In this thoughtfully curated collection, actors preparing for an audition or searching for quality scenes to hone their chops will find a wealth of contemporary material from American and British plays. Almost all of the works are from the year 2000 to the recent 2014 Broadway production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, chosen from the point of view of a professional acting teacher, director, and casting director. Along with covering the basics of how to match the best monologue to the actor and how to approach the rehearsal and performance of a piece, the book provides a synopsis of the plays, character descriptions, and lists of questions specific to each monologue that will direct the actor toward shaping a complex, honest, and thoughtful performance with a strong emotional connection, a clear arc, and playable actions. There is also a brief lesson on appropriate rehearsal behavior and preparation.
Mastery of craft depends on repetition: the more opportunities student actors have to be guided through analyzing scripts, the more likely they are to develop a reliable process for making choices when the time comes to work independently. That's why Acting on the Script contains eight short plays, which can be used independently or as parts of one full-length play, giving aspiring actors the practice they need to tell the story of the play and of their characters clearly, believably, and compellingly. With each new scene, readers are given the opportunity to think through the analysis and synthesis process independently, then they are guided clearly through that process. The first section reintroduces the basic elements of acting craft. The book then lays out how these elements relate to a script in general and then more specifically - by using a short play to illustrate the basic principles. The second section focuses on specific analysis and synthesis problems using original scenes especially composed to help students develop their analysis and choice-making skills and to address individual acting issues. The plays, already tested in classes and two productions (one professional and one college), are filled with the kinds of acting problems that beginning actors often have trouble with and need to learn to solve. In addition, specific problems that actors might have with certain types of material are addressed as well.
Now in its 69th year, Theatre World is the only comprehensive annual pictorial and statistical record of the American theatre season from coast to coast: Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, and complete listings for 70 regional theatres - a modern classic in its field. Detailing more than 2 000 productions with over 800 photographs, each entry includes cast lists, replacements, producers, directors, authors, composers, opening and closing dates, song titles, and plot synopses. Theatre World also features the year's obituaries, a listing of all nominees and winners of the major theatrical awards, the longest-running Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, and a detailed index. Highlights of the 2012-2013 season include Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein's Tony-winning musical Kinky Boots and the successful London transfer of Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical. Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre scored Tonys for the revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and its star Tracy Letts, and Cicely Tyson became the oldest Tony winner in history for her rousing turn in the revival of Horton Foote's The Trip to Bountiful. Pippin scored big with multiple Tony wins for its first revival and stars Patina Miller, Billy Porter, and Andrea Martin, while David Byrne and Fat Boy Slim's Imelda Marcos concept musical Here Lies Love was an extended hit Off-Broadway at The Public Theater. Theatre World continues its tradition of including Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, and Regional Theatre roundups written by accomplished theatre critics.
Here is a joyous pageant of plays by masters through the ages - including Dylan Thomas, Charles Dickens, Thornton Wilder, Langston Hughes, and Hans Christian Andersen - ready to be produced, along with "The Traditional Christmas Pageant" and "The Second Shepherd's Play" in a modernized text and a lively version of "St. George and the Dragon." Comedies like "A Visit from St. Nicholas " "Amahl and the Night Visitors " "Kringle's Window" and "A Partridge in a Pear Tree" stand beside more serious works such as "A Child's Christmas in Wales " "Black Nativity " "Scrooge and Marley " "The Match Girl's Gift" and "The Long Christmas Dinner " called by critic John Gassner "...the most beautiful one-act play in English prose." Lowel Swortzell, himself the author of a number of popular Christmas plays, has brought together these delightful works, which are ideally suited for performances in the classroom, sanctuary, or theatre. Ranging from the traditional to the contemporary, they also can be enjoyed for themselves as holiday reading that reminds us how Christmas has inspired great writers to their highest dramatic achievements.
