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Laugh Lines: Short Comic Plays (Vintage Originals)

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This one-of-a-kind anthology features thirty-six hilarious short plays by major American playwrights and emerging new voices, all guaranteed to send readers and audiences into peals of laughter.

From the surrealistic wit of Steve Martin's "The Zig-Zag Woman" to the biting political satire of Steven Dietz's "The Spot," from Christopher Durang's wonderfully loopy "Wanda's Visit" to Shel Silverstein's supremely twisted "The Best Daddy," there's something in here to make everyone laugh. There are plays for casts of all sizes, from monologues to large ensembles, with diverse and challenging roles for actors of every age and type. Even the titles are funny: Mark O'Donnell's "There Shall Be No Bottom (a bad play for worse actors)," Elaine May's "The Way of All Fish," and Alan Ball's "Your Mother's Butt." A bonanza for theatergoers, performers, and comedy fans, Laugh Lines will bring down the house.

About the Author

Eric Lane and Nina Shengold are editors of twelve contemporary play collections. Their other titles for Vintage Books include Plays for Actresses, Leading Women: Plays for Actresses II, Take Ten: New Ten-Minute Plays, Take Ten II: More Ten-Minute Plays, Under Thirty: Plays for a New Generation, and Talk to Me: Monologue Plays. For Viking Penguin, they edited The Actors Book of Contemporary Stage Monologues, The Actors Book of Scenes from New Plays, Moving Parts: Monologues from Contemporary Plays, The Actors Book of Gay and Lesbian Plays (Lambda Literary Award nominee), and Telling Tales: New One-Act Plays.

Nina Shengold received the ABC Playwright Award and the L.A. Weekly Award for Homesteaders, published by Samuel French. Her Romeo/Juliet, a five-actor adaptation of Shakespeares play, is published by Broadway Play Publishing. Her ten-minute plays have been performed at the Actors Theatre of Louisville and dozens of other theaters. Ms. Shengold won the Writers Guild Award and a GLAAD Award nomination for her teleplay Labor of Love, starring Marcia Gay Harden; other screenplays include Blind Spot, with Joanne Woodward and Laura Linney, Unwed Father, Double Platinum, and a flm adaptation of Jane Smileys Good Will. She is artistic director of the upstate New York theater company Actors & Writers. Her first novel, Clearcut, was published by Anchor Books.

Eric Lane is an award-winning playwright and filmmaker. Plays include Heart of the City, Times of War, Shellac, Cater-Waiter, and Dancing on Checkers Grave, which starred Jennifer Aniston. Mr. Lane has written and produced two short filims: First Breath and Cater-Waiter. For his work on TVs Ryans Hope, he received a Writers Guild Award. Honors include the Berrilla Kerr Playwrighting Award, La Mama Playwright Development Award, numerous Yaddo fellowships, and a St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity fellowship in Malta. Mr. Lane is an honors graduate of Brown University, and is artistic director of Orange Thoughts Productions, a not-for-profit theater and film company in New York City.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Acknowledgments

David Auburn: MISS YOU

Alan Ball: YOUR MOTHER'S BUTT

Gina Barnett: ALONE AT LAST!

Glen Berger: THE GALLOWS MONOLOGUE

—FROM SIDNEY RYAN'S

—GUNPOWDER AND BLOOD

David Cale: POODLES

Eric Coble: TIES THAT BIND

Sharon E. Cooper: MISTAKEN IDENTITY

Laura Shaine Cunningham: OUTSOURCED

Adrienne Dawes: HERITAGE, HER-I-TAGE, & HAIR-I-TAGE

Steven Dietz: THE SPOT

Paul Dooley & Winne Holzman: POST-ITS (Notes on a Marriage)

Christopher Durang: WANDA'S VISIT

Peter Hedges: THE VALERIE OF NOW

Mikhail Horowitz: WE CANNOT KNOW

—THE MIND OF GOD

Seth Kramer: THE TARANTINO VARIATION

Eric Lane: THE STATUE OF BOLÍVAR

Warrent Light: MARS HAS NEVER BEEN THIS CLOSE

Mark Harvey Levine: SURPRISE

David Lindsay-Abaire: HOW WE TALK IN SOUTH BOSTON

Steve Martin: THE ZIG-ZAG WOMAN

Elaine May: THE WAY OF ALL FISH

Mark O'Donnell: THERE SHALL BE NO BOTTOM (a bad play for worse actors)

Jonathan Rand: CHECK, PLEASE

Wayne Rawley: CONTROLLING INTEREST

Jacquelyn Reingold: 2B (OR NOT 2B)

Edwin Sánchez: POPS

Nina Shengold: FORTY TO LIFE

Shel Silverstein: THE BEST DADDY

David Smilow: THE FLYING WOLIMSKIES RETURN

Tommy Smith: STREAK

Richard Strand: ROSA'S EULOGY

Frederick Stroppel: CHOCOLATE

Joyce Van Dyke: THE EARRING

Daryl Watson: THE BLUEBERRY HILL ACCORD

Lauren Wilson: WEDDING DUET

Garth Wingfield: PLEASE HAVE A SEAT AND SOMEONE WILL BE WITH YOU SHORTLY

Contributors

About the Editors

Index

Permissions and Acknowledgments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307277138
Subtitle:
Short Comic Plays
Author:
Lane, Eric
Editor:
Shengold, Nina
Author:
Shengold, Nina
Author:
Edited by Eric Lane and Nina Shengold
Publisher:
Vintage
Subject:
American
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
One-act plays, American
Subject:
American drama
Subject:
American drama -- 20th century.
Subject:
Drama-Play Anthologies
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Originals
Publication Date:
20070410
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
8.02x5.20x.93 in. .86 lbs.

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