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Stephen PeithmanThe needs of young actors are met with two different collections. 111 One-Minute Monologues: The Ultimate Monologue Book for Middle School Actors, Vol. III by L.E. McCullough, is the latest in a series that deals with situations, emotions and characters representative of modern adolescence. It's nicely done in all respects. [ISBN 1-57525-419-0, $11.95, Smith & Kraus].
Also of interest is the Teens Speak series by Kristen Dabrowski, which offers one- to two-minute pieces that follow six very different characters through various scenarios, including dealing with friends, family and school. The use of repeating characters is a nice touch, since we get to see these people from different angles, in different situations. The three most recent titles are Sixty Original Character Monologues for Boys Ages 13-15 [ISBN 1-57525-413-1]; Sixty Original Character Monologues for Boys Ages 16-18 [ISBN 1-57525-415-8]; and Sixty Original Character Monologues for Girls Ages 13-15 [ISBN 1-57525-412-3]. Each volume from Smith and Kraus is $11.95.