9780553263664

The Actor's Scenebook

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  • ISBN13:

    9780553263664

  • ISBN10:

    0553263668

  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Trade Book
  • Copyright: 5/1/1984
  • Publisher: Bantam

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Summary

Here is wonderful, up-to-date material for scene study, selected from the best plays from recent theater seasons. More than 20 monologues for both men and women, carefully chosen to display the widest range of dramatic ability, are essential for auditioning actors. A large selection of parts for woman provide exciting opportunities to sharpen acting skills in roles that brought accolades from New York's toughest critics. More than 80 scenes in all, many previously unpublished, allow every actor, professional, amateur or student, to choose from either smart, sassy, often outrageous comedy or deeply moving dramaa unique, balanced collection of the most successful contemporary plays. 84 fully playable scenes with story notes. Monologues from the best new playsincluding Agnes of God, Sly Fox, Key Exchange and Nuts. The best contemporary selection of scenes for womenmore than 50 in all.

Author Biography

Having taught acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and at The Actors Studio, Michael Schilman now teaches at his own workshop in New York City. He has also written and directed a number of plays for Off and Off-Off Broadway theatre. He is director of The British-American Acting Academy, a school with braches in New York and London, dedicated to the synthesis of the best of British and American acting techniques. He is also chairman of the theatre department of The Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts. In addition to his theatrical career, he is a clinical and research psychologist who has held assistant professorship at Fordham and Rutgers universities. His Ph.D. is from the City University of New York.

Eva Mekler is both a playwright and former actress who has performed on and off Broadway. Trained in psychology, with master’s degree from New York University, she devides her time between her work as a clinician and writing. She is also editor of The new Generation of Acting Teachers.

Table of Contents

Overcoming Stage Fright xiii
Scenes for One Man and One Woman
Barefoot in the Park
3(9)
Neil Simon
Talley's Folley
12(6)
Lanford Wilson
California Suite
18(7)
Neil Simon
Key Exchange
25(4)
Kevin Wade
The Prisoner of Second Avenue
29(7)
Neil Simon
Romantic Comedy
36(5)
Bernard Slade
The Dresser
41(4)
Ronald Harwood
Whose Life is it Anyway?
45(3)
Brian Clark
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
48(7)
Edward Albee
The Woolgatherer
55(4)
William Mastrosimone
Betrayal
59(4)
Harold Pinter
Vieux Carre
63(5)
Tennessee Williams
Bedroom Farce
68(4)
Alan Ayckbourn
Table Settings
72(3)
James Lapine
The Collector
75(5)
David Parker
Duet For One
80(9)
Tom Kempinski
Hopscotch
89(6)
Israel Horovitz
The American Clock
95(3)
Arthur Miller
Modigliani
98(6)
Dennis McIntyre
Anne of the Thousand Days
104(4)
Maxwell Anderson
Awake and Sing!
108(3)
Clifford Odets
Caligula
111(3)
Albert Camus
Waiting for Lefty
114(5)
Clifford Odets
Jimmy Shine
119(5)
Murray Schisgal
The Runner Stumbles
124(4)
Milan Stitt
Gigi
128(3)
Anita Loos
Ondine
131(3)
Jean Giraudoux
Come Back, Little Sheba
134(4)
William Inge
Innocent Thoughts, Harmless Intentions
138(7)
John Heuer
Scenes for Two Women
Agnes of God
145(3)
John Pielmeir
Crimes of the Heart
148(4)
Beth Henley
The Gingerbread Lady
152(7)
Neil Simon
Uncommon Women and Others
159(2)
Wendy Wasserstein
On Golden Pond
161(5)
Ernest Thompson
Album
166(6)
David Rimmer
A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking
172(4)
John Ford Noonan
Lunch Hour
176(5)
Jean Kerr
Table Manners (from The Norman Conquests)
181(9)
Alan Ayckbourn
The Great Nebula in Orion
190(3)
Lanford Wilson
A Delicate Balance
193(3)
Edward Albee
Laundry and Bourbon
196(6)
James McLure
Once a Catholic
202(4)
Mary O'Malley
My Sister Eileen
206(4)
Joseph A. Fields
Jerome Chodorov
Everything in the Garden
210(5)
Edward Albee
Everybody Loves Opal
215(5)
John Patrick
My Cup Ranneth Over
220(6)
Robert Patrick
The Faculty Lounge
226(4)
Michael Schulman
Teach Me How to Cry
230(5)
Patricia Joudry
Scenes for Two Men
Chapter Two
235(4)
Neil Simon
True West
239(4)
Sam Shepard
Mass Appeal
243(5)
Bill C. Davis
Say Goodnight, Gracie
248(5)
Ralph Pape
Da
253(4)
Hugh Leonard
Geography of a Horse Dreamer
257(4)
Sam Shepard
G. R. Point
261(4)
David Berry
Loose Ends
265(3)
Michael Weller
Lone Star
268(5)
James McLure
Scapino!
273(4)
Frank Dunlop
Jim Dale
Galileo
277(4)
Bertolt Brecht
Mr. Roberts
281(4)
Thomas Heggen
Joshua Logan
Luther
285(5)
John Osborne
Teahouse of the August Moon
290(4)
John Patrick
The Andersonville Trial
294(5)
Saul Levitt
Scene for Three Characters (and a Narrator)
The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
299(8)
David Edgar
Charles Dickens
Monologues for Women
A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur
307(1)
Tennessee Williams
Agnes of God
308(1)
John Pielmeier
The West Side Waltz
309(2)
Ernest Thompson
Nuts
311(1)
Tom Topor
Death Comes to us All, Mary Agnes
312(1)
Christopher Durang
Stops Along the Way
313(2)
Jeffrey Sweet
A Sea of White Horses
315(1)
Peter Dee
The Faculty Lounge
316(2)
Michael Schulman
It's been Wonderful
318(2)
John Patrick
Love is a Time of Day
320(1)
John Patrick
Waiting for the Parade
321(4)
John Murrell
Monologues for Men
Sly Fox
325(1)
Larry Gelbart
Key Exchange
326(1)
Kevin Wade
Indians
327(1)
Arthur Kopit
Lone Star
328(1)
James McLure
Still Life
329(2)
Emily Mann
Romantic Comedy
331(1)
Bernard Slade
The Faculty Lounge
332(2)
Michael Schulman
Fathers and Sons
334(1)
Thomas Bade
Teach Me How to Cry
335(2)
Patricia Joudry
A Prayer for My Daughter
337
Thomas Babe

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