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Plays / Theatre

85 Years of the Oscar

85 Years of the Oscar

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A deluxe, year-by-year chronicle of the Academy Awards, with an entertaining text, hundreds of star-studded photographs, and complete lists of the nominees and winners.

85 Years of the Oscar, newly revised and expanded, is the official history of the Academy Awards. Following an introductory chapter on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the birth of the Oscars, the book presents the story of each year's awards, beginning with the very first, for the years 1927-28. Author Robert Osborne surveys the movies in competition, recounts the speculation on various winners, and describes events during the awards ceremony. He also provides a complete listing of the all the nominees and winners in every category.

Each year is illustrated with evocative stills from winning films and candid shots from the awards ceremony. Altogether, the book features more than 750 rare photographs, including original movie posters for every best picture. Drawing on Osborne's profound knowledge of film, the Academy's exceptional archives, and the personal reminiscences of stars from Katharine Hepburn to Clint Eastwood, 85 Years of the Oscar is unrivaled in illustration, accuracy, and completeness.

90-Day Play: The Process and Principles of Playwriting

90-Day Play: The Process and Principles of Playwriting

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Linda Walsh Jenkins developed the ideas and guidance in this practical book by teaching playwriting as well as working with playwrights, directors and productions of new plays for several decades. Through 90 daily lessons and hundreds of writing exercises, illustrated with examples from dramatic literature, she helps you:

* Explore the richness of your dramatic world and its themes

* Discover multiple facets of your dramatic characters

* Create and sustain an active throughline

* Find a balance between planning ahead and writing freely

* Learn techniques for composing your unique play

* Become confident with your own voice and style

* Rewrite and develop your play for production

Acting as a Business

Acting as a Business

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An essential handbook for actors-a modern classic-in a newly updated edition.
Since its original publication, " Acting as a Business" has earned a reputation as an indispensable tool for working and aspiring actors. Avoiding the usual advice about persistence and luck, Brian O'Neil provides clear-cut guidelines that will give actors a solid knowledge of the business behind their art. It's packed with practical information-on everything from what to say in a cover letter to where to stand when performing in agent's office-including:
-How to craft a winning theatrical resume
-The most effective ways to join the performer's unions
-Tactics for getting an agent
-Strategies for finding work in the theater, on daytime television, and in independent films
-Navigating the different customs and cultures of New York and Los Angeles
O'Neil has updated "Acting as a Business" to keep up with the latest show-business trends, including how best to use the Internet, making this new edition no actor should be without.
Acting as a Business Fifth Edition

Acting as a Business Fifth Edition

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The essential handbook for actors--a modern classic--in a newly updated edition.

Since its original publication, Acting as a Business has earned a reputation as an indispensable tool for working and aspiring actors. Avoiding the usual advice about persistence and luck, Brian O'Neil provides clear-cut guidelines that will give actors a solid knowledge of the business behind their art. It's packed with practical information--on everything from what to say in a cover letter to where to stand when performing in an agent's office--including:

-- Tactics for getting an agent, including preparing for the interview
-- How to research who will be casting what--and whether there is a role for you--well in advance
-- Examples of correspondence to agents and casting directors for both beginning and advanced professionals
-- A detailed analysis of the current trend of paying to meet industry personnel
-- How to communicate effectively with an agent or personal manager
-- Creative ways to use the internet and social media

O'Neil has updated Acting as a Business to keep up with the latest show-business trends, making this fifth edition a reference no actor should be without

Acting in Chicago

Acting in Chicago

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Actions: Actors' Thesaurus

Actions: Actors' Thesaurus

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An essential companion for actors in rehearsal - a thesaurus of action words to revitalize performance.
Actor and the Target

Actor and the Target

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"Acting is a reflex, a mechanism for development and survival. . . . It isn't 'second nature, ' it is 'first nature.'"--Declan Donnellan

This immensely popular and ever-practical book on acting takes a scalpel to the heart of actors' persistent fears, helping them to release their talent on stage. It is straightforward and unpretentious, with a spirit of artistic and personal freedom.

