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Best Contemporary Monologues for Kids 7-15

Best Contemporary Monologues for Kids 7-15

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Inside these pages, aspiring young performers will find 75 challenging monologues just right for kids. All of the pieces are about subjects appropriate for production in schools - much of it "serious and challenging" - which will interest child performers without offending administrators, teachers, or parents. Some are comical, some are dramatic, and some are seriocomic (a little bit of both). Most of the monologues are from plays, and some are original pieces written especially for this book. Despite the listed age of each character, these monologue can all be performed by kids of any age. The collection features wonderful monologues by some of our finest playwrights, such as Don Nigro, Cassandra Lewis, Reina Hardy, Kayla Cagan, Jenny Lyn Bader, Eric Coble, Glenn Alterman, Constance Congdon, and Barbara Dana. It also highlights exciting up-and-comers, such as Sharon Goldner, Gabriel David, Deanna Alisa Ableser, Martha Patterson, David Eliet, Connie Schindewolf, Mark Lambeck, and Phoebe Farmer.
Best Contemporary Monologues for Men 18-35

Best Contemporary Monologues for Men 18-35

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Lawrence Harbison has selected 100 terrific monologues for men - from contemporary plays, all by characters between the ages of 18 and 35 - perfect for auditions or class. There are comic monologues (laughs) and dramatic monologues (no laughs). Most have a compelling present-tense action for actors to perform. A few are story monologues - and they're great stories. Actors will find pieces by star playwrights such as Don Nigro, Itamar Moses, Stephen Adly Guirgis, and Terence McNally; by exciting up-and-comers such as Nicole Pandolfo, Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, Crystal Skillman, Greg Kalleres, Reina Hardy, and J. Thalia Cunningham; and information on getting the complete text of each play. This is a must-have resource in the arsenal of every aspiring actor hoping to knock 'em dead with his contemporary piece after bowling over teachers and casting directors alike with a classical excerpt.
Best Contemporary Monologues for Women 18-35

Best Contemporary Monologues for Women 18-35

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Lawrence Harbison has selected 100 terrific monologues for women - from contemporary plays, all by characters between the ages of 18 and 35 - perfect for auditions or class. There are comic monologues (laughs) and dramatic monologues (no laughs). Most have a compelling present-tense action for actors to perform. A few are story monologues - and they're great stories. Actors will find pieces by star playwrights such as Don Nigro, Itamar Moses, Adam Bock, and Jane Martin; by exciting up-and-comers such as Nicole Pandolfo, Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, Crystal Skillman, Greg Kalleres, and Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig; and information on getting the complete text of each play. This is a must-have resource in the arsenal of every aspiring actor hoping to knock 'em dead with her contemporary piece after bowling over teachers and casting directors alike with a classical excerpt.
Best Mens Monologues from New Plays 2020

Best Mens Monologues from New Plays 2020

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Renowned editor Lawrence Harbison brings together approximately one hundred never-before-published men's monologues for actors to use for auditions and in class, all from recently produced plays. The selections include monologues from plays by both well-known playwrights such as Don Nigro, Theresa Rebeck, Rob Ackerman, Len Jenkin, Stephen Belber, and Tim Blake Nelson, and future stars such as David MacGregor, Reina Hardy, Chris Daftsios, Frank Basloe, and Will Arbery. There are terrific comic and dramatic pieces, and all represent the best of contemporary playwriting. This collection is an invaluable resource for aspiring actors hoping to ace their auditions and impress directors and teachers with contemporary pieces.
Best Monologues from Best American Short Plays , Volume One

