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The Contemporary Monologue: Men
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The Contemporary Monologue: Men Paperback - 1995

by Michael Earley (Editor); Philippa Keil (Editor)

This exciting collection of the best stage monologues of the past decade brings together a selection from some of the most vital and award-winning plays by major playwrights produced by British and American theatres. This volume includes monologues of all types - from serious to comic and shades in between - to provide a varied, dramatic challenge for any actor: professional, student or amateur.


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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 TheContemporary Monologue for men include selections from Angels in America, by Tony Kushner; Frankie and Johnniein the Clair de Lune, by Terrence McNally; States ofShock, by Sam Shepard; and Speed-the-Plow, by David Mamet. Highlights of The Contemporary Monologue for women include selections from: TheContemporary Monologue is an invaluable resource for acting classes, competitions, auditions and rehearsals. It is an affordable and necessary tool for serious actors everywhere.

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The Contemporary Monologue is an exciting collection of the best stage monologues of the past decade. It brings together a selection from some of the most vital and award-winning plays by major playwrights produced by British and American theatres. This volume includes monologues of all types - from serious to comic and shades in between - to provide a varied, dramatic challenge for any actor: professional, student or amateur. Here is an invaluable resource for auditions, acting classes, competitions and rehearsals. A fuller appreciation of each speech is enhanced by the editors' introductions and commentaries which put in performance context each monologue and character plus the play from which they are drawn.

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  • Title The Contemporary Monologue: Men
  • Author Michael Earley (Editor); Philippa Keil (Editor)
  • Binding Paperback
  • Edition Unknown Edition,
  • Pages 144
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Routledge, Great Britain
  • Date 1995-08
  • ISBN 9780878300617 / 0878300619
  • Weight 0.33 lbs (0.15 kg)
  • Dimensions 7.77 x 4.91 x 0.35 in (19.74 x 12.47 x 0.89 cm)
  • Library of Congress subjects Monologues, Acting - Auditions
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 95222489
  • Dewey Decimal Code 822.045

About the author

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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