Play Anthologies
The Best American Short Plays 2002-2003
The Best American Short Plays 2002-2003
Paperback      ISBN: 1557837201

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.

The Best American Short Plays 2003-2004
The Best American Short Plays 2003-2004
Paperback      ISBN: 1557836965

(Best American Short Plays). Applause is proud to continue to publish the series that for over 60 years has been the standard of excellence for one-act plays in America. From its inception, The Best American Short Plays has identified new, cutting edge playwrights who have gone on to establish award-winning careers, including Tennessee Williams, Edward Albee, Wendy Wasserstein, Terrence McNally, and David Mamet. This new volume includes John Guare's Woman at a Threshold, Beckoning; John Ford Noonan's The Raunchy Dame in the Chinese Raincoat; Tina Howe's Water Music; and Joe Pintauro's Ten-Dollar Drinks . The subject matter of this 12-play collection, with half of the plays by women, is up to the minute: In Jules Tasca's The Death of Bliss a young Palestinian wife pleads with her husband not to become a suicide bomber. Melanie Marnich's The Right to Remain was commissioned by Mixed Blood Theatre for its Bill of (W)Rights project, designed to explore the state of the U.S. Constitution's Bill of Rights at the beginning 2004. Peter Maloney's Leash is set in the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. And for variety's sake, Deborah Brevoort's Blue Moon Over Memphis is a Noh Drama about Elvis Presley. Other plays rounding out (Best American Short Plays). Applause is proud to continue to publish the series that for over 60 years has been the standard of excellence for one-act plays in America. From its inception, The Best American Short Play has identified new, cutting edge playwrights who have gone on to establish award-winning career including Tennessee Williams, Edward Albee, Wendy Wasserstein, Terrence McNally, and David Mamet. This new volume includes John Guare's Woman at a Threshold Beckoning; John Ford Noonan's The Raunchy Dame in the Chinese Raincoat; Tina Howe's Water Music; and Joe Pintauro's Ten-Dollar Drinks . The subject matter of this 12-play collection, with half of the plays by women, is up to the minute: In Jules Tasca's The Death of Bliss a young Palestinian wife pleads with her husband not to become a suicide bomber. Melanie Marnich's The Right to Remain was commissioned by Mixed Blood Theatre for its Bill of (W)Rights project, designed to explore the state of the U.S. Constitution's Bill of Right at the beginning of 2004. Peter Maloney's Leash is set in the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. And for variety's sake, Deborah Brevoort's Blue Moon Over Memphis is a Noh Drama about Elvis Presley. Other plays rounding out the collection include Jordan Harrison's Fit for Feet; Mary Gallagher's Perfect; and Lavonne Mueller's The Wounded Do Not Cry, the latter inspired by the life of Frances Slanger, forgotten heroine of the Normandy invasion. Susan Miller's The Grand Design was staged in Los Angeles at the Canon Theatre in an evening of original one act plays benefiting Cure Autism Now, starring Lily Tomlin and Eric Stoltz, It was also performed by Marsha Mason and Scott Cohen at Town Hall in New York City for Brave New World, a marathon of plays commemorating 9/11. It was also a finalist for the Actor's Theatre of Louisville's Heideman Award.

The Best American Short Plays 2004-2005
The Best American Short Plays 2004-2005
Hardcover      ISBN: 1557837112

(Best American Short Plays). The acclaimed series has a new editor. Applause is proud to continue the series that for over 60 years has been the standard of excellence for one-act plays in America. Our new editor, Barbara Parisi, has selected the following 14 plays: Crazy Eights by David Lindsay-Abaire; He Came Home One Day While I Was Washing Dishes by K. Biadaszkiewicz; Fin & Euba by Audrey Cefaly; I'll Do it Tomorrow by Michael Roderick; Arkadelphia by Samuel Brett Williams; Reading List by Susan Miller; Such a Beautiful Voice Is Sayeda's and Karima's City by Yussef El Guindi; Charlie Blake's Boat by Graeme Gillis; The News by Billy Aronson; Heights by Amy Fox; The Devil Is in the Details by Jill Elaine Hughes; Letty on a Bench by Jolene Goldenthal; and Erros-Love Is Deaf by Cherie Vogelstein.