Actor Prepares

Actor Prepares

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Stanislavski's simple exercises fire the imagination, and help readers not only discover their own conception of reality but how to reproduce it as well.
Actor's Art and Craft: William Esper Teaches the Meisner Technique

Actor's Art and Craft: William Esper Teaches the Meisner Technique

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William Esper, one of the leading acting teachers of our time, explains and extends Sanford Meisner's legendary technique, offering a clear, concrete, step-by-step approach to becoming a truly creative actor.Esper worked closely with Meisner for seventeen years and has spent decades developing his famous program for actor's training. The result is a rigorous system of exercises that builds a solid foundation of acting skills from the ground up, and that is flexible enough to be applied to any challenge an actor faces, from soap operas to Shakespeare. Co-writer Damon DiMarco, a former student of Esper's, spent over a year observing his mentor teaching first-year acting students. In this book he recreates that experience for us, allowing us to see how the progression of exercises works in practice. The Actor's Art and Craft vividly demonstrates that good training does not constrain actors' instincts--it frees them to create characters with truthful and compelling inner lives.
Actor's Choice: Monologues for Teens, Volume 2

Actor's Choice: Monologues for Teens, Volume 2

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Actor's Choice: Monologues for Teens, Volume 2 continues the Actor's Choice series with a brand-new selection of unique contemporary monologues. From hilarious comedies to moving dramas and everything in-between, this book has you covered. Unlike other monologue books, the source of every monologue is easily accessible -- each play is available through the Playscripts website, where you can read nearly the entire published script online for free. Whether you're looking for a monologue for classwork, competitions, or auditions, you'll be sure to find a perfect fit in this collection.

Includes monologues from plays by Alan Haehnel, Alec Volz, Anne Washburn, Anton Dudley, Ariadne Blayde, Bekah Brunstetter, Bobby Keniston, Bonnie Dickinson, Bonnie J. Monte, Brendon Votipka, Charlie Peters, Chisa Hutchinson, Christa Crewdson, CJ Johnson, Courtney Baron, Dan Gordon, David Rush, Don Zolidis, Douglas C. Wager, Emily C. A. Snyder, Eric Simonson, Jane Steiner, Janet Allard, Jon Jory, Jonathan Dorf, Jorge Ignacio Cortinas, Joshua Conkel, Karen Hartman, Katie Henry, Kimberly Lew, Laura Schellhardt, Liz Flahive, Tom Kitt, Lucy Alibar, Luis Alfaro, Marco Ramirez, Marielle Heller, Mark Rigney, Melissa Cooper, Michael Mitnick, Rebecca Schlossberg, Rob Ackerman, Robert Lawson, Robert Pridham, Ron Fitzgerald, Sarah Hammond, Steven Levenson, Tim Kochenderfer, Trista Baldwin and William McNulty.

Actor's Guide to Creating a Character

Actor's Guide to Creating a Character

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William Esper, one of the most celebrated acting teachers of our time, takes us through his step-by-step approach to the central challenge of advanced acting work: creating and playing a character.

Esper's first book, The Actor's Art and Craft, earned praise for describing the basics taught in his famous first-year acting class. The Actor's Guide to Creating a Character continues the journey. In these pages, co-author Damon DiMarco vividly re-creates Esper's second-year course, again through the experiences of a fictional class. Esper's training builds on Sanford Meisner's legendary exercises, a world-renowned technique that Esper further developed through his long association with Meisner and the decades he has spent training a host of distinguished actors. His approach is flexible enough to apply to any role, helping actors to create characters with truthful and compelling inner lives.

Actor's Work: A Student's Diary

Actor's Work: A Student's Diary

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Stanislavski's 'system' has dominated actor-training in the West since his writings were first translated into English in the 1920s and 30s. His systematic attempt to outline a psycho-physical technique for acting single-handedly revolutionized standards of acting in the theatre.

Until now, readers and students have had to contend with inaccurate, misleading and difficult-to-read English-language versions. Some of the mistranslations have resulted in profound distortions in the way his system has been interpreted and taught. At last, Jean Benedetti has succeeded in translating Stanislavski's huge manual into a lively, fascinating and accurate text in English. He has remained faithful to the author's original intentions, putting the two books previously known as An Actor Prepares and Building A Character back together into one volume, and in a colloquial and readable style for today's actors.

