Laugh Lines Short Comic Plays

ISBN-10: 0307277135
ISBN-13: 9780307277138
Edition: 2007
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Description: This one-of-a-kind anthology features thirty-six hilarious short plays by major American playwrights and emerging new voices, all guaranteed to send readers and audiences into peals of laughter. From the surrealistic wit of Steve Martin's "The  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/10/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 528
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

This one-of-a-kind anthology features thirty-six hilarious short plays by major American playwrights and emerging new voices, all guaranteed to send readers and audiences into peals of laughter. From the surrealistic wit of Steve Martin's "The Zig-Zag Woman" to the biting political satire of Steven Dietz's "The Spot," from Christopher Durang's wonderfully loopy "Wanda's Visit" to Shel Silverstein's supremely twisted "The Best Daddy," there's something in here to make everyone laugh. There are plays for casts of all sizes, from monologues to large ensembles, with diverse and challenging roles for actors of every age and type. Even the titles are funny: Mark O'Donnell's "There Shall Be No Bottom (a bad play for worse actors)," Elaine May's "The Way of All Fish," and Alan Ball's "Your Mother's Butt." A bonanza for theatergoers, performers, and comedy fans,Laugh Lineswill bring down the house.

Nina Shengold won the ABC Playwright Award and the LA Weekly Award for her play "Homesteaders." Her one-acts have been performed all over the country, and her TV scripts include Hallmark Hall of Fame's "Blind Spot," starring Joanne Woodward, and "Silent Night." A founding member of the theater company Actors & Writers, she lives in upstate New York. Eric Laneis an award-winning playwright, filmmaker and book editor. Plays include:Times of War, Cater-WaiterandDancing on Checkers’ Grave,which starred Jennifer Aniston. His new playHeart of the Cityhas been optioned for off-Broadway. Eric has written and produced two short films:First BreathandCater-Waiter, which he also directed. Honors include a Writer’s Guild Award, La MaMa Playwright Award, Berrilla Kerr Award and two-time O’Neill Center finalist. He has won fellowships at Yaddo and St. James Cavalier in Malta. Eric is Artistic Director of Orange Thoughts Productions, a not-for-profit theater & film company in New York City. Shengold and Lane are the editors ofPlays for ActressesandTake Ten: New Ten-Minute Plays, both in Vintage. For Penguin they editedMoving Parts: Monologues from Contemporary Plays,The Actor's Book of Scenes from New Plays, andThe Actor's Book of Gay & Lesbian Plays, which was nominated for the Lambda Literary Award.

Miss you
Your mother's butt
Alone at last!
The gallows monologue from Sidney Ryan's Gunpowder and blood
Poodles
Ties that bind
Mistaken identity
Outsourced
Heritage, her-i-tage, & hair-i-tage
The spot
Post-its (notes on a marriage)
Wanda's visit
The Valerie of now
We cannot know the mind of God
The Tarantino variation
The statue of Bolivar
Mars has never been this close
Surprise
How we talk in South Boston
The zig-zag woman
The way of all fish
There shall be no bottom (a bad play for worse actors)
Check, please
Controlling interest
2B (or not 2B)
Pops
Forty to life
The best daddy
The Flying Wollmskies return
Streak
Rosa's eulogy
Chocolate
The earring
The blueberry hill accord
Wedding duet
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