One on One: The Best Women's Monologues for the 21st Century

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Joyce E. Henry, Rebecca Dunn Jaroff, Bob Shuman
Hal Leonard Corporation, 2007 - Performing Arts - 271 pages
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(Applause Acting Series). Three editors, each associated with theatre, collaborated on this book of monologues for actresses. What they discovered, besides bravura pieces for auditions, acting classes, and study, was the pulse of the millennial theatrical scene. A follow-up to the popular previous edition from the 1990s, One on One: The Best Women's Monologues for the 21st Century includes the work of over 70 playwrights, spotlighting the best of Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional, and experimental writings since 2000. A special introduction also explains how to choose, practice, and perform a speech for auditions. Comic or serious or both the monologues are written for young, old, and multicultural players by famous names and up-and-coming talent. Anna Deavere Smith records abuse in "real" relationships ( House Arrest ); August Wilson relates trials of those who survived coming to America and those who did not ( Gem of the Ocean ); and William Gibson recreates the dark, fledgling days of Israel ( Golda's Balcony ). Additional works include Are You Ready? by David Auburn, Bad Dates by Theresa Rebeck, The Committee by Brian Dykstra, and many others.

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There are a lot of good pieces in this book that speak to a several age groups and ethnicities. Good for using for an audition or for a class. Read full review

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As chair and Professor of Communication Studies and Theater at Ursinus College, JOYCE E. HENRY Ph.D. taught Shakespeare at the college level and directed more than fifty plays, including twelve by the bard. As an actress, Henry played a variety of Shakespearean roles, including Desdemona, Phoebe, Regan, and even Prospero. A graduate of the University of Michigan and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, she moderated and wrote a book discussion show for television called Critique. Currently, Henry teaches Shakespeare on Film at two institutions, and she performs a program devoted to Shakespeare's Women for the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. She is the editor of Citadel's The Wisdom of Shakespeare, and she lives in Grateford, Pennsylvania.

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