New Monologues for Women by Women II

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Since its inception a decade ago, the ground-breaking Monologues for Women by Women series has increased the breadth and the quality of original material available to actresses. In this latest volume, editors Tori Haring-Smith and Liz Engelman present sixty-one previously unpublished monologues written by some of the most inspiring and exciting women now emerging onto the international stage, as well as some names already familiar to followers of the theatre.

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Overview

Since its inception a decade ago, the ground-breaking Monologues for Women by Women series has increased the breadth and the quality of original material available to actresses. In this latest volume, editors Tori Haring-Smith and Liz Engelman present sixty-one previously unpublished monologues written by some of the most inspiring and exciting women now emerging onto the international stage, as well as some names already familiar to followers of the theatre.

The styles and subject matter of these wide-ranging monologues include everything from the comic and the serious to the political and the personal, and the characters inside them offer the opportunity for any actress to stretch out and explore the idiosyncrasies of another woman's personality. In fact, New Monologues for Women by Women, Volume II, is not only an outstanding resource for professional actresses and acting students but also a sourcebook for theatre companies looking for new plays by women and a reader for anyone with a general interest in women's studies or contemporary theatre.

Women in theatre are constantly searching for new characters to play and new pieces to audition and perform. With New Monologues for Women by Women, Volume II, they needn't look any further for the best in new, original material that speaks to all audiences in a woman's authentic voice.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325007182
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 10/15/2005
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Liz Engelman has worked as dramaturg/literary manager at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Intiman, ACT Theatre, and the McCarter Theatre, is a consultant for The Playwrights' Center, on the advisory board of the National New Play Network, and is the President of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas.

Tori Haring-Smith has been a director, dramaturg, and translator for more than twenty years in academic and professional theatres. She has served as dramaturg for Trinity Repertory Company; artistic director for the Wallace Theatre in Cairo, Egypt; coordinated the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award; and is now Vice President for Educational Affairs at Willamette University.

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Table of Contents

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Pralaya 1
Excerpt from It doesn't take a tornado 2
The order of things 4
Shuttle to Houston 6
Fritz Perls is my (tor)Mentor 8
The love shopper 10
The housekeeper strikes back 12
Excerpt from Dark boughs down 14
Set up 15
Excerpt from Tumor 21
One wash 22
Pizza apostrophe 25
The risen Chris 29
Excerpt from Love song for the woman whose child shot my son 31
Daddy's girl 33
Years ago 35
The Cassandra complex 37
Hay 41
An American lamp 44
A day in the death of Sheldon Wasserman 45
My mother 47
Excerpt from Marathon dancing 49
Tigger 51
Ingerto (plant fusion) 53
Excerpt from Take a powder 54
Mrs. Pugh 55
Water lilies 59
Angela 61
Water re-tension 63
The god of this 65
Excerpt from Slither 67
Excerpt from Penalty phase 69
Belt loop man 71
Excerpt from The last seder 73
Sewing in Syria 75
Helen 76
Somewhere special (with you) 78
Verdure 79
Still blonde ... runs deep 82
The strawberry monologue 86
Moonshine 89
Tricky 90
Three words 95
Song of my sister 97
Happy 99
True 100
Small 103
Excerpt from The clean house 105
How Darlene Coleman became a professional eulogist and the most popular girl on the funeral circuit 106
Miss Wonderling's history class 110
The artist of transparency 113
Too cool 118
Jessie 120
Hollywood is calling 122
36146 and Juanice 125
The gamester 127
Excerpt from Ajax (por nobody) 129
Excerpt from Rotten state 131
Widow's walk 133
Love juice, excerpt from Dating and mating in modern times 135
Jim? 138
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