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Scenes and Monologs from the Best New Plays
Anthologies of new dramatic writing from professionally produced plays

Edited by Roger Ellis


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Scenes and Monologs from the Best New Plays
This book is a practical resource for acting and directing students of all ages — middle through high school, college and professionals young and old.  Its 30 duet scenes and eight monologues include a fair sampling of the late 20th century work of playwrights across the United States.  These excerpts are highly original in that few people can claim to have read or seen them performed, though they have all been produced regionally.  The gallery of characters contained in these pages offer readers an arresting and kaleidoscopic reflection of American society.  The literary styles one encounters here demonstrate the range and power of American writers who will continue to shape theatrical technique for years to come.  Overall, this anthology provides a generous sampling of vital and compelling treatments of our social, artistic and spiritual experiences of the late 20th century.

(256 pages, 5½ x 8½, paperback)

More Scenes and Monologs from the Best New Plays
This sequel edition contains new works from plays produced in the US and Europe.  It offers young actors a broad spectrum of challenges with contemporary styles and relevant topics in a variety of lengths.  In addition to the scenes and monologues, the drama book includes nineteen useful exercises for strengthening acting skills.  Many of the pieces require that performers dig deep into their imaginations to use their own emotional resources.  A short acting preface precedes each selection to help guide the actors’ interpretations.  Recommended as a theatre text or a supplemental resource for acting classes.

(240 pages, 5½ x 8½, paperback)

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