"Blood on the Stage, 480 B.C. to 1600 A.D.: Milestone Plays of Murder, Mystery, Mayhem" Set for Release

"Blood on the Stage, 480 B.C. to 1600 A.D.: Milestone Plays of Murder, Mystery, Mayhem" Set for Release

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SOURCE Amnon Kabatchnik

Written by award-winning writer Amnon Kabatchnik and published by Scarecrow Press, "Blood on the Stage, 480 B.C. to 1600 A.D.: Milestone Plays of Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem, An Annotated Repertoire" will be available nationwide in July

SANTA MONICA, Calif., July 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Scarecrow Press announces the release of Blood on the Stage, 480 B.C. to 1600 A.D.:  Milestone Plays of Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem, An Annotated Repertoire by award-winning writer Amnon Kabatchnik.  Blood on the Stage, 480 B.C. to 1600 A.D.  will be available in hardcover and eBook editions in July.

An extraordinary--and extraordinarily valuable--resource, Blood on the Stage, 480 B.C. to 1600 A.D. serves as a prequel to Kabatchnik's four previous Blood on the Stage volumes, Blood on the Stage, 1900-1925; Blood on the Stage, 1925-1950; Blood on the Stage, 1950-1975; and Blood on the Stage, 1975-2000.  The Blood on the Stage series, which won honors in the Benjamin Franklin Awards, the ForeWord Book of the Year Awards, and the Independent Book Publishers Awards,  has received high critical praise, including:

         "....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's Richard III, Julius Caesar, and Hamlet.

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

Scarecrow Press is an imprint of the Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group. Members of the news media wishing to request additional information about Amnon Kabatchnik or the Blood on the Stage volumes are kindly asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by email: maryglenn@maryglenn.com  

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