Best Monologues from Best American Short Plays , Volume One

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Best Monologues from Best American Short Plays, Volume One is a must for actors of all ages - beginners as well as seasoned veterans - and belongs in the libraries of all theater teachers looking for new and exciting material for their students. The monologues in this volume are excerpted from the outstanding series Best American Short Plays, an archive of works from many of the best playwrights active today, presenting taut, engaging single-character pieces that range from zany comedy to poignant tales of love and loss. Each monologue includes a short introduction and a reference identifying where to locate the entire play, should anyone choose to pursue production beyond the monologue. Long or short, serious or not, this collection is must-have material for anyone interested in acting. The monologues also succeed as excellent companions for the casual reader. Included in this volume are monologues by Liliana Almendarez, James Armstrong, Billy Aronson, Clay McLeod Chapman, Migdalla Cruz, Laura Shaine Cunningham, Eileen Fischer, Jill Elaine Hughes, Julia Jarcho, Zilvinas Jonusas, Adam Kraar, David Kranes, Neil LaBute, Daniel Frederick Levin, Bruce Levy, Carey Lovelace, Carol K. Mack, Dano Madden, Peter Maloney, Joe Maruzzo, Mark Medoff, Susan Miller, Julie Rae (Pratt) Mollenkamp, Rick Pulos, Ronald Ribman, Murray Schisgal, Pamela Sneed, and co-writers Polly Frost and Ray Sawhill.
Best Monologues from The Best American Short Plays, Volume Three

Best Monologues from The Best American Short Plays, Volume Three

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"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." Really? Words can break spirits, destroy confidence. They can also build hope and incite great acts of heroism. Playwrights know this, and so do theater audiences. Otherwise, why go? Words matter and carry clout every bit as dangerous as a hammer or crowbar. This, too, playwrights know. The monologues in this volume are full of such blows, striking at our imaginations and our memories, generating responses such as joyful laughter or chilling surprise. Others squeeze us into worlds we've never experienced, or perhaps experienced at the furthest edges of memory and recollection. Still others may help us alter the way we see certain things, people, or beliefs. Best Monologues from The Best American Short Plays, Volume Three is a collection of monologues drawn from the popular Best American Short Plays series, an archive of works from many of the best playwrights active today. Long or short, serious or not, excerpts or entireties, this collection abounds in speech acts that may trigger physical reactions and almost certainly will transform an attitude or two, drawing out lost memories, creating new ones, and definitely entertaining, engaging, amusing us all along the way.
Best Monologues from the Best American Short Plays, Volume Two

Best Monologues from the Best American Short Plays, Volume Two

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This second volume of the best monologues from the Best American Short Plays series features a diverse selection drawn from the outstanding works from many of today's best American playwrights. In these monologues, the playwrights capture much of the flavors, feelings, and thoughts of American culture over the past several decades. The result is a collection of taught, engaging monologues offering fascinating perspectives. They are written with an eye toward the stage that makes them excellent source material for actors young and old alike. And they offer a freshness and directness that make them excellent companions for readers attracted to good, often quirky, and always engaging contemporary literature. Included in this volume are monologues by Billy Aronson, Bruce Bonafede, Victor Bumbalo, Clay McLeod Chapman, Yussef El Guindi, Steve Feffer, Catherine Filloux, Daniel Gallant, Madeleine George, Willy Holtzman, Paul Kuritz, Neil LaBute, Dano Madden, Theodore Mann, Donald Margulies, Susan Miller, Lavonne Mueller, Joyce Carol Oates, Carey Pepper, Joe Pintauro, Michael Roderick, Murray Schisgal, Paul Selig, and Nicky Silver.
Best New Ten-Minute Plays 2020

Best New Ten-Minute Plays 2020

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The Best New Ten-Minute Plays, 2020 presents thirty new ten-minute plays, selected by renowned editor Lawrence Harbison. This volume is ideal for theater enthusiasts looking for new and compelling short pieces from some of the finest playwrights of our time. Selections include: Beta Testing by Jenny Lyn Bader The Fourteenth Annual Foot Puppet Festival by Holly Hepp-Galvan Glasstown by Don Nigro Incident on the Golden Gate Bridge by David MacGregor Oxycontin Follies by Steve Gold Two Artists Trying to Pay Their Bill by Lucy Wang The Scottish Loo by J. Thalia Cunningham
Best New Ten-Minute Plays 2021

