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