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The Theory of the Modern Stage: An Introduction to Modern Theatre and Drama
The Theory of the Modern Stage
An Introduction to Modern Theatre and Drama
Paperback      ISBN: 155783279x
Including Antoin Artaud, Bertolt Brecht, E. Gordon Craig, Luigi Pirandello, Konstantin Stanislavsky, W. B. Yeats, and Emile Zolaing.
Soliloquy! Tthe Shakespeare Monologues Women
Soliloquy! Tthe Shakespeare Monologues Women
Paperback      ISBN: 0936839791
Your one-stop classical workshop! At last, over 175 of Shakespeare's finest and most performable monologues taken from all thirty-seven plays are here in two easy-to-use volumes (Men and Women). Selections travel the entire spectrum of the great dramatist's vision, from comedies, wit and romances, to tragedies, pathos and histories. Soliloquy! is an excellent and comprehensive collection of Shakespeare's speeches. Not only are the monologues wide-ranging and varied, but they are superbly annotated. Each volume is prefaced by an informative and reassuring introduction, which explains the signals and signposts by which Shakespeare helps the actor on his journey through the text. It includes a very good explanation of blank verse, with excellent examples of irregularities which are specifically related to character and acting intentions. These two books are a must for any actor in search of a 'classical' audition piece.'- Elizabeth Smith, Voice Director, Juilliard
The Actor's Book of Contemporary Stage Monologues
The Actor's Book of Contemporary Stage Monologues
Paperback      ISBN: 0140096493
Monologues by dramatists such as Lanford Wilson, Christopher Durang, Sam Shepard, and Charles Fuller are suitable for use in auditions and classwork
Duo: The Best Scenes for the 90's
Duo
The Best Scenes for the 90's
Paperback      ISBN: 1557830304
Over one-hundred and thirty great scenes erupt from page to stage in this addition to the Applause Acting Series. Each scene has been selected as a freestanding dramatic unit offering two actors a wide range of theatrical challenge and opportunity. Each scene is set up with a synopsis of the play, character descriptions and notes on how to propel the scene to full power outside the context of the play. DUO! offers a full spectrum of age, region, genre, character, level of difficulty, and non-traditional casting potential.
Soliloquy!  the Shakespeare Monologues
Soliloquy! the Shakespeare Monologues
Paperback      ISBN: 0936839783
Your one-stop classical workshop! At last, over 175 of Shakespeare's finest and most performable monologues taken from all thirty-seven plays are here in two easy-to-use volumes (Men and Women). Selections travel the entire spectrum of the great dramatist's vision, from comedies, wit and romances, to tragedies, pathos and histories. Soliloquy! is an excellent and comprehensive collection of Shakespeare's speeches. Not only are the monologues wide-ranging and varied, but they are superbly annotated. Each volume is prefaced by an informative and reassuring introduction, which explains the signals and signposts by which Shakespeare helps the actor on his journey through the text. It includes a very good explanation of blank verse, with excellent examples of irregularities which are specifically related to character and acting intentions. These two books are a must for any actor in search of a 'classical' audition piece.'- Elizabeth Smith, Voice Director, Juilliard
The Second City: Backstage at the World's Greatest Comedy Theatre
The Second City
Backstage at the World's Greatest Comedy Theatre
Hardcover      ISBN: 1570715610
A history of the influential Chicago improvisational comedy group provides background on its best-known members and how they developed their acts, along with recordings of notable performances.
From Option to Opening: A Guide to Producing Plays Off-Broadway
From Option to Opening
A Guide to Producing Plays Off-Broadway
Paperback      ISBN: 0879101148
Describes each step in producing an off-Broadway play, including fund raising, theater booking, cast, crew, rehearsals, and negotiation
The Best American Short Plays 1999-2000
The Best American Short Plays 1999-2000
Paperback      ISBN: 1557834520
Pearl Cleage * David Dozer, Rich Orloff * Jacquelyn Reingold * Murray Schisgal * Nicky Silver * Shel Silverstein * Wendy Wasserstein * donald Steele * Billy Aronson.
The Best American Short Plays 2000-2001
The Best American Short Plays 2000-2001
Paperback      ISBN: 1557834814
For over 60 years, The Best American Short Plays series has set the standard for excellence in one-act plays. In this latest edition, we are pleased to present a group of fresh-voiced, cutting-edge plays for the new millenium. Among the twelve plays included are Sheri Wilner's poignant Relative Strangers, which chronicles a young woman's yearning for the mother she never knew; Gary Sunshine's lyrical Al Takes a Bride, in which two young southern women fantasize about marrying each other; Rosemary Moore's The Pain of Pink Evenings, which charts the emotional terrain of a grieving young widow; Brian Silberman's Walkin' Backwards, in which an outcast teenage boy runs away from home on the day of his mother's funeral; and Laurence Klavan's darkly humorous The Summer Sublet, which probes an unexpected affair between a young man and his landlord. From 19th century Memphis to present-day Washington DC, from sexual politics to coming of age, the plays in this volume are sure to inspire, challenge and entertain.
Horse Opera: The Strange History of the 1930s Singing Cowboy
Horse Opera
The Strange History of the 1930s Singing Cowboy
Paperback      ISBN: 0252070496
In this innovative take on a neglected chapter of film history, Peter Stanfield challenges the commonly held view of the singing cowboy as an ephemeral figure of fun and argues instead that he was one of the most important cultural figures to emerge out of the Great Depression. The rural or newly urban working-class families who flocked to see the latest exploits of Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Tex Ritter, and other singing cowboys were an audience largely ignored by mainstream Hollywood film. Hard hit by the depression, faced with the threat--and often the reality--of dispossession and dislocation, pressured to adapt to new ways of living, these small-town filmgoers saw their ambitions, fantasies, and desires embodied in the singing cowboy and their social and political circumstances dramatized in "B" Westerns. Stanfield traces the singing cowboy's previously uncharted roots in the performance tradition of blackface minstrelsy and its literary antecedents in dime novels, magazine fiction, and the novels of B. M. Bower, showing how silent cinema conventions, the developing commercial music media, and the prevailing conditions of film production shaped the "horse opera" of the 1930s. Cowboy songs offered an alternative to the disruptive modern effects of jazz music, while the series Western--tapping into aesthetic principles shunned by the aspiring middle class--emphasized stunts, fist fights, slapstick comedy, disguises, and hidden identities over narrative logic and character psychology. Singing cowboys also linked recording, radio, publishing, live performance, and film media. Entertaining and thought-provoking, Horse Opera recovers not only the forgotten cowboys of the 1930s but also their forgotten audiences: the ordinary men and women