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Citizen Y (2011)

Civilisation has fallen. In the rubble, we at the Y Corporation have developed the ultimate solution to save society: the Y Show. We encourage all good citizens to sign up for the show. You will be housed within a wonderful Haze Treatment Facility and undergo unique psychological treatment, which will clear away the illness of individuality. This reprogramming will be broadcast to the eyes and ears of citizens in our New World, populated with previous contestants and patients. This is a reality ...

Citizen Y
Three Plays (2011)

Yemi D. Ogunyemi whose literary name is Yemi D. Prince, is a luminous fellow, always fascinated by words, letters and books. He is a literary philosopher, a neologist and pinster who believes that plays are sacrifices that speak volumes to reality. He is invariably emerging (often with surprises) from the holy land of Ile-Ife, teh fountainhead of the keepers of traditions. THREE PLAYS is his 46th book he has thus far authored. Currently, he is a humanities professor at Foundation University and...

Three Plays
The Powerful Actor (2011)

Combining personal power with Jack Donner's acting technique.

The Powerful Actor
Cinderella Pantomine Script (2011)

Sample from Cinderella Pantomine Script: Cinderella is ironing and singing with mice. Cinderella At last I have nearly finished all this work. Maybe I'll be able to sneak out and have a walk (Stretching) I haven't had a break since 5 this morning and I'd love some fresh air. Mother (off stage) There's so much to do, where is that girl? Exit mice, frightened. Cinderella Oh dear here comes my stepmother and her gorgeous daughters Hyacinth and Rose. So much for a break, it'll be more chore...

Cinderella Pantomine Script
An Actor's Face, Audition, Casting Advice, And Anecdotes From A Working Actor (2011)

Over 240 pages of practical advice, casting, and auditioning tips for working actors who want to book more work. Also for actors who are making the big move to NYC, or LA, to pursue their dream as an actor, as well as for people who are thinking about breaking into acting. At the end of the day, earning a living as an actor boils down to one thing: winning the job. I give you info about increasing your odds, and putting yourself in the best possible position to get hired. I earned a living...

An Actor's Face, Audition, Casting Advice, And Anecdotes From A Working Actor
When Your Angel Arrives (2011)

When Your Angel Arrives is a play about the immigrant experience particularly in the Western world. Plotted around a black African immigrant who is under pressure from his visiting mother to cast off his Caucasian wife, the play deals with the challenges faced by immigrants and equally touches on cross-cultural marriage and black on black betrayal.

When Your Angel Arrives
Politically Incorrect Scripts for Comedy Ventriloquists (2011)

The companion book to Al Stevens's popular "Ventriloquism: Art, Craft, Profession," this book contains a comprehensive collection of scripts that Al wrote over the years for his ventriloquist act and that he has performed in night clubs, private parties, and corporate shows. Many of Al's most popular routines are here including Doodley Squat, Viagra for Dummies, Uncle Sweeter's Ol' Woman, Dexter at School, Aunt Sally the Librarian, Uncle Sweeter Goes to the Doctor, and Juan Comes to the USA. The...

Politically Incorrect Scripts for Comedy Ventriloquists
Lump: 19 Monologues from a 27-Year-Old Breast Cancer Survivor (2011)

19 Monologues from a 27-Year-Old Breast Cancer Survivor compiled by Leena Luther.

Lump: 19 Monologues from a 27-Year-Old Breast Cancer Survivor
Fallacy of the Forbidden (2011)

The underlying theme of this three act drama is “We can’t help who we love.” The play centers on Ricky and Miranda who, as children, develop a strong bond. Through tragedy and the harsh tribulations of coming of age, this bond blossoms into fully blown feelings of love. Unfortunately Ricky and Miranda are second cousins. Torn between his ethics and his feelings for Miranda, Ricky endeavors to uncover the truth regarding the nature of their kinship and the morality of their feelings. Laden wi...

