The Best American Short Plays 2003 2004

Author: Glenn Young
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
ISBN: 1557836965
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Performing Arts

A collection of one-act plays from American playwrights, which cover such themes as love, fantasy, politics, grief, marriage, crime, and deceit.

Best Monologues from Best American Short Plays Volume One

Author: William W. Demastes
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
ISBN: 9781480386129
Release Date: 2013-12-01
Genre: Performing Arts

(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.

Best Monologues from The Best American Short Plays Volume Two

Author: William W. Demastes
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
ISBN: 9781495009556
Release Date: 2014-09-01
Genre: Performing Arts

(Best American Short Plays). This second volume of the best monologues from the Best American Short Plays series features a diverse selection drawn from the outstanding works from many of today's best American playwrights. In these monologues, the playwrights capture much of the flavors, feelings, and thoughts of American culture over the past several decades. The result is a collection of taught, engaging monologues offering fascinating perspectives. They are written with an eye toward the stage that makes them excellent source material for actors young and old alike. And they offer a freshness and directness that make them excellent companions for readers attracted to good, often quirky, and always engaging contemporary literature.

The Best American Short Plays 2012 2013

Author: William W. Demastes
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
ISBN: 9781480397217
Release Date: 2014-06-01
Genre: Performing Arts

(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.

The Best American Short Stories 2003

Author: Katrina Kenison
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 061819732X
Release Date: 2003-10-10
Genre: Fiction

These twenty short stories boldly and insightfully explore the extremes of human emotions. In her story "Night Talkers," Edwidge Danticat reunites a young man and the elderly aunt who raised him in Haiti. Anthony Doerr brings readers a naturalist who discovers the surprising healing powers of a deadly cone snail. Louise Erdrich writes of an Ojibwa fiddler whose music brings him deep and mysterious joy. Here are diverse and intriguing characters -- a kidnapper, an immigrant nanny, an amputee blues musician -- who are as surprised as the reader is at what brings them happiness. In his introduction, Walter Mosley explores the definition of a good short story, and writes, "The writers represented in this collection have told stories that suggest much larger ideas. I found myself presented with the challenge of simple human love contrasted against structures as large as religion and death. The desire to be loved or to be seen, represented on a canvas so broad that it would take years to explain all the roots that bring us to the resolution." Each of these stories bravely evokes worlds brimming with desire and loss, humanity and possibility. Since its inception in 1915, the Best American series has become the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction. For each volume, a series editor reads pieces from hundreds of periodicals, then selects between fifty and a hundred outstanding works. That selection is pared down to twenty or so very best pieces by a guest editor who is widely recognized as a leading writer in his or her field. This unique system has helped make the Best American series the most respected -- and most popular -- of its kind. Lending a fresh perspective to a perennial favorite, Walter Mosley has chosen unforgettable short stories by both renowned writers and exciting newcomers. The Best American Short Stories 2003 features poignant tales that explore the nuances of family life and love, birth and death. Here are stories that will, as Mosley writes in his introduction, "live with the reader long after the words have been translated into ideas and dreams. That's because a good short story crosses the borders of our nations and our prejudices and our beliefs." Dorothy Allison Edwidge Danticat E. L. Doctorow Louise Erdrich Adam Haslett ZZ Packer Mona Simpson Mary Yukari Waters

Rain Taxi

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105123422722
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Books


The Back Stage Book of New American Short Plays

Author: Craig Lucas
Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications
ISBN: STANFORD:36105121792258
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Drama

Back Stage Books is proud to introduce its new short play series. Published each fall, the Back Stage New Short Play Series will feature cutting-edge work by some of America's most promising young playwrights. Back Stage Senior Editor Mark Glubke will serve as the series editor. Each year, a different established playwright will serve as the series' guest editor. Craig Lucas, one of the most celebrated playwrights and screenwriters, introduces fresh-voiced, cutting-edge short plays by 12 of the most promising new writers. The plays are stylistically and topically diverse and were culled from the top theater agents in New York and Los Angeles, and playwriting programs across America. • First in a new annual series devoted to short plays • Exciting new work from some of America's most promising young writers • Advertising inBack Stageand on www.backstage.com

Choice

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ISBN: UOM:39015066043368
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Academic libraries


John Guare s Theatre

Author: Robert J. Andreach
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: UOM:39015080839809
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Performing Arts

From the 1960s to the present day, John Guare's plays have ranged from one-act to cyclic, realistic to surrealistic, naturalistic to experimental, and tragic to comic dramas. This study's approach to the cornucopia the playwright himself provided when in an interview he gave a fundamental aesthetic principle of his craft. Like a person and Guare's plays develop the personal as well as the artistic self a play must be grounded in reality; only then can it soar. The ground is traditional theatre with characters, no matter how larger than life they can be, and plot, no matter how illogical it can be. The soaring is in interrupting the action with monological narratives and musical interludes, bringing characters back from the dead, and having the action take hairpin turns into a mixture of genres and styles, modes and tones. In verbal and visual images, the flight invokes works by authors as varied as Aeschylus and Whitman, Dante and Feydeau, Verdi and Romberg. Soaring from ground to new ground, the theatre creates the transmission of the American heritage in Lake Hollywood, an idealism corrupted by a fraudulent American Dream in Lydie Breeze, and the recovery of the past in A Few Stout Individuals. As Guare said about his plays: they "interconnect."

David Mamet

Author: David K.. Sauer
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 0313318360
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Drama

Presents a complete picture of the critical responses to David Mamet's plays.

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2003

Author: Dave Eggers
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0618246967
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Literary Collections

Presents the finest literature from mainstream and alternative American periodicals, including both fiction and nonfiction dealing with a broad spectrum of subjects from magazines from the "New Yorker" and "Rolling Stone" to the "Onion."

Library Journal

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ISBN: UOM:39015066122857
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Libraries

Includes, beginning Sept. 15, 1954 (and on the 15th of each month, Sept.-May) a special section: School library journal, ISSN 0000-0035, (called Junior libraries, 1954-May 1961). Also issued separately.

The Best Plays Theater Yearbook 2003 2004

Author: Jeffrey Eric Jenkins
Publisher: Amadeus Press
ISBN: STANFORD:36105118567838
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Performing Arts

Covers plays produced in New York, awards, details of productions, prizes, people, and publications, as well as the editors' choices of the ten best plays.