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Eric Lane and Nina Shengold have been editing contemporary theater anthologies for more than twenty years. Eric Lane's award-winning plays have been published and performed in the United States, Canada, Europe, and China. Plays include Ride, Times of War, Heart of the City, Dancing on Checkers' Grave, and Filming O'Keeffe. Floating, a PlayPenn finalist, was workshopped at Raven Theatre. Eric's short plays are published in Best American Short Plays, Poems and Plays, and the Foreign Language Press (Beijing). He wrote and produced the short films First Breath and Cater-Waiter, which he also directed; both films screened in more than forty cities worldwide. For TV's Ryan's Hope he received a Writers 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's plays include Finger Foods, War at Home, Homesteaders, and Romeo/Juliet, and have been produced around the world. Her one-act No Shoulder was filmed by director Suzi Yoonessi, with Melissa Leo and Samantha Sloyan. Nina won a Writers Guild Award for her teleplay Labor of Love, starring Marcia Gay Harden; other teleplays include Blind Spot, with Joanne Woodward and Laura Linney, and Unwed Father. Her books include the novel Clearcut; River of Words: Portraits of Hudson Valley Writers (with photographer Jennifer May), and a growing posse of pseudonymous books for young readers. A graduate of Wesleyan, she is currently teaching creative writing at Manhattanville College. Nina lives in New York's Hudson Valley, where she has been books editor of Chronogram magazine since 2004.

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Introduction

Acknowledgements

 

FULL-LENGTH PLAYS

David Ives,  VENUS IN FURS

Steven Dietz, SHOOTING STAR

Frank Higgins, BLACK PEARL SINGS!

Anthony Clarvoe, THE ART OF SACRIFICE

SHORT PLAYS

Elizabeth Meriwether, 90 DAYS

Kitt Lavoie, BANK & TRUST

Ean Miles Kessler, FUNNY VALENTINE

Simon Fill, THE GIFT

Michael Mitnick, HAIL CAESER!

Pete Barry, HEARING AIR

Mark Harvey Levine, THE KISS

Eric Lane, LADY LIBERTY AND THE DONUT GIRL

Paul Rudnick, MY HUSBAND

Jacob Juntunen, SADDAM’S LIONS

Naveen Bahar Choudhury, SKIN

Doug Wright, WILDWOOD PARK

Edwin Sánchez, BEA AND MAY

Nina Shengold, DEEP JERSEY

Kelly Rhodes, HEADS AND TAILS

José Rivera, LESSON FOR UNACCUSTOMED BRIDE

Daria Polatin, THAT FIRST FALL

Cori Thomas, WAKING UP

Marco Ramirez, 3:59 am: a drag race for two actors

Jacqueline E. Lawton, FINALS, TOUCHDOWNS, AND BARREL KICKS

Halley Feiffer, FRANK AMENDS

Neil LaBute, STRANGE FRUIT

David Auburn, AN UPSET

Billy Aronson, NEGOTIATION

 

Contributors

About the Editors

Permissions and Acknowledgements

Synopsis:

Nina Shengold won the ABC Playwright Award and the LA Weekly Award for her play "Homesteaders." Her one-acts have been performed all over the country, and her TV scripts include Hallmark Hall of Fame's "Blind Spot," starring Joanne Woodward, and "Silent Night." She is also the author of the novel Clearcut. A founding member of the theater company Actors & Writers, she lives in upstate New York.

Eric Lane's plays have been performed at theaters in New York and around the country. Works include "The Gary & Rob Show," "The Heart of a Child," and "Dancing on Checkers' Grave." He is artistic director of Orange Thoughts, a not-for-profit theater and film company in New York City. Shengold and Lane are the editors of eight previous Vintage anthologies and three Penguin anthologies.

About the Author

Plays for Two is a unique anthology of twenty-eight terrific plays for two actors, by a mix of celebrated playwrights and cutting-edge new voices.

It takes two to tango—or to perform a duet, fight a duel, or play ping-pong. The two-character play is dramatic confrontation stripped to its essence. These four full-length and twenty-four short plays feature pairs of every sort—strangers, rivals, parents and children, siblings, co-workers, friends, and lovers—swooning or sparring, meeting cute or parting ways. In a dizzying range of moods and styles, these two-handers offer the kind of meaty, challenging roles actors love, while providing readers and audiences with the pleasures of watching the complex give-and-take dynamics of two keenly matched characters.

Plays by:  Billy Aronson, David Auburn, Pete Barry, Naveen Bahar Choudhury, Anthony Clarvoe, Steven Dietz, Halley Feiffer, Simon Fill, Frank Higgins, David Ives, Jacob Juntunen, Ean Miles Kessler, Neil LaBute, Eric Lane, Kitt Lavoie, Jacqueline E. Lawton, Mark Harvey Levine, Elizabeth Meriwether, Michael Mitnick, Daria Polatin, Marco Ramirez, Kelly Rhodes, Jose Rivera, Paul Rudnick, Edwin Sanchez, Nina Shengold, Cori Thomas, Doug Wright

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780345804549
Author:
Lane, Eric
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Author:
Shengold, Nina
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
Drama-Play Anthologies
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
20140331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
640
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 1.1 in 1.02 lb

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Product details 640 pages Vintage Books - English 9780345804549 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Introduction

Acknowledgements

 

FULL-LENGTH PLAYS

David Ives,  VENUS IN FURS

Steven Dietz, SHOOTING STAR

Frank Higgins, BLACK PEARL SINGS!

Anthony Clarvoe, THE ART OF SACRIFICE

SHORT PLAYS

Elizabeth Meriwether, 90 DAYS

Kitt Lavoie, BANK & TRUST

Ean Miles Kessler, FUNNY VALENTINE

Simon Fill, THE GIFT

Michael Mitnick, HAIL CAESER!

Pete Barry, HEARING AIR

Mark Harvey Levine, THE KISS

Eric Lane, LADY LIBERTY AND THE DONUT GIRL

Paul Rudnick, MY HUSBAND

Jacob Juntunen, SADDAM’S LIONS

Naveen Bahar Choudhury, SKIN

Doug Wright, WILDWOOD PARK

Edwin Sánchez, BEA AND MAY

Nina Shengold, DEEP JERSEY

Kelly Rhodes, HEADS AND TAILS

José Rivera, LESSON FOR UNACCUSTOMED BRIDE

Daria Polatin, THAT FIRST FALL

Cori Thomas, WAKING UP

Marco Ramirez, 3:59 am: a drag race for two actors

Jacqueline E. Lawton, FINALS, TOUCHDOWNS, AND BARREL KICKS

Halley Feiffer, FRANK AMENDS

Neil LaBute, STRANGE FRUIT

David Auburn, AN UPSET

Billy Aronson, NEGOTIATION

 

Contributors

About the Editors

Permissions and Acknowledgements

"Synopsis" by , Nina Shengold won the ABC Playwright Award and the LA Weekly Award for her play "Homesteaders." Her one-acts have been performed all over the country, and her TV scripts include Hallmark Hall of Fame's "Blind Spot," starring Joanne Woodward, and "Silent Night." She is also the author of the novel Clearcut. A founding member of the theater company Actors & Writers, she lives in upstate New York.

Eric Lane's plays have been performed at theaters in New York and around the country. Works include "The Gary & Rob Show," "The Heart of a Child," and "Dancing on Checkers' Grave." He is artistic director of Orange Thoughts, a not-for-profit theater and film company in New York City. Shengold and Lane are the editors of eight previous Vintage anthologies and three Penguin anthologies.

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