Fallacy of the Forbidden
American Drama and the Postmodern: Fragmenting the Realistic Stage (2011)

This study seeks to reunite American drama with more of the mainstream of American literature using contemporary literary theories of feminism, Derrida, Lacan, as well as the nature of language. It also focuses on the theatrical ways that plays work through performance and staging. This reveals how contemporary playwrights see themselves not as authors, but as parts of a team of designers, actors, and directors. Stage directions are largely omitted, but knowledge of original productions--both as...

American Drama and the Postmodern: Fragmenting the Realistic Stage
The Community Theatre Actors' Bible: Ten Secrets to Better Acting for Untrained Actors (2011)

Some basics that need to be said aloud at the outset of each new community theatre production, but which often are not. A primer that makes it a little easier to wind up with a show that may say "community theatre" on the playbill, but one in which professional standards shine through.

The Community Theatre Actors' Bible: Ten Secrets to Better Acting for Untrained Actors
Stuck on a Ferris Wheel: An actor's guide to enjoying the ride while keeping your feet on the ground (2011)

It's easy to get stuck while trying to pursue your dream of becoming an actor. It's quite a ride, but certainly one you don't want to get stuck on. Pursuing a career in Hollywood through the years has led actress and author Abbie Cobb to some great decisions and opportunities, but not without making a few mistakes along the way. Stuck on a Ferris Wheel is a must-have guide for any actor starting out a career in LA. In her first book, Cobb offers play-by-play instructions for being a working ...

Stuck on a Ferris Wheel: An actor's guide to enjoying the ride while keeping your feet on the ground
How to prepare for your next audition : Simple strategies that lead to successful performing (2011)

For performers, auditions are a fact of life. Almost everyone, regardless of age or experience, is nervous about auditioning but believe it or not, that nervousness can be a positive thing, giving your performance a passion and focus that perhaps might not be there otherwise. Yes, that’s right, a feeling of having butterflies in your tummy, that fear of forgetting your lines and not only embarrassing yourself but being rejected is absolutely normal and is not a sign that you’re going to be terri...

How to prepare for your next audition : Simple strategies that lead to successful performing
The Woman in the Moon (2011)

His last known work and the only one to be written primarily in verse, The Woman in the Moon is among Lyly’s most entertaining plays. Turning upon the construction of the female character, it has been read as highly misogynistic, and as a sixteenth-century feminist manifesto. The biblical version of the creation of woman is overturned in the first scene when the play’s supreme deity, Nature, presents her ultimate creation, Pandora (memorably played in 1928 by Katharine Hepburn), to a group of Ut...

The Woman in the Moon
The Stukeley Plays: 'The Battle of Alcazar' by George Peel and 'The Famous History of the Life and Death of Captain Thomas Stukeley' (2011)

Sir Thomas Stukeley, the notorious English courtier, pirate, adventurer and soldier, died at the Battle of Alcazar in Morocco in 1578, while serving in the army of King Sebastian of Portugal. This volume comprises the first modern-spelling, annotated edition of two plays in which he is a major character: George Peele's The Battle of Alcazar (c.1588), and the anonymous Famous History of the Life and Death of Captain Thomas Stukeley (c.1596). In his extensive introduction and commentary, Charles E...

The Stukeley Plays: 'The Battle of Alcazar' by George Peel and 'The Famous History of the Life and Death of Captain Thomas Stukeley'
Performing Herself: Autobiography and Fanny Kelly's Dramatic Recollections (2011)

This unique book contains the never before published script of the first ever one-woman show, written by Fanny Kelly. The script was performed in Britain in the 1830s and 40s, based on Kelly's own experiences and offers a picture of the exuberant and often bizarre Georgian entertainment world. The performance text is introduced, edited and explained by Gilli Bush-Bailey, who focuses 21st-century revisionist scholarship on Kelly's story. It is an innovative contribution to the modern debate on bi...

Performing Herself: Autobiography and Fanny Kelly's Dramatic Recollections
The Best American Short Plays 2009-2010 (2011)

Applause is proud to continue the series that for over 70 years has been the standard of excellence for one-act plays in America. As previous series editor Ramon Delgado wrote in his introduction to The Best American Short Plays of 1989, the choice of entries for each edition has been based on the same goal: "to include a balance among three categories of playwrights: 1) established playwrights who continue to practice the art and craft of the short play, 2) emerging playwrights whose record of ...

