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Monologues for Men by Men, Volume 2
     

Monologues for Men by Men, Volume 2

by Gary Garrison, Michael Wright (Editor)
 

For this second volume, Garrison and Wright have assembled a collection of reflections by men about what it means to be a male these days, particularly in the wake of September 11, 2001, and how they are putting their thoughts and feelings into theatrical expression. Representing an international community of playwrights, these monologues will satisfy any actor

Overview

For this second volume, Garrison and Wright have assembled a collection of reflections by men about what it means to be a male these days, particularly in the wake of September 11, 2001, and how they are putting their thoughts and feelings into theatrical expression. Representing an international community of playwrights, these monologues will satisfy any actor looking for new, original theatre pieces for auditions or acting classes. What's more, the material is accessible, thought provoking, and fun to perform.

Each monologue raises a set of questions that is theatrically illustrated through character construction, linear and non-linear structure, and simple storytelling:

  • What is life like for men in this new age?
  • Why and when are men moved to speak? To whom? And for what reason?
  • How has men's awareness of the world changed after the horror of September 11th?

Each writer answers these questions in a thematically or dramaturgically unique way. Those writers whose monologues relate to the terrorist attacks remind us of the power of the single voice to say no, be heard, or instigate change. Other writers use a sort of "page architecture" that creates a distinctive sense of phrasing for actors to use as they will. Together the monologues give actors the opportunity to educate, question, inspire, or entertain. Playwrights, too, will benefit from the variety of writing styles, genres, ideas, and theatrical constructions they can explore.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780325005591
Publisher:
Heinemann
Publication date:
08/15/2003
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
4.67(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.19(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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