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A History of Great Playwrights

This five part series, A History of Great Playwrights, hosted by William Ambrose, founder of Ambrose Video Publishing, Inc., focuses on the rich literary tradition of the theater - its plays and playwrights, including such greats as Sophocles, Terence, William Shakespeare, Moliere, Henrik Ibsen, Eugene O\'Neill, Bertolt Brecht, and Tom Stoppard.
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Program 1: Antiquity to the Renaissance
  • 456 BC - Sophocles and the Greek Playwrights
  • 191 BC - Titus Maccius Plautus and the Roman Theater
  • 1587 - Christopher Marlowe Writes Tamburlaine the Great
  • 1594 - Shakespeare Pens Romeo and Juliet
HGP-001 $25.00/yr
Program 2: The Theater Responds to Industrialization
  • 1598 - Ben Jonson Establishes a New Kind of Comedy
  • 1662 - Moliere's The School for Wives Premieres in Paris
  • 1867 - Henrik Ibsen Revitalizes the Theater with Peer Gynt
  • 1888 - August Strindberg, Father of Naturalistic Drama
  • 1895 - Oscar Wilde's Masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest
HGP-002 $25.00/yr
Program 3: The Theater Turns Inward
  • 1897 - Edmond Rostand Writes Cyrano de Bergerac
  • 1904 - Anton Chekhov's Last Play, The Cherry Orchard, Premieres in Moscow
  • 1913 - George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion
  • 1920 - John Galsworthy's The Skin Game is Performed
  • 1920 - Eugene O'Neill Wins First Pulitzer Prize
  • 1923 - Sean O'Casey Begins the Dublin Trilogy
HGP-003 $25.00/yr
Program 4: The Theater Responds to Modernism
  • 1928 - Brecht's The Threepenny Opera is Performed
  • 1937 - Thornton Wilder Writes Our Town
  • 1948 - Tennessee Williams Wins His First Pulitzer Prize for A Streetcar Named Desire
  • 1949 - Arthur Miller Produces Death of a Salesman
  • 1949 - The Musical Comes of Age
HGP-004 $25.00/yr
Program 5: The Great Resurgence of the Theater
  • 1953 - Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot Premieres
  • 1954 - Brendan Behan's The Quare Fellow Premieres in Dublin
  • 1959 - Eugene Ionesco's 'Theater of the Absurd'
  • 1962 - Edward Franklin Albee Writes Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • 1987 - August Wilson Wins a Pulitzer and a Tony for Fences
  • 2005 - Harold Pinter Wins the Nobel Prize
  • 2008 - The New Wave in Theater
HGP-005 $25.00/yr