A selection of more than eighty scenes and monologues from the finest contemporary plays is accompanied by helpful tips for prospective actors on acting techniques, overcoming stagefright, building confidence, and improving concentration
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 and future stars, including Michael Ross Albert, Don Nigro, Daniel Damiano, Molly Goforth, Seth Svi Rosenfeld, Brian Dykstra, Michael A. Jones, Sam Graber, Penny Jackson, Christi Stewart-Brown, George Sapio, Sarah M. Chichester, Constance Congdon, Steven Hayet, and Ashlin Halfnight. There are terrific comic pieces (laughs) and terrific dramatic pieces (no laughs), 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.
An Actor's Reference to Over 1,000 Scenes and Monologues from More than 300 Contemporary Plays
Author: Ed Hooks
Pubpsher: Back Stage Books
Category: Performing Arts
All actors and acting teachers need The Ultimate Scene and Monologue Sourcebook, the invaluable guide to finding just the right piece for every audition. The unique format of the book is ideal for acting teachers who want their students to understand each monologue in context. This remarkable book describes the characters, action, and mood for more than 1,000 scenes in over 300 plays. Using these guidelines, the actor can quickly pinpoint the perfect monologue, then find the text in the Samuel French or Dramatist Play Service edition of the play. Newly revised and expanded, the book includes the author’s own assessment of each monologue.
THE PINK PLAYS is a full-length evening, exploring female adolescence. It is comprised of 8 short plays: In BUBBS, girls grapple with the onset of their developing breasts, while in RED, a girl who is not sure whether or not she has received her period, wrestles with the idea that she might be pregnant. In PAINS, a teen attempts to insert a tampon for the first time, while in BREATHE, friends explore their sexual feelings for each other. In THE GESTURE, girls weigh the pros/cons of oral sex, while in SPLIT ENDS, a girl rejects peer pressure and asserts her individuality. In BY LOOKING, friends learn that "appearance" does certainly does not equal "reality," while in SOONER, acquaintances wait for their tortured Beckett-like existence to end. THE PINK PLAYS features an ALL-FEMALE cast. The 16 roles may be doubled, to allow for a cast of 8. The roles may be played by actresses in their teens, 20's, or 30's. WARNING: This complete Acting Edition of THE PINK PLAYS includes sexual content, and is intended for a mature teen and adult audience.
Surreal, unflinching and darkly comic, this collection of Ruben Carbajal's award-winning short plays cover everything from the menace of customer service phone calls to visions of a world bereft of books. In between there's an existential horse, New Yorkers confronting death, morally bankrupt (but comically rich) suburban-ites, and a man in a high-flying lawn chair who may be a hero or a lunatic.