A Bunch of Amateurs

Author: Ian Hislop,Nick Newman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780573113734

Category: Drama

Page: 126

View: 3942

Keen to boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood action hero Jefferson Steele arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford - only to find that this is not the birthplace of the Bard, but a sleepy Suffolk village. And instead of Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench, the cast are a bunch of amateurs trying to save their theatre from developers. Jefferson's monstrous ego, vanity and insecurity are tested to the limit by the enthusiastic am-dram thespians. As acting worlds collide and Jefferson's career implodes, he discovers some truths about himself - along with his inner Lear! "terrific comedy packed with killer comic dialogue... plenty of twists and turns" ***** Whatsonstage "Deliciously stuffed with Shakespeare...a laugh-a-minute" **** Mail on Sunday

A Bunch of Amateurs

Inside America's Hidden World of Inventors, Tinkerers, and Job Creators

Author: Jack Hitt

Publisher: Broadway Books

ISBN: 0307393763

Category: History

Page: 280

View: 3893

"WHAT IS IT THAT DRIVES THE SUCCESS OF AMERICA AND THE IDENTITY OF ITS PEOPLE? ACCLAIMED WRITER AND CONTRIBUTING EDITOR TO THIS AMERICAN LIFEJACK HITT THINKS IT’S BECAUSE WE’RE ALL A BUNCH OF AMATEURS. America’s self-invented tinkerers are back at it in their metaphorical garages—fiddling with everything from solar-powered cars to space elevators. In Bunch of Amateurs, Jack Hitt visits a number of different garages and has written a fascinating book that looks at America’s current batch of amateurs and their pursuits. From a tattooed young woman in the Bay Area trying to splice a fish’s glow-in-the-dark gene into common yogurt (all done in her kitchen using salad spinners) o a space fanatic on the brink of developing the next generation of telescopes from his mobile home, Hitt not only tells the stories of people in the grip of a passion but argues that America’s history is bound up in a cycle of amateur surges. Beginning with Ben Franklin’s kite and leading all the way to the current TV hitAmerican Idol, Hitt argues that the nation’s ove of self-invented obse

Screening Room

A Memoir of the South

Author: Alan Lightman

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307739848

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 270

View: 9435

A WASHINGTON POST NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR Alan Lightman's grandfather M.A. was the family's undisputed patriarch. It was his movie theater empire that catapulted the Lightmans, a Hungarian Jewish immigrant family, to prominence in the South; his triumphs that would both galvanize and paralyze his descendants. In this evocative personal history, the author chronicles his return to Memphis and the stifling home he had been so eager to flee forty years earlier. As aging uncles and aunts retell old stories, Alan finds himself reconsidering long-held beliefs about his larger-than-life grandfather and his quiet, inscrutable father. The result is an unforgettable family saga set against the pulsing backdrop of Memphis--its country clubs and juke joints, its rhythm and blues, its segregated movie theaters, its barbecue and pecan pie--including encounters with Elvis, Martin Luther King Jr., and E. H. "Boss" Crump. Both intensely personal and quintessentially American, Screening Room finely explores the tricks of light that can make--and unmake--a man and his myth. (With black-and-white illustrations throughout.)

Deep South

Author: Paul Theroux

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0544323521

Category: Travel

Page: 464

View: 7933

One of the most acclaimed travel writers of our time turns his unflinching eye on an American South too often overlooked Paul Theroux has spent fifty years crossing the globe, adventuring in the exotic, seeking the rich history and folklore of the far away. Now, for the first time, in his tenth travel book, Theroux explores a piece of America -- the Deep South. He finds there a paradoxical place, full of incomparable music, unparalleled cuisine, and yet also some of the nation's worst schools, housing, and unemployment rates. It's these parts of the South, so often ignored, that have caught Theroux's keen traveler's eye. On road trips spanning four seasons, wending along rural highways, Theroux visits gun shows and small-town churches, laborers in Arkansas, and parts of Mississippi where they still call the farm up the road "the plantation." He talks to mayors and social workers, writers and reverends, the working poor and farming families -- the unsung heroes of the south, the people who, despite it all, never left, and also those who returned home to rebuild a place they could never live without. From the writer whose "great mission has always been to transport us beyond that reading chair, to challenge himself -- and thus, to challenge us" (Boston Globe), Deep South is an ode to a region, vivid and haunting, full of life and loss alike.

