Name of Collection: American Drama

School Name: Jamaica High School

Address: 167-01 Gothic Drive, Jamaica, New York 11432

Phone: 718-739-5942

Fax: 718-739-4826

Librarian: Ellen Frank

Librarian's e-mail: efrank2@schools.nyc.gov



Introduction:

American Drama is a collection focused on American playwrights and their works. It includes copies of plays, many of which have been produced on Broadway, off Broadway, filmed and studied in school. The collection focuses on materials suitable for grades 9 through adult. We also include books that have been made into films. We have many professional resources in our collection as well.

Questions for Inquiry

:What is American Drama?
  • Who are the particular playwrights in a specific time period?
  • How do the dramatic writings reflect the socio-political times?
  • How do film adaptations differ from the books?

Keywords:

  • American Drama
  • United States plays
  • American authors
  • American playwrights

Subject Headings:

  • American Drama
  • American Theatre
  • American Playwrights

Dewey Decimal Classifications:

  • 782
  • 791
  • 808
  • 810
  • 812

Key Books Reference:

The Oxford Companion to American Literature, 6th ed. (1995). More than 5,000 entries on novelists, poets, playwrights, naturalists and literary critics.

NEW ITEMS ADDED TO OUR COLLECTION

2010-11 School Year
BOOKS
  • Crumbs from the Table of Joyby Lynn Nottage
  • Drama for Students, Vol. 19, 21 and 22
  • International Plays for Young Audiencesby G. Ratliff
  • Mel White’s Readers Theatre Anthologyby M. White
  • Sea Songs: Readers Theatreby J. Barnes
  • Acting Cool: Using Reader’s Theatreby C. Gustafson
  • Classic Readers Theatre for Young AdultsbyS. Barchers
  • Introduction to Readers Theatreby G. Ratliff
  • Readers Theatre for Young Adultsby K. Latrobe
  • Scary Readers Theatreby S. Barchers
  • Science Fiction Readers Theatreby A. Fredericks
  • Short and Sweet Skits for Student Actorsby M. Scriven
  • War Stories for Readers Theatreby S. Barchers
  • Wings of Fancy: Using Reader’s Theatreby J. Garner
  • Literary Ideas and Scripts by Lisa Cobb

Some fiction titles were added as well:
  • Gulliver’s Travels: Movie Novelization by S. Willson
  • Gulliver’s Travelsby J. Greene
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallowsby J. K. Rowling
  • The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks


New Movie added to our collection:

  • The Crucible, Twentieth Century Fox production, produced by Robert Miller.

New sound recording added to our collection:


  • Here in Harlem: Poems in Many Voices, a sound recording by Walter Dean Myers

Highlights of our collection:


PLAYS

  • ALBEE, EDWARD A DELICATE BALANCE
  • BRECHT, BERTOLT GALILEO
  • BREL, JACQUES JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL
  • CHEKHOV, ANTON THREE SISTERS
  • FRIEL, BRIAN PHILADELPHIA, HERE I COME!
  • GENET, JEAN THE MAIDS
  • GRAY, SIMON BUTLEY
  • IONESCO, EUGENE RHINOCEROS
  • O’NEIL, EUGENE THE ICEMAN COMETH
  • OSBORNE, JOHN LUTHER
  • PINTER, HAROLD THE HOMECOMING
  • SHAW, ROBERT THE MAN IN THE GLASS BOOTH
  • STOREY, DAVID IN CELEBRATION
  • WEILL, KURT LOST IN THE STARS

MUSIC

  • GUTHRIE, TYRONE CANDIDE (CD)
  • MCCULLERS, CARSON THE MEMBER OF THE WEDDING (PLAYAWAY)

    Plays recommended for teaching with teens:
    Driving Miss Daisy by A. Uhry
    Joe Turner's Come and Gone by A. Wilson
    A Few Good Men by A. Sorkin
    Nothing but the Truth by R. Smith(based on the book by Avi)
    The Mouse That Roared by C. Sergel
    Sunrise at Campobello by D. Schary
    The Odd Couple by N. Simon
    The Glass Menagerie by T. Wiliams
    Death of a Salesman by A. Miller
    The Crucible by A. Miller
    Miracle Worker by W. Gibson
    Inherit the Wind by J. Lawrence
    The Diary of Ann Frank by F. Goodrich

