Every week the staff of Manhattan’s renowned Drama Book Shop undertakes the formidable challenge of helping actors find the best monologues for auditions and classes; answering hundreds of questions regarding new—and classic—plays from the U.S. and around the world; and recommending theatre craft titles–from lighting design to beating the pavement. They even have a working theatre in their basement!
Here they are on Stage Voices, picking the best of published work to keep us up to date and aware of the little known—the next best thing to actually being in the shop, listening to their wise counsel and sage advice.
DRAMA BOOK SHOP'S PICK OF THE WEEK:
FUNNY, STRANGE, PROVOCATIVE: 7 PLAYS FROM CLUBBED THUMB
edited by Maria Striar and Erin Detrick
“You are wondering if I have ever had sexual intercourse,” muses a comely female torso, addressing her audience for the first time.
A lonely apartment swoons for its inhabitants as a dreamy incarnation of Justin Timberlake gets all the attention.
Demon Baby, a gnome-like creature that looks like a middle-aged man, renders average citizens helpless while roosting atop their torsos.
If you, like I, have been zonking out at the kitchen sinks of various suburban homes as relatives and lovers get drunk and finally tell one another the truth, the plays in this Clubbed Thumb anthology will snap you awake line by line, image by image and play by play. And if you’re lucky, they’ll pull you through that sink spigot, twist you through the maze beneath and push you out the other side transformed.
If you’re not already familiar with the anthology’s articulate and intriguing authors – including Carson Kreitzer, Erin Courtney and Sheila Callaghan, whose plays are mentioned above – you should be; Clubbed Thumb has an impeccable ear for talented voices. As a group, these authors are enamored with, not encumbered by, language and form. They play with ferocity and experiment with glee but don’t sacrifice substance for style. Their plays are energetic, clever, fun, raw and above all, truthful.
Ultimately, though, you should read these plays because they are a reflection of a restless, changing world — not content to remain in one place and dwell on what is. They sing, thrash and lunge toward their next incarnation, away from the standard proscenium, toward new possibility, toward what can be.
Scenes/Monologues: Both, especially for those looking for something atypical, challenging (i.e. not for a commercial audition).
Recommended by: Matthew
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Plays Included in FUNNY, STRANGE, PROVOCATIVE: 7 PLAYS FROM CLUBBED THUMB :
The Typographer's Dream by Adam Bock
Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake) by Sheila Callaghan
Demon Baby by Erin Courtney
16 Spells to Charm the Beast by Lisa D'Amour
Inky by Rinne Groff
Dearest Eugenia Haggis by Anne Marie Healy
Freakshow by Carson Kreitzer
Publisher Description: Clubbed Thumb, the Obie Award-winning downtown theatre company, has made it their mission since 1996 to produce funny, strange, and provocative new plays. This anthology contains seven thought-provoking, edgy, and entertaining works that have been developed and produced by Clubbed Thumb. Playwrights include Adam Bock, Sheila Callaghan, Erin Courtney, Lisa D'Amour, Rinne Groff, Anne Marie Healy, and Carson Kreitzer.
"This anthology represents the jazziest, most edgy writers in contemporary American drama today. And Clubbed Thumb has more nerve, more guts, more class per square inch than any not-for-profit small theatre in New York. Reading these writers makes me want to go back to my own computer and try harder, dare more, and storm the barricades for funding for this rising generation." -Paula Vogel, Pulitzer-winning author of How I Learned to Drive
Publisher : PlayScripts, Inc
Published : 04/01/2007
Format : Paperback
ISBN-10 : 0970904622
ISBN-13 : 9780970904621
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