The Best American Short Plays 2009-2010
Auditioning On Camera: An Actor's Guide (2011)

To win a screen role, an actor must learn to contend with an on-camera audition. Understanding how to make the crucial adjustments to one’s craft that this kind of audition requires is vital to the career of any screen actor. Auditioning On Camera sets out the key elements of a successful on-camera audition and explains how to put them into practice. Joseph Hacker draws on 35 years of acting experience to guide the reader through the screen auditioning process with an engaging and undaunting...

Auditioning On Camera: An Actor's Guide
The Routledge Companion to Actors' Shakespeare (2011)

The Routledge Companion to Actors’ Shakespeare is a window onto how today’s actors contribute to the continuing life and relevance of Shakespeare’s plays. The process of acting is notoriously hard to document, but this volume reaches behind famous performances to examine the actors’ craft, their development and how they engage with playtexts. Each chapter relies upon privilieged access to its subject to offer an unparalleled insight into contemporary practice. This volume explores the tech...

The Routledge Companion to Actors' Shakespeare
Disaster Capitalism: Or, Money Can't Buy You Love - Three Plays (2011)

Disaster capitalism is an increasingly popular critical paradigm for contextualizing and understanding life in the twenty-first century. This book includes three full-length plays by award-winning dramatist Rick Mitchell: Shadow Anthropology, a dark comedy about the US occupation of Afghanistan; Through the Roof, a Faustian trip through the social history of natural disaster in New Orleans; and Celestial Flesh, a sacrilegious romp through the 1980s sanctuary movement. Placing the plays in histor...

Disaster Capitalism: Or, Money Can't Buy You Love - Three Plays
Stage Fright: Modernism, Anti-Theatricality, and Drama (2011)

Grounded equally in discussions of theater history, literary genre, and theory, Martin Puchner's Stage Fright: Modernism, Anti-Theatricality, and Drama explores the conflict between avant-garde theater and modernism. While the avant-garde celebrated all things theatrical, a dominant strain of modernism tended to define itself against the theater, valuing lyric poetry and the novel instead. Defenders of the theater dismiss modernism's aversion to the stage and its mimicking actors as one more for...

Stage Fright: Modernism, Anti-Theatricality, and Drama
Freeing the Actor: An Actor's Desk Reference (2011)

Freeing the Actor is the seventh in a series of acting books by Eric Morris, which explain and describe his unique system of acting. In this book, which is totally aimed at the instrument, Eric has implemented a complete approach to eliminating the obstacles, dependencies, traps, and habits that plague and block actors from functioning from an authentic, organic place. By teaching actors how not to act, Eric leads them to understand that they must experience in reality what the character is expe...

Freeing the Actor: An Actor's Desk Reference
Drama Games: For Those Who Like To Say No (2011)

Encourages reluctant participants to engage, collaborate, and develop not just skills for drama but skills for life. Following the ninety games and exercises aimed at developing core skills, the book offers scenarios for a series of improvisational challenges that test participants' abilities in mediation, communication, negotiation, assertiveness, and managing emotions.

Drama Games: For Those Who Like To Say No
Self and Space in the Theater of Susan Glaspell (2011)

Founding member of the Provincetown Players, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, best-selling novelist and short story writer Susan Glaspell (1876-1948) was a great contributor to American literature. An exploration of eleven plays written between the years 1915 and 1943, this critical study focuses on one of Glaspell’s central themes, the interplay between place and identity. This study examines the means Glaspell employs to engage her characters in proxemical and verbal dialectics with the forc...

Self and Space in the Theater of Susan Glaspell
Acting for Animators (2011)

Ed Hooks' indispensable acting guidebook for animators has been fully updated and improved! Hooks uses basic acting theory to explain everything from character movement and facial expressions to interaction and scene construction. Just as acting on film and on stage are very different disciplines, so is the use of acting theory in creating an animated character, scene or story. Acting for Animators is full of essential craft tips from an acting master. New to this Routledge edition: - ...

