Bulrusher

Bulrusher
Author: Eisa Davis
Pages: 82
ISBN: 9780573663130
Available:
Release: 2009-01
Editor: Samuel French, Inc.
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Found floating in a basket on the river as an infant, Bulrusher is an orphan with a gift for clairvoyance that makes her feel like a stranger even among the strange. Just when she thinks her world might close in on her, she discovers an entirely new sense of self when a black girl from Alabama comes to town.

The Cambridge Companion to African American Theatre

The Cambridge Companion to African American Theatre
Author: Harvey Young
Pages: 291
ISBN: 9781107017122
Available:
Release: 2012-10-25
Editor: Cambridge University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

With contributions from the leading scholars in the field, this Companion provides a comprehensive and accessible overview of African American theatre, from the early nineteenth century to the present day. Along the way, it chronicles the evolution of African American theatre and its engagement with the wider community.

Audition Speeches for Black South Asian and Middle Eastern Actors Monologues for Women

Audition Speeches for Black  South Asian and Middle Eastern Actors  Monologues for Women
Author: Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9781474229258
Available:
Release: 2016-06-30
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Audition Speeches for Black, South Asian and Middle Eastern Actors: Monologues for Women aims to provide new and exciting audition and showcase material for actresses of black, African American, South Asian and Middle Eastern heritage. Featuring the work of international contemporary playwrights who have written powerful and diverse roles for a range of actors, the collection is edited by Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway. Categorized by age-range, the monologues are collected in groups of characters playable by actresses in their teens, twenties, thirties and forties+, and include work from over 25 top-class dramatists including Sudha Bhuchar, Jackie Sibblies Drury, Marcus Gardley, Mona Mansour and Naomi Wallace. Audition Speeches for Black, South Asian and Middle Eastern Actors: Monologues for Women is the go-to resource for contemporary monologues and speeches for auditions. Ideal for aspiring and professional actresses, it allows performers to enhance their particular strengths and prepare for roles featuring characters of specific ethnic backgrounds.

The Best Stage Scenes of 2006

The Best Stage Scenes of 2006
Author: D. L. Lepidus
Pages: 215
ISBN: 1575255588
Available:
Release: 2007-02
Editor: Smith & Kraus Pub Incorporated
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This latest in Smith and Kraus?s popular series is a terrific collection of scenes for two men, for two women, and for one man and one woman, all from plays first published and/or produced in 2005?2006 and most are appropriate for use by young actors.A partial list includes:Almost, Maine John CarianiIndoor/Outdoor Kenny FinkleModern Orthodox Daniel GoldfarbThe Scene Theresa RebeckBoar?s Head Don NigroTwenty Years Ago Frederick StroppelFrame 312 Keith ReddinNatural Selection Eric CobleAre We There Yet? Garth WingfieldTheatre District Richard KramerD. L. LEPIDUS is a freelance critic and editor who has covered the New York theater scene for more than twenty-five years. Since 1993, his work has appeared in theater columns for Chelsea Clinton News and the Westsider.

New Playwrights

New Playwrights
Author: D. L. Lepidus
Pages: 393
ISBN: UOM:39015064983235
Available:
Release: 2007
Editor: Smith & Kraus Pub Incorporated
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The eighth annual collection of new plays, ?a rich and varied collection of contemporary American playwriting talent.?Almost, Maine, by John CarianiA collection of ten-minute plays about the denizens of a small, very small, rural Maine town.War in Paramus, by Barbara DanaThe story of an American family during the Vietnam era.Bulrusher, by Eisa DavisA poignant, often poetic play about a mixed-raced orphan girl living in a small town in California.Indoor/Outdoor, by Kenny FinkleA comedy about a cute young female, Samantha (a cat), and her trials and tribulations with the man she lives with.Cowboy Versus Samurai by Michael GolamcoA comedy revolving around issues of identity for the only three Asian-Americans in a small town in Wyoming.In the Continuum, by Danai Gurira and Nikkole SalterA disparate group of American and African black women deal with the tragedy of AIDS.Six Years, by Sharr WhiteA drama about one marriage as it develops over many years, starting just after the end of WW II and ending during the Vietnam era.D.L. Lepidus is a freelance critic and editor who has covered the New York theater scene for more than thirty years.