The Best American Short Plays 2004-2005
The Best American Short Plays 2004-2005
Paperback      ISBN: 1557837120

(Best American Short Plays). The acclaimed series has a new editor. Applause is proud to continue the series that for over 60 years has been the standard of excellence for one-act plays in America. Our new editor, Barbara Parisi, has selected the following 14 plays: Crazy Eights by David Lindsay-Abaire; He Came Home One Day While I Was Washing Dishes by K. Biadaszkiewicz; Fin & Euba by Audrey Cefaly; I'll Do it Tomorrow by Michael Roderick; Arkadelphia by Samuel Brett Williams; Reading List by Susan Miller; Such a Beautiful Voice Is Sayeda's and Karima's City by Yussef El Guindi; Charlie Blake's Boat by Graeme Gillis; The News by Billy Aronson; Heights by Amy Fox; The Devil Is in the Details by Jill Elaine Hughes; Letty on a Bench by Jolene Goldenthal; and Erros-Love Is Deaf by Cherie Vogelstein.

The Best American Short Plays 2005-2006
The Best American Short Plays 2005-2006
Hardcover      ISBN: 1557837139

(Best American Short Plays). Applause is proud to continue the series that for over sixty years has been the standard of excellence for one-act plays in America. Our new editor Barbara Parisi has selected the following 15 plays: The Other Woman, by David Ives; The Hunchback of Central Park West, by Murray Schisgal; Props, by Michael Roderick; It's a ... Baby, by Cara Restaino; Kong by Pamela Sneed; Love on the B-Line, by Adam Kraar; The Mysteries of the Castle, by James Armstrong; Crab Cakes, by Joan Lipkin; Small Things, by Cary Pepper; Come Rain or Come Shine, by Jeni Mahoney; The Courier, by Carol Mack; The Highwayman, by Julia Jarcho; Beautiful American Soldier, by Dano Madden; The Rapture of Mammon, by Jules Tasca; and Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue, by Quiara Alegria Hudes.

The Best American Short Plays 2005-2006
The Best American Short Plays 2005-2006
Paperback      ISBN: 1557837147

(Best American Short Plays). Applause is proud to continue the series that for over sixty years has been the standard of excellence for one-act plays in America. Our new editor Barbara Parisi has selected the following 15 plays: The Other Woman, by David Ives; The Hunchback of Central Park West, by Murray Schisgal; Props, by Michael Roderick; It's a ... Baby, by Cara Restaino; Kong by Pamela Sneed; Love on the B-Line, by Adam Kraar; The Mysteries of the Castle, by James Armstrong; Crab Cakes, by Joan Lipkin; Small Things, by Cary Pepper; Come Rain or Come Shine, by Jeni Mahoney; The Courier, by Carol Mack; The Highwayman, by Julia Jarcho; Beautiful American Soldier, by Dano Madden; The Rapture of Mammon, by Jules Tasca; and Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue, by Quiara Alegria Hudes.

The Best American Short Plays 2010-2011
The Best American Short Plays 2010-2011
Paperback      ISBN: 1557838364

Applause is proud to continue the series that for over 70 years has been the standard of excellence for one-act plays in America. As previous series editor Ramon Delgado wrote in his introduction to The Best American Short Plays of 1989, the choice of entries for each edition has been based on the same goal: "to include a balance among three categories of playwrights: 1) established playwrights who continue to practice the art and craft of the short play, 2) emerging playwrights whose record of productions indicate both initial achievement and continuing artistic productivity, and 3) talented new playwrights whose work may not have had much exposure but evidences promise for the future." From its inception, The Best American Short Plays has identified new, cutting-edge playwrights who have gone on to establish award-winning careers, including Tennessee Williams, Edward Albee, Wendy Wasserstein, David Mamet, and Horton Foote. This volume, Bill Demastes' first edition as series editor, illustrates how well the short play can grapple with the many dimensions of love. The selected plays present unique perspectives on the wide range of love's impact on our lives, each giving a thoroughly modern twist to the idea that life would be so much easier (but also much less interesting) if we could only avoid love's mercurial influence.

