The Playwrights Center Monologues for Women

Overview

New plays often originate from monologues, and the Playwrights' Center of Minneapolis is the creative home for hundreds of playwrights whose work is produced throughout the country. Kristen Gandrow and Polly Carl work with these exciting dramatists each day, and they have collected a broad range of monologues by Center writers for you to perform and enjoy.

The work in The Playwrights' Center Monologues for Women is finely crafted, entertaining, often poignant, and features the ...

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Overview

New plays often originate from monologues, and the Playwrights' Center of Minneapolis is the creative home for hundreds of playwrights whose work is produced throughout the country. Kristen Gandrow and Polly Carl work with these exciting dramatists each day, and they have collected a broad range of monologues by Center writers for you to perform and enjoy.

The work in The Playwrights' Center Monologues for Women is finely crafted, entertaining, often poignant, and features the best playwriting in present-day American theater. Among the scores of playwrights are notables such as Carlyle Brown, Lisa D'Amour, Jeffrey Hatcher, Melanie Marnich, Kira Obolensky, and the prestigious Jerome and McKnight fellows of the Center-including its most intriguing new voices..

Whether you are an actor looking for fresh material for auditions of every length or a theatre student honing your technique, The Playwrights' Center Monologues for Women showcases the amazing diversity and quality of contemporary American playwriting.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“This volume boasts an embarrassment of riches - true gems from the most exctiing voices in the American theater today, making what you now hold in your hands a national treasure.”–Liz Engelman, Coeditor, New Monologues for Women by Women

“A splendid collection by some of the sharpest and smartest writers of new theater in the United States.”–Mac Wellman

“Anyone looking for the next generation of American playwrights should have this book on their desk - open. The variety and vitality of theatrical writing in this impressive volume bespeak a healthy and happy future for the American theater. Thank you to the Playwrights Center for bringing us these exciting new voices.”–Michael Bigelow Dixon, Literary Manager, the Guthrie Theatre

Library Journal
It was Oscar Wilde, or perhaps Isadore Gilbert Mudge, who once said, "You can't be too rich, too thin, or have enough monolog books in your collection." The source is unimportant, but the sentiment holds true: it's hard to keep monolog collections on the shelves. Libraries have been well served by publishers in this regard-a WorldCat subject search yields an astounding 745 collections of this sort published in the last 20 years. These two volumes add to the pot, providing a total of 129 monologs (55 for men by 44 authors; 74 for women by 54 authors). The playwrights, all members of the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis, have each had works produced in theaters across the country. The monologs in both volumes are fairly evenly divided between the comedic and the dramatic (call it tragicomic). Some of the protagonists border on the psychopathic; some engage in a kind of solo wordplay evocative of the music of John Cage. Despair, sadness, and general weirdness are all on display, but gut-busting comedy is rare. Favorites include Janet Allard's "To Stay or To Go Blues" in the women's collection (one of the first monologs to be written for a coffee mug) and Cory Busse's "Little Vines" in the men's collection. Stephen Cribari's "Fingerprinting a Corpse" (men's) is destined to be extraordinarily popular in university audition rooms. Those seeking a stretch will be rewarded by Carlyle Brown's excerpt from The Projects from Talking Masks in the women's collection. These collections, edited by the director of New Play Development and the producing artistic director for the Center, respectively, provide an excellent opportunity for actors to explore the works of young modern playwrights who are already forces with whom to be reckoned in the industry. For actors looking for something they "haven't heard before," these are it. Highly recommended.-Larry Schwartz, Minnesota State Univ. Lib., Moorhead Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325007410
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 4/5/2005
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Kristen Gandrow is Director of New Play Development for the Playwrights' Center. She's been a dramaturg for festivals and productions throughout the country and Off-Broadway. She received an MA in creative nonfiction and an MFA in dramaturgy from the University of Iowa, where she participated in its Playwrights Workshop.

Polly K. Carl is Producing Artistic Director for the Playwrights' Center, where she oversees artistic programming, community and institutional development, and organizational finances. She has been with the Center for six years and received a PhD in Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society from the University of Minnesota.

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