The result is a major contribution to the theatre, and a service to one of the great innovators of the twentieth century.
Actors Companion

Actors Companion

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"There is a muscularity, not to mention wisdom and truth, to Seth's techniques. He is a wonderful teacher, and I know that having him as my first guide is one of the luckiest things to have happened to me in my career and life." --Anne Hathaway, from her Foreword

"Seth Barrish has coached me on almost every TV project, film or audition I've done since we met ten years ago. When it comes to wisdom about acting, there's no one I hold in higher regard." --Mike Birbiglia, comedian, director, actor

"Seth's approach and understanding is awesome. He makes it very easy to act by telling you not to act and be natural. It could be as simple as having something in your hand, creating business while you deliver a line to make it seem natural and comfortable. His book is amazing--it's basically the actor's blueprint." --Jay Pharoah, actor, comedian

"In Seth's class I often watch him transform a student's good, yet average performance into a precise and exhilarating one, with just one simple adjustment. I am constantly blown away by how he does this. This book explains it." --Sarita Choudhury, actor

"This book is truly unlike anything else I know--these pieces are haikus on specific elements of performance and character building." --Philip Himberg, Sundance Theatre Institute

An Actor's Companion is ideal for both seasoned professionals and beginning actors. The tips and exercises are simple and direct, and easy to apply in both rehearsal and performance.

Seth Barrish is an actor, director and co-founder of The Barrow Group, a theater company and acting school, in New York City. During his near forty-year career he has directed the award-winning My Girlfriend's Boyfriend, Sleepwalk with Me, The Tricky Part, Pentecost, All the Rage and Old Wicked Songs.

After the Fall

After the Fall

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Often called the most autobiographical of Arthur Miller's plays, After the Fall probes deeply into the psyche of Quentin, a man who ruthlessly revisits his past to explain the catastrophe that is his life. His journey backward takes him through a troubled upbringing, the bitter death of his mother, and a series of failed relationships.

After the Revolution and 4000 Miles: Two Plays

After the Revolution and 4000 Miles: Two Plays

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After the Revolution is a smart, funny and provocative play. . . . Herzog deftly avoids simple-minded polemics in favor of richly detailed people who are as ready to examine their relationships as they are their consciences.--Variety


A funny, moving new play . . . 4000 Miles is a quiet meditation on mortality. But it's hardly a downer: Ms. Herzog's altogether wonderful drama also illuminates how companionship can make life meaningful, moment by moment, in death's discomforting shadow.--The New York Times


Known for delicately detailed character studies that subtly balance humor and insight, Amy Herzog is swiftly emerging as a striking new voice in the American theater. After the Revolution, an astute and ironic drama about how society appropriates history for its own psychological needs, was heralded by The New York Times as one of the Ten Best New Plays of 2010. Herzog's other critical hit, 4000 Miles, is a quiet rumination on mortality in which twenty-one-year-old Leo seeks solace from his feisty ninety-one-year-old grandmother Vera in her New York apartment.


Amy Herzog received the 2011 Whiting Writers' Award and the 2008 Helen Merrill Award for Aspiring Playwrights. Her plays have been produced or developed at the Yale School of Drama, Ensemble Studio Theater, Arena Stage, Lincoln Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, New York Stage and Film, Provincetown Playhouse, and ACT in San Francisco. Her newest play, Belleville, premiered at Yale Rep in fall 2011.


Ah, Wilderness!

Ah, Wilderness!

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Revived in 1998 to acclaim at New York's Lincoln Center, Ah, Wilderness! is a sharp departure from the gritty reality of the author's renowned dramas. Taking place over the July 4th weekend of 1906 in an idyllic Connecticut town, it offers a tender, retrospective portrait of small town family values, teenage growing pains, and young love.
Aias

Aias

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Among the most celebrated plays of ancient Athens, Aias is one of seven surviving dramas by the great Greek playwright, Sophocles, now available from Harper Perennial in a vivid and dynamic new translation by award-winning poet James Scully. Still powerful and remarkably timely thousands of years after its creation, Aias is the moving story of a soldier returning home victorious from the Trojan War, only to discover he has lost his life's purpose. This is Sophocles, vibrant and alive, for a new generation.
Airline Highway

Airline Highway

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Airline Highway is a rollicking play that, with great insight, humor, and subtlety, examines a tight knit community of "outsiders" over the course of a single, legendary day. The Hummingbird Hotel is the figurative or literal home for a group of strippers, French Quarter service workers, hustlers, and poets who are bound together by their bad luck, bad decisions, and complete lack of pretense. Presiding over them is Miss Ruby, a beloved former burlesque performer who has requested a funeral before she dies. As the people whose lives she has touched gather to celebrate her, they must face themselves, each other, and the consequences of the choices they have made. Airline Highway shows us the tenuous hold that community, authenticity, and real-time ritual have on a rapidly gentrifying New Orleans.