Best New Ten-Minute Plays 2021

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The Best New Ten-Minute Plays, 2021 presents thirty new ten-minute plays, selected by renowned editor Lawrence Harbison. This volume is ideal for theatre enthusiasts looking for new and compelling short pieces from some of the finest playwrights of our time. Selections include: The Architecture of Desire by Brian Leahy Doyle Count Dracula's Café by Scot Walker Extended Play by B.V. Marshall Go to the Light by Laurie Allen Greater than Nina by Bruce Bonafede The Home for Retired Canadian Girlfriends by John Bavoso Judas Iscariot's Day Off by David Macgregor Last Dance with MJ by Lindsay Partain The Lobster Quadrille by Don Nigro Meanwhile at the Pentagon by Jenny Lyn Bader Most Wonderful by Jennifer O'grady Reconcile, Bitch by Desi Moreno-Penson Trumpettes Anonymous by Rex Mcgregor You Are Here by Nandita Shenoy
Best of Oscar Wilde

Best of Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde's infamous wit, taste for scandal, and gift for revealing the hypocrisies of fashionable society are on display here in this collection of his finest plays. A genius both of and ahead of his time, he built his craft on the eternal questions of right and wrong--with pithy dialogue as fresh today as when it was written.

In addition to Wilde's five major plays, this Signet Classics edition contains:

- Two interviews with the playwright at the peak of his career, in which Wilde discusses his work--and his critics

- Some of his most brilliant critical writing, in which he discusses the nature of art in terms that anticipate much of today's literary theory

- An appendix that restores valuable lines that appeared in the original text of The Importance of Being Earnest

With an Introduction by Sylvan Barnet

and a New Afterword by Marylu Hill

Best Plays from American Theater Festivals, 2015

Best Plays from American Theater Festivals, 2015

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Theater festivals are where we find groundbreaking work, work that often becomes part of our national theater canon. This anthology features ten full-length plays (60 minutes or more) that premiered in both established and lesser known festivals in 2015. These plays push our boundaries, question our notions of humanity, shock and inspire us, and offer thoughtful insights into our constantly shifting cultural landscape. The plays represented have been deemed "best of festival" by critics and/or audiences during their initial runs. Now, take a front-row seat for the latest in cutting-edge work produced by our most daring and thought-provoking playwrights.
Best Plays of 2014

Best Plays of 2014

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Comical, offbeat, poignant, and fresh, The Best Plays of 2014 presents six of the most original plays of the year in a single volume - selected by renowned editor Lawrence Harbison. - The Country House, a comedy about a deeply dramatic family, by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies. - Dinner with the Boys, an offbeat, dark comedy by Dan Lauria about some old-time wise guys who want to have a good Italian meal and a few laughs - and tie up some loose ends before dessert. - Mala Hierba by Tanya Saracho, inspired by Latin American culture, which pits human yearnings against the power of culturally predetermined obligations. - Based on real events, Our Lady of Kibeho by Katori Hall was hailed as the "most important new play of the year!" by Terry Teachout of The Wall Street Journal. - When January Feels Like Summer by Cori Thomas presents five lives colliding as a feeling of change hums in the air during one strangely warm winter in Central Harlem. - Year of the Rooster (New York Times Critics' Pick) by Eric Dufault a fiercely comic play about cockfighting, connections, and clawing your way to the top.
Best Plays of 2015

Best Plays of 2015

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Featured in this year's volume: - Barbecue by Robert O'Hara - a wildly inventive new play that proves family can be a bigger vice than any other addiction. - New Country by Mark Roberts - a rowdy, raucous rodeo and a New York Times Critics Pick. - Lost Girls by John Pollono - a hard-hitting working-class drama about people struggling to redefine family. Plus three more of the most innovative and enjoyable plays to hit the stage in 2015!
Best Womens Monologues from New Plays 2020

