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The Back Stage Book of New American Short Plays 2005 Hardcover – October 1, 2004

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About the Author

Craig Lucas is the author of numerous plays and movies, including Reckless, Prelude to a Kiss, Longtime Companion, and The Secret Lives of Dentists. He has received the Literature Award of Arts and Letters, the Obie, the Outer Critics Circle, George and Elizabeth Marton awards, and a Tony nomination; and has been a Pulitzer finalist. He lives in New York. Mark Glubke is the senior editor of Back Stage Books and the author of The Best American Short Plays 2000-2001 (1-55783-480-6). He is the former president of Applause Books and the former editor of The Stage & Screen Book Club. He lives in New York City. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Back Stage Books (October 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823088081
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823088089
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,607,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Craig Lucas has done an excellent job finding 20 unique short plays. The pieces are mostly naturalistic, but there is a solid variety of distinctive voices - good for a read, good for acting class, good for production. Particular standouts were The Mulligan, by Scott Organ, Dissatisfaction #4, by Jeff Tabnick and Sad Song, by Anna Ziegler. These three short plays were both spare and profound, and continued to resonate with me, long after I was done reading. Also of note are China, by Scott Organ and Davy and Stu, by Anton Dudley.
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