The Best American Short Plays 2003-2004

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Author: Glenn Young

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 9781557836960

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 268

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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 The Best American Short Plays

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Author: William W. Demastes

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1495009564

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 298

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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.

Best Monologues from Best American Short Plays, Volume One

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Author: William W. Demastes

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 148038612X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 244

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(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.

The Best American Short Plays 2013-2014

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Author: N.A

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1495035425

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 392

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ÊOklahoma!Ê opened nearly sixty years ago and instantly made musical theatre history. It was a daring ahead-of-its-time piece of dazzlingly inventive theatre that exploded every myth about what constitutes a successful musical. Revised and updated to include a special section on the Roayl National Theatre's production that Cameron Mackintosh presented on Broadway in spring of 2002 ÊOK! The Story of Oklahoma! Ê celebrates this watershed work that has taken its place in the pantheon of American musical theatre.

The Best American Short Stories 2003

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Author: Katrina Kenison,Walter Mosley

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780618197323

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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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

Choice

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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Academic libraries

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John Guare's Theatre

The Art of Connecting

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Author: Robert J. Andreach

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: N.A

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 150

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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."

The Back Stage Book of New American Short Plays

20 Plays, 20 Fresh New Voices

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Author: Craig Lucas

Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drama

Page: 298

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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

The Best Plays Theater Yearbook 2003-2004

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Author: Jeffrey Eric Jenkins

Publisher: Amadeus Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 526

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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.

Library Journal

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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Libraries

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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.

2004 the Best 10-minute Plays for Two Actors

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Author: Harold N. Cropp

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781575253367

Category: One-act plays

Page: 264

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Presents a collection of ten-minute plays taken from a variety of theaters across the United States.

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2003

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Author: Dave Eggers,Zadie Smith

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780618246960

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 330

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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."

David Mamet

A Research and Production Sourcebook

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Author: David K.. Sauer,David K. Sauer,Janice A. Sauer

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313318368

Category: Drama

Page: 382

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

New Playwrights

The Best Plays of ...

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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: American drama

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Forthcoming Books

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Author: Rose Arny

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: American literature

Page: N.A

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Southern Writers

A New Biographical Dictionary

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Author: Joseph M. Flora,Amber Vogel

Publisher: LSU Press

ISBN: 0807131237

Category: Reference

Page: 504

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This new edition of Southern Writers assumes its distinguished predecessor's place as the essential reference on literary artists of the American South. Broadly expanded and thoroughly revised, it boasts 604 entries-nearly double the earlier edition's-written by 264 scholars. For every figure major and minor, from the venerable and canonical to the fresh and innovative, a biographical sketch and chronological list of published works provide comprehensive, concise, up-to-date information. Here in one convenient source are the South's novelists and short story writers, poets and dramatists, memoirists and essayists, journalists, scholars, and biographers from the colonial period to the twenty-first century. What constitutes a "southern writer" is always a matter for debate. Editors Joseph M. Flora and Amber Vogel have used a generous definition that turns on having a significant connection to the region, in either a personal or literary sense. New to this volume are younger writers who have emerged in the quarter century since the dictionary's original publication, as well as older talents previously unknown or unacknowledged. For almost every writer found in the previous edition, a new biography has been commissioned. Drawn from the very best minds on southern literature and covering the full spectrum of its practitioners, Southern Writers is an indispensable reference book for anyone intrigued by the subject.