Acting for Animators
Interpreting the Play Script: Contemplation and Analysis (2011)

The starting point for virtually all theatre is studying the play script, but what does this involve? Interpreting the Play Script: Contemplation and Analysis argues that one type of analysis cannot fit every play, nor does one method suit every theatre artist or collaborative team. The first text to combine traditional and non-traditional models, it gives students a range of tools with which to approach different kinds of performance. Supported by pragmatic questions, practical exercises an...

Interpreting the Play Script: Contemplation and Analysis
Singer and Actor: Acting Technique and the Operatic Performer (2011)

Current market forces in the performing arts, such as aging audiences, electronic media, and HD broadcasts, have changed the operatic landscape. Young opera singers entering the workforce find themselves navigating difficult and highly competitive waters. Previously ignored skill sets become assets - and, in many cases, requirements - in casting. But most singers graduate from college having never taken a formal acting class and knowing little about acting technique as it pertains to their craft...

Singer and Actor: Acting Technique and the Operatic Performer
Creating Pantomime (2011)

Pantomime is a much-loved institution, but how is it created? What tools and processes are used? Working from purely a title, this practical book explains how scripts and a design can develop together through the creative processes to culminate in the wonder and excitement of a unique production on opening night.

Creating Pantomime
Theatre in Pieces: Politics, Poetics and Interdisciplinary Collaboration (2011)

Theatre in Pieces: politics, poetics and interdisciplinary collaboration is an innovative compilation of seven highly acclaimed productions by key practitioners of non-playwright-driven theatre. Each playtext is reproduced in full and accompanied by extensive notes from members of the original producing theatre. A substantial introduction by Anna Furse provides an overview of the works and contextualizes their reading by revealing how a script can emerge from or provoke a collaborative devising ...

Theatre in Pieces: Politics, Poetics and Interdisciplinary Collaboration
Exercises for Rebel Artists: Radical Performance Pedagogy (2011)

In Exercises for Rebel Artists, Guillermo Gomez-Pena and Roberto Sifuentes use their extensive teaching and performance experience with La Pocha Nostra to help students and practitioners to create ‘border art’. Designed to take readers right into the heart of radical performance, the authors use a series of crucial practical exercises, honed in workshops worldwide, to help create challenging theatre which transcends the boundaries of nation, gender, and racial identity. The book features: ...

Exercises for Rebel Artists: Radical Performance Pedagogy
Theatre for Beginners (2011)

Theater is the room where performance happens. Where people sit and watch other people. The moment to moment event that unfolds hinges on our imperfect-ness. . . . Theatre for Beginners is a manual for the actor based in the belief that the person is interesting before the performing happens, and the essence of good stage work is rooted in a constant state of beginning. Richard Maxwell, the downtown writer and director with a deadpan aesthetic and an ever-innovative body of work, has written ...

Theatre for Beginners
Bringing the Body to the Stage and Screen: Expressive Movement for Performers (2011)

As stage and screen artists explore new means to enhance their craft, a new wave of interest in expressive movement and physical improvisation has developed. And in order to bring authenticity and believability to a character, it has become increasingly vital for actors to be aware of movement and physical acting. Stage and screen artists - including dancers, clowns, puppeteers, singers, and other performers who combine acting with their art - must now call upon physical presence, movement on st...

Bringing the Body to the Stage and Screen: Expressive Movement for Performers
Billy the Kid and Other Plays (2011)

While award-winning author Rudolfo Anaya is known primarily as a novelist, his genius is also evident in dramatic works performed regularly in his native New Mexico and throughout the world. Billy the Kid and Other Plays collects seven of these works and offers them together for the first time. Like his novels, many of Anaya’s plays are built from the folklore of the Southwest. This volume opens with The Season of La Llorona, in which Anaya fuses the Mexican legend of the dreaded “crying wom...

