Plays for Actresses

Plays for Actresses

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ISBN-13: 9780679772811
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/28/1997
Pages: 640
Sales rank: 818,218
Product dimensions: 5.22(w) x 7.96(h) x 1.32(d)

About the Author

Eric Lane and Nina Shengold have been editing contemporary theater anthologies for more than twenty years. Eric Lane's award-winning plays have been published and performed in the United States, Canada, Europe, and China. Plays include Ride, Times of War, Heart of the City, Dancing on Checkers' Grave, and Filming O'Keeffe. Floating, a PlayPenn finalist, was workshopped at Raven Theatre. Eric's short plays are published in Best American Short Plays, Poems and Plays, and the Foreign Language Press (Beijing). He wrote and produced the short films First Breath and Cater-Waiter, which he also directed; both films screened in more than forty cities worldwide. For TV's Ryan's Hope he received a Writers Guild Award. Honors include the Berrilla Kerr Playwriting Award, the La MaMa Playwright Award, and fellowships at Yaddo, VCCA, and St. James Cavalier in Malta. Eric is an honors graduate of Brown University, and artistic director of Orange Thoughts, a not-for-profit theater and film company in New York City.

Nina Shengold's plays include Finger Foods, War at Home, Homesteaders, and Romeo/Juliet, and have been produced around the world. Her one-act No Shoulder was filmed by director Suzi Yoonessi, with Melissa Leo and Samantha Sloyan. Nina won a Writers Guild Award for her teleplay Labor of Love, starring Marcia Gay Harden; other teleplays include Blind Spot, with Joanne Woodward and Laura Linney, and Unwed Father. Her books include the novel Clearcut; River of Words: Portraits of Hudson Valley Writers (with photographer Jennifer May), and a growing posse of pseudonymous books for young readers. A graduate of Wesleyan, she is currently teaching creative writing at Manhattanville College. Nina lives in New York's Hudson Valley, where she has been books editor of Chronogram magazine since 2004.

Table of Contents

Edward Albee, "Three Tall Women"
Lee Blessing, "Independence"
Laura Cunningham, "Beautiful Bodies"
Mary Gallagher, "Bedtime"
Madeleine George, "The Most Massive Woman Wins"
Velina Hasu Houston, "Tea"
Tina Howe, "Appearances"
Sherry Kramer, "David's Redhaired Death"
Casey Kurtti, "Catholic School Girls"
Adam Lefevre, "Waterbabies"
Craig Lucas, "Credo"
Lynn Nottage, "Poof!"
Jose Rivera, "The Winged Man"
Nina Shengold, "Lives of the Great Waitresses"
Paula Vogel, "Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief"
Wendy Wasserstein, "Workout"
John Wooten, "The Role of Della"

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Plays for Actresses 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
coffeeshaman More than 1 year ago
This book is a must have for actresses searching for audition pieces and workshop scenes. It is also a must for those attempting to teach acting to women. It is full of great scenes and monologues for women.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is a terrific role for anyone in this book --Reading it is like going to a great opening night. The editors have a keen, sophistocated taste for wonderful theatre. The comedies are hilarious, the dramas powerful. Even women who don't act will love reading the plays.