Applause is happy to bring you The Best American Short Plays 2002-2003. Editor Glenn Young has selected the following 10 plays: The Beauty Inside, by Catherine Filloux; Brown, by Cherie Vogelstein; and everybody else, by Scott Organ; Queenie, by Murray Schisgal; Reunions, by Billy Aronson; Captain Abalone, by Adam Kraar; The Changing of the Guard, by Amy Staats; Hermaphrodite, by Annie G.; Sada, by Bruce Levy; and 5:15 Greyhound, by Le Wilhelm.
There's a reason La Boh me has been staged at the Met more often than any other opera: Puccini's enticing music perfectly conveys the enchantment of new young love and the anguish that comes with loss and death. La Boh me, the passionate and timeless story of love among impoverished young artists in Paris, can stake its claim as the world's most popular opera. It has a marvelous ability to make a powerful first impression (even on those new to opera) and to reveal unexpected treasures after dozens of hearings. At first glance, La Boh me is the definitive depiction of the joys and sorrows of love and loss; on closer inspection, it reveals the deep emotional significance hidden in the trivial things (a bonnet, an old overcoat, a chance meeting with a neighbor) that make up our everyday lives. This touching story of tenderness and tragedy never fails to move audiences and melt hearts. This gorgeous souvenir libretto includes extensive background notes and photos from productions through the years.
(Theatre World). Celebrating its 65th year, Theatre World is the authoritative statistical and pictorial record of the season on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off-Broadway, including touring companies and regional companies throughout the U.S. Complete with cast listings, replacements, producers, directors, authors, composers, opening and closing dates, song titles, plot synopses, and much more, this essential guide to the just-completed season also features a listing of all nominees and winners of the major theatrical awards, the longest-running shows on and Off-Broadway, and a complete index. At 480 pages, Theatre World 65 is bigger and better than ever and features more photos than any previous volume. And for the first time ever, Theatre World 65 includes overviews of the Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, and regional theatre seasons by contributing journalists.
This is the ultimate backstage tour of Broadway AT THIS THEATRE tells the complete history of Broadway in the 20th century, theatre by theatre. This gorgeous book is now updated, revised and with a larger format, covering 1900 to 2001. PLAYBILL's columnist, Louis Botto, along with Robert Viagas, opens the doors and lets readers explore the 40 active Broadway theatres in New York. From the conception and design of the buildings, to their original creators, and on to the theatres' transformation, often under duress, from legitimate houses to vaudeville and Burlesque, to movie houses and then back to their original purpose, this book captures the magical world of Broadway. It is a complete and authoritative history that only Botto, the curator of PLAYBILL's incomparable 116-year-old archives, can tell. Expanded from his popular column in PLAYBILL magazine, AT THIS THEATRE is the biography of those living, breathing buildings we call theatres. In this substantially updated version, Botto includes the histories of all the theatres rescued from the wrecker in the last ten years, including the American Airlines Theatre, Disney's New Amsterdam, and the Lyric and the Apollo, now combined into the Ford Center. AT THIS THEATRE is filled with great stories featuring a cast of characters including Ethel Merman, David Merrick, Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart and Spencer Tracy. And it's also a theatrical spectacle boasting lavish illustrations of posters, programs, and photographs throughout. This is the gift book for every theatre lover on your list, including yourself
In a Maine coastal village toward the end of the 19th century, swaggering, carefree carnival barker Billy Bigelow captivates and marries naive millworker Julie Jordan. Billy loses his job just as he learns that Julie is pregnant, and - desperately intent upon providing a decent life for his family - he is coerced into being an accomplice to a robbery. Caught in the act and facing the certainty of prison, he takes his own life and is sent "up there." Billy is allowed to return to earth for one day 15 years later, and he encounters the daughter he never knew. She is a lonely, friendless teenager, her father's reputation as a thief and bully having haunted her throughout her young life. How Billy instills a sense of hope and dignity in both the child and her mother is a dramatic testimony to the power of love. It's easy to understand why, of all the shows they created, Carousel was Rodgers and Hammerstein's personal favorite.