Plays for Actresses

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Gather any group of actresses, from students to stars, and someone will inevitably ask, "Where are all the great roles for women?" The roles are right here, in this unprecedented and magnificently diverse collection of plays with all-female casts, each of which represents the answer to any actress's prayer. The seven full-length and ten one-act selections In Plays for Actresses range in tone from the unabashed theatricality of Edward Albee's Pulitzer Prize-winning Three Tall Women to the blistering black comedy ...
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Overview

Gather any group of actresses, from students to stars, and someone will inevitably ask, "Where are all the great roles for women?" The roles are right here, in this unprecedented and magnificently diverse collection of plays with all-female casts, each of which represents the answer to any actress's prayer. The seven full-length and ten one-act selections In Plays for Actresses range in tone from the unabashed theatricality of Edward Albee's Pulitzer Prize-winning Three Tall Women to the blistering black comedy of Laura Cunningham's Beautiful Bodies. Their characters include uprooted Japanese war brides, outrageously liberated Shakespearean heroines, an avenging African American housewife, and nuns who double as Catholic schoolgirls. Whether you're looking for a script to produce, a scene for acting class, or a new audition speech, this book will provide you with a wealth of juicy, challenging female roles - even as it introduces you to some of the finest playwrights at work today.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Playwrights Lane and Shengold (Moving Parts: Monologues from Contemporary Plays, Viking, 1992) edited this anthology of seven full-length plays and ten one-acts for actresses selected in response to queries to playwrights, theaters, and agents. It includes works by the well knownEdward Albee, Lee Blessing, and Wendy Wassersteinand by emerging playwrights, such as Velina Hasu Houston, Tina Howe, Casey Kurtti, Adam LeFevre, and Craig Lucas. Likewise, some of these plays are not well known or widely produced. Their varied themes, styles, and dramatic forms offer rich, diverse, all-female roles for audition or production by high school dramatic clubs, college acting classes, or professional and civic theater groups. Casts range from one to six actresses. Most of the plays were written in the 1980s and 1990s and have been produced in Off-Broadway and regional theaters. Recommended for high school, public, and academic libraries.Ming-ming Shen Kuo, Ball State Univ., Muncie, Ind.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679772811
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/1997
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 488,361
  • Product dimensions: 5.17 (w) x 7.97 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Lane and Nina Shengold have been editing contemporary theater anthologies for more than twenty years. Eric Lane's award-winning plays have been published and performed in the United States, Canada, Europe, and China. Plays include Ride, Times of War, Heart of the City, Dancing on Checkers' Grave, and Filming O'Keeffe. Floating, a PlayPenn finalist, was workshopped at Raven Theatre. Eric's short plays are published in Best American Short Plays, Poems and Plays, and the Foreign Language Press (Beijing). He wrote and produced the short films First Breath and Cater-Waiter, which he also directed; both films screened in more than forty cities worldwide. For TV's Ryan's Hope he received a Writers Guild Award. Honors include the Berrilla Kerr Playwriting Award, the La MaMa Playwright Award, and fellowships at Yaddo, VCCA, and St. James Cavalier in Malta. Eric is an honors graduate of Brown University, and artistic director of Orange Thoughts, a not-for-profit theater and film company in New York City.

Nina Shengold's plays include Finger Foods, War at Home, Homesteaders, and Romeo/Juliet, and have been produced around the world. Her one-act No Shoulder was filmed by director Suzi Yoonessi, with Melissa Leo and Samantha Sloyan. Nina won a Writers Guild Award for her teleplay Labor of Love, starring Marcia Gay Harden; other teleplays include Blind Spot, with Joanne Woodward and Laura Linney, and Unwed Father. Her books include the novel Clearcut; River of Words: Portraits of Hudson Valley Writers (with photographer Jennifer May), and a growing posse of pseudonymous books for young readers. A graduate of Wesleyan, she is currently teaching creative writing at Manhattanville College. Nina lives in New York's Hudson Valley, where she has been books editor of Chronogram magazine since 2004.

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Table of Contents

Edward Albee, "Three Tall Women"
Lee Blessing, "Independence"
Laura Cunningham, "Beautiful Bodies"
Mary Gallagher, "Bedtime"
Madeleine George, "The Most Massive Woman Wins"
Velina Hasu Houston, "Tea"
Tina Howe, "Appearances"
Sherry Kramer, "David's Redhaired Death"
Casey Kurtti, "Catholic School Girls"
Adam Lefevre, "Waterbabies"
Craig Lucas, "Credo"
Lynn Nottage, "Poof!"
Jose Rivera, "The Winged Man"
Nina Shengold, "Lives of the Great Waitresses"
Paula Vogel, "Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief"
Wendy Wasserstein, "Workout"
John Wooten, "The Role of Della"

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    perfect for the auditioning actress

    This book is a must have for actresses searching for audition pieces and workshop scenes. It is also a must for those attempting to teach acting to women. It is full of great scenes and monologues for women.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2000

    Terrific, can't put-down anthology! Actresses will be thrilled

    There is a terrific role for anyone in this book --Reading it is like going to a great opening night. The editors have a keen, sophistocated taste for wonderful theatre. The comedies are hilarious, the dramas powerful. Even women who don't act will love reading the plays.

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