Playing Contemporary Scenes: Thirty-One Famous Scenes and How to Play Them

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Meriwether Pub., Sep 1, 1996 - Drama - 353 pages
The best scenes from leading plays by the most famous contemporary playwrights. An exceptional collection that challenges actors of all ages and experience levels. The scenes offer a wide spectrum of performance styles for vocal and physical interpretation. Playwrights include: Beckett, Pinter, Mamet, Durang, Foote, Wasserstein, Vogel, McLure, Innaurato, Meyers, Shue, Medoff and Steve Martin, as well as "new voice" contemporary playwrights Bruce Graham, John Wooten, Ludmilla Bollow, Rich Orloff and Jack Heifner. Scenes are divided into several age groups. Each is preceded by performance hints and exercises. Also included are monologs for audition use. Designed to help beginning and experienced actors to expand their individual styles and techniques. An excellent sourcebook for teachers, students and professionals. Nine chapters: Beginning Performance Approaches, Playing the Role, Playing the Scene, Scenes for Youth and Young Men and Women (with adults), Scenes for Young Adult Men (with women/men), Scenes for Young Adult Women (with men/women), Scenes for Adult Men and Women, Audition Monologs for Men and Women, Rehearsal Exercises and Improvisations.

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Gerald Lee Ratliff is an award winning author of theatre texts and anthologies.

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