The Methuen Drama Book of Post Black Plays

The Methuen Drama Book of Post Black Plays
Author: Eisa Davis,Christina Anderson,Marcus Gardley,Robert O'Hara,J. Nicole Brooks,Nikkole Salter,Danai Gurira,Diana Son,Young Jean Lee
Pages: 512
ISBN: 9781408176566
Available:
Release: 2013-12-02
Editor: A&C Black
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

'Post-black' refers to an emerging trend within black arts to find new and multiple expressions of blackness, unburdened by the social and cultural expectations of blackness of the past and moving beyond the conventional binary of black and white. Reflecting this multiplicity of perspectives, the plays in this collection explode the traditional ways of representing black families on the American stage, and create new means to consider the interplay of race, with questions of class, gender, and sexuality. They engage and critique current definitions of black and African-American identity, as well as previous limitations placed on what constitutes blackness and black theatre. Written by the emerging stars of American theatre such as Eisa Davis and Marcus Gardley, the plays explore themes as varied as family and individuality, alienation and gentrification, and reconciliation and belonging. They demonstrate a wide-range of formal and structural innovations for the American theatre, and reflect the important ways in which contemporary playwrights are expanding the American dramatic canon with new and diverse means of representation. Edited by two leading US scholars in black drama, Harry J. Elam Jr (Stanford) and Douglas A. Jones Jr (Princeton), this cutting edge anthology gathers together some of the most exciting new American plays, selected by a rigorous academic backbone and explored in depth by supporting critical material.

Mahalia

Mahalia
Author: Tom Stolz
Pages: 95
ISBN: 9780573626265
Available:
Release: 1998
Editor: Samuel French, Inc.
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Characters: 1 male, 2 female Simple set Including music by various gospel composers as well as hymns and spirituals made famous by Mahalia Jackson, this is a joyous celebration of the life and music of the world's greatest gospel singer: a humble, deeply religious woman whose expressive, full throated voice carried her from a three room shanty in New Orleans to appearances before presidents and royalty. The joy and inspiration of her heartfelt songs provide a counterpoint to the urgent messages delivered by her friend, Martin Luther King. Standing at his side, Mahalia Jackson became the musical voice of the civil rights movement. Mahalia uses simple staging, only three actors, and piano and organ accompaniments to showcase 22 great gospel numbers in a moving, often humorous musical tribute. "A first rate tour of the throbbing world of gospel music." Minneapolis Star Tribune. "Superb in every way." Christian Chronicle. "A rare joy, a balm for the spirit. This is not a night in the theatre but a soul cleansing experience. Don't miss it!" Sun Newspapers.

When Dolphins Ruled the Earth

When Dolphins Ruled the Earth
Author: Shane Anthony Carvalho
Pages: 232
ISBN: 9781504945189
Available:
Release: 2015-08-20
Editor: AuthorHouse
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

When Dolphins Ruled the Earth is a satirical fantasy, following the plight of Adam Barnard as he journeys from a successful business executive to a genuine human being. Adam encounters a strange nurse, a curious Scottish salmon, and dolphins with arms and legs, who speak perfectly good English. The Dolphins tell him they once ruled the Earth; they had jobs, houses, cars, Governments, banks, supermarkets and incredibly some dolphins were even estate agents! Adam, along with Professor Van Halen and a Dolphin called Zinc must find secret scrolls, which reveal how to fight against global greed and defeat man sharks; before the entire planet is engulfed in total confusion. When Dolphins ruled the Earth is complete, coherent and well written, it is often very funny, and the story simple and compelling. I enjoyed it very much. Simon Maginn - Writer of the Sheep, filmed as The Dark, starring Sean Bean.

