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Theatrical Plays on DVD at the Leavey Library: Titles M

Titles M

Macbeth  (Williamson) & Macbeth (Globe on Screen)
"The Tragedy of Macbeth, commonly called Macbeth, is a play by Shakespeare about a regicide  and its aftermath. It is Shakespeare's shortest tragedy and is believed to have been written sometime between 1603 and 1607. The earliest account of a performance of what was likely Shakespeare's play is April 1611, when Simon Forman recorded seeing such a play at the Globe Theatre. It was first published in the Folio of 1623, possibly from a prompt book for a specific performance. Shakespeare's sources for the tragedy are the accounts of Macbeth, Macduff, and Duncan in Holinshed's Chronicles (1587), a history of England, Scotland and Ireland familiar to Shakespeare and his contemporaries."

The Master Builder (Wolfit)The Master Builder (McKern)
"Halvard Solness, a brilliantly successful architect, has willed his unspoken desire into reality at every turn—but not without a price. Now he lives in fear that the next generation will rise up and cast him aside. When Hilda Wangel, a bewitching young woman, arrives to collect on a decade-old debt, she breathes new life into the Solness home but also rekindles painful memories. Will she help him reach the pinnacle, or will she be the one to finally knock the Master Builder from his tower?"

A Memory of Two Mondays
"Arthur Miller's vivid comedy-drama portrays the nature of life during America's Great Depression. The emphasis is on mood and characterization as Miller draws on his own personal experience to evoke what the 1930s were like for workers to whom a job-- any job-- was everything."

The Merchant of Venice 
"The Merchant of Venice is a play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1596 and 1598. Classified as a comedy in the First Folio, and while it shares certain aspects with Shakespeare's other romantic comedies, the play is perhaps more remembered for its dramatic scenes, and is best known for Shylock and the 'pound of flesh'. The play's antisemitic overtones can be troubling to modern sensibilities."

Midsummer Night's Dream
"This production of the very popular Shakespeare play about young lovers, accident-prone workmen, and two royal courts is directed by Dominic Dromgoole."

The Millionairess
"Epifania  is glamorous, clever...and also the richest woman in the world. After yet another row with her spendthrift husband, Epifania meets an intriguing Egyptian doctor. But she faces the challenge her money mad father imposed upon her before his death: She can only consider for marriage a man who can convert 150 pounds into 50,000 pounds within six months..."

The Mound Builders
"Contrasts goals of a team of archaeologists with aspirations of the local residents."

Mrs. Warren's Profession
"Mrs. Warren's Profession is a play written by George Bernard Shaw in 1893. The story centers on the relationship between Mrs. Warren, a prostitute, described by Shaw as 'on the whole, a genial and fairly presentable old blackguard of a woman,' and her 'prudish' daughter, Vivie.  Mrs Warren is a middle-aged woman whose Cambridge-educated daughter, Vivie, is horrified to discover that her mother's fortune was made managing high-class brothels. The two strong women make a brief reconciliation when Mrs. Warren explains her impoverished youth, which originally led her into prostitution. Vivie forgives her mother until learning that the highly profitable business remains in operation."

Much Ado About Nothing
"This production sets Shakespeare's comedy in turn-of-the-century America, with corresponding sets, costumes, and music."