Gathers short plays by Anton Chekhov, Thornton Wilder, Eugene O'Neill, Arthur Miller, William Inge, Tennessee Williams, Dorothy Parker, Oscar Wilde, and Noel Coward
5-Minute Plays is the latest collection from veteran editor Lawrence Harbison, a man who has spent his career championing new and established playwrights by bringing their work into print. What's the story behind this one? In keeping with the spirit of the book, we'll give it to you in five. 1. On any given day, freely circulated viral videos make waves across our society -ÿand we take the time to consume them. The top trenders boast an average length around five minutes. 2. Needless to say, an average play runs far longer (and costs much more). Accordingly, we don't have the time (or money) for theater. 3. Variety is the spice of life - perhaps that's why the passive consumption of digital media runs rampant. Sometimes you feel like something melodramatic; sometimes you feel like something comedic. Sometimes you crave the firm grounding of realism; sometimes you crave the sweet escape of surreality. Sometimes you desire each of these things in rapid succession within the course of a half hour. Whatever your mood, bite-sized bits of entertainment keep you covered. 4. At long last, the world of theater has caught up with the digital realm. Five-minute plays and festivals abound - you can now plow through a full-fledged performance in less time than it takes a busy barista to make your grande chai latte, skim, with whip. 5. Seems you suddenly do have time for theatre. Whether you're an actor looking for a quick warm-up, an instructor scrounging for tight scene exercises, or an everyday reader eager to speed-date some of today's most talented playwrights, 5-Minute Plays provides all the theater you need without killing all the free time you have. Why not give it a whirl?
5-Minute Plays for Teens is the latest collection from veteran editor Lawrence Harbison, a man who has...We know - we're already losing your attention. And that's okay In keeping with the spirit of this book, we'll give it to you in five. 1.On any given day, the average teen spends nine hours engaging with digital media. A fair chunk of that time is spent watching viral videos, which run, on average, for about five minutes. 2. Needless to say, an average play runs far longer (and costs much more). Accordingly, teens don't have the time (or money) for theater. 3. Adolescence is an emotional roller coaster rife with laughs and melodrama, reality and fantasy. Whatever a teen's mood, bite-sized bits of online entertainment keep him/her covered. 4. At long last, the world of theater has caught up with the digital realm. Five-minute plays and festivals abound -ÿyou can now plow through a full-fledged performance before your kids loses interest 5. Seems your children/students/kids suddenly do have time for theatre. Whether you're a frustrated acting teacher struggling to retain your students' interest, a performing arts counselor looking for an engaging exercise, or a group of theater kids looking to screw around between sets, 5-Minute Plays for Teens shoehorns all the theater you need into the precise attention span you're granted. Why not give it a whirl?
JINN, is a serious play about a daughter who assumes her mother's passion. CAT'S MEOW, is a comedy about a career woman's husband being unfaithful. WOman, is an allegory, with a suffering male in search of a woman's soul. DON'T GET MARRIED WE NEED YOU, is a comedy with three middle-aged men entrapped within New York City's evolving SIXTIES female sexual revolution, MONTAGE, is a morality play, using a three-dimensional boy searching for his sexual maturity. TIGER WANTS A DRINK A WATER, is an emotional conflict between a thirty-something ethnic Guy from New York City and his very beautiful mid-western wife; who's not only young but also a vicarious country girl with an assumed Vogue fashion model's posture.
This unique anthology provides a wealth of material for actors and acting students, and a wonderful overview of the best recent plays for anyone interested in theatre. The more than 150 monologues cover a diverse range of subjects, and offer a variety of dramatic styles and moods. Each monologue is introduced with a short description of the plot, setting, and character type by the leading plauwrights of our time.Featured dramatists include: Christopher Durang, Wendy Wasserstein, Lanford Wilson, Wallace Shawn, Tina Howe, Caryl Churchill, Athol Fugard, Beth Henley, Sam Shepard, David Henry Hwang, Harry Kondoleon, John Patrick Shanley, Larry Shue, Michael Weller, David Rabe, Marsha Norman, August Wilson, Albert Innaurato, Jules Feiffer, Harold Pinter, David Hare, Jose Rivera, Tom Stoppard, John Guare, David Mamet, Charles Fuller, William Matrosimone, Robert Patrick, Miguel Pinero
(Applause Books). Finally, a monologue book for actors with a malicious sense of humor and a ruthless sense of joie de vivre This galling collection contains scenes drawn from the masters of French humor Georges Feydeau, Fernand Raynaud, et al. written directly for the popular French farce theatre world, as well as from works intended primarily for the printed page.
These contemporary translations of four Greek tragedies speak across time and connect readers and audiences with universal themes of war, trauma, suffering, and betrayal. Under the direction of Bryan Doerries, they have been performed for tens of thousands of combat veterans, as well as prison and medical personnel around the world. Striking for their immediacy and emotional impact, Doerries brings to life these ancient plays, like no other translations have before.
A major renaissance in Japanese theater occurred in the 1960s. During this period, the implications of Japan's prewar actions as well as its postwar materialistic course were interrogated with fierce intensity. Nowhere was the depth and dynamism of this cultural questioning more clearly expressed than in theater. Fueling the explosion of seminal theater activity that took place was the generation of young artists who are the focus of Alternative Japanese Drama.Foreword by J. Thomas Rimer