30 Short Plays for Passionate Actors

30 Short Plays for Passionate Actors

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by Lawrence Harbison



Lisa Soland, teacher, actress and a fine playwright herself, has here assembled a wonderful collection of short plays. Some are comic (laughs), some are dramatic (no laughs), some are somewhere in between. A few of the playwrights whose work is represented here are ones whose work I have published in the anthologies I have edited for Smith and Kraus and Applause Theatre and Cinema Books, such as Don Nigro, Debbie Lamedman, Stephanie Hutchinson, Gary Garrison and Craig Pospisil and Ms. Soland herself, but most are new to me. It never ceases to amaze me when I contemplate the huge number of really fine playwrights. I don't think there has ever been such a wealth of writing for the theatre.



If you're a passionate actor, a teacher or a director looking for a play to do, you won't find a better place to start looking than this book.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 284 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 15mm | 331g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0996572139
  • 9780996572132

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What industry professionals are saying about 30 SHORT PLAYS FOR PASSIONATE ACTORS "Lisa Soland, teacher, actress and a fine playwright herself, has here assembled a wonderful collection of short plays. It never ceases to amaze me when I contemplate the huge number of really fine playwrights. I don't think there has ever been such a wealth of writing for the theatre. If you're a passionate actor, a teacher or a director looking for a play to do, you won't find a better place to start looking than this book." (Lawrence Harbison, Senior Editor, Smith and Kraus, Inc. and Applause Theatre & Cinema Books) "Lisa Soland's amazing collection of 30 excellent, sooo entertaining short plays is a must for any would-be playwright, actor or acting group! A total delight to read and, I'm sure, to see performed. A treasure, it's like a primer for keeping it short - and audience-grabbing-and-holding." (Tom Sawyer, bestselling novelist, playwright, screenwriter. His memoir: The Adventures of the REAL Tom Sawyer - www.ThomasBSawyer.com) "This collection of plays is as varied and eclectic as the human mind itself: they are funny, dramatic, poignant, shocking, outrageous, satirical, imaginative and all well worth the read. I know I shall revisit my favorites from time to time, in fact I already have. It's amazing to realize how much talent is out there just waiting to be discovered - although a few of the playwrights in this collection have already been discovered - and this book may bring much-deserved attention to the others. It's a must-have for writers of short plays, and a great resource for theatres that produce them."(Peter Colley, playwright, screenwriter, librettist) "30 Short Plays for Passionate Actors is chock full of characters whose voices can be heard every day and all around us. Their lives of desperation, whether quiet or otherwise, depict the tapestry of our times. For strictly selfish reasons, I can't wait to indulge them in my classes and eventually watch them spring to life in theaters across America." (John D'Aquino, actor, writer, teacher) "Lisa Soland's work as a playwright has given this collection of short plays its keen eye. She's chosen not only plays to read, but more importantly, to perform. Actors are sure to find what they are looking for. These short plays will entertain." (Rick Najera, author of hit Broadway play Latinolouges, and director of the CBS Diversity Showcase)
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