The Actor's Book of Scenes from New Plays

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Today's most exciting work for the stage is emerging far from Broadway's "mainstream," at Off and Off-off Broadway theaters, at regional companies around the country, and from abroad.  Here is an up-to-the-minute collection of scenes—ideally suited for both classroom and audition use—from the best dramatists now being produced.

David Mamet, Beth Henley, and August Wilson are just some of the contemporary dramatists whose work is featured in this book, the first...

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Overview

Today's most exciting work for the stage is emerging far from Broadway's "mainstream," at Off and Off-off Broadway theaters, at regional companies around the country, and from abroad.  Here is an up-to-the-minute collection of scenes—ideally suited for both classroom and audition use—from the best dramatists now being produced.

David Mamet, Beth Henley, and August Wilson are just some of the contemporary dramatists whose work is featured in this book, the first anthology of two-character scenes that exclusively includes plays from the mid-sixties to plays currently running on and off Broadway.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140104875
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1988
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 698,482
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

Scenes From New Plays Introduction

Scenes For One Man And One Woman
Am I Blue—Beth Henley
The Art of Dining—Tina Howe
Asian Shade—Larry Ketron
Betrayal—Harold Pinter
Beyond Therapy—Christopher Durang
Danny and the Deep Blue Sea—John Patrick Shanley
A Different Moon—Ara Watson
Domino Courts—William Hauptman
the dreamer examines his pillow—John Patrick Shanley
Edmond—David Mamet
Entertaining Mr. Sloane—Joe Orton
FOB—David Henry Hwang
Getting Out—Marsha Norman
Hello and Goodbye—Athol Fugard
Huryburly—David Rabe
Joe Turner's Come and Gone—August Wilson
A Kind of Alaska—Harold Pinter
Landscape of the Body—John Guare
Life and the Limb—Keith Reddin
Mojo—Alice Childress
Open Admissions—Shirley Lauro
Out of Gas on Lovers Leap—Mark St. Germain
Progress—Doug Lucie
Quartermaine's Terms—Simon Gray
Reckless—Craig Lucas
The Red Coat—John Patrick Shanley
Stops Along the Way—Jeffrey Sweet
Strange Snow—Steve Metcalfe
A Taste of Honey—Shelagh Delaney
Vanishing Act—Richard Greenberg
A Weekend Near Madison—Kathleen Tolan
What the Butler Saw—Joe Orton
The Wrong Man—Laura Harrington

Scenes For Two Women
Between Daylight and Boonville—Matt Williams
Blue Christmas—Eric Lane
Elm Circle—Mick Casale
Final Placement—Ara Watson
Footfalls—Samuel Beckett
Graceland—Ellen Byron
Homesteaders—Nina Shengold
Hothouse—Megan Terry
In the Boom Boom Room—David Rabe
Laundry and Bourbon—James McLure
Lydie Breeze—John Guare
The Mound Builders—Landford Wilson
Sarita—Marie Irene Fornes
Savage in Limbo—John Patrick Shanley
A Taste of Honey—Shelagh Delaney
Top Girls—Caryl Churchill
Waiting for the Parade—John Murrell

Scenes For Two Men
The Blood Knot—Athol Fugard
The Colored Museum—George C. Wolfe
The Dance and the Railroad—David Henry Hwang
Father Dreams—Mary Gallagher
Fences—August Wilson
Highest Standard of Living—Keith Reddin
The House of Ramon Iglesia—Jose Rivera
How I Got That Story—Amlin Gray
A Lie of the Mind—Sam Shepard
The Mound Builders—Lanford Wilson
The Nerd—Larry Shue
The Normal Heart—Larry Kramer
Not About Heroes—Stephen MacDonald
A Prayer for My Daughter—Thomas Babe
Principia Scriptoriae—Richard Nelson
Ties—Jeffrey Sweet
Victoria Station—Harold Pinter
Vivien—Percy Granger
What's Wrong with This Picture?—Donald Margulies

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