Plays International

Plays International
Author: Anonim
Pages: 329
ISBN: STANFORD:36105132647467
Available:
Release: 2008
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Historical Dictionary of Contemporary American Theater

Historical Dictionary of Contemporary American Theater
Author: James Fisher
Pages: 1240
ISBN: 9781538123027
Available:
Release: 2021-07-15
Editor: Rowman & Littlefield
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Historical Dictionary of the Contemporary American Theater, Second Edition contains a chronology, an introduction, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has more than 1.000 cross-referenced entries on plays, playwrights, directors, designers, actors, critics, producers, theaters, and terminology.

American Theatre

American Theatre
Author: Anonim
Pages: 329
ISBN: UOM:49015003303345
Available:
Release: 2008
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Dramatic Text Workbook and Video

The Dramatic Text Workbook and Video
Author: David Carey,Rebecca Clark Carey
Pages: 264
ISBN: 9781350055070
Available:
Release: 2019-02-07
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Dramatic Text Workbook and Video explores the expressive potential of language and how you, as an actor, director or teacher, can develop the skills to release that potential in rehearsal and performance. Written by acclaimed voice teachers David Carey and Rebecca Clark Carey, this practical textbook shows how to bring together the power of language with voice and provides practical approaches to each aspect of verbal expression with the aid of classical and modern scenes and speeches. Chapters consider: · Sound: speech sounds and how to use them more expressively · Image: bringing life and specificity to images when you speak · Sense: how to focus on the most significant words and phrases in a speech or scene · Rhythm: how rhythm is created and used in both verse and prose · Argument: the structure or logic of language The Dramatic Text Workbook and Video, a new edition of The Verbal Arts Workbook, includes a revised introduction, updated reading lists and access to over 90 minutes of online video workshops, exploring the key techniques and tactics discussed in the book.

The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow

The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow
Author: Rolin Jones
Pages: 72
ISBN: 9780822220718
Available:
Release: 2006-01-01
Editor: Dramatists Play Service Inc
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

...a raw-edged, cringe-inducing exercise in good old-fashioned theater of cruelty...FLAG DAY is a frank, powerful, insightful, commentary on the still-poisoned status of race relations in this country...Unexpectedly balanced and provocative, FLAG DAY will have The best new play in many a season. There are heady, farcical peaks to this comedy that approach the manic genius of Preston Sturges. But Mr. Norris' real target is that great sentimental sham, the idealized American family. --NY Observer. One of the mo

Exceptional Monologues 1 for Men and Women

Exceptional Monologues 1 for Men and Women
Author: Roxane Heinze-Bradshaw,Katherine DiSavino
Pages: 130
ISBN: 0573697973
Available:
Release: 2010-01
Editor: Samuel French Trade
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In an effort to foster awareness of new plays, and provide for the ever-constant need of audition material, we are proud to announce a new series of monologue books highlighting the latest Samuel French publications. Each year, starting with 2008, monologues from or most recent publications will be selected by our editorial staff to be included in that year's collection. Complete with play synopses, a thematic index, and broad range of styles, you are sure to find one that suits your audition needs. A wonderful way to sample our latest publications, too! Volume 1 includes such titles and authors as: Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl, The Receptionist by Adam Bock, In the Continuum by Danai Gurira & Nikkole Salter, Bach at Leipzig by Itamar Moses, and many more.

