Monologues for Men by Men

Overview

What is life like now for men?
What came before now? What will come after?
Why and when are men moved to speak? To whom-and for what reason?

Such questions have inspired playwrights to write, actors to perform, and audiences to applaud dramatically unique monologues. Teacher/playwrights Gary Garrison and Michael Wright have considered these questions and answered them by bringing together nearly 50 monologues....

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Overview

What is life like now for men?
What came before now? What will come after?
Why and when are men moved to speak? To whom-and for what reason?

Such questions have inspired playwrights to write, actors to perform, and audiences to applaud dramatically unique monologues. Teacher/playwrights Gary Garrison and Michael Wright have considered these questions and answered them by bringing together nearly 50 monologues. These pieces reflect what men are thinking in the new millennium and how they're putting those thoughts and feelings into theatrical expression.

Representing an eclectic group of writers from a variety of ethnic, cultural, educational, and dramaturgical backgrounds, the monologues will satisfy any actor looking for new, original theatre pieces to use for an audition or acting class. And for the playwright, the collection offers a variety of writing styles, genres, ideas, and theatrical constructions to explore and consider. The monologues are grouped by subject, including the relationships of fathers and sons, understanding mothers, volatile and complicated love, emotional violence, male-ness, loneliness, and accepting and/or celebrating one's own differences. The range of monologues reflects a diversity of characters, linear and non-linear play constructions, and simple storytelling.

Aspiring or veteran actors and playwrights, or any fan of good theatre, will find this material accessible, thought provoking, edgy, and fun.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This compilation of 49 modern monologs, written by international male artists with diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, focuses on the notion of maleness and the ways in which male actors express themselves theatrically. Editors Garrison and Wright, both playwrights and teachers who also collaborated on the first volume, continue to explore the same concept in this follow-up. They have organized the monologs into five chapters by subject: "The Ache" (relationships); "The World We Know Under Siege" (pertaining to 9/11 and being under threat); "Re-Mirroring" (personal criticisms); "Fam-ug-ily" (family boundaries); and the "Male Dance" (raw conceptions). Each chapter includes an introduction by Garrison that could stand alone as a monolog. Some of the pieces are written in poetic form, without punctuation (called page architecture), letting the actor find his own phrasing and intentions. Also included are biographies of the monologists and editors. For all public libraries, especially those that already own the first volume.-Elizabeth Stifter, Brooklyn, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325003740
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 2/15/2002
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.87 (w) x 8.47 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary Garrison is a published and produced playwright fearlessly slugging it out in New York City. His plays include Old Soles, Oh Messiah Me, Cherry Reds, An Angel in the Early Bird Special, The Big Fat Naked Truth, and When a Diva Dreams. He is Artistic Director and Division Head of Playwriting for the Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, National Chair of Playwriting for the Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival, and the recipient of the 2005 Outstanding Teacher of Playwriting for the Association of Theatre in Higher Education.

Michael Wright is the Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Creative Writing at The University of Tulsa, where he teaches playwriting, screenwriting, and narrative film production. He founded and moderates the Fictional Characters writers collective, heads the "New Works for Young Women" playwriting project, and is the U.S. representative to World Interplay. He has written two other books on playwriting for Heinemann, Playwriting Master Class and Playwriting in Process, and has co-edited, with Gary Garrison, Monologues for Men by Men Volumes 1 and 2.

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