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Shorter, Faster, Funnier: Comic Plays and Monologues

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Publisher Comments:

This cornucopia of comedy showcases works by major playwrights and emerging young writers, with casts of all sizes and diverse and challenging roles for actors of every age and type. You’ll discover such colorful characters as a businessman free-falling from a plane, an embittered sword swallower, a punkish girl skateboarder, and retirees in post-apocalyptic Siberia, alongside plays that unleash the humor in high school reunions, alien invasions, office cubicle farms, and even post-Katrina New Orleans. Perfect for actors, students, theater lovers, and comedy fans, Shorter, Faster, Funnier covers the spectrum of humor, from slyly witty to over-the-top outrageous.

Rob Ackerman ● Billy Aronson ● John Augustine ● Pete Barry ● Dan Berkowitz ● Adam Bock ● Eric Coble ● Philip Dawkins ● Anton Dudley ● Christopher Durang ● Liz Ellison ● Halley Feiffer ● Peter Handy ● Jeffrey Hatcher ● Amy Herzog ● Mikhail  Horowitz ● David Ives ● Caleen Sinnette Jennings ● Ean Miles Kessler ● Dan Kois ● Eric Lane ● Drew Larimore ● Warren Leight ● Mark Harvey Levine ● Elizabeth Meriwether ● Michael Mitnick ● Megan Mostyn-Brown ● Mark O’Donnell ● Nicole Quinn ● Wayne Rawley ● Theresa Rebeck ● Jacqueline Reingold ● Laura Shaine ● Nina Shengold ● Jane Shepard ● Edwin Sanchez ● Samara Siskind ● Daryl Watson ● Barbara Wiechmann ● Mary Louise Wilson ● Garth Wingfield ● Gary Winter ● Elizabeth Wong ● Dana Yeaton

Synopsis:

This cornucopia of comedy showcases works by major playwrights and emerging young writers, with casts of all sizes and diverse and challenging roles for actors of every age and type. You'll discover such colorful characters as a businessman free-falling from a plane, an embittered sword swallower, a punkish girl skateboarder, and retirees in post-apocalyptic Siberia, alongside plays that unleash the humor in high school reunions, alien invasions, office cubicle farms, and even post-Katrina New Orleans. Perfect for actors, students, theater lovers, and comedy fans, Shorter, Faster, Funnier covers the spectrum of humor, from slyly witty to over-the-top outrageous.

Rob Ackerman ● Billy Aronson ● John Augustine ● Pete Barry ● Dan Berkowitz ● Adam Bock ● Eric Coble ● Philip Dawkins ● Anton Dudley ● Christopher Durang ● Liz Ellison ● Halley Feiffer ● Peter Handy ● Jeffrey Hatcher ● Amy Herzog ● Mikhail Horowitz ● David Ives ● Caleen Sinnette Jennings ● Ean Miles Kessler ● Dan Kois ● Eric Lane ● Drew Larimore ● Warren Leight ● Mark Harvey Levine ● Elizabeth Meriwether ● Michael Mitnick ● Megan Mostyn-Brown ● Mark O'Donnell ● Nicole Quinn ● Wayne Rawley ● Theresa Rebeck ● Jacqueline Reingold ● Laura Shaine ● Nina Shengold ● Jane Shepard ● Edwin Sanchez ● Samara Siskin ● Daryl Watson ● Barbara Wiechmann ● Mary Louise Wilson ● Garth Wingfield ● Gary Winter ● Elizabeth Wong ● Dana Yeaton

About the Author

ERIC LANE and NINA SHENGOLD have been editing contemporary theatre anthologies for more than 20 years. Their other titles for Vintage Books include Laugh Lines: Short Comic Plays, Under 30: Plays for a New Generation, Talk to Me: Monologue Plays, Plays For Actresses, Leading Women: Plays for Actresses II, Take Ten: New 10-Minute Plays, and Take Ten II: More 10-Minute Plays. For Viking Penguin, they edited The Actor’s Book of Contemporary Stage Monologues, The Actor’s Book of Scenes from New Plays, Moving Parts: Monologues from Contemporary Plays, The Actor’s Book of Gay and Lesbian Plays (nominated for a Lambda Literary Award), and Telling Tales: New One Act Plays.

ERIC LANE’s award-winning plays include Heart of the City, Ride, Floating, Times of War, Cater-Waiter and Dancing on Checkers’ Grave, which starred Jennifer Aniston.  His plays have been published by Playscripts Inc., Applause Books, and the Foreign Language Press (Beijing).  Eric wrote and produced the short films First Breath and Cater-Waiter, which he also directed.  Both films screened in over 40 cities worldwide.  For TV’s Ryan’s Hope, he received a Writer’s Guild Award.  Honors include the Berrilla Kerr Playwriting Award, the La MaMa Playwright Award, and fellowships at Yaddo, VCCA and St. James Cavalier in Malta.  Eric is an honors graduate of Brown University and artistic director of Orange Thoughts, a not-for-profit theater and film company in New York City. 

