Acts of crime and criminal minds have always fascinated the world's authors. During 1900-1925, world stages were full of plays in which transgression and lawbreaking were the common denominators. In Blood on the Stage: Milestone Plays of Crime, Mystery, and Detection, An Annotated Repertoire, 1900 - 1925, Amnon Kabatchnik examines the key representations of transgression drama produced in the 20th century's first quarter. This volume covers 80 plays written and produced between 1900-1925 that had at least one public performance in the English language, with an emphasis on New York and London performances.
Amnon Kabatchnik, now retired, was a Professor of Theatre at SUNY Binghamton, Stanford University, Ohio State University, Florida State University, and Elmira College. He is the author of Sherlock Holmes: A Chronological Encyclopedia of Plays Featuring the Great Detective (2008), and Blood on the Stage: Milestone Plays of Crime, Mystery and Detection, An Annotated Repertoire, 1925-1950 (2009), both published by Scarecrow Press.
Acknowledgments Introduction Prometheus Bound (480 B.C.) by Aeschylus The Danaid Tetralogy (463 B.C.) by Aeschylus Oresteia (458 B.C.) by Aeschylus Women of Trachis aka The Trachiniae (c. 450 B.C.) by Sophocles Ajax (c. 444 B.C.) by Sophocles Antigone (c. 442 B.C.) by Sophocles Medea (431 B.C.) by Euripides Oedipus the King (c. 429 B.C.) by Sophocles Wasps (422 B.C.) by Aristophanes Women at the Thesmophoria Festival (411 B.C.) by Aristophanes Electra (c. 409 B.C.) by Sophocles The Bacchae aka The Bacchantes (405 B.C.) by Euripides Plutus aka Wealth (388 B.C.) by Aristophanes The Rope aka Rudens (c. 211 B.C.) by Titus Maccius Plautus The Haunted House (200 B.C.) by Titus Maccius Plautus The Pot of Gold (c. 194 B.C.) by Titus Maccius Plautus Mad Hercules aka Hercules Furens (c. 54 A.D.) by Lucius Annaeus Seneca Phaedra (c. 60 A.D.) by Lucius Annaeus Seneca Thyestes (c. 60 A.D.) by Lucius Annaeus Seneca The Little Clay Cart (Sixth Century A.D.?), attributed to King Shudraka The Miracle of Saint Nicholas and the Schoolboys (Twelfth Century) by Anonymous The Miracle of Saint Nicholas and the Image (Twelfth Century) by Hilarius Daniel (c. 1140 A.D.) by Hilarius Abraham and Isaac (between1400-1425 A.D.) by Anonymous David and Bathsheba (between 1450-1500 A.D.) by Anonymous The Second Shepherds' Play (mid-Fifteenth Century) by The Wakefield Master The Killing of Abel (latter half of the Fifteenth Century) by The Wakefield Master The Mystery of the Redemption aka Ludus Coventriae (1468 A.D.) by Anonymous Pierre Patelin aka Master Pierre Patelin (c. 1469 A.D.) by Anonymous Orbecche (1541 A.D.) by Giovanni Battista Giraldi Herod the Great (between 1554-1576 A.D.) by The Wakefield Master Gammer Gurton's Needle (c. 1560 A.D.) by "Mr. S., Master of Art" Gorboduc (1561 A.D.) by Thomas Norton and Thomas Sackville The Life of Cambyses, King of Percia (c. 1561 A.D.) by Thomas Preston The Three Ladies of London (1581) by Robert Wilson Tamburlaine the Great (1587) by Christopher Marlowe The Tragical history of Doctor Faustus (c. 1588) by Christopher Marlowe The Jew of Malta (c. 1589) by Christopher Marlowe The Spanish Tragedy (c. 1590) by Thomas Kyd Edward the Second (c. 1592) by Christopher Marlowe Arden of Faversham (1592) by Anonymous The Tragedy of King Richard the Third (c. 1593) by William Shakespeare Titus Andronicus (c. 1594) by William Shakespeare The Life and Death of King John (c. 1596) by William Shakespeare The Downfall of Robert, Earl of Huntington (1598) and The Death of Robert, Earl of Huntington (1598) by Anthony Munday The Tragedy of Julius Caesar (1599) by William Shakespeare Antonia and Mellida (1599) and Antonio's Revenge (1600) by John Marston Hamlet (c. 1600) by William Shakespeare Appendix A: Lethal Poison Appendix B: Early Trial Plays Appendix C: Mourning Becomes Electra by Eugene O'Neill Appendix D: Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Appendix E: A Yorkshire Tragedy by Anonymous Appendix F: Cue for Passion by Elmer Rice About the Author