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The Contemporary Monologue is an exciting selection of speeches of all types, serious and comic, realistic and absurdist, drawn from plays written by contemporary playwrights over the past ten years. Updating the popular Modern Monologues, this fresh collection of speeches represents the best American and English playwrights of today including Caryl Churchill, Ariel Dorfman, John Guare, David Mamet, Tony Kushner, Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman.
Organized for maximum benefit to the actor gleaning for background material, individual selections are introduced with a summary of the play's action up to the point the speech begins. A brief sketch of the character is also given, utilizing, where possible, the playwright's own words. Finally, a commentary follows each monologue, alerting the actor to details in the speech that could help him/her perform it better.
Some of the highlights of The Contemporary Monologue for men include selections fromAngels in America, by Tony Kushner; Frankie and Johnnie in the Clair de Lune, by Terrence McNally; States of Shock, by Sam Shepard; and Speed-the-Plow, by David Mamet.
Highlights of The Contemporary Monologue for women include selections from:
The Contemporary Monologue is an invaluable resource for acting classes, competitions, auditions and rehearsals. It is an affordable and necessary tool for serious actors everywhere.
|Notes to the Actor|
|Angels in America||1|
|Boy with Beer||15|
|Cigarettes and Chocolate||26|
|Death and the Maiden||32|
|The Fastest Clock in the Universe||40|
|Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune||44|
|The Gigli Concert||47|
|The Last Yankee||59|
|The Normal Heart||69|
|The Pitchfork Disney||74|
|Playing by the Rules||78|
|Search and Destroy||84|
|Six Degrees of Separation||89|
|Someone Who'll Watch Over Me||94|
|States of Shock||102|
|Two Shakespearean Actors||115|
|A Wholly Healthy Glasgow||117|
|The Woman Who Cooked her Husband||121|
|Your Home in the West||126|