The Methuen Drama Book of New American Plays

The Methuen Drama Book of New American Plays
Author: David Adjmi,Marcus Gardley,Young Jean Lee,Katori Hall,Christopher Shinn,Dan LeFranc
Pages: 528
ISBN: 9781408157022
Available:
Release: 2013-05-23
Editor: A&C Black
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Methuen Drama Book of New American Plays is an anthology of six outstanding plays from some of the most exciting playwrights currently receiving critical acclaim in the States. It showcases work produced at a number of the leading theatres during the last decade and charts something of the extraordinary range of current playwriting in America. It will be invaluable not only to readers and theatergoers in the U.S., but to those around the world seeking out new American plays and an insight into how U.S. playwrights are engaging with their current social and political environment. There is a rich collection of distinctive, diverse voices at work in the contemporary American theatre and this brings together six of the best, with work by David Adjmi, Marcus Gardley, Young Jean Lee, Katori Hall, Christopher Shinn and Dan LeFranc. The featured plays range from the intimate to the epic, the personal to the national and taken together explore a variety of cultural perspectives on life in America. The first play, David Adjmi's Stunning, is an excavation of ruptured identity set in modern day Midwood, Brooklyn, in the heart of the insular Syrian-Jewish community; Marcus Gardley's lyrical epic The Road Weeps, The Well Runs Dry deals with the migration of Black Seminoles, is set in mid-1800s Oklahoma and speaks directly to modern spirituality, relocation and cultural history; Young Jean Lee's Pullman, WA deals with self-hatred and the self-help culture in her formally inventive three-character play; Katori Hall's Hurt Village uses the real housing project of "Hurt Village" as a potent allegory for urban neglect set against the backdrop of the Iraq war; Christopher Shinn's Dying City melds the personal and political in a theatrical crucible that cracks open our response to 9/11 and Abu Graib, and finally Dan LeFranc's The Big Meal, an inter-generational play spanning eighty years, is set in the mid-west in a generic restaurant and considers family legacy and how some of the smallest events in life turn out to be the most significant.

Elliot A Soldier s Fugue

Elliot  A Soldier s Fugue
Author: Quiara Hudes
Pages: 72
ISBN: 9781559367233
Available:
Release: 2012-11-20
Editor: Theatre Communications Group
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Water by the Spoonful.

Cockeyed

Cockeyed
Author: William Missouri Downs
Pages: 71
ISBN: 9780573697166
Available:
Release: 2009
Editor: Samuel French, Inc.
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Comedy / Character: 3m, 1w / Unit Set Phil, an average nice guy, is madly in love with the beautiful Sophia. The only problem is that she's unaware of his existence. He tries to introduce himself but she looks right through him. When Phil discovers Sophia has a glass eye, he thinks that might be the problem, but soon realizes that she really can't see him. Perhaps he is caught in a philosophical hyperspace or dualistic reality or perhaps beautiful women are just unaware of nice guys. Armed only with a B.A. in philosophy, Phil sets out to prove his existence and win Sophia's heart. This fast moving farce is the winner of the HotCity Theatre's GreenHouse New Play Festival. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch called Cockeyed a clever romantic comedy, Talkin' Broadway called it "hilarious," while Playback Magazine said that it was "fresh and invigorating." Winner of the HotCity Theatre GreenHouse New Play Festival "Rocking with laughter...hilarious...polished and engaging work draws heavily on the age-old conventions of farce: improbable situations, exaggerated characters, amazing coincidences, absurd misunderstandings, people hiding in closets and barely missing each other as they run in and out of doors...full of comic momentum as Cockeyed hurtles toward its conclusion." - Talkin' Broadway

Angels in America A Gay Fantasia on National Themes

Angels in America  A Gay Fantasia on National Themes
Author: Tony Kushner
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781559367691
Available:
Release: 2014-01-16
Editor: Theatre Communications Group
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A revised and complete edition of this modern classic, featuring a new foreword from author Tony Kushner.

New Playwrights

New Playwrights
Author: Anonim
Pages: 329
ISBN: STANFORD:36105123809282
Available:
Release: 2005
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Captive Stage

The Captive Stage
Author: Douglas A Jones
Pages: 218
ISBN: 9780472052264
Available:
Release: 2014-07-09
Editor: University of Michigan Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A revealing exploration of Northern proslavery sentiment during the period before the Civil War