Billy the Kid and Other Plays
Jerusalem (2011)

A comic, contemporary vision of rural life in England's green and pleasant land. On St. George's Day, the morning of the local country fair, Johnny "Rooster" Byron, local waster and Lord of Misrule, is a wanted man. The council officials want to serve him an eviction notice, his son wants to be taken to the fair, a vengeful father wants to give him a serious kicking, and a motley crew of mates wants his ample supply of drugs and alcohol. ** Release Date: June 14, 2011 **

Jerusalem
Mastering Monologues and Acting Sides: How to Audition Successfully for Both Traditional and New Media (2011)

Mastering Monologues and Acting Sides: How to Audition Successfully for Both Traditional and New Media is everything an actor needs to be ready for that perfect part, from webisodes to Shakespeare. Scripts, acting technique tips, and exercises keep a performer toned and ready, while industry experts give advice on how to audition professionally. Invaluable Internet listings keep you on top of changing trends, as well.Casting directors, agents, managers, and actors share insights on proper proto...

Mastering Monologues and Acting Sides: How to Audition Successfully for Both Traditional and New Media
Daring to Play: A Brecht Companion (2011)

Translated into English for the first time, Daring To Play: A Brecht Companion is the study of Bertolt Brecht’s theatre by Manfred Wekwerth, Brecht’s co-director and former director of the Berliner Ensemble. Wekwerth aims to challenge prevailing myths and misconceptions of Brecht’s theatre, instead providing a refreshing and accessible approach to his plays and theatrical craft. The book is rich in information, examples and anecdotal detail from first-hand acquaintance with Brecht and rehear...

Daring to Play: A Brecht Companion
Take Flight! (2011)

Take Flight is a musical with book by John Weidman, music by David Shire and lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr.. The musical is inspired by the early history of aviation, interweaving the lives of the Wright Brothers, Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart and her publisher George Putnam, along with such sundry luminaries as Otto Lilienthal, the German "Glider King"; Commander Richard Byrd; French flying aces Nungesser and Coli, and various others.

Take Flight!
Napoleon (Musical) (2011)

Napoleon, The Musical is a musical by Canadians Andrew Sabiston and Timothy Williams (Composer). It premiered at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto on 23 March 1994 with Jérôme Pradon in the title role and Aline Mowat as leading lady Josephine. Directed by John Wood and orchestrated by David Cullen, it was the largest ever Canadian musical, with a budget of five million dollars. It was nominated for a Dora Award for Best Musical. The musical was later produced at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London with...

Napoleon (Musical)
A Crash Course on Theatre Arts - Who Are the Mummers? (2011)

A Crash Course on Theatre Arts - The History and Forms Intro 1: Theater Arts – History Of Opera Intro 2: Origin Of Theater Arts Intro 3: Classification Of Theater Arts Based On Different Themes Intro 4: Theater Arts - Ballet Intro 5: Theater Arts – Classical Ballet Intro 6: Theater Arts – Beijing Opera Intro 7: Greek Theater Arts Intro 8: The Golden Age Of Greek Theater Arts Intro 9: German Theater Arts Intro 10: Chinese Theater Arts Intro 11: Indian Theater Arts Intro 12: Malaysia...

A Crash Course on Theatre Arts - Who Are the Mummers?
Musical Theatre (2011)

Find out about the unique combination of dance, drama, singing, performance and speaking that makes up musical theatre. Discover the most successful shows ever. Who are the leading lights in musical theatre? What do you need to become successful on the stage of a show like "Cats"? Then read the related story. This is one of the first six titles in the new "Starstruck" series from Ransom, a series designed for kids interested in the performing arts. Each book is highly illustrated with both photo...

Musical Theatre
Oedipus (2011)

Œdipus was written when Voltaire was but nineteen years of age. It was played for the first time in 1718, and ran for forty-five nights. Du Frêsne, a celebrated actor, and of the same age as the author, played the part of Œdipus; and Madame Desmarêts, a famous actress, did Jocaste, and soon after quitted the stage. In this edition, the part of Philoctetes is restored, and stands exactly as it was in the first representation. Wilder Publications is a green publisher. All of our books are printed...

