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Library Journal
The 11th volume in Smith and Kraus's "Best Stage Scenes" series delivers just as much power and audition fodder as the previous issues. Freelance critic Lepidus notes in the introduction that a special effort was made to include more scenes for teen actors. That's excellent, but it'd be nice if the teens could've yucked it up a bit; some of us former teenagers remember hanging out and laughing about life, not re-creating the early lives of The Glass Menagerie's Amanda Wingfield or Hamlet's Ophelia. To paraphrase a criticism of an earlier series volume, where's the comedy? Of the 46 scenes here, 24 are classified as "dramatic," while only six claim to be "comic." That said, scenes by Anne Washburn (The Internationalist), Frederick Stroppel (Crashing the Gate), Stephen Adly Guirgis (The Last Days of Judas Iscariot), and John C. Picardi (Seven Rabbits on a Pole) were intriguing enough to warrant examination of the plays from which they derived. Pulitzer Prize winner Nilo Cruz is represented by scenes from four different plays, and they're all exciting. Recommended for all libraries.-Larry Schwartz, Minnesota State Univ. Lib., Moorhead Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575254302
  • Publisher: Smith & Kraus, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/25/2005
  • Series: Best Stage Scenes Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 214
  • Product dimensions: 5.74 (w) x 8.08 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Scenes for One Man and One Woman
ANNA IN THE TROPICS Nilo Cruz
BRIGHT IDEAS Eric Coble
BUICKS Julian Sheppard
COMMON GROUND Brendon Votipka
CRASHING THE GATE Frederick Stroppel
Eloise & Ray Stephanie Fleischmann
HATE MAIL Kira Obolensky & Bill Corbett
THE INTERNATIONALIST Anne Washburn
ITCH Frederick Stroppel
JUVENILIA Wendy MacLeod
THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT Stephen Adly Guirgis
THE MOONLIGHT ROOM Tristine Skyler
NEW YORK WATER Sam Bobrick
NIGHT TRAIN TO BOLINA Nilo Cruz
PLAY IT AS IT LIES (2) Granville Wyche Burgess
PURE CONFIDENCE (2) Carlyle Brown
THE RETURN TO MORALITY Jamie Pachino
SCHOOLGIRL FIGURE Wendy MacLeod
SECOND Neal Utterback
SEVEN RABBITS ON A POLE John C. Picardi
SPYWARE Kelly Stuart
WILL YOU PLEASE SHUT UP? Dan O'Brien

Scenes for Two Men
BIG OLE WASHING MACHINE Stephen Belber
THE BRIGHTEST LIGHT Diana Howie 110
HORTENSIA AND THE MUSEUM OF DREAMS Nilo Cruz
KID-SIMPLE Jordan Harrison
THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT (2) Stephen Adly Guirgis
THE LAST SUNDAY IN JUNE Jonathan Tolins
MAGGIE MAY Tom O'Brien
SEA OF TRANQUILITY Howard Korder
SECOND Neal Utterback
SECURITY Israel Horovitz

Scenes for Two Women
EVERYTHING WILL BE DIFFERENT (2) Mark Schultz
INTIMATE APPAREL Lynn Nottage
THE LEFT HAND SINGING Barbara Lebow
THE PENETRATION PLAY (2) Winter Miller
RED DEATH Lisa D'Amour
SCHOOLGIRL FIGURE (2) Wendy MacLeod
SECOND Neal Utterback
TWO SISTERS AND A PIANO Nilo Cruz
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Introduction

The plays and playwrights represented in the 2005 annuals include:
Anna in the tropics, Nilo Cruz
Bright Ideas, Eric Coble
Buicks, Julian Shepard
Common Ground, Brenda Votipka
Crashing the Gate, Frederick Stroppel
Eloise & Ray, Stephanie Fleischmann
Hate Mail, Kira Obolensky & Bill Corbett
The Internationalist, Anne Washburn
Itch, Frederick Stroppel
Juvenilia, Wendy MacLeod
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Stephen Adly Guirgis
The Moonlight Room, Tristine Skyler
New York Water, Sam Bobrick
Night Train to Bolina, Nilo Cruz
Play It as It Lies (2), Granville Wyche Burgess
Pure Confidence, Carlyle Brown
The Return to Morality, Jamie Pachino
Schoolgirl Figure, Wendy MacLeod
Second, Neal Utterback
Seven Rabbits on a Pole, John C. Picardi
Spyware, Kelly Stuart
Will You Please Shut Up? Dan O'Brien
Big Ole Washing Machine, Stephen Belber
The Brightest Light, Diane Howie
Hortensia and the Museum of Dreams, Nilo Cruz
Kid-Simple, Jordan Harrison
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (2), Stephen Adly Guirgis
The Last Sunday in June, Jonathan Tolins
Maggie May, Tom O'Brien
Sea of Tranquility, Howard Korder
Security, Isreal Horovitz
Everything Will Be Different (2), Mark Schultz
Intimate Apparel, Lynn Nottage
The Left Hand Singing, Barbara Lebow
The Penetration Play (2), Winter Miller
Red Death, Lisa D'Amour
Two Sisters and A Piano, Nilo Cruz
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Foreword

The scenes in this book have been drawn from the best plays published or produced during the 2004-2005 theatrical season. All are from published, readily available plays (see the Rights and Permissions section at the back of this book for publisher information). Many of the scenes herein are by playwrights of considerable reputation, such as Howard Korder, Nilo Cruz, Stephen Adly Guirgis, and Wendy MacLeod. Others are by future stars such as Julian Sheppard, Eric Coble, Tristine Skyler, John C. Picardi, and Mark Schultz.

Most are scenes with characters under forty. I made a conscientious effort this year to find some terrific scenes for teen actors, such as those from Common Ground, Schoolgirl Figure, and Everything Will Be Different.

In short, this is the best darn scene book I could put together. I know you will find in it the perfect piece for your audition or class use; but if you want more options, check out Smith and Kraus' other fine scene collections.

Many thanks to the agents, authors, and publishers who have allowed me to include these wonderful scenes in this book.
D. L. Lepidus

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