The Devil's Country

Author: Harry Hunsicker

Publisher: Sterling Mystery Series

ISBN: 9781683247449

Category: Fiction

Page: 500

View: 3128

"After his wife and children are murdered, Former Texas Ranger Arlo Baines comes to the tiny West Texas town of Piedra and rescues a terrified woman and her children from attackers. The next day, the woman turns up murdered, her children are missing, and Arlo is the primary suspect"--

The Amateurs

Author: Sara Shepard

Publisher: Disney Electronic Content

ISBN: 1484747356

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 1540

As soon as Seneca Frazier sees the post on the Case Not Closed website about Helena Kelly, she's hooked. Helena's high-profile disappearance five years earlier is the one that originally got Seneca addicted to true crime. It's the reason she's a member of the site in the first place. So when Maddy Wright, her best friend from the CNC site, invites Seneca to spend spring break in Connecticut looking into the cold case, she immediately packs her bag. But the moment she steps off the train in trendy, glamorous Dexby, things begin to go wrong. Maddy is nothing like she expected, and Helena's sister, Aerin Kelly, seems completely hostile and totally uninterested in helping with their murder investigation. But when Brett, another super user from the site, joins Seneca and Maddy in Dexby, Aerin starts to come around. The police must have missed something, and someone in Dexby definitely has information they've been keeping quiet. As Seneca, Brett, Maddy, and Aerin begin to unravel dark secrets and shocking betrayals about the people closest to them, they seem to be on the murderer's trail at last. But somewhere nearby the killer is watching . . . ready to do whatever it takes to make sure the truth stays buried. First in a new series by the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Pretty Little Liars series, Sara Shepard, The Amateurs is packed with the twists and turns, steamy romance, and stunning revelations that her fans have been waiting for.

The United States of Wal-Mart

Author: John Dicker

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101143444

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

View: 1289

An irreverent, hard-hitting examination of the world's largest-and most reviled-corporation, which reveals that while Wal-Mart's dominance may be providing consumers with cheap goods and plentiful jobs, it may also be breeding a culture of discontent. It employs one of every 115 American workers. If it were a nation-state, it would be one of the world's top twenty economies. With yearly sales of nearly $260 billion and an average way of $8 an hour, Wal-Mart represents an unprecedented-and perhaps unstoppable-force in capitalism. And there have been few corporations that have evoked the same levels of reverence and ire. The United States of Wal-Mart is a hard-hitting examination of how Sam Walton's empire has infiltrated not just the geography of America but also its consciousness. Peeling away layers of propaganda and politics, investigative journalist John Dicker reveals an American (and, increasingly, a global) story that has no clear-cut villains or heroes-one that could be the confused, complicated story of America itself. Pitched battles between economic progress and quality of life, between the preservation of regional identity and national homogeneity, and between low prices and the dignity of the American worker are beginning to coalesce into an all-out war to define our modern era. And, Dicker argues, Wal-Mart is winning. Revealing that the company's business practices have been shaping American culture, including the nation's social, political, and industrial policy, The United States of Wal-Mart provides fresh insight into a controversy that isn't going away.

Silver Lining

Author: Sandi Toksvig

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350038261

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 96

View: 3341

How unbelievably dull my life was. I did everything I was supposed to. I was such a good girl. I lived in the house he chose and cleaned a dead woman's furniture. I bought hats, who the hell wears a hat? And all the time I wanted to scream because I was so bored. On one dark and stormy night in the upper day room of the Silver Retirement Home, five elderly women are trading stories of their remarkable (or sometimes unremarkable) lives. With the storm floods rising and no rescue team in sight, the ladies are faced with the sudden realisation that in order to survive they are going to have to do what they have done for their entire lives – do it themselves! Silver Lining is a hilarious comedy by Sandi Toksvig. It tells the tale of a group of extraordinary yet forgotten women, who come together one treacherous night to recreate The Great Escape – senior-citizen style. It received its world premiere at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, on 3 February 2017 in a production by English Touring Theatre and Rose Theatre, Kingston.

The Tinkerers

The Amateurs, DIYers, and Inventors Who Make America Great

Author: Alec Foege

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0465033458

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

View: 6836

Showing how tinkering has been the guiding force behind both major corporate-sponsored innovations and smaller scale inventions with great potential, Foege argues that America still cultivates visionary innovators who do not allow cultural obsessions with efficiency and conformity to interfere with their passion and creativity.

Philly Amateurs

Author: Richard E. Peck

Publisher: UNM Press

ISBN: 9780826339393

Category: Fiction

Page: 231

View: 929

Insurance-trainee Mike Bradley picks up his newly purchased Honda during his lunch break then walks out of a deli only to see the car hoisted into a moving van and driven away. Stolen. He traces the theft to Lester-the-thief, a New Jersey entrepreneur who steals cars to order. Inspired by Lester's operation, Bradley steals twenty new Cadillacs, spotless luxury cars he delivers to Lester. BUT, he steals them from a dealership owned by a Philly mob boss and the cars are too hot even for Lester. So Bradley's stuck with twenty hot cars and now wanted by the police and the mob. That's when the complications begin.

