Play Anthologies
The Best American Short Plays 2010-2011
The Best American Short Plays 2010-2011
Hardcover      ISBN: 1557838356
Best American Short PlaysApplause 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
Paperback      ISBN: 1476877335
(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 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
In a themed installment in this series, the editor selects the best one-act plays of 2012-2013, each having to do with the struggle between "hot tempers and cold decrees." Simultaneous.
The Best American Short Plays 2014-2015
The Best American Short Plays 2014-2015
Paperback      ISBN: 1495046486
A new installment in the highly regarded series, looking at the trinity Shakespeare coined as ôthe lunatic, the lover, and the poet,ö presents works that explore whimsical, imaginative, humorous and romantic themes that remind readers about the aspects that make life worth living for better or worse. Original.
The Best American Short Plays 2015-2016
The Best American Short Plays 2015-2016
Paperback      ISBN: 1495065405
(Best American Short Plays). For more than 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 Tennessee Williams, Edward Albee, and others who have gone on to establish award-winning careers. The Best American Short Plays 2015-2016 is the next installment from series editor William W. Demastes and welcomes co-editor John Patrick Bray. Demastes has edited the series volumes from 2010 forward, which have included such playwrights as Murray Schisgal, James Armstrong, Billy Aronson, Jules Tasca, Neil LaBute, Daniel Gallant, and John Patrick Bray himself. This volume continues in a similar tradition, including works by up-and-coming talents and established playwrights. Demastes continues his artful curating, and Bray brings his playwriting expertise to deliver a colorful volume that explores the depth and complexity of myriad human emotions and contemporary cultural issues.
Best Contemporary Monologues for Kids Ages 7-15
Best Contemporary Monologues for Kids Ages 7-15
Paperback      ISBN: 1495011771
(Applause Acting Series). Inside these pages, aspiring young performers will find 75 challenging monologues just right for kids. All of the pieces are about subjects appropriate for production in schools much of it "serious and challenging" which will interest child performers without offending administrators, teachers, or parents. Some are comical, some are dramatic, and some are seriocomic (a little bit of both). Most of the monologues are from plays, and some are original pieces written especially for this book. Despite the listed age of each character, these monologue can all be performed by kids of any age. The collection features wonderful monologues by some of our finest playwrights, such as Don Nigro, Cassandra Lewis, Reina Hardy, Kayla Cagan, Jenny Lyn Bader, Eric Coble, Glenn Alterman, Constance Congdon, and Barbara Dana. It also highlights exciting up-and-comers, such as Sharon Goldner, Gabriel David, Deanna Alisa Ableser, Martha Patterson, David Eliet, Connie Schindewolf, Mark Lambeck, and Phoebe Farmer.
Best Contemporary Monologues for Men 18-35
Best Contemporary Monologues for Men 18-35
Paperback      ISBN: 1480369616
This is one of editor Lawrence Harbison's regular monologue collections. It contains 100 selections from contemporary plays. Harbison chooses pieces he judges to be good audition material. They are classified as dramatic, comic or seriocomic. Some are the work of established playwrights, others are from the minds of newcomers. They display a wide range of characters and topics, including awkward romance between students, the paranoia of a homeless man, a young man's fantasy of appearing on “Charlie Rose,

Best Contemporary Monologues for Women 18-35
Best Contemporary Monologues for Women 18-35
Paperback      ISBN: 1480369624
Here is one of editor Lawrence Harbison's regular monologue collections. It contains almost 100 selections from recently produced and published plays. Harbison chooses pieces he judges to be good audition material. They are classified as dramatic, comic or seriocomic. Many of these have sexual subject matter, but overall, there is reflected a diverse range of concerns: motherhood, rocky relationships, fame and celebrity, murder, sexual obssession, abortion, and vampires, among others. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Best Monologues from Best American Short Plays
Best Monologues from Best American Short Plays
Paperback      ISBN: 1480331554
(Best American Short Plays). Best Monologues from Best American Short Plays, Volume One is a must for actors of all ages beginners as well as seasoned veterans and belongs in the libraries of all theater teachers looking for new and exciting material for their students. The monologues in this volume are excerpted from the outstanding series Best American Short Plays, an archive of works from many of the best playwrights active today, presenting taut, engaging single-character pieces that range from zany comedy to poignant tales of love and loss. Each monologue includes a short introduction and a reference identifying where to locate the entire play, should anyone choose to pursue production beyond the monologue. Long or short, serious or not, this collection is must-have material for anyone interested in acting. The monologues also succeed as excellent companions for the casual reader.