2010 the Best Women's Stage Monologues and Scenes

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This year Smith and Kraus Publishers has again combined its annual best monologues and best scenes anthologies. Here, you will find a rich and varied selection of monologues and scenes from plays that were produced and/or published in the 2009–2010 theatrical season. Most are for younger performers (teens through thirties), but there are also some excellent pieces for men in their forties and fifties, and even a few for older performers. Some are comic (laughs), some are ...
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Overview

This year Smith and Kraus Publishers has again combined its annual best monologues and best scenes anthologies. Here, you will find a rich and varied selection of monologues and scenes from plays that were produced and/or published in the 2009–2010 theatrical season. Most are for younger performers (teens through thirties), but there are also some excellent pieces for men in their forties and fifties, and even a few for older performers. Some are comic (laughs), some are dramatic (generally, no laughs).

Some are rather short, some are rather long. All represent the best in contemporary playwriting.
Several of the monologues are by playwrights whose work may be familiar to you, such as:

Don Nigro
Theresa Rebeck
Craig Lucas
David Ives
Craig Wright

Others are by exciting up-and-comers like:
Christine Evans
Martin Blank
Shawn Nacol
Rachel Axler
Justin Warner
Lisa Dillman

The scenes are by master playwrights, such as:
Theresa Rebeck
Terrence McNally

And by exciting new writers, such as:
Qui Nguyen
Maura Campbell
Henry Meyerson
Geoffrey Nauffts
Daniel Talbot

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The world is a nasty, brutish place full of duplicitous, clueless men and women who bring only misfortune upon themselves and those they claim to love. The only humor that relieves this darkness comes at the expense of others. You can find all of this despair in this new pair of books in Harbison's annual series of monologs and scenes suitable for beginning and advanced acting classes and auditions. Like previous collections, they heavily favor the dramatic: 101 out of 158 scenes and monologs (in the men's volume by 40 different authors, and in the women's, 48). There are 13 comedic entries. Each piece is preceded by the setup so that readers can get into character (e.g., "Josie, a bipolar English teacher recently returned from rehab, has had a little too much wine to drink"). Notable among the women's set are contributions by Jessica Dickey, Liz Duffy Adams, and Don Nigro. Justin Warner, Nigro (Where is his Tony Award?), and Sheila Callaghan are winners in the men's volume. Verdict The best monologs and scenes will inspire pursuit of the entire scripts, and performance rights-holder information is helpfully included in each volume. The lack of true, deeply felt humor is lamentable; however, if your academic institution has a theater department, you need these books.—Larry Schwartz, Minnesota State Univ. Lib., Moorhead
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575257747
  • Publisher: Smith & Kraus, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 1,393,165

Meet the Author

For over thirty years Lawrence Harbison was in charge of new play acquisition for Samuel French, Inc., during which time his work on behalf of playwrights resulted in the first publication of such subsequent luminaries as Jane Martin, Don Nigro, Tina Howe, Theresa Rebeck, José Rivera, William Mastrosimone, Charles Fuller, and Ken Ludwig, among many others; and the acquisition of musicals such as Smoke of the Mountain, A…My Name Is Alice, Little Shop of Horrors and Three Guys Naked from the Waist Down. He is a now a free-lance editor, primarily for Smith and Kraus, Inc., for whom he edits annual anthologies of best plays by new playwrights and women playwrights, best ten-minute plays and best monologues and scenes for men and for women. For many years he wrote a weekly column on his adventures in the theater for two Manhattan Newspapers, the Chelsea Clinton News and The Westsider. His new column, “On the Aisle with Larry,” is a weekly feature atsmithandkraus.com. He works with individual playwrights to help them develop their plays (see his website, playfixer.com).
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