Leading Women: Plays for Actresses 2

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Eric Lane, Nina Shengold
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 10, 2008 - Drama - 640 pages
Gather any group of actresses, from students to stars, and someone will inevitably ask, "Where are all the great roles for women?" The roles are right here, in this magnificently diverse collection of plays–full-lenghts, one-acts, and monologues--with mainly female casts, which represent the answer to any actress's prayer.
The editors of the groundbreaking anthology Plays for Actresses have once again gathered an abundance of strong female roles in a selection of works by award-winning authors and cutting-edge newer voices, from Wendy Wasserstein and Christopher Durang to Claudia Shear, Eve Ensler, and Margaret Edson. The characters who populate these seven full-length plays, four ten-minute plays, and eleven monologues include a vivid cross-section of female experience: girl gang members, Southern debutantes, pilots, teachers, traffic reporters, and rebel teenagers. From a hilarious take on Medea to a taboo-breaking excerpt from The Vagina Monologues to a moving scene from the Pulitzer Prize-winning Wit, the plays in Leading Women are complex, funny, tragic, and always original--and a boon for talented actresses everywhere.


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These plays all include roles for at least 2 women. Many of them are interesting and well written. Still, the book brought a couple of questions to the forefront for me: Why is it that when men write ... Read full review

Leading women: plays for actresses II

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Edited by award-winning playwrights Shengold and Lane, this volume includes 22 theatrical works that premiered from 1990 through 2001. Comprising full-length plays, one-acts, and monologs, these works ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
FULLLENGTH PLAYS
ANTON IN SHOW BUSINESS
BREATH BOOM
COLLECTED STORIES
FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS
SMOKING LESSON
BLOWN SIDEWAYS THROUGH LIFE
CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY
HILLARY AND SOONYI SHOP FOR TIES
MANHATTAN CASANOVA
MIRIAMS FLOWERS
THE PRINCESS OF BABYLON
ROSE
TIMES OF WAR

STOP KISS
TONGUE OF A BIRD
ONEACT PLAYS
HAPPY TALKIN
LOST
MEDEA
NO SHOULDER
MONOLOGUES
THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES
WHAT A MAN WEIGHS
WIT
CONTRIBUTORS
ABOUT THE EDITORS
PERMISSIONS ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Copyright

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Eric Lane and Nina Shengold have been editing contemporary theater anthologies for more than twenty years. Eric Lane's award-winning plays have been published and performed in the United States, Canada, Europe, and China. Plays include Ride, Times of War, Heart of the City, Dancing on Checkers' Grave, and Filming O'Keeffe. Floating, a PlayPenn finalist, was workshopped at Raven Theatre. Eric's short plays are published in Best American Short Plays, Poems and Plays, and the Foreign Language Press (Beijing). He wrote and produced the short films First Breath and Cater-Waiter, which he also directed; both films screened in more than forty cities worldwide. For TV's Ryan's Hope he received a Writers Guild Award. Honors include the Berrilla Kerr Playwriting Award, the La MaMa Playwright Award, and fellowships at Yaddo, VCCA, and St. James Cavalier in Malta. Eric is an honors graduate of Brown University, and artistic director of Orange Thoughts, a not-for-profit theater and film company in New York City.

Nina Shengold's plays include Finger Foods, War at Home, Homesteaders, and Romeo/Juliet, and have been produced around the world. Her one-act No Shoulder was filmed by director Suzi Yoonessi, with Melissa Leo and Samantha Sloyan. Nina won a Writers Guild Award for her teleplay Labor of Love, starring Marcia Gay Harden; other teleplays include Blind Spot, with Joanne Woodward and Laura Linney, and Unwed Father. Her books include the novel Clearcut; River of Words: Portraits of Hudson Valley Writers (with photographer Jennifer May), and a growing posse of pseudonymous books for young readers. A graduate of Wesleyan, she is currently teaching creative writing at Manhattanville College. Nina lives in New York's Hudson Valley, where she has been books editor of Chronogram magazine since 2004.




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