Best Womens Monologues from New Plays 2020

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Renowned editor Lawrence Harbison brings together approximately one hundred never-before-published women's monologues for actors to use for auditions and in class, all from recently produced plays. The selections include monologues from plays by both well-known playwrights such as Don Nigro, Saviana Stanescu, and Len Jenkin and future stars such as Lia Romeo, Steven Hayet, Lori Fischer, Will Arbery, and Carey Crim. There are terrific comic and dramatic pieces, and all represent the best of contemporary playwriting. This collection is an invaluable resource for aspiring actors hoping to ace their auditions and impress directors and teachers with contemporary pieces.
Betrayal

Betrayal

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"One of the most essential artists produced by the twentieth century. Pinter's work gets under our skin more than that of any living playwright." --New York Times

Upon its premiere at the National Theatre, Betrayal was immediately recognized as a masterpiece. It won the Olivier Award for best new play, and has since been performed all around the world and made into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Jeremy Irons, Ben Kingsley, and Patricia Hodge. Betrayal begins with a meeting between adulterous lovers, Emma and Jerry, two years after their affair has ended. During the nine scenes of the play, we move back in time through the stages of their affair, ending in the house of Emma and her husband Robert, Jerry's best friend.

"[Betrayal] deals with the shifting balance of power in triangular relationships, and with the pain of loss. . . . Pinter probes the corrosive nature of betrayal . . . a world where pain and loss are explored with poetic precision." --Guardian

"Betrayal is an exquisite play, brilliantly simple in form and courageous in its search for a poetry that turns banality into a melancholy beauty." --Newsweek

"There is hardly a line into which desire, pain, alarm, sorrow, rage or some

Betrayed: A Play

Betrayed: A Play

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Based on George Packer's account in The New Yorker, Betrayed is a riveting and morally complex drama that explores in the Iraqis' own words the ways in which we have already abandoned them.

Millions of Iraqis, spanning the country's religious and ethnic spectrum, welcomed the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. But the mostly young men and women who embraced America's project so enthusiastically that they were prepared to risk their lives for it by aiding the U.S. forces constitute a small minority. On a cold, wet night in January 2007, George Packer met two such Iraqi men in the lobby of the Palestine Hotel, in central Baghdad to hear their story and those of other Iraqis working as translators and additional key personnel for the U.S. military and occupation authorities. They assumed that their perspective would be valuable to foreigners who knew little or nothing of Iraq. But instead of respect and gratitude, those who chose to help bridge the gap between the occupiers and the occupied were met with suspicion and hostility. They have been killed by insurgents and militias, ignored by U.S. officials, fired from their jobs without reason or recourse, and prevented from fleeing to the States for safety.

Betrayed had its world premiere in January 2008, off-Broadway at the Culture Project.

Betty White Rules the World

Betty White Rules the World

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Between Riverside and Crazy

Between Riverside and Crazy

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Guirgis, like other storytellers who explore the sacred and profane, is most interested in how grace transforms us.--The New Yorker

Written with humor, tenderness, grit, and wonderment by acclaimed playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis, Between Riverside and Crazy is an extraordinary new play: a dark comedy about a man trying to maintain control as the world unravels around him.

City Hall is demanding more than his signature, the Landlord wants him out, the liquor store is closed, and the Church won't leave him alone. As ex-cop and recent widower Walter Pops Washington struggles to hold on to one of the last great rent-stabilized apartments on Riverside Drive, he must also contend with old wounds, new houseguests, and a final ultimatum. It seems the old days are dead and gone -- after a lifetime living between Riverside and Crazy.

Stephen Adly Guirgis' other plays include The Motherfucker with the Hat, Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train, Our Lady of 121st Street, In Arabia We'd All Be Kings, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, The Little Flower of East Orange, Den of Thieves, Race Religion Politics, and Dominica: The Fat Ugly Ho. His play Between Riverside and Crazy won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2015. He is a former co-artistic director of LABryinth Theater Company. He received the Yale Wyndham-Campbell Prize, a PEN/Laura Pels Award, a Whiting Award and a fellowship from TCG in 2004.