Shorter, Faster, Funnier Comic Plays and Monologues

ISBN-10: 0307476642
ISBN-13: 9780307476647
Edition: 2011
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Description: A hilarious collection of forty-four brief plays and monologues by David Ives, Christopher Durang, Mary Louise Wilson, Mark Ors"Donnell, Warren Leight, and many more. In this cornucopia of comedy, yours"ll fi nd works by major playwrights and  More...

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List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/3/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

A hilarious collection of forty-four brief plays and monologues by David Ives, Christopher Durang, Mary Louise Wilson, Mark Ors"Donnell, Warren Leight, and many more. In this cornucopia of comedy, yours"ll fi nd works by major playwrights and emerging young writers, with casts of all sizes featuring diverse and challenging roles for actors of every age and type. These pages contain such colorful characters as a businessman free-falling from a plane, an embittered sword swallower, a punkish girl skateboarder, and retirees in postapocalyptic Siberia, alongside plays that mine the humor in high school reunions, alien invasions, office cubicle farms, and even post-Katrina New Orleans. Perfect for actors, students, theater lovers, and comedy fans,Shorter, Faster, Funniercovers the full spectrum of humor, from the slyly witty to the absolutely over-the-top outrageous.

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.

Introduction
Acknowledgments
The Anniversary
Bar Mitzvah Boy
The Blizzard
Brotherly Love
Christmas Present
The Contract
Curtain Raiser
Double Date
Ernesto the Magnificent
Friendship
Funeral Parlor
Gabrielle
Getting Home
H.R.
I Love Neil Labute
Life Without Subtext
Long Distance
Mary Just Broke up with this Guy
Men In Heat
Mere Vessels
Murderers �Match Wits with Minka Lupino�
Nine Point Eight Meters Per Second Per Second
Norm-Anon
Nothing
Particle Board
Peoplespeak
The Rental
Reunions
Ripper Girl
The Rumor
Sandchair Cantata
The Scary Question
Snap
Sourpuss
Thank You So Much for Stopping
36 Rumson Road
Three Guys and a Brenda
Tirade
Uncovered
A Very Very Short Play
The Whole Truth & Nothing but the Bluetooth
The Woods are for Suckers and Chumps
You Have Arrived
You Know Who Else I Hate?
Contributors
About The Editors
Index By Cast Size
Permissions Acknowledgments

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