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Product Details

  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557837023
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557837028
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.3 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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You would do well to consider your acquisition of this book not as a purchase, but an investment.
Jonathan Kestly
I am relieved to find that the book includes scenes I have not previously seen in any other scene book.
C. Rawlings
Aside from these two concerns, I think it is a great book for an acting class or a forensics team.
Janet109

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Kestly on October 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a terrific collection of scenes because it does not include the same, old "Laura and the Gentleman Caller" or "Juliet on the balcony with Romeo" dialogues that you get elsewhere. Here are over a hundred fresh, hip, contemporary scenes written by an equal number of today's brightest playwrights from the turn of the 21st century on. Plus, there are scenes for a man and a woman, two women, or two men. Whether you're an acting teacher, a student, or just a theatre buff, here is a well-organized, blockbuster compendium that has been cunningly assembled by the book's three collaborators with a keen eye for works that address the spot-on issues of our age - from race and gender to class and politics to love and sex. You would do well to consider your acquisition of this book not as a purchase, but an investment.

Jonathan Kestly
Stage Director
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. Rawlings on October 23, 2009
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I just received this book to add to my library of scene books. I teach acting at a university. I am relieved to find that the book includes scenes I have not previously seen in any other scene book. (That was a lot of "scenes/seens"!) Each scene includes a helpful age/style/synopsis breakdown. Good purchase.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Janet109 on October 9, 2011
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I bought this book for my high school forensics team. It has lots of choices, and is conveniently organized into male/female, male/male and female/female duos. However, there is some strong language, which is unfortunate. If my students find a piece they particularly like, and it had the more adult language, they would have to "b!**p" it out from the dialogue. Additionally, most of the pieces are quite short, and I'd like a few longer ones for the students who wish to have more a challenge. Aside from these two concerns, I think it is a great book for an acting class or a forensics team.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David Skeele on March 31, 2014
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There are some great scenes here, and many important plays of the 2000s are featured. I've used it for several years in my beginning acting classes. Why then, am I abandoning this book now? The main problem is that I need to be able to steer my actors toward complete texts of the plays--it's really bad practice to allow actors to only possess the information contained in a short scene. But SO many of these plays do not exist in publication, and some of them seem to have never received full productions at all (which makes me wonder how they found their way into the book in the first place). So, sadly I need to move on, either finding a different text or cobbling together a collection of scenes from my own collection.

Also, points off for having a really pointless introduction, which the writer simply uses to carelessly badmouth Meisner Technique without offering any useful advice for young actors.
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By tag on June 7, 2013
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My acting partner and I had a BLAST with this book. The scenes were very realistic and it was easy for us to get right into character. I love the way the book is organized with the "One woman, One man Scenes" and so on so you can easily go to whatever situation you were in.
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By joseph on September 21, 2013
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Has some of the best scenes I've ever read. I use it for almost all my scenes that I need to do in my acting class.
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More About the Author

MERON LANGSNER, MFA, PhD was one of three writers in the United States to be selected for the pilot year of the National New Play Network Emerging Playwrights Residencies.

His plays have been performed around the country and overseas, and developed at venues that include the Lark Play Development Center in NYC, the Last Frontier Theatre Conference (where he had the honor of returning as a featured artist), and the Playwrights Commons Freedom Arts Retreat.

Meron's work as a theatre and performance scholar has been published by multiple imprints and he has presented his research at numerous conferences in the USA and Canada.

He is also a professional fight choreographer and stage director, and has composed violence for over 150 productions and films in New England and New York City.

He holds an MA in Performance Studies from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, an MFA in Playwriting from Brandeis University, and a PhD in Drama/Theatre History from Tufts University.

Meron believes himself to have been the first person in the Drama Department to have literally defended their dissertation with a katana.

Visit his website at http://www.meronlangsner.com/

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