Oedipus
Nanine (2011)

"This Comedy is called in the French Nanine, ou le Préjugé Vaincu (Nanine, or Prejudice Overcome). It is written, as we are told in the title-page, in verses of ten syllables. The absurdity of comedies in rhyme I have already remarked. The original begins thus: Il faut parler, il faut, Monsieur le Comte, Vous expliquer nettement sur mon Compte. The reader cannot but observe, what villainous rhymes Comte and Compte are, and perhaps will more readily forgive my reducing this comedy into plain pro...

Nanine
Gray (2011)

2 Males, 1 Female Synopsis: Laura is a ‘cool finder,’ a person hired by corporations to observe street culture and predict fashion trends. During one of her visits to a local skate park, she encounters Pack, 16, who seems to be a homeless street kid. Pack agrees to help Laura gather information in exchange for money and beer. Soon, the two develop a sort of friendship, and Laura finds herself intrigued with Pack's life story. Matt, who has been in a relationship with Laura for years, is nervo...

Gray
Training for Performance: A Meta-Disciplinary Account (2011)

Responding to the revitalized interest in the area of training for performance, this invaluable resource is the first academic book to provide a comprehensive definition of one of the most frequently used terms in theatre and performance studies. Rather than define training as a set of preparatory activities, this book describes what training means through explaining four processes (each conceived as a meta-disciplinary category: vocation, obedience, formation, automatization) of training commo...

Training for Performance: A Meta-Disciplinary Account
Big Slide (2011)

"Big Slide," (116 pp.) by James Howard Kunstler, is a three-act play set in the autumn of an unspecified near-future year, at an Adirondack "great camp" where three generations of the Freeman family have taken refuge from New York and Boston during a severe national political maelstrom. We are never fully apprised of the exact nature of this event, but it appears to involve a coup d'etat in the White House and the uprising of local militias all over the nation in response. The estate at Big Slid...

Big Slide
The Admirable Bashville (2011)

The Admirable Bashville (1901), a short play based loosely on this novel, was written to protect American copyrights after the novel became unexpectedly successful in the United States.

The Admirable Bashville
Theatre (2011)

If theatre were a religion, explains David Mamet in his opening chapter, “many of the observations and suggestions in this book might be heretical.” As always, Mamet delivers on his promise: in Theatre, the acclaimed author of Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed the Plow calls for nothing less than the death of the director and the end of acting theory. For Mamet, either actors are good or they are non-actors, and good actors generally work best without the interference of a director, however well-in...

Theatre
The Wasps (2011)

The Wasps is the fourth in chronological order of the eleven surviving plays by Aristophanes, the master of an ancient genre of drama called 'Old Comedy'. It was produced at the Lenaia festival in 422 BC, a time when Athens was enjoying a brief respite from The Peloponnesian War following a one year truce with Sparta. As in his other early plays, Aristophanes pokes satirical fun at the demagogue Cleon but in The Wasps he also ridicules one of the Athenian institutions that provided Cleon with h...

The Wasps
An Actor's Guide--Making It in New York City (2011)

For any actor in or on the way to New York City, this is the definitive source for advice, winning strategies, marketing techniques, and invaluable insights to being a successful New York actor. This new edition has been completely revised and updated to cover the significant changes in the New York theater landscape over the last nine years. This indispensable guide has also been expanded to include dozens of new interviews with top New York City actors and a completely improved Internet chap...

An Actor's Guide--Making It in New York City
Acting Is Believing (2011)

Did you know that "an actor must believe to make his audience believe?" This is the key concept behind ACTING IS BELIEVING. Authors Charles McGaw and Larry D. Clark have influenced thousands of actors, and Kenneth Stilson's update which includes new exercises and updated scripts bring modern relevance to the text. Inside, you'll learn the Stanislavski method and how to perfect using it, along with hundreds of other tips to help you be the flawless actor you are meant to be.

Acting Is Believing

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