More Monologues on Black Life

More Monologues on Black Life

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Overview

In acting classes all over the country, African American students are routinely given monologues either from old Black plays like A Raisin in the Sun or contemporary Anglo plays, prompting them to ask, "Where are the new works aimed at us?" Students need material that is fresh and authentic, material that speaks in their language and to their concerns.

Gus Edwards returns with a second collection of probing and practical monologues on Black life. Whether you are an African American seeking audition and performance material written in contemporary language or an educator trying to offer students of color something more than tired, hand-me-down monologues, this collection presents fresh material written in a voice that reflects the modern African American experience.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780325002897
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 07/06/2000
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 1,208,111
Product dimensions: 5.08(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

One of America's leading playwrights, Gus Edwards is also a director and educator. He has written several books addressing the concerns of African American theatre and is a tenured faculty member of Arizona State University's theatre department, where he teaches film and theatre studies. His first collection, Monologues on Black Life (1997), was also published by Heinemann.

Table of Contents

WE IS WHO WE WANT TO BE

Just Cause (Lorraine-30s) / The Imposter (Dennis-30s) / In Violence We Trust (Joanie-20s) / The Trainer (Louie-40s) / Sunday Morning Memories (Cynthia-30s) / The Lottery Winner (Sophie-50s) / Hate (Barney-30s) / Dream Lover: Mr. Blues (April-30s) / You Can't Win for Losing (Preston-40s) / The Cellist (Renee-20s) / The Magician (Wilson-50s) / Some Men (Laurie-20s) / The Evangelist (Yannis-30s) / The Living Symbol (Fletcher-40s) / Us (Jamilia-20s) / Silent No More (Harris-20s)

MOODY'S MOOD CAFE

This Business (Nunez-30s) / An Old, Old Story (Ruth-40s) / A Puzzlement (Ronny-30s) / Something Artistic (Tiny-20s) / Taking It Slow (Mr. Aubrey-60s) / Dreams: A Warning (Ben-20s) / Best Excuse in the World (Eugenie-30s) / Man in the News (Olivia-30s)

THE PROJECTS

Moving Around (Tony P.-20s) / Coming to Terms (Maya-20s) / Forty Deuce Street (Ike-40s) / Six Weeks (Venessa-19) / Remembering Teddy (Clarence-40s) / What It's All About (Floyd-18) / A Military Man (Jake-40s) / It Just Goes to Show (Clemmie-40s) / Slow Dancing with Nichelle (Donzell-20s) / A Different World (Wilson-60s)

THE SORROWS OF ELVA

A Monologue Play in Six Parts

A Fool Not to Marry

Nicest man in the World

Ain't Like It Used to Be

Something Happened

Only a Matter of Time

Dreams Die First

RAP TALK

The Professor (Male-16 to 23) / The Other Me (Vinette-20s) / I Used to Be Cool (Male-17 to 25) / Andy's Rap (Andy-20s) / The American Tradition (Male/Female-20s)

FIVE BLACK HEROES IN MONOLOGUES

I Will Raise Both My Hands: Frederick Douglass

Why I Sing Gospel: Mahalia Jackson

My Own Private Blues: Charles "Buddy" Bolden

Coretta Remembers: Coretta Scott King

A Dream of Deliverance: James Baldwin

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