and 2000 – suspense melodramas, psychological thrillers, and baffling whodunits. Many notable playwrights of the era are represented, such as David Mamet, Ira Levin, Stephen Sondheim, Sam Shepard, Reginald Rose, Charles Ludlam, Aaron Sorkin, William F. Buckley Jr., Larry Gelbart, Rupert Holmes, Romulus Linney, Ariel Dorfman, Terence Rattigan, Tom Stoppard, Anthony Shaffer, Jeffrey Archer, and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Also included are criminous musicals – Chicago, Assassins, Sweeney Todd, Phantom of the Opera, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and more. Highlighted are dramatizations of novels by distinguished detective story writers Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Wallace, Agatha Christie, Raymond Chandler, Patricia Highsmith, Simon Brett, and Walter Mosley. Lurking in the wings are Dracula, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, and The Woman in Black.

For sheer adventure, excitement and heart-pounding thrills, this time period may be the genre’s most intriguing era.

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Scarecrow Press Blood on the Stage 1975-2000, Milestone Plays of Crime, Mystery and Detection
Pages: 646 ISBN: 0810883546 ISBN13: 978-0810883543 Binding: Cloth.
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