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The monologs in this new theatre text are highly original works not found in other published versions. All are from very recently produced plays from both established and emerging new writers. The fifty selections are for actors ten to twenty-four years of age, suitable for competitive auditions, forensics, oral interpretation, or acting exercises. The monolog collection is divided equally between male and female characters, with a variety of pieces for minority actors. These monologs address the major trends and conflicts of today through revealing glimpses of society as we know it. Includes the work of forty contemporary playwrights. A must for any audtioning actor or theatre student.
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Roger Ellis earned his M.A. in English and Drama from the University of Santa Clara, and his Ph.D. in Dramatic Arts from the University of California at Berkeley. During that time he was also guest stage director for several colleges and universities. He has authored or edited eight books in theatre, plus numerous articles, essays and short stories. In 1991 he initiated an ethnic theatre program at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, creating guest artist residencies and staging plays celebrating cultural diversity.
In addition, he has been director of the University's Shakespeare Festival since 1993. He has worked professionally as an actor or director with various Michigan and California theatres and has served as President of the Theatre Alliance of Michigan for the past six years. He is currently a Professor of Theatre at Grand Valley State University.
Grade 8 & Up--A collection of 50 short pieces, mostly a few pages in length, aimed at young actors. The monologs feature characters from 10 years old to their mid 20s and are divided into sections for males and females. The selections are mostly from unpublished plays or workshop pieces, "thus discouraging students from relying upon the already-existing literary or dramatic context of the selections." The entire plot is purposely not given, allowing the actors the freedom to interpret their characters' motivations. Helpful notes set the scene, describe the character speaking, and offer acting suggestions and common pitfalls to avoid. Many of the choices deal with dark, deep issues, although there are some comic ones, and there are a few instances of swearing, generally in keeping with the character's personality. Overall, a good source of lively material that will challenge and stretch budding thespians.
Paula J. LaRue, Van Wert Middle School, OH
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Book Description Paw Prints 2008-06-26, 2008. Library Binding. Condition: Used: Good. Reprint. Seller Inventory # SONG1439503435