Entertaining Angels

Author: Richard Everett

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849435170

Category: Drama

Page: 96

View: 1823

‘I've made four thousand six hundred medium-sized quiches and personally baked two tons of light crust pastry. And for what?’ As a clergy wife, Grace has spent a lifetime on best behaviour. Now, following the death of her husband Bardolph, she is enjoying the new-found freedom to do and say exactly as she pleases. But the return of her eccentric missionary sister Ruth, together with some disturbing revelations force Grace to confront the truth of her marriage. With sharp-edged comedy and probing wit, this new play asks whether God can be trusted to do anything right at all. 'Or is the whole thing a divine exercise in trial and error?' ‘Everett's play asks serious questions about loss, faith and just how well we can ever know those we love ... [a] fine new play... Everett, a dramatist new to me, has come up with that increasingly rare commodity, a boulevard comedy that is both entertaining and affecting.... this is a funny, touching and genuinely thought-provoking comedy, and one that surely deserves a West End transfer after its run in Chichester.’ - Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph ‘A very English comedy with some real emotion... a sure-fire Chichester hit’ - Fiona Mountford, The Evening Standard

But Enough About Me

Author: Burt Reynolds

Publisher: Bonnier Publishing Ltd.

ISBN: 1910536431

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 8362

In But Enough About Me, legendary film actor and Hollywood superstar Burt Reynolds recalls the people who shaped his life and career, for better or for worse. From Robert Altman, Cary Grant, Clint Eastwood and Robert Mitchum to Bette Davis, Marlon Brando, Woody Allen and Kirsty Alley, Burt pays homage to those he loves and respected, acknowledges those who've stayed loyal, and calls out the assholes he can't forgive. Recalling his life and career spanning over 50 glorious years, the legendary actor gives special attention to the two great loves of his life, Dinah Shore and Sally Field, his son, Quinton, as well as to the countless people who got in his way on his journey to Hollywood domination. With chapters on his early childhood, how he discovered acting, played poker with Frank Sinatra, received directing advice from Orson Welles, his golden years in Hollywood, his comeback in the late 1990s, and how his life and art led him to found the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Theatre, But Enough About Me is a gripping and eye-opening story of one of cinema's true greats.

The Ladykillers

Author: Graham Linehan,William Rose

Publisher: Samuel French Limited

ISBN: 9780573112256

Category: Comedy films

Page: 80

View: 718

'The Ladykillers' is a classic black comedy; a sweet little old lady, alone in her house, is pitted against a gang of criminal misfits who will stop at nothing.

Comic Potential

Author: Alan Ayckbourn

Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.

ISBN: 9780573627972

Category: English drama

Page: 101

View: 8015

A sci-fi comedy thriller, "Comic Potential" is a play set in the foreseeable future, when everything has changed--except human nature "Comic Potential" is set in a television studio in the near future, where the director--an alcoholic has-been--and two assistants are making a daytime soap opera of the usual appalling sort. However, the difference here is that they are using actoids--robots programmed to act--and there are no scriptwriters. Into this situation comes the idealistic Adam, the nephew of the millionaire station owner, who wants to write comedy of the quality that Chaplin and Keaton once embodied. But when Adam falls in love with Jaycee Triplethree (JC333), one of the actoids on the show, everything is turned upside down as she grows more human and the line between actoid and human diminishes. When in anguish Jaycee finally cries that she can't say anything she hasn't been programmed to say, Adam points out that no one ever says anything original anyway.

The Wipers Times

Author: Ian Hislop,Nick Newman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780573113512

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 100

View: 7975

The true and extraordinary story of the satirical newspaper created in the mud and mayhem of the Somme, interspersed with comic sketches and spoofs from the vivid imagination of those on the front line. In a bombed out building during the First World War in the French town of Ypres (mispronounced Wipers by British soldiers), two officers discover a printing press and create a newspaper for the troops. Far from being a sombre journal about life in the trenches, they produced a resolutely cheerful, subversive and very funny newspaper designed to lift the spirits of the men on the front line.

Ben Hur

Author: Patrick Barlow

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780573113758

Category: Drama

Page: 113

View: 3992


Juliet and Her Romeo

Author: Sean O'Connor

Publisher: Oberon Books Limited

ISBN: 9781849430814

Category: Drama

Page: 79

View: 9490

For students, teachers, youth theatres, Shakespeare fans, theatre lovers and those interested in Shakespeare and Shakespearean adaptations.

Bel Canto

Author: Ann Patchett

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061738883

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 9084

Now a major motion picture starring Julianne Moore and Ken Watanabe. New York Times Bestseller Ann Patchett’s award winning, bestselling novel that balances themes of love and crisis as disparate characters learn that music is their only common language—now a major motion picture starring Julianne Moore and Ken Watanabe. “Blissfully romantic…. A terrific, spellcasting story.” — San Francisco Chronicle Somewhere in South America, at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of the powerful businessman Mr. Hosokawa. Roxanne Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerized the international guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening—until a band of gun-wielding terrorists takes the entire party hostage. But what begins as a panicked, life-threatening scenario slowly evolves into something quite different, a moment of great beauty, as terrorists and hostages forge unexpected bonds and people from different continents become compatriots, intimate friends, and lovers.