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Take Ten II: More Ten-Minute Plays


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A ten-minute play is a blaze of theatrical energy. In this follow-up to their groundbreaking collection Take Ten, editors Eric Lane and Nina Shengold have put together a veritable bonfire of talent. Take Ten II: More 10-Minute Plays provides a fast-track tour of the current theatrical landscape, from the slapstick ingenuity of David Ives Arabian Nights to the searing tension of Diana Sons 9/11 drama The Moon, Please, to Susan Millers luminous fable The Grand Design. This remarkably diverse anthology includes thirty-five short plays by such major American playwrights as Christopher Durang, Warren Leight, Romulus Linney and Donald Margulies, alongside a host of exciting new voices.

Actors, directors, producers and teachers will find Take Ten II an invaluable source of meaty roles for people of every age, ethnicity and gender; lovers of theatre will find it a richly satisfying read. These deceptively short plays throb with life in all its variety: harrowing, hilarious, and breathtakingly vital.


A remarkably diverse group of 30 brilliant short plays--comedies, dramas, monologues and avant-garde works--that provide a fast-track tour of the current theatrical landscape.

About the Author

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." A founding member of the theater company Actors & Writers, she lives in upstate New York.

Eric Lane is an award-winning playwright, filmmaker and book editor. Plays include: Times of War, Cater-Waiter and Dancing on Checkers Grave, which starred Jennifer Aniston. His new play Heart of the City has been optioned for off-Broadway. Eric has written and produced two short films: First Breath and Cater-Waiter, which he also directed. Honors include a Writers Guild Award, La MaMa Playwright Award, Berrilla Kerr Award and two-time ONeill Center finalist. He has won fellowships at Yaddo and St. James Cavalier in Malta. Eric is Artistic Director of Orange Thoughts Productions, a not-for-profit theater & film company in New York City.

Shengold and Lane are the editors of Plays for Actresses and Take Ten: New Ten-Minute Plays, both in Vintage. For Penguin they edited Moving Parts: Monologues from Contemporary Plays, The Actor's Book of Scenes from New Plays, and The Actor's Book of Gay & Lesbian Plays, which was nominated for the Lambda Literary Award.

Table of Contents

  1. Antigone's red /Chiori Miyagawa
  2. Arabian nights /David Ives
  3. Classyass /Caleen Sinnette Jennings
  4. The Cure /Romulus Linney
  5. Daniel on a Thursday /Garth Wingfield
  6. Deer play /Mary Louise Wilson
  7. El depresso espresso /Laura Shaine Cunningham
  8. El santo Americano /Edward Bok Lee
  9. Emotional baggage /Nina Shengold
  10. Faith /Eric Lane
  11. Fight dreams /Alison Weiss
  12. The find /Susan Sandler
  13. The grand design /Susan Miller
  14. It's not you / Craig Pospisil
  15. Kitty the waitress /Christopher Durang
  16. Left to right /Steven Dietz
  17. The levee /Taylor Mac Bowyer
  18. Marred bliss /Mark O'Donnell
  19. Men's intuition /Itamar Moses
  20. The moon please /Diana Son
  21. My red hand, my black hand /Dael Orlandersmith
  22. Night visits /Simon Fill
  23. Nine ten /Warren Leight
  24. Playwriting 101: the rooftop lesson /Rich Orloff
  25. Rosie in the shadow of the melrose /Craig Fols
  26. A fustle of wings /Linda Eisenstein
  27. Sinnery of a Sunday /Honour Kane
  28. The sniper /Anthony David,Elaine Romero
  29. Space /Donald Margulies
  30. Stuck /Claire Reeve
  31. Table 5 at Empire Szechwan /Alexander Woo
  32. Twenty dollar drinks /Joe Pintauro
  33. 21 /Sigrid Heath
  34. Virginia Street /Toni Press-Coffman
  35. A whole house full of babies /Sean O'Connor.

Product Details

Lane, Eric
Shengold, Nina
Lane, Eric
Shengold, Nina
Eric Lane and Nina Shengold, editors
Shengold, Nina
Lane, Eric
Vintage Books USA
New York
One-act plays, American
General Drama
Drama-American Anthology
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Vintage Original
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