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Gay and Lesbian American Plays: An Annotated Bibliography

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Documenting the explosion of contemporary gay and lesbian theater, this bibliography provides a single reference for American gay and lesbian plays, playwrights, and companies, containing listings for more than 700 plays whose primary characters or themes are gay or lesbian. In addition to authors, titles, and synopses, the entries include information about acts, characters, settings, and music. Appendices provide data on how the plays can be obtained, a list of theaters that produce works with gay/lesbian ...
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Overview

Documenting the explosion of contemporary gay and lesbian theater, this bibliography provides a single reference for American gay and lesbian plays, playwrights, and companies, containing listings for more than 700 plays whose primary characters or themes are gay or lesbian. In addition to authors, titles, and synopses, the entries include information about acts, characters, settings, and music. Appendices provide data on how the plays can be obtained, a list of theaters that produce works with gay/lesbian themes, names and addresses of playwrights and agents, a list of related references, and a matrix for the quick location of plays that meet certain criteria. Indispensable for repertory companies, producers, directors, actors, and scholars.
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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Academic Librarianship
...provides more than its title would indicate...In addition to a synopsis, the annotation for each work includes number of acts, characters, sets, first performance, and publication or agent information when available. In the index of plays by title, the authors have used a set of one-letter codes that provide quick information on the content of the plays...Any serious theater collection will include this title.
Theatre Journal
...the present volume is a valuable resource.
Stonewall News Of Ny
What is most impressive about the volume is its sheer numbers...The book is most impressive, showing what an enormous body of literature has developed in this category in just ten years.
Feminist Bookstore News
...a comprehensive and ably up-to-date reference work with short, clear descriptions of hundreds of works...unique.
Booklist
...welcome...will help teachers and librarians guide users...good collection development tools for librarians concerned with gay and lesbian studies,...must-haves for any gay and lesbian archive.
College and Research Libraries
...excellent guide.... Highly recommended, for all libraries with strong drama, theater, and gay/lesbian collections.
CHOICE
...a welcome addition to the increasing number of reference sources for this rapidly growing literature...provides the most extensive listing yet available. Recommended for college, university, and large public libraries.
Reference Quarterly
Furtado and Hellner's welcome bibliography will make the reference and collection-building tasks of librarians much less cumbersome. It provides long-needed bibliographic access...essential for identifying the dozens of important and less-important gay and lesbian plays produced throughout the 1980s...a substantial achievement.
American Reference Books Annual
A welcome addition...work functions as both bibliography and directory...collections of modern and contemporary drama should not be without it.
Theatre Research International
The book is useful to theatre scholars, educators, and practitioners.
The Journal Of Academic Librarianship
...provides more than its title would indicate...In addition to a synopsis, the annotation for each work includes number of acts, characters, sets, first performance, and publication or agent information when available. In the index of plays by title, the authors have used a set of one-letter codes that provide quick information on the content of the plays...Any serious theater collection will include this title.
College & Research Libraries
...excellent guide.... Highly recommended, for all libraries with strong drama, theater, and gay/lesbian collections.
The Journal of Academic Librarianship
...provides more than its title would indicate...In addition to a synopsis, the annotation for each work includes number of acts, characters, sets, first performance, and publication or agent information when available. In the index of plays by title, the authors have used a set of one-letter codes that provide quick information on the content of the plays...Any serious theater collection will include this title.
Stonewall News Of NY
What is most impressive about the volume is its sheer numbers...The book is most impressive, showing what an enormous body of literature has developed in this category in just ten years.
Choice
...a welcome addition to the increasing number of reference sources for this rapidly growing literature...provides the most extensive listing yet available. Recommended for college, university, and large public libraries.
American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
A welcome addition...work functions as both bibliography and directory...collections of modern and contemporary drama should not be without it.
College & Research Libraries (C&RL)
...excellent guide.... Highly recommended, for all libraries with strong drama, theater, and gay/lesbian collections.
Choice
...a welcome addition to the increasing number of reference sources for this rapidly growing literature...provides the most extensive listing yet available. Recommended for college, university, and large public libraries..
ARBA
A welcome addition...work functions as both bibliography and directory...collections of modern and contemporary drama should not be without it..
Booknews
A reference to over 700 American gay and lesbian plays and associated playwrights and companies. The articles cite author, title, date, and production history; and provide a brief synopsis and information about scenes and settings. Arranged by author and indexed by title. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810826892
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/1993
  • Pages: 233
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 8.74 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Ken Furtado (Georgetown University; Arizona State) teaches mathematics and computer science at the high school and college levels. He has written a computer textbook and has a volume of poetry forthcoming. Also a freelance technical writer, he reviews books and films for a regional news magazine. Nancy Hellner (Kearney State College; Ph.D., Arizona State) teaches English and humanities at the college level and reviews books for various publications.
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