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  • Speak Up!  Speak Out!

    Speak Up! Speak Out!

    Have you ever been afraid to speak in public?   If so, you are not alone.  Most people find speaking in public terrifying!  But it doesn't have to scare you any longer. Whether you are: a business or sales person making a  presentation a motivational speaker delivering an address a club member giving a report a politician speaking out against an injustice an attorney making a legal argument or someone making an introduction, an announcement or a toast this book is for you!  New York and Hollywood acting and speech coach Kathryn Bild gives you an assortment of acting techniques, tips and exercises that will quell your nerves, wow your audiences, and help you feel more in control in all of your public presentations from now on ! View on Amazon Read More »
  • Translating Shakespeare: A Guidebook for Young Actors

    Translating Shakespeare: A Guidebook for Young Actors

    For actors both young and old, the prospect of preparing to perform a Shakespearean role can be intimidating...even terrifying!   Translating Shakespeare seeks to make the actor's preparatory work on the Bard's plays both stimulating and fun by de-mystifying the experience.  It offers step-by-step explanations of the fundamental processes involved in creative preparation: comparing edited texts, analyzing verse rhythms, idenifying antitheses, and most importantly, helping the actor to find his or her won personal key to unlock the plays' contexts and circumstances in an inspiring way. Offering many specific examples from the plays in each chapter to illustrate the topics covered, the book concludes with detailed approaches to six Shakespearean scenes, applying all of the work covered in earlier chapters to a practical rehearsal approach. Read More »
  • The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2014

    The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2014

    In The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2014 you will find fifty terrific new ten-minute plays, all successfully produced during the 2013-2014 theatrical season. They are written in a variety of styles. Some are realistic; some comic; and some are dramatic. Included in this volume is a comprehensive list of theatres which do ten-minute plays. View on Amazon Read More »
  • The Best Stage Monologues 2014

    The Best Stage Monologues 2014

    The Best Stage Monologues 2014 (The Best Women's Stage Monologues and The Best Men's Stage Monologues) are from the 2013-2014 theatrical season are presented in two essential books!  Here, you will find a rich and varied selection of monologues from plays - most are for younger performers (teens through thirties), but there are also some excellent pieces for older men and women.  Some of the monologues are by playwrights familiar to you, such as Don Nigro, Jane Martin or Theresa Rebeck.  Others are by exciting up-and-comers! View The Best Men's Stage Monologueson Amazon View The Best Women's Stage Monologues on Amazon Read More »
  • Monologues for Latino/a Actors

    Monologues for Latino/a Actors

    Monologues for Latino/a Actors, A Resource Guide to Contemporary Latino/a Playwrights for Actors and Teachers.  This book is organized a little differently than most published collections of monologues.  Each chapter is arranged in several sections: "About the Playwright," "LIst of Plays," "Playwright Information," "Performing the Monologues," "The Monologues." View on Amazon Read More »

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World Premiere Theresa Rebeck Play Zealot Will Premiere at South Coast Rep By Philippe Bowgen 25 Sep 2014

South Coast Repertory will produce the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize finalist and Peabody Award-winning writer Theresa Rebeck's Zealot - with casting including Charlayne Woodard - to begin performances Oct. 17 directed by SCR's artistic director Marc Masterson.
The production will run through Nov. 16.
Here's how SCR bills the play: "Zealot is set in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The British consul pours tea for the American undersecretary of state, avoiding her questions—with answers to ones she hasn’t even asked—that’s diplomacy at work. Meanwhile, in the street below, a group of women set in motion a carefully planned protest. The results are devastating enough to ignite a battle of wills and wits—now that a life hangs in the balance."
According to press notes, "Zealot is generously supported by Honorary Producers Yvonne and Damien Jordan. It also is the recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays award. It was presented as a staged reading during SCR’s 2014 Pacific Playwrights Festival."
In addition to Woodard, The cast for Zealot includes Demosthenes Chrysan (Golden Boy), Adam El-Sharkawi, Nikki Massoud and Alan Smyth.
The design and creative team includes Ralph Funicello (scenic design), Alex Jaeger (costume design), Russell Champa (lighting design) and Cricket Myers (sound design).

Tickets begin at $22.
To purchase and for more information visit scr.org.
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A meta-meta twist

Playwright Terrence McNally loves to mine the stage for drama. His revised comedy, “It’s Only a Play,” opens Oct. 9 on Broadway but is already looking like the fall’s best-selling show. As is common in McNally’s works, the characters are in the show-biz business: producers, playwrights, critics and directors. But theater isn’t McNally’s only muse: In 2010, the Kennedy Center produced a mini-festival of three McNally plays about opera: “Master Class,” “The Lisbon Traviata” and “Golden Age.”
Now, in what could be called a meta-meta twist, local chamber opera troupe UrbanArias is offering the Washington premiere of an opera about an actress that is based on a McNally play. “Three Decembers” opens Saturday at Artisphere in Rosslyn. Originally, the play was called “Some Christmas Letters.” It premiered at Carnegie Hall and starred Julie Harris as a classically trained actress making her debut in a commercial musical, much to the surprise of her adult children, played by Cherry Jones and Victor Garber. The occasion for the premiere was a 1999 holiday AIDS benefit, but it was never produced by a theater. Instead, librettist Gene Scheer got hold of the script and adapted it into an opera with music by composer Jake Heggie.
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On Broadway And Off, Playwright A.R. Gurney Is On The Roll Of A Lifetime
Following rapturous reviews for a Broadway revival and another one off-Broadway, A.R. Gurney is having a moment in the sun. It's only taken the ...
AR Gurney's New Play Love and Money Set for Off-Broadway in 2015 - Broadway.com
World Premiere of A.R. Gurney's Love and Money to Play Westport and Off-Broadway - Playbill.com
Dual Productions Planned for 2015 World Premiere of A.R. Gurney's 'Love and Money' - Classicalite
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