American Theatre Book of Monologues for Women

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The best monologues from 15 years of American Theatre magazine plays.

These monologue books present the best audition pieces for actors selected from over 80 plays first published in American Theatre magazine since 1985. The magazine has published many of the most important contemporary American plays over the last 15 years, including Angels in America, Three Tall Women, M. Butterfly, Talk Radio, The Baltimore Waltz, Buried Child, to name a ...

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Overview

The best monologues from 15 years of American Theatre magazine plays.

These monologue books present the best audition pieces for actors selected from over 80 plays first published in American Theatre magazine since 1985. The magazine has published many of the most important contemporary American plays over the last 15 years, including Angels in America, Three Tall Women, M. Butterfly, Talk Radio, The Baltimore Waltz, Buried Child, to name a few.

Chosen by Stephanie Coen, the former managing editor of American Theatre, these books provide a remarkable array of styles and characters for use in auditions or scene study classes by male and female actors.

Selected from the work of the following playwrights:

Edward Albee, Jon Robin Baitz, Eric Bogosian, Pearl Cleage, Don DeLillo, Rita Dove, Christopher Durang, Horton Foote, Maria Irene Fornes, Athol Fugard, Vaclav Havel, Danny Hoch, David Henry Hwang, Mois├Ęs Kaufman, Tony Kushner, Craig Lucas, Emily Mann, Steve Martin, Reynolds Price, Dael Orlandersmith, David Rabe, Sam Shepard, Paula Vogel, Lanford Wilson and George C. Wolfe.

Stephanie Coen is the former managing editor of American Theatre magazine. She is currently associated with the Intiman Theatre in Seattle, Washington, where she lives.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559361989
  • Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
  • Publication date: 6/1/2001
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 714,087
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Be Specific: The Actor's Approach to the Monologue - An Interview with Bartlett Sher
1 "Was I Wrong to Side with the Living?" 1
Angel, Marisol 3
Susanah, A Question of Mercy 4
Miss Evers, Miss Evers' Boys 5
Phebe, The Darker Face of the Earth 7
2 "I Have to Do Penance" 9
Marion, Abingdon Square 11
Judith, An American Daughter 12
Alexis, The Gimmick 14
3 "My Babies!" 17
Bette, The Marriage of Bette and Boo 19
Bette, The Marriage of Bette and Boo 20
Dessa, Tongue of a Bird 21
Dessa, Tongue of a Bird 22
Halie, Buried Child 24
Normal, The Colored Museum 26
4 "Happier Ever After ..." 29
Wanda, The Waiting Room 31
Wanda, The Waiting Room 33
Hester, La Negrita, In the Blood 34
Rachel, Reckless 36
Rachel, Reckless 37
5 "You Will Remember This" 39
Maxine, Tongue of a Bird 41
A, Three Tall Women 42
Claire, Fuddy Meers 45
Roma, August Snow 46
Taw, August Snow 47
Sky, The Monogamist 48
6 "I Crossed the Line" 51
The Welfare, In the Blood 53
Suzie, Silence, Cunning, Exile 56
Barbara, Three Hotels 57
7 "Do You Know Who I Am?" 61
Callie, Stop Kiss 63
Miss Pat, The Colored Museum 64
Topsy, The Colored Museum 66
Shelly, Buried Child 68
Pooty, Reckless 69
Jolene, The Day Room 70
8 "It's My Fate, Do you See? This Love" 73
Masha, The Three Sisters 75
Yachiyo, Ballad of Yachiyo 76
Lee, The Chemistry of Change 77
Mom, Lloyd's Prayer 78
Genevieve, August Snow 80
9 "Art Was Not a Part of Our Lives" 83
Bob's Mom, Bobrauschenbergamerica 85
Marie, Search and Destroy 86
Alexis, The Gimmick 87
Alexis, The Gimmick 88
10 "There's Bad Blood Between Us ..." 91
Myrna, The Mineola Twins 93
Mrs. Siezmagraff, Betty's Summer Vacation 95
Nan, Three Days of Rain 98
11 "The Ones who Crossed the Ocean ..." 101
Rabbi Isidor Chemelwitz, Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches 103
Zofia, Tongue of a Bird 104
Anka, Hunting Cockroaches 106
12 "Yes, You Are, He Said: You're That Kind of Girl" 109
C, Three Tall Women 111
Suzanne, Picasso at the Lapin Agile 114
Chata, Roosters 115
13 "Aren't Human Beings the Saddest People You Ever Met?" 117
Dora, The Swan 119
Dora, The Swan 120
Harper, Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches 121
Corlis, The Chemistry of Change 123
Bessie, Marvin's Room 124
Linda, Talk Radio 126
Denise, Talk Radio 128
Blonde, The Incredibly Famous Willy Rivers 130
14 "The Happiest Moment of All?" 131
A, Three Tall Women 133
Emma, Pterodactyls 134
Betty, Betty's Summer Vacation 136
Marisol, Marisol 138
Further Reading 141
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