The Best American Short Plays 2010-2011
The Best American Short Plays 2010-2011
Hardcover      ISBN: 1557838356

Applause is proud to continue the series that for over 70 years has been the standard of excellence for one-act plays in America. As previous series editor Ramon Delgado wrote in his introduction to The Best American Short Plays of 1989, the choice of entries for each edition has been based on the same goal: "to include a balance among three categories of playwrights: 1) established playwrights who continue to practice the art and craft of the short play, 2) emerging playwrights whose record of productions indicate both initial achievement and continuing artistic productivity, and 3) talented new playwrights whose work may not have had much exposure but evidences promise for the future." From its inception, The Best American Short Plays has identified new, cutting-edge playwrights who have gone on to establish award-winning careers, including Tennessee Williams, Edward Albee, Wendy Wasserstein, David Mamet, and Horton Foote. This volume, Bill Demastes' first edition as series editor, illustrates how well the short story play can grapple with the many dimensions of love. The selected plays present unique perspectives on the wide range of love's impact on our lives, each giving a thoroughly modern twist to the idea that life would be so much easier (but also much less interesting) if we could only avoid love's mercurial influence.

The Best American Short Plays 2011-2012
The Best American Short Plays 2011-2012
Hardcover      ISBN: 1476877343

(Applause Books). Applause is proud to continue the series that for over 70 years has been the standard of excellence for one-act plays in America. From its inception, The Best American Short Plays has identified new, cutting-edge playwrights who have gone on to establish award-winning careers, including Tennessee Williams, Edward Albee, Wendy Wasserstein, David Mamet, and Horton Foote. William W. Demastes made his debut as series editor with the well-received 2010-2011 volume, a diverse collection revolving around the multidimensional theme of love. Blogcritics said of the anthology: "This collection is a bountiful of pleasing oddities. Each work offers something worthwhile.... The collection runs the gamut of the most serious drama to the most irreverent topical mental trinkets...." Demastes returns and once again draws from works produced by some of America's finest theater companies in an effort to capture the wide range of styles, topics, and regional tastes that typifies American theater. The compilation is slated to include works by John Guare, Neil LaBute, and A. R. Gurney, as well as contributions from a plethora of gifted, emerging playwrights.

The Best American Short Plays 2012-2013
The Best American Short Plays 2012-2013
Paperback      ISBN: 1480361747

(Applause Books). For over 70 years, The Best American Short Plays has been the standard of excellence for one-act plays in America. From its inception, it has identified cutting-edge playwrights who have gone on to establish award-winning careers, including Tennessee Williams, Edward Albee, and more. In this volume, the plays capture the struggle between "hot tempers and cold decrees." Humans love to think of themselves as rational beings well in control of their lives and surroundings from sunup to sundown, sundown to sunrise. We learn to follow rules of proper behavior and more than happily issue out advice to our friends who just can't get a handle on themselves. Restraint and order, after all, are the cornerstones of human society and civilization. The problem is that human nature bucks and bridles at every attempt to socialize and civilize. Shakespeare got it right when he penned the observation, "The brain may devise laws for the blood, but a hot temper leaps o'er a cold decree." In those few words he has managed to capture precisely why it is so difficult to be human; if it were okay simply to let our hot tempers prevail, life would be so much easier. But cold decrees are what prevent us from self-destruction, and so we endure the struggle.