“….a wealth of material for lovers of theatre.” – Los Angeles Times
“The sheer readability of his works exceeds that of many reference books.” –Reference & User Services Quarterly
“A priceless reference.” – Deadly Pleasures
In the previous Blood on the Stage volumes, Kabatchnik examined over 400 crime-themed plays produced in the 20th century. But, as any theater lover knows, depicting acts of wrong-doing is not a recent phenomenon: history is resplendent with criminous works— from the stark, violent plays of Seneca in ancient Rome to the liturgical dramas of the Dark Ages that drew on both the Old and New Testaments, to the golden age of Elizabethan drama, which boasted masterful plays drenched with treachery, bloodshed, and horror.
In Blood on the Stage, 480 B.C. to 1600 A.D., Kabatchnik analyzes more than fifty of those blood-splattered plays that have withstood the test of time. Beginning with masterpieces such as Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus, Oedipus the King by Sophocles, and Medea by Euripides, Blood on the Stage, 480 B.C. to 1600 A.D spans centuries of equally compelling dramas such as The Haunted House (200 B.C.), Phaedra (c. 60 A.D.), and The Killing of Abel (mid-15th century). Moreover, Blood on the Stage, 480 B.C. to 1600 A.D covers such noteworthy works as Thomas Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy, Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus, and William Shakespeare’
The wide-ranging selection of plays in Blood on the Stage, 480 B.C. to 1600 A.D represents ancient Greece, ancient Rome, the Middle Ages, and Elizabethan England. Arranged in chronological order, entries include plot synopses, biographical sketches of playwrights and actors, details about productions, and when available, information regarding critical reception. From the killing of Abel by his brother Cain to Hamlet’s revenge of his father’s murder, Blood on the Stage, 480 B.C. to 1600 A.D. provides a critical overview of some of the most significant dramatizations of criminal behavior on stage.
Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, Amnon Kabatchnik received his BS degree in theatre and journalism from Boston University where he graduated summa cum laude, and won the Rodgers & Hammerstein Award. Kabatchnik also holds an MFA degree in directing from the Yale School of Drama. He served as Professor of Theatre at several universities, including Stanford University and Ohio State University, and directed numerous dramas, comedies, thrillers and musicals for off-Broadway, national road companies, resident theatres, summer stock, and abroad. In addition to the Blood on the Stage volumes, Kabatchnik is also the author of Sherlock Holmes on the Stage: A Chronological Encyclopedia of Plays Featuring the Great Detective. Visit Amnon Kabatchnik online at: www.amnonkabatchnik.com
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