Take Ten - New 10-Minute Plays

ISBN-10: 0679772820
ISBN-13: 9780679772828
Edition: 1997
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Description: A ten-minute play is a streak of theatrical lightning. It doesn't last long, but its power can stand your hair on end. This splendid anthology contains enough wattage to light up a small city. For in its pages, thirty-two of our finest playwrights  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/25/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

A ten-minute play is a streak of theatrical lightning. It doesn't last long, but its power can stand your hair on end. This splendid anthology contains enough wattage to light up a small city. For in its pages, thirty-two of our finest playwrights hone their skills on a form that has been called the haiku of the American stage. The plays that Nina Shengold and Eric Lane have collected in this volume range from monologues to an eight-character farce. Eminently producible, ideally suited for the classroom and audition, Take Ten is a marvelous resource for teachers and students of drama, as well as a stimulating read for lovers of the theatre. Contributors include: John Augustine, Cathy Celesia, Laura Cunningham, Joe Pintauro, Mary Sue Price, Megan Terry, Jose Rivera, Romulus Linney, David Mamet, Jane Martin, David Ives, and many others.

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
Siobhan
Anything for You
Flop Cop
Mrs. Sorken
Brother
New York Actor
The Philadelphia
The Man Who Couldn't Dance
Hold for Three
Reverse Transcription
A Bowl of Soup
Railing It Uptown
Stars
A Sermon
Shasta Rue
Ferris Wheel
Yesterday's Window
Two Eclairs
That Midnight Rodeo
The Spirit Is Willing
The Battle of Bull Run Always Makes Me Cry
Gas
Duet for Bear and Dog
Phone Sex and a Dumb Show
Welcome to the Moon
Brights
R.A.W. ('Cause I'm a Woman)
Judgment Call
Love Poem #98
Breakfast Serial
The Janitor
Helen at Risk
Acknowledgments
Contributors
Editors

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