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This limited-time offer, available through this website only, is for the paperback editions of Downstate by Bruce Norris, ear for eye by debbie tucker green, Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp. by Caryl Churchill and, the eventual winner of the Best Play Award, Sweat by Lynn Nottage.
This exclusive bundle deal, available for a limited time only, celebrates the clean-sweep for Nick Hern Books in the Best Play Award category at this year's Evening Standard Theatre Awards, with Sweat by Lynn Nottage ultimately winning the prize at the ceremony on Sunday 24 November.
Downstate by Bruce Norris
In downstate Illinois, four men convicted of sex crimes against minors share a group home where they live out their lives in the shadow of the offences they committed. A man shows up to confront his childhood abuser – but does he want closure or retribution?
Bruce Norris's provocative play zeroes in on the limits of our compassion and what happens when society deems anyone beyond forgiveness.
Downstate received its UK premiere at the National Theatre, London, in March 2019, in the same production which had its world premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago, in September 2018.
'A smart, acutely funny, important piece of work' Telegraph
ear for eye by debbie tucker green
Patience is running out, times have changed.
And progress isn't enough.
Black British. African American.
Snapshots of lives, snapshots of experiences of protest; violence vs non-violence, direct action vs demonstrations, ear for eye follows characters navigating their way through society today.
debbie tucker green's play premiered in October 2018 at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, in a production directed by the playwright.
'A furious dissection of racial injustice... overwhelming' Guardian
Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp. by Caryl Churchill
A girl made of glass. Gods and murders. A serial killer's friends. And a secret in a bottle. Four stories by Caryl Churchill.
Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp. premiered at the Royal Court Theatre Downstairs, London, in September 2019, in a production directed by James Macdonald.
'A thrilling reminder of why Caryl Churchill is our greatest living playwright' Evening Standard
Sweat by Lynn Nottage
In one of the poorest cities in America – Reading, Pennsylvania – a group of factory workers struggle to keep their present lives in balance, ignorant of the financial devastation looming in their near future.
Based on the playwright's extensive interviews with residents of Reading, Lynn Nottage's play is a tale of friends pitted against each other by big business, and a topical reflection of the present and poignant decline of the American Dream.
The play premiered in Oregon in 2015, before being produced at the Public Theater, New York, in 2016, and the following year on Broadway, where it won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It received its UK premiere at the Donmar Warehouse, London, in 2018, directed by Lynette Linton.
'Lynn Nottage's devastating account of American industrial decline is a masterpiece... emphatically one of the great American plays' Time Out
4 Nov 2019