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Young Actors Read ONE ON ONE Monologue at Drama Book Shop Tonight

The Oldest Established, Permanent Floating Monologue Night in New York is returning to the place where it all began-the Arthur Seelen Theatre at the Drama Bookshop--and you're invited to celebrate youth theatre and young actors, as they perform monologues from the new Applause Theatre and Cinema Book release: ONE ON ONE: PLAYING WITH A PURPOSE, MONOLOGUES FOR KIDS 7-15, edited by Bob Shuman/Stephen Fife/Marit Shuman/Eloise Rollins-Fife (view on Amazon at:

The celebration will take place tonight, June 13, 2013 from 6:00-8:00 PM. Join Maria Aladren and actors from MCVTS Theatre School, Bara Swain and Friends, Mount Saint Vincent World Lit 320 Theatrians, Dylan Dawson, Fred, Formerl, Crystal Skillman, Stage-walkers of all ages and stripes, and a surprise mystery guest.

All will be giving definitive readings by and among the works of:

William Shakespeare * Tom Stoppard* Eloise Rollins-Fife and Stephen Fife * Sophocles * Marit E. Shuman * Bara Swain * Connie Schindewolf * Oyamo * Christina Linhardt * Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett * Kayla Cagan * Paul Zindel * Jennifer Kirkeby * Andy Bragen * Crystal Skillman * Susan Rowan Masters * Carrie Hamilton and Carol Burnett * Craig Wright * Israel Horovitz * Wendy Graf * Euripides * Jeri Weiss * José Rivera * Carson McCullers * Asher Wyndham * Chloe Whitehorn * Edith Ann, as told to Jane Wagner * Nilo Cruz * Naomi Wallace * Alexander Devriendt and Joeri Smet * Brenda Ross * Catherine Castellani * Lucy Wang * Lanford Wilson * Lily Tomlin * Michael Edan * Sofia Dubrawsky * Caridad Svich * Lorraine Hansberry * Jean-Rock Gaudreault * Henrik Ibsen * Mark Twain * Bernardo Solano * Israel Horovitz * Lisa Loomer * David Wood, adapting work from Roald Dahl * Cervantes * James Joyce * Dylan Dawson * Annie Wood * Bob Shuman * Lewis Carroll * B. J. Burton * Sandra Croft * Donald Margulies * Aesop * KellyYounger * David Wood * Arabella Field * J. M. Barrie * James Joyce * Tammy Rose * Herb Gardner * Ken Ludwig, based on work by Robert Louis Stevenson * Carol S.Lashof * Quiara Alegría Hudes * Nathan Surkes * Sarah Roth * Annabel Renshaw * Ashley Hernandez * Ian Dimapasok * Briana Deahl * Josine Torres * Alex Jovel * Mattie Motz *

The participatory event is a tribute to the burgeoning world of youth theatre. Bring a young thespian-bring an old one-bring yourself--and join us for a fun and thrilling evening of new and classic work. Meet new friends and reconnect with old ones, network, brainstorm, and help get kids involved with the theatre we love and the kind of world we want to leave them.

Watch new actors, hear amazing writers, celebrate the new book, climb aboard and join us for goodies and festivities upstairs at 7:00 in the Tony-winning theatrical mecca for actors, writers, and stage aficionados, established in 1917.

ONE ON ONE: Celebrating the young actor, One on One, Playing with a Purpose introduces over 85 monologues, for ages 7-15. The anthology is drawn from classic repertory, Broadway shows, the work of Pulitzer Prize-winning writers, plays from veteran and up-and-coming dramatists-and even kids themselves! The parts are courageous, funny, heartbreaking, and universal; the characters, contemporary, modern, maybe outrageous, even timeless, and always deeply human. Ideal for students of theatre, youth groups, acting classes, playwrights, and auditioning thespians, the collection includes roles as time-honored as Peter Pan and Juliet, as powerful as Anne Frank and Antigone, and as mischievous as Puck and Huckleberry Finn. Highlighted are Oz extras, fairy tale favorites, pirates, zombies, anime holdouts, and Edith Ann, as well as aCyclops, a robot, a Jabberwocky, Man-in-the-Moon marigolds, barking sharks, and Hollywood arms.


Bob Shuman, MFA, is the owner of the Marit Literary Agency and the Web site Stage Voices(, which includes his theatre writing and criticism. He has written songs for and acted in children's theatre; he is also a playwright, college professor, author, Fellow of the LArk Theatre Company, recipient of Hunter College's Irv Zarkower Award for excellence in playwriting, and co-editor of four previous drama anthologies. Bob lives in New York City.Our Editors:

Stephen Fife, MFA, founded and ran The Young Actors Workshop, directing kids 7-15 in original musicals he wrote for them, including Charming and Young Forever. The first literary manager for Primary Stages, he has also written plays such as Blue Kiss, Sizzle Sizzle, and Savage World, as well as feature articles on theatre for the New York Times, New Republic, Village Voice, New York Newsday, and others. His memoir Best Revenge: How the Theater Saved My Life and Has Been Killing Me Ever Since recounts his work with Joseph Chaikin. Steve lives in Santa Monica, California.

Marit Shuman is a lover of musical theatre and is a member of The Horace Mann Theatre Company, The Horace Mann Glee Club, and the Girls' Ensemble.

Eloise Rollins-Fife started work on this project when she was a 13-year-old eighth grader at The Archer School for Girls. Her favorite things to do are sing, act, read, write, listen to music, and hang out with her friends. Her dream job would be as a writer/director.

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