NINA SHENGOLD writes in many genres. Her books include the novel Clearcut (Anchor Books, 2005) and River of Words: Portraits of Hudson Valley Writers (SUNY Press, 2010) with photographer Jennifer May. Shengold won the Writers Guild Award for her teleplay Labor of Love, starring Marcia Gay Harden; she also wrote Blind Spot, starring Joanne Woodward and Laura Linney, and three other TV movies. Her plays have been published by Playscripts Inc., Broadway Play Publishing and Samuel French. She is Books Editor at Chronogram magazine, and her good twin has a thriving career as a pseudonymous young adult author.

 

Table of Contents

Introduction

Acknowledgments

 

THE ANNIVERSARY by Drew Larimore

BAR MITZVAH BOY by Samara Siskin

THE BLIZZARD by David Ives

BROTHERLY LOVE by Ean Miles Kessler

CHRISTMAS PRESENT by Amy Herzog

THE CONTRACT by Theresa Rebeck

CURTAIN RAISER by Eric Lane

DOUBLE DATE by Nina Shengold

ERNESTO THE MAGNIFICENT by Edwin Sánchez

FRIENDSHIP by Peter Handy

FUNERAL PARLOR by Christopher Durang

GABRIELLE by Liz Ellison

GETTING HOME by Anton Dudley

H.R. by Eric Coble

I LOVE NEIL LABUTE by Gary Winter

LIFE WITHOUT SUBTEXT by Michael Mitnick

LONG DISTANCE by Jane Shepard

MARY JUST BROKE UP WITH THIS GUY by Garth Wingfield

MEN IN HEAT by Dana Yeaton

MERE VESSELS by Mikhail Horowitz

MURDERERS (“Match Wits with Minka Lupino”) by Jeffrey Hatcher

NINE POINT EIGHT METERS PER SECOND PER SECOND by Pete Barry

NORM-ANON by Warren Leight

NOTHING by Philip Dawkins

PARTICLE BOARD by Elizabeth Meriwether

PEOPLESPEAK by John Augustine

THE RENTAL by Mark Harvey Levine

REUNIONS by Billy Aronson

RIPPER GIRL by Elizabeth Wong

THE RUMOR by Dan Kois

THE SCARY QUESTION by Wayne Rawley

SANDCHAIR CANTATA by Nicole Quinn

SNAP by Daryl Watson

SOURPUSS by Dan Berkowitz

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR STOPPING by Halley Feiffer

36 RUMSON ROAD by Barbara Wiechmann

THREE GUYS AND A BRENDA by Adam Bock

TIRADE by Mary Louise Wilson

UNCOVERED by Caleen Sinnette Jennings

A VERY VERY SHORT PLAY by Jacqueline Reingold

THE WHOLE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE BLUETOOTH by Laura Shaine

THE WOODS ARE FOR SUCKERS AND CHUMPS by Megan Mostyn-Brown

YOU HAVE ARRIVED by Rob Ackerman

YOU KNOW WHO ELSE I HATE? By Mark O’Donnell

Contributors

About the Editors

Index by Cast Size

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307476647
Author:
Lane, Eric
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Author:
Shengold, Nina
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
Drama-Play Anthologies
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Original
Publication Date:
20110531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
8 x 5.19 x 0.96 in 0.88 lb

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"Synopsis" by , This cornucopia of comedy showcases works by major playwrights and emerging young writers, with casts of all sizes and diverse and challenging roles for actors of every age and type. You'll discover such colorful characters as a businessman free-falling from a plane, an embittered sword swallower, a punkish girl skateboarder, and retirees in post-apocalyptic Siberia, alongside plays that unleash the humor in high school reunions, alien invasions, office cubicle farms, and even post-Katrina New Orleans. Perfect for actors, students, theater lovers, and comedy fans, Shorter, Faster, Funnier covers the spectrum of humor, from slyly witty to over-the-top outrageous.

Rob Ackerman ● Billy Aronson ● John Augustine ● Pete Barry ● Dan Berkowitz ● Adam Bock ● Eric Coble ● Philip Dawkins ● Anton Dudley ● Christopher Durang ● Liz Ellison ● Halley Feiffer ● Peter Handy ● Jeffrey Hatcher ● Amy Herzog ● Mikhail Horowitz ● David Ives ● Caleen Sinnette Jennings ● Ean Miles Kessler ● Dan Kois ● Eric Lane ● Drew Larimore ● Warren Leight ● Mark Harvey Levine ● Elizabeth Meriwether ● Michael Mitnick ● Megan Mostyn-Brown ● Mark O'Donnell ● Nicole Quinn ● Wayne Rawley ● Theresa Rebeck ● Jacqueline Reingold ● Laura Shaine ● Nina Shengold ● Jane Shepard ● Edwin Sanchez ● Samara Siskin ● Daryl Watson ● Barbara Wiechmann ● Mary Louise Wilson ● Garth Wingfield ● Gary Winter ● Elizabeth Wong ● Dana Yeaton

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