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Performance art can be traced back to the tradition of the "Griot" (African oral historian), Greek monologists, and medieval traveling minstrels. Solo performers all have a story to tell and in so doing speak directly to each member of their audiences. Each artist in this anthology adds a fresh voice to the genre. Readers are introduced to monologs and performance pieces that come from a variety of artists, such as Beatrice Herford and Ruth Draper, who delighted audiences during the first 50 years of the century, on to "Moms" Mabley, Lord Buckley, Lily Tomlin, Lenny Bruce, Whoopi Goldberg, Tim Miller, and many other contemporaries. Each artist is introduced by someone familiar with their work. There are photos of each performer along with brief biographies and bibliographies. This excellent companion to Glenn Alterman's Creating Your Own Monologue (LJ 2/15/00) is highly recommended for theater arts collections in public and university libraries.
-Howard E. Miller, Rosary H.S., St. Louis
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Bonney has directed several performance works and plays. She is associate artistic director of New York's New Group.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Theatre Communications Group; 1st edition (February 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559361557
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559361552
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Extreme Exposure: An Anthology Of Solo Performance Texts From The Twentieth Century is a 423 page compilation of extensive excerpts taken from the works of more than fifty solo writer/performers, as well as prefatory material that situates their efforts into an historical context. A comprehensive introduction by editor and director Jo Bonney explores the roots and development of this distinctive performance art form, helping the reader to appreciate its richness, depth, diversity, and possibilities. Extreme Exposure is highly recommended reading for students and historians of the theatre, as well as an invaluable reference for writers, performers, and directors.
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This is a fantastic compliation of some of the most innovative and passionate solo performances in recent history. For actors, artists, and writers, it is endlessly inspiring. For the casual reader, it provides an accessible means of understanding performance art and appreciating the form as art. Highly recommended.
And, remember, read these out loud!
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Extreme Exposure is AWESOME. It is (to say the least) a great sample of solo performance. These one man shows are both funny and touching. You'll be glad you checked it out! Ryan Smith TTU
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This is a great book. Great. For anyone interested in solo performance, it's history and performers, this is the book. I do not know of a book as expansive, yet concise, which takes texts from early 20th Century performers like Moms Mabley and Ruth Draper to modern masters like the late-Spalding Gray and Dael Orlandersmith.

Edited by Jo Bonney, a director famous for solo productions, and featuring introductions to each performer's section, this becomes a theatre book unlike any I've come across.

Lenny Bruce, Andy Kaufman, Lord Buckley, Whoopi Goldberg, John Leguizamo, Anna Deavere Smith, Roger Guenveur Smith, Laurie Anderson, Lily Tomlin, etc., etc....

Works are featured in fragments, specific character pieces from larger plays, and many of the performers have multiple pieces, exhibiting their styles, poetry, innovation and skill.

This is a great book.
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