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About the Author

Gerald Lee Ratliff is the award-winning author of numerous articles, essays and textbooks in performance studies and classroom teaching strategies. He has served as President of the Speech and Theatre Association of New Jersey (1983), Eastern Communication Association (1991), Theta Alpha Phi (1986) and the Association for Communication Administration (2002). He has also served on advisory and editorial boards of the American Council of Academic Deans, International Arts Association, National Communication Association, Society of Educators and Scholars and Eastern Communication Association.

He was awarded the "Distinguished Service Award" by both the Eastern Communication Association (1993) and Theta Alpha Phi (1992); named a Fulbright Scholar to China (1990); selected as U.S.A. delegate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to Russia (1991); received multiple outstanding teacher awards for pioneering creative approaches in curriculum design and classroom instruction activities; and chaired a number of national commissions in higher education. Most recently, he was named Educator of the Year (2003) by the International Biographical Centre in Cambridge, England, and awarded the prestigious da Vinci Diamond for his contribution to national and international associations.

In addition, he has served as a program consultant and planner for a number of colleges and universities engaged in institutional transformation. He also continues an active schedule of invited workshops and seminars in Reader's Theatre at high schools, colleges, universities and national conferences.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 259 pages
  • Publisher: Meriwether Pub (September 23, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566080975
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566080972
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #695,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Because the title of this book is "Young Women's Monologues from Contemporary Plays" I only expected two things, that the monologues were indeed for young woman, and were from modern plays.

Neither were 100% true.

Some of the monologues were for young woman, but many were for women around 30. Or at least had more adult issues like careers and husbands, not what I would expect to be for the age range of young woman (which I see as college age or early 20's).

It was also impossible to find what supposed plays the monologues were from. I would look up the titles online and search, but couldn't find anything that wasn't directly related to this book.

When doing an audition, it is essential to know where the material comes from so the actor can know who they are addressing and the general feel of the monologue. In this book, most of the monologues seemed to be played to the audience, rather than another character onstage. This is kind-of a no no, because it is unrealistic and cheesy.

Sure, some of the monologues were well written, and there was a wide variety of characters, so the book isn't all bad. This book might be good for a performance to an audience or maybe a forensics or speech team, maybe a "beginning acting" class, but for the purposes of auditions, it is not a book I would recommend.
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They loved the monologue that my daughter used at her NYU college audition---there were many good ones to choose from. The best selection I have seen in one book!
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This book is very user friendly in terms of mentioning the age range at the beginning of each piece. It contains good material not only for young women as the title suggests, but for older women as well. Most if the pieces are from plays, however there are a few original pieces included as well. One reviewer commented that all the pieces are from plays, which is not true. This reviewer must have missed lines at the beginning of certain pieces stating that they are published in their entirety. None the less, it is a book with a wide variety of characters and a great tool for any acting class or drama club. I will purchase the sequel of this book as well. I would however suggest to the printers that the title is changed to "play-based and original monologues for women".
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Great selection of monologues, and a strong suit is that some of the material is new to the readers. Another reviewer said some of the monologues "weren't from plays." That's a huge misunderstanding. They are ALL from plays, just some of the scripts haven't been picked up for major production yet. But that means these monologues are fresh, intriguing, and were selected based upon the quality of the writing and characterization instead of "name brand recognition" -- meaning plays everyone can access, meaning directors and producers just might be sick of hearing them. (NOTE: Don't EVER audition for a musical singing "Tomorrow" or "Corner of the Sky.") Always go for the fresh and new in theatre; the element of surprise in the material always works in your favor in auditions. You won't be compared to anyone else's delivery. Good book to have for any serious-minded female performer, and even the "Young" in the title is a misnomer; actresses of all ages deserve to scour this one for great audition and acting class pieces.
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Studying to be an actress and finding a book that is in good condition that can help you is hard. This book is the book you really want if studying to be an actress.
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It says it's from plays, but not which plays. I recognized some of them, so that's how I know they're real, but some I can not find online at all. The monologues are good though.
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