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Scenes and Monologues
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The Kilroys' List by
Call Number: PN 2080 K55 2017
Publication Date: 2017-07-04
The Kilroys are a gang of playwrights and producers who came together in Los Angeles in 2013 to stop talking about gender parity in theatre and start taking action. In 2014, they released their first annual List: a vetted collection of plays written by female and trans writers, nominated by hundreds of professional artistic directors, literary managers, professors, producers, directors, and dramaturgs. This collection includes a monologue or scene from each play from the 2014 and 2015 editions of The List.
Featured Items in this Collection
2 Minutes and Under by
Call Number: PN 2080 .A48 T86 1993
Publication Date: 1993-10-01
These original character monologs for men and women cover a variety of types, ages, and moods and range from serious to comic. The characters include husbands and wives, wheeler-dealers, gay people, the unemployed, someone with AIDS, and the parent of someone with AIDS. Alterman is the author of Street Talk: Character Monologues for Actors (Smith & Kraus, 1991) and other monolog and dialog plays. Actors looking for challenging, contemporary audition material should find a gold mine here.
The Actor's Book of Movie Monologues by
Call Number: PN 2080 A286 1986
Publication Date: 1986-12-02
For actors, acting students, and film buffs, this book of more than 100 movie monologues has the juiciest roles that will help you create the perfect audition. Whether you need a long or short part, you'll find great selections of male and female characters for all types across diverse age ranges. Use this reference for the featured scenes from screenplays of such classics as Adam's Rib by Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin, The Goodbye Girl by Neil Simon, The French Lieutenant's Woman by Harold Pinter, and The Conversation by Francis Ford Coppola, among others.
Monologues for Actors of Color by
Call Number: PN 2080 M663 W 2000
Publication Date: 1999-11-12
Soliloquy! The Shakespeare Monologues by
Call Number: PR 2771 S655 M 1988
Publication Date: 2000-02-01
At last, over 175 of Shakespeare's finest and most performable monologues taken from all thirty-seven plays are here in two easy-to-use volumes (Men and Women). Selections travel the entire spectrum of the great dramatist's vision, from comedies, wit and romances, to tragedies, pathos and histories. Soliloquy! is an excellent and comprehensive collection of Shakespeare's speeches. Not only are the monologues wide-ranging and varied, but they are superbly annotated. Each volume is prefaced by an informative and reassuring introduction, which explains the signals and signposts by which Shakespeare helps the actor on his journey through the text. It includes a very good explanation of blank verse, with excellent examples of irregularities which are specifically related to character and acting intentions. These two books are a must for any actor in search of a 'classical' audition piece.' Elizabeth Smith, Voice Director, Juilliard
Soliloquy! The Shakespeare Monologues by
Call Number: PR 2771 S655 W 1988
Publication Date: 2000-04-01
Street Talk by
Call Number: PN 2080 .A48 S77 1991
Publication Date: 1991-05-01
The Ultimate Audition Book, Volume 4 by
Call Number: PN 2080 U48 2005 v.4
Publication Date: 2005-01-01
The Hottest Collection of Comedy Monologues Available!If you've ever searched for a good comic monologue-whether for a professional audition, a class, or a competition-you know how frustrating the hunt can be. We've combed over some of the world's best comic writing to bring you 222 Comic Monologues: Two Minutes and Under. It's all funny stuff here: classic and contemporary works; roles for men and women ages 7 to 100; entertaining voices from writers as varied as Christopher Durang and Langston Hughes, Dorothy Parker and Steve Martin, Margaret Cho and Moliere.You'll find shades of comedy from light to dark: situational humor, word play, absurdity, and surrealism. These monologues are alternately romantic, silly, militant, downright zany-first-rate character work by both new and established comic writers.
The Actor's Book of Monologues for Women by
Call Number: PN 2080 A285 1991
Publication Date: 1991-09-01
"More than 200 selections from the prose and verse of Margaret Atwood, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Emily Dickinson, Isadora Duncun, Anais Nin, Christina Rossetti, Sappho, and others. "Drawn from poetry, fiction, diaries, journals, and documents of public record, these selections, although not originally intended for theatrical or cinematic performances, offer unique dramatic opportunities for actors, speakers, students, or anyone interested in women's studies."