Leading Women Plays for Actresses 2

ISBN-10: 0375726667
ISBN-13: 9780375726668
Edition: 2002
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Description: Gather any group of actresses, from students to stars, and someone will inevitably ask, "Where are all the great roles for women?" The roles are right here, in this magnificently diverse collection of plays–full-lenghts, one-acts, and  More...

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Book details

List price: $21.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/13/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 640
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Gather any group of actresses, from students to stars, and someone will inevitably ask, "Where are all the great roles for women?" The roles are right here, in this magnificently diverse collection of plays–full-lenghts, one-acts, and monologues--with mainly female casts, which represent the answer to any actress's prayer. The editors of the groundbreaking anthology Plays for Actresses have once again gathered an abundance of strong female roles in a selection of works by award-winning authors and cutting-edge newer voices, from Wendy Wasserstein and Christopher Durang to Claudia Shear, Eve Ensler, and Margaret Edson. The characters who populate these seven full-length plays, four ten-minute plays, and eleven monologues include a vivid cross-section of female experience: girl gang members, Southern debutantes, pilots, teachers, traffic reporters, and rebel teenagers. From a hilarious take on Medea to a taboo-breaking excerpt from The Vagina Monologues to a moving scene from the Pulitzer Prize-winning Wit, the plays in Leading Women are complex, funny, tragic, and always original--and a boon for talented actresses everywhere.

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
Anton in Show Business
Breath, Boom
Collected Stories
Five Women Wearing the Same Dress
Smoking Lesson
Stop Kiss
Tongue of a Bird
Happy Talkin'
Lost
Medea
No Shoulder
Blown Sideways Through Life
Crumbs from the Table of Joy
Hillary and Soon-Yi Shop for Ties
Manhattan Casanova
Miriam's Flowers
The Princess of Babylon
Rose
Times of War
The Vagina Monologues
What a Man Weighs
Wit
Contributors
About the Editors
Permissions Acknowledgments

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