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Playing Contemporary Scenes
Thirty-one famous scenes and how to play them

Edited by Gerald Lee Ratliff


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Featured are the best scenes from leading plays by the most famous contemporary playwrights.  An exceptional collection that challenges actors of all ages and experience levels.  The scenes offer a wide spectrum of performance styles for vocal and physical interpretation.  Playwrights include:  Beckett, Pinter, Mamet, Durang, Foote, Wasserstein, Vogel, McLure, Innaurato, Meyers, Shue, Medoff and Steve Martin, as well as “new voice” contemporary playwrights Bruce Graham, John Wooten, Ludmilla Bollow, Rich Orloff and Jack Heifner.  Scenes are divided into several age groups.  Each is preceded by performance hints and exercises.  Also included are monologs for audition use.  Designed to help beginning and experienced actors to expand their individual styles and techniques.  An excellent sourcebook for teachers, students and professionals.

(368 pages, 5½ x 8½, paperback)

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