The Contemporary Monologue: Women

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Routledge, May 13, 2013 - Performing Arts - 144 pages
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The Contemporary Monologue" is an exciting selection of speeches of all types, serious and comic, realistic and absurdist, drawn from plays written by contemporary playwrights over the past ten years. Updating the popular "Modern Monologues," this fresh collection of speeches represents the best American and English playwrights of today including Caryl Churchill, Ariel Dorfman, John Guare, David Mamet, Tony Kushner, Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman.
Organized for maximum benefit to the actor gleaning for background material, individual selections are introduced with a summary of the play's action up to the point the speech begins. A brief sketch of the character is also given, utilizing, where possible, the playwright's own words. Finally, a commentary follows each monologue, alerting the actor to details in the speech that could help him/her perform it better.
Some of the highlights of "The Contemporary Monologue" for men include selections from "Angels in America," by Tony Kushner; " Frankie and Johnnie in the Clair de Lune," by Terrence McNally; "States of Shock," by Sam Shepard; and "Speed-the-Plow, " by David Mamet.

 

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Contents

Anne Devlin
1
Tony Kushner
3
Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman
5
Billy Roche
7
Brontёburgers Victoria Wood
10
This Lanford Wilson
13
Richard Cameron
16
Anthony Minghella
20
Brian Friel
69
Harold Pinter
73
Charlotte Keat
75
David Mamet
78
Philip Ridley
80
Arthur Miller
84
Jim Cartwright
86
Caryl Churchill
88

Manfred Karge
23
Ariel Dorfman
25
Steven Berkoff
29
Declan Hughes
31
Marlane Meyer
33
Philip Ridley
35
Terrence McNally
37
Victoria Wood
40
Bryony Lavery
43
Michael Frayn
45
April de Angelis
48
Arthur Miller
50
Christopher Durang
52
Peter Shaffer
54
Ntozake Shange
57
Clare McIntyre
61
Sarah Daniels
63
Manfred Karge
65
Macdonald
90
Wendy Wasserstein
93
John Guare
95
Richard Nelson
97
Alan Bennett
100
Winsome Pinnock
104
Sue Townsend
106
Timberlake Wertenbaker
109
Jon Robin Baitz
111
Jim Cartwright
113
Simone de Beauvoir
116
Debbie Isitt
119
Michael Wall
122
Rod Wooden
124
Play Sources
127
Acknowledgements
129
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Michael Earley is Chief Producer of Plays for BBC Radio Drama and Senior Editor-at-Large for Methuen Drama. A former Chairman of the Theatre Studies Program at Yale, he has also taught dramatic literature, acting and playwrighting at the Julliard School, New York University, and Smith College.

Philippa Keil is a writer and translator. She holds an MFA from the Yale school of Drama, and has worked professionally in London at the Orange Tree Theatre.

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