The Best Men's Stage Monologues of 2006

Overview

In these pages, you will find terrific new monologues from contemporary plays, almost all of which have been, or soon will be, published (see Rights and Permissions pages in the rear of this book). Some of the playwrights whose work has been included herein may be familiar to you, such as Theresa Rebeck, Don Nigro, Terrence McNally, and Athol Fugard. Most pieces are by up-and-comers, though — such as Jonathan Dorf, Sheila Callaghan, Josh Fox, and Michael Puzzo.

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Overview

In these pages, you will find terrific new monologues from contemporary plays, almost all of which have been, or soon will be, published (see Rights and Permissions pages in the rear of this book). Some of the playwrights whose work has been included herein may be familiar to you, such as Theresa Rebeck, Don Nigro, Terrence McNally, and Athol Fugard. Most pieces are by up-and-comers, though — such as Jonathan Dorf, Sheila Callaghan, Josh Fox, and Michael Puzzo.

In a generally favorable review of last year’s books, I was castigated for not including enough comic pieces. A point well taken, so this year I have made an effort to include more monologues with laughs. It was quite a concerted effort, believe me. Most, if not all, of the play excerpts I have chosen for this book were produced by professional theaters, where out-and-out comedy is, it seems, most unwelcome — obsessed, as most of them are, with being oh-so-cutting-edge, dark, and all-too-often impenetrably obscure. So, I think you’ll find a few more funny pieces in this year’s book. If for some reason you aren’t able to find the comic monologue that’s perfect for you, though, I recommend another book published by Smith and Kraus, The Ultimate Monologue Books Vol. IV: 222 Comedy Monologues 2 Minutes and Under, which contains a fine selection of comedy pieces, both contemporary and classical.

I hope you will find this book useful — both in class and for auditions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575255545
  • Publisher: Smith & Kraus, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2006
  • Series: Best Men's Stage Monologues Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 109
  • Sales rank: 1,404,999
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

D.L. Lepidus is a freelance critic and editor who has been writing about New York theater for over twenty-five years. Since 1993, his work has appeared in theater columns for the Chelsea Clinton News and the Westsider.
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Table of Contents

A Partial List:
After Math Jonathan Dorf
Boy Julia Jordan
Bug Tracey Letts
Monkey Soup Don Nigro
Orson's Shadow Austin Pendleton
The Scene Theresa Rebeck
Touch Toni Press-Coffman
Six Years Sharr White
Exits and Entrances Athol Fugard
Moonlight and Magnolias Ron Hutchinson
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