Mark Ravenhill

Modern Plays: 'Ten Plagues' and 'The Coronation of Poppea' (Paperback)

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<i>In London</i> <br /> <i>Came the plague in sixteen sixty five</i> <br /> <i>One hundred thousand dead</i> <br /> <i>But I alive.</i> <br /> <br />London is infected. The dead fall in the streets. As the plague pits fill, the people of London struggle to maintain a society in the face of overwhelming mortality. Based on eye-witness accounts from 1665 and drawing poetic parallels with modern epidemics, <i>Ten Plagues</i> relates one man's journey through a city in crisis. <br /> <br />Told entirely through a series of songs, <i>Ten Plagues </i>explores humanity's struggle with sickness and death and celebrates our capacity for survival. <br /> <br />This volume also contains <i>The Coronation of Poppea</i>, a new version of Monteverdi's opera depicting the triumphant adultery between Poppea and Roman Emperor Nero. Tackling this tale of epic lives, Ravenhill updates Tacitus' scathing portrayal of decadence and imperial degeneracy with language which is contemporary, spare and brutally powerful. <br /> <br />Taking opera librettos as a foundation, this volume presents two texts for modern music theatre by the seminally controversial playwright Mark Ravenhill. <br /> <br />Mark Ravenhill's introduction to the volume explains the inspiration and writing process behind the two pieces.

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In London
Came the plague in sixteen sixty five
One hundred thousand dead
But I alive.

London is infected. The dead fall in the streets. As the plague pits fill, the people of London struggle to maintain a society in the face of overwhelming mortality. Based on eye-witness accounts from 1665 and drawing poetic parallels with modern epidemics, Ten Plagues relates one man's journey through a city in crisis.

Told entirely through a series of songs, Ten Plagues explores humanity's struggle with sickness and death and celebrates our capacity for survival.

This volume also contains The Coronation of Poppea, a new version of Monteverdi's opera depicting the triumphant adultery between Poppea and Roman Emperor Nero. Tackling this tale of epic lives, Ravenhill updates Tacitus' scathing portrayal of decadence and imperial degeneracy with language which is contemporary, spare and brutally powerful.

Taking opera librettos as a foundation, this volume presents two texts for modern music theatre by the seminally controversial playwright Mark Ravenhill.

Mark Ravenhill's introduction to the volume explains the inspiration and writing process behind the two pieces.Modern Plays: 'ten Plagues' and 'the Coronation of Poppea' (Paperback)

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Series Title
Modern Plays
Publisher
Continnuum-3PL
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
ENG
Number of Pages
96
Author
Mark Ravenhill
Title
'Ten Plagues' and 'The Coronation of Poppea'
ISBN-13
9781408160541
Publication Date
August, 2011
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.00 x 6.00 x 1.50 Inches
ISBN-10
1408160544

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