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60 Seconds to Shine Volume IV: 161 One-minute Monologues from Literature

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"If brevity is the soul of a good audition, then these titles will prove a great resource." -- Choice<br /><br />161 One-Minute Monologues from Literature is an eclectic anthology derived from novels, short stories, memoirs, narrative poetry and essays, indexed by gender, age, tone, voice and author. Editors John Capecci and Irene Ziegler Aston include both classic and recent material, and authors as varied as Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, H.G. Wells, William Goldman, Fannie Hurst and Rita Mae Brown. This is an exceptional collection of unusual material for audition and study purposes. -- Stage Directions-Off The Shelf, May 2008<br /><br />161 One-Minute Monologues from Literature is an eclectic anthology derived from novels, short stories, memoirs, narrative poetry and essays, indexed by gender, age, tone, voice and author. Editors John Capecci and Irene Ziegler Aston include both classic and recent material, and authors as varied as Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, H.G. Wells, William Goldman, Fannie Hurst and Rita Mae Brown. This is an exceptional collection of unusual material for audition and study purposes. --Stage Directions - May 2008<br /><br />Capecci and Aston s latest addition to their 60 Seconds entries ranges far and wide for its contents. Classified as comic, dramatic, seriocomic, and classical, they run the gamut from Benjamin Franklin and Mary Shelley through Edgar Allan Poe and Herman Melville to Bret Easton Ellis and a helping of previously unpublished writers. An equal number of monologs is provided for men and women, and helpful indexes guide the reader to appropriate ages and voices of the speaker. Barbara Casey s The Coach s Wife is good, but the best in the collection is Brian Graham s David Caruso Scolds His Cat About Its Lackadaisical Litter-Box Use. .... volumes are recommended to the monolog hunter and for public and college libraries, especially if other volumes in the series are present. --Library Journal - March 2008<br /><br />Capecci and Aston's latest addition to their "60 Seconds" entries ranges far and wide for its contents. Classified as comic, dramatic, seriocomic, and classical, they run the gamut from Benjamin Franklin and Mary Shelley through Edgar Allan Poe and Herman Melville to Bret Easton Ellis and a helping of previously unpublished writers. An equal number of monologs is provided for men and women, and helpful indexes guide the reader to appropriate ages and voices of the speaker. Barbara Casey's "The Coach's Wife" is good, but the best in the collection is Brian Graham's "David Caruso Scolds His Cat About Its Lackadaisical Litter-Box Use." Both volumes are recommended to the monolog hunter and for public and college libraries, especially if other volumes in the series are present.Larry Schwartz, Minnesota State Univ., --Library Journal, March 2008

161 One-Minute Monologues from Literature is an eclectic anthology derived from novels, short stories, memoirs, narrative poetry and essays, indexed by gender, age, tone, voice and author. Editors John Capecci and Irene Ziegler Aston include both classic and recent material, and authors as varied as Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, H.G. Wells, William Goldman, Fannie Hurst and Rita Mae Brown. This is an exceptional collection of unusual material for audition and study purposes. --Stage Directions - May 2008

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Look no further for short, performable literature that they haven't heard before. The latest from S&K's best-selling Sixty Seconds to Shine series is 161 One-Minute Monologues from Literature. Comic and dramatic, contemporary and classical, this string of 161 pearls are culled from sources other than plays, such as: * novels * short stories * memoirs * narrative poetry * essays Ideal for the auditioning actor as well as the student of acting, the volume indexes by: * gender * age * tone * voice * author
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Smith & Kraus (January 31, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575255324
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575255323
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #646,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you've ever shown up at an audition with a Christopher Durang monologue, only to find that three actresses ahead of you have already done it, or struggled to find a comic or contemporary monologue for an audition, this is the book for you. A wide-ranging selection of smart, funny monologues no one knows about, because they've been taken not from plays but from literature. This is also the only monologue anthology which includes a piece of random email spam you could actually perform. Other highlights include Miss Doxie's "In Which I Use the F Word More Times than is Probably Legal in Many States," Peter Davies' "What You Know," Matthew Ivan Bennett's "Self Sabotage," and the chilling "What the Pharmacist Said."

This book will go a long way towards solving any monologue problems you may have.
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