Sixty Seconds to Shine

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John Capecci, Irene Ziegler Aston
Smith and Kraus, 2006 - Drama - 282 pages
"If brevity is the soul of a good audition, then these titles will prove a great resource." - CHOICEActors looking for short pieces to work on in class or to use for auditions need look no further. This volume is loaded with choices from contemporary and classic plays, novels, and stories. Shakespeare, Molière, and Chekhov are represented, along with contemporary writers such as Philip Roth and Steve Tesich. Many of the monologues in this book are from less well-known authors, making it the perfect choice for actors looking for something fresh¿something auditioners have never seen before.JOHN CAPECCI holds a Ph.D. in Speech Communication and has nearly twenty years experience coaching, teaching, and presenting public performances. John has taught communication techniques and performance theory and practice to high school, undergraduate, graduate, and adult learners. He also has published essays on the performance of literature.IRENE ZIEGLER ASTON is an actor, teacher, playwright, and novelist. Most recently, she played Maggie Runyon in The Contender (nominated for two academy awards) and can currently be seen as Mrs. Laughlin in Showtime¿s series, Going to California. She has taught speech, oral interpretation, and acting at Eastern Michigan University, Old Dominion University, and the University of Richmond, where she was an Artist in Residence.John and Irene have co-edited The Ultimate Audition Book II: 222 Monologues from Literature, Two Minutes and Under; The Ultimate Audition Book III: 222 Monologues, Two Minutes and Under from the Movies; and The Ultimate Audition Book IV: 222 Monologues, Two Minutes and Under.

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60 Seconds to Shine Volume IV: 161 One-minute Monologues from Literature

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Dabrowski's 101 monologs sound, to the mind's ear, like one side of an overheard cell-phone conversation. Reading through them all in about 101 minutes is like being consigned to a particular circle ... Read full review


The Affairs of Anatol Arthur Schnitzler trans Marya Mannes
The Boor Anton Chekhov trans Mason W Cartwright
DARNLEY Edward BulwerLytton

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John Capecci is a communication trainer and educator who has published and spoken on the use of narrative to educate and persuade. He's co-editor of a best-selling series of monologue anthologies, "Sixty Seconds to Shine," and owner of Capecci Communications (, a firm he founded in 1998. Prior to this, he taught public speaking, communication theory, interpretation of literature and advanced performance courses at Eastern Michigan University. He received his Ph.D. in Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University and an M.A. in Communication Studies from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. John currently serves on the advisory board for The Soap Factory, a visual arts organization in Minneapolis, volunteers with other local nonprofits and works to preserve his historic neighborhood along the banks of the Mississippi.

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