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Young Women’s Monologs from Contemporary Plays #1 and #2
Professional auditions for aspiring actresses

Edited by Gerald Lee Ratliff


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Young Women’s Monologs from Contemporary Plays (Vol.  1)

These 94 gender-specific monologues are all original, recently produced works not found in other published versions.  Suitable for classroom discussion, performance, or audition, the chapters are divided into “thematic” ages from The Age of Innocence through The Golden Age.  Each monologue includes a brief character analysis and an appropriate age range to help promote authentic character portraits in performance.  Featured authors include both well-established writers who voice traditional views on current women’s issues and new, contemporary writers who offer fresh and provocative insights on similar topics.  One of the special features of this monologue collection is the final chapter, New Voices, which introduces monologue characters written specifically for auditions, contests, or public readings.  In addition, there are a number of duologs, or brief scenes for two performers, included at the end of each chapter to help you polish your performance skills with a partner. 

(272 pages, 5½ x 8½, paperback, ISBN:  978-1-56608-097-2)

Young Women’s Monologs from Contemporary Plays #2

This eclectic collection of 78 monologues and eight duologues for women from recently produced contemporary plays is ideal for auditions, contests, workshops, and acting classes, offering selections from both established and emerging new writers.  Taken all together, they weave a rich and vivid tapestry of uncommon women who enlarge our perspective on the issues they discover along their journeys.  The compilation is presented in chapter themes arranged by mood with brief sketches to introduce the characters and set the scene for each monologue or duologue.  The high quality of the writing lends itself to classroom discussion, text analysis, and performance.  This fine resource features well-known playwrights like Pulitzer Prize winners Arthur Miller, Wendy Wasserstein, August Wilson, and Doug Wright, as well as a host of emerging new authors whose works are sure to challenge you in both character interpretation and performance.  Some of the excerpts are formal comic or dramatic texts, and some experiment with form and language.  Special features include introductory chapter discussions on audition practices, text analysis principles, and rehearsal techniques.  There are also a number of original, independent monologues written especially for classroom discussion and exploration.

(233 pages, 5½ x 8½, paperback, ISBN:  978-1-56608-153-5)

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