Non-fiction

Drama for Students, Volume 25.(2008) Edited by Milney. A Gale Publication. Author biography, plot summary, character summary, themes and historical context of popular plays, Included in this volume are Pam Gems' Stanley and Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods. We own the rest of the collection.
Experiencing the American Civil War: Novels, Nonfiction Books, Short Stories, Poems, Plays, Films and Songs: by K. Hillstrom. Features twenty-five works, including Forty Acres and a Mule, The Red Badge of Courage, poems, plays and short stories.
Great Scenes from Women Playwrights (2005) by Marsh Cassady. Scenes from classic and contemporary plays written by American women. Includes synopsis of each play and director’s notes.
Masterpieces of 20th Century American Drama (2005) by Susan Abbotson. Criticism of plays taught in schools, such as Thornton Wilder's Our Town, Arthur Miller's The Crucible and Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, amongst others.
Notable African American Writers(2006) edited by Salem Press. Includes essays on 80 great novelists, poets, playwrights, short story writers, and writers of nonfiction from colonial America to today.

Magazine Articles

Gilhooley, Jack. "A Play's Progress." Sarasota Magazine 27.4 (2005): 124-129. MasterFILE Select. 29 January 2007. http://search.ebscohost.com.
Manuel, Carme. "A Ghost in the Expressionist Jungle of O'Neill's "The Emperor Jones."African American Review 39.1/2 ([YEAR]): 67-85. MasterFILE Select. 29 January 2007. http://search.ebscohost.com.
Shaffer, Jason. "Making "an Excellent Die"." . TOPICsearch. 29 January 2007. http://search.ebscohost.com.
"Building the Legacy." American Theatre 23.10 (2006): 15-16. MasterFILE Select. 29 January 2007. http://search.ebscohost.com.
Habtezghi, Nazenet. "Black Women Onstage." Essence 37.7 (2006): 70-70. MasterFILE Select. 29 January 2007. http://search.ebscohost.com.
Grote, Jason. "A Beacon for Writers." American Theatre 23.9 (2006): 72-75. MasterFILE Select. 29 January 2007. http://search.ebscohost.com.
Edidin, Peter. "Mrs. Lincoln, How Do You Like Your Play?." New York Times 155.53692 (2006): B1-B7. MasterFILE Select. 29 January 2007. http://search.ebscohost.com.
Gener, Randy. "Women of Distinction." American Theatre 23.6 ([YEAR]): 14-14. MasterFILE Select. 29 January 2007. http://search.ebscohost.com.


Databases:

Novel System: includes: Twayne's Author Series

Web Sites:

Arthur Miller Society Official Web Site:
Brief Timeline of American Literature and Events: 1620-1920: contains information about Arthur Miller, his works and teaching guides.


teaching books.net: Commercial database which includes author programs and k-12 book resources. Password required. Restricted to NYC Department of Education members only.
African American Women Writers of the 19th Century Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library.
American Passages Annenberg/CPB
Arts and Literature:Selected Documents from the Library of Congress Library of Congress.
Carl Sandburg National Historic Site.: National Park Service.
eOneill.com: An Electronic Eugene O'Neill Archive.
Hawthorne Peabody Essex Museum:

Videos/DVDs:

CDs:

All of our DVDs and Videos are cataloged on our website. The url is: http://www.jamaicahighschool.org/LIB/avlist.htm#LANGUAGE-V.
The following is a partial list of some of the titles:
Alice Walker (35m)
American Daughter. Wendy Wasserstein. Audiotape. 1999. 125m.
Animal Farm. (1991. 91m. Hallmark.)
Creativity: Maya Angelou (60m)
Great Gatsby, Teaching the (25m)
Innocents Abroad (Mark Twain. 116m)
James Baldwin (Black Americans of Achievement, 30m)
John Steinbeck (Famous Authors Series. 30m.)
Lorraine Hansberry: Black Expererience in the Creation of Drama
Miracle Worker (2 copies) (98m)Old Man and the Sea ('95: Quinn, 97m.)
Our Town (1989, Spalding Gray) (104m, c.1)
Toni Morrison (29m. Includes readings from Beloved and Jazz)
Toni Morrison: A Writer's Work (60m, Interview with Bill Moyers

Community Resources:

New York Theatre Experience
Asian American Theatre Review
Theatre Development Fund
High Five: Discount tickets for Teens

Curriculum Standards Related to This Topic:

New York State Learning Standards:Language Arts
Common Core Standards: ELA

*An asterisk next to material indicates that it is recommended in this subject area but not available in this CCD collection.