Scenes for Women by Women

Scenes for Women by Women

by Tori Haring-Smith, Heinemann
     
 

Ask anyone working in a theatre bookstore or any bookstore with a good theatre section - they'll tell you that one of their most frequent requests comes from women looking for scenes to play, usually with other women. And these scenes are very rare - and almost always written by men.

Here is a book of more than fifty previously performed scenes for women only.

Overview

Ask anyone working in a theatre bookstore or any bookstore with a good theatre section - they'll tell you that one of their most frequent requests comes from women looking for scenes to play, usually with other women. And these scenes are very rare - and almost always written by men.

Here is a book of more than fifty previously performed scenes for women only. Most of these scenes have never been published before, providing actresses with fresh material to let their work shine. The scenes will make you weep and laugh out loud - sometimes in quick succession. Most of them are realistic in style, but a few push the borders of realism to offer actresses a more experimental acting situation. The playwrights whose work appears here include: Susan Yankowitz, Laura Harrington, Naomi Iizuka, Corrine Jacker, and many others.

And as if that's not enough, Scenes for Women by Women also includes an index to more than fifty additional scenes for women by women that appear in readily available playscripts. Quite simply, this book is a treasure trove of scenes for actresses, directors, acting teachers . . . anyone interested in women or in theatre. No other book on the market provides such a variety from which to choose.

Tori Haring-Smith is chair of the performing and visual arts department at the American University in Cairo, where she is also artistic director of the Wallace Theatre. Before going to Cairo, she was on the faculty of Brown University for sixteen years and served as the dramaturg of Trinity Repertory Company for seven years.

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Collects 50 scenes for actresses, directors, and acting teachers. Most of the scenes are realistic in style, but a few push the borders of realism to offer actresses a more experimental acting situation. Includes scenes from work by Susan Yankowitz, Laura Harrington, Naomi Iizuka, Corrine Jacker, and Linda Eisenstein. Includes an introduction with tips on preparing a scene, and appends a list of 50 additional scenes for women by women. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780325000671
Publisher:
Heinemann
Publication date:
11/06/1998
Pages:
199
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

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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