The best monologues and scenes for men and women from the 2009-2010 theatrical season now presented in two essential books! This year Smith and Kraus Publishers has again combined its annual best monologues and best scenes anthologies. Here, you will find a rich and varied selection of monologues and scenes from plays that were produced and/or published in the 2009¿2010 theatrical season.
Most are for younger performers (teens through thirties), but there are also some excellent pieces for men in their forties and fifties, and even a few for older performers. Some are comic (laughs), some are dramatic (generally, no laughs). Some are rather short, some are rather long. All represent the best in contemporary playwriting. Several of the monologues are by playwrights whose work may be familiar to you, such as: Don Nigro Theresa Rebeck Craig Lucas David Ives Craig Wright Others are by exciting up-and-comers like: Christine Evans Martin Blank Shawn Nacol Rachel Axler Justin Warner Lisa Dillman The scenes are by master playwrights, such as: Theresa Rebeck Terrence McNally And by exciting new writers, such as: Qui Nguyen Maura Campbell Henry Meyerson Geoffrey Nauffts Daniel Talbot ABOUT THE EDITOR For over thirty years Lawrence Harbison was in charge of new play acquisition for Samuel French, Inc., during which time his work on behalf of playwrights resulted in the first publication of such subsequent luminaries as Jane Martin, Don Nigro, Tina Howe, Theresa Rebeck, José Rivera, William Mastrosimone, Charles Fuller, and Ken Ludwig, among many others; and the acquisition of musicals such as Smoke of the Mountain, A...My Name Is Alice, Little Shop of Horrors and Three Guys Naked from the Waist Dow. He is a now a free-lance editor, primarily for Smith and Kraus, Inc., for whom he edits annual anthologies of best plays by new playwrights and women playwrights, best ten-minute plays and best monologues and scenes for men and for women. For many years he wrote a weekly column on his adventures in the theater for two Manhattan Newspapers, the Chelsea Clinton News and The Westsider. His new column, "On the Aisle with Larry", is a weekly feature at www.smithandkraus.com. He works with individual playwrights to help them develop their plays (see his website, www.playfixer.com).
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