DUO!: THE BEST SCENES FOR TWO FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

 

Spotlighting the best of Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional, and experimental writings since 2000, Duo! offers strong dramatic pieces for performance and study. Culled from the work of over one hundred playwrights—veterans as well as up-and-coming talents—this follow-up compendium to the popular edition of the 1990s is by turns comic, serious, or both, but always intensely human.

Filled with rich characters and universal storylines, Duo! speaks to people of all ages and backgrounds and tackles all the paramount issues of our time—from race and gender to class and politics to love and sex. Tracy Letts confronts the aftermath of betrayal on a night too hot for sleep in August: Osage County; Karen Finley exposes sexual politics outside the Oval Office in George & Martha; Lynn Nottage delineates gentility, the fear of being alone, and the passage of time in Intimate Apparel; Richard Greenberg weighs the costs of being godly or becoming merely human in the baseball-themed Take Me Out; and Tina Howe bends time, showing the universal power of dramatic recognition across the ages, in Water Music.

 

The table of contents:

 

SCENES FOR A MAN AND A WOMAN

T H E A LT R U I S T S by Nicky Silver

AUGUST: O S A G E C O U N T Y by Tracy Letts

“ B E N C H S E AT ” F R O M

A U T O B A H N by Neil LaBute

THE AUTOMATA P I E TA by Constance Congdon

BLACK THANG by Ato Essandoh

D E A D M A N ’ S C E L L P H O N E by Sarah Ruhl

D E V E L O P I N G I N A

D A R K R O O M by Joseph Catalfano

E C S TAT I C S TAT E S by Juliana Francis Kelly

ELEPHANT by Margie Stokley

E L L I O T, A S O L D I E R ’ S

F U G U E by Quiara Alegría Hudes

ERRAT I C A by Reina Hardy

E X P E C T I N G I S A B E L by Lisa Loomer

FORCE CONTINUUM by Kia Corthron

FREEDOM HIGH by Adam Kraar

GAP by Carol S. Lashof

GEORGE & MARTHA by Karen Finley

T H E G R A N D D E S I G N by Susan Miller

GROUNDWORK OF THE META P H Y S I C

OF MORALS by Young Jean Lee

HENRY by Claudia Barnett

T H E I M P O S S I B I L I T Y O F M O S T

T H I N G S by Albert Innaurato

T H E L A S T F R E A K S H O W by Philip Zwerling

L E F T by Laura Henry

L E T I T G O by Crystal Field

MAGGIE MAY by Tom O’Brien

M A R E ’ S N E S T by Joseph Goodrich

T H E M E R C Y S E AT by Neil LaBute

M R . L U C K Y ’ S by Stephen Fife

ORSON’S SHADOW by Austin Pendleton

O U R L A D Y O F 1 2 1 S T

S T R E E T by Stephen Adly Guirgis

PA R A D I S E by Glyn O’Malley

PA R A D I S E PARK by Charles Mee

PERSEPHONE UNDERGROUND by Carol S. Lashof

PROPHECY by Karen Malpede

REBEL MOON by Brian Granger

R E D L I G H T W I N T E R by Adam Rapp

S C E N E S F R O M A N U N F I N I S H E D

 L I F E by Leigh Kennicott

S C R I P T E D by Mark Harvey Levine

S H Y N E S S I S N I C E by Marc Spitz

S O M E G I R L ( s ) by Neil LaBute

S O M E G I R L ( s ) by Neil LaBute

SOUND by Robert Patrick

S O U V E N I R by Stephen Temperly

S O U V E N I R by Stephen Temperly

STUFF HAPPENS by David Hare

T H E Y ’ R E J U S T L I K E

U S by Boo Killebrew

V- E D AY by Faye Sholiton

WA I T I N G by Lisa Soland

WAT E R M U S I C by Tina Howe

WOMAN KILLER by Chiori Miyagawa

WTC VIEW by Brian Sloan

 

SCENES FOR TWO WOMEN

A G E O F A R O U S A L by Linda Griffiths

A L L T H I N G S B E I N G E Q U A L by Faye Sholiton

A M E R I C A N T E T by Lydia Stryk

A M S T E L I N T E L AV I V by Allyson Currin

D E A D M A N ’ S C E L L P H O N E by Sarah Ruhl

D E D I C AT I O N O R T H E S T U F F O F

D R E A M S by Terrence McNally

T H E D I R E C T O R by Barbara Cassidy

DOUBT by John Patrick Shanley

T H E E L E K T R A F U G U E S by Ruth Margraff

E Y E S O F T H E H E A R T by Catherine Filloux

F O R E I G N B O D I E S by Susan Yankowitz

G R I E V I N G F O R

G E N E V I E V E by Kathleen Warnock

H O T E L S P L E N D I D by Lavonne Mueller

I N F I N I T E SPACE by Rob Handel

T H E I N T E L L I G E N T D E S I G N

O F J E N N Y

C H O W by Rolin Jones

I N T I M AT E A P PAREL by Lynn Nottage

K I S S A N D C RY by Tom Rowan

T H E L A N G U A G E O F

K I S S E S by Edmund De Santis

M E A S U R E F O R P L E A S U R E:

A RESTORATION ROMP by David Grimm

MISS WITHERSPOON by Christopher Durang

N I G H T T R A I N T O B O L I N A by Nilo Cruz

R A B B I T H O L E by David Lindsay-Abaire

S C E N E S F R O M A N U N

F I N I S H E D L I F E by Leigh Kennicott

SECOND. by Neal Utterback

S T I L L L I F E W I T H PARROT

& MONKEY by Paula Cizmar

T H I R D by Wendy Wasserstein

V- E D AY by Faye Sholiton

WRINKLES by Rebecca Basham

YOGA WA R R I O R by Katherine Burkman, Susie Gerald, Ann C. Hall, Deborah Burkman,

and Richard Esquinas

 

SCENES FOR TWO MEN

APPA R I T I O N by Anne Washburn

A U N T I E M AYHEM by David Pumo

T H E B AT T L E O F L I G H T

A N D D A R K N E S S by Stephen Fife

BETRAYED by George Packer

B’SHALOM by Meron Langsner

BURNING THE OLD MAN by Kelly McAllister

CAVEMAN by Richard Maxwell

C O R P S VALUES by Brendon Bates

DEWEY BOY & WOOKIE by Dwight Watson

END ZONE by Bob Shuman

“F L O AT I N G H O M E” F R O M

A N I N T I M AT E H I S T O R Y

O F E X I L E by Adrián Rodríguez

A FREE COUNTRY by Stephen Most

G O D ’ S E A R by Jenny Schwartz

H O U S E , D I V I D E D by Larry Loebell

I JUST WA N N A G E T T O

P H O E N I X by John Lane

I N D I A N B L O O D by A. R. Gurney

I S T H AT A G U N I N Y O U R

 P O C K E T by Carol Mullen

M E A S U R E F O R P L E A S U R E :

A RESTORATION

ROMP by David Grimm

OPUS by Michael Hollinger

ORSON’S SHADOW by Austin Pendleton

O U R L A D Y O F 1 2 1 S T

S T R E E T by Stephen Adly Guirgis

THE OVERWHELMING by J. T. Rogers

T H E PA R I S L E T T E R by Jon Robin Baitz

T H E P R I VAT E L I V E S

O F E S K I M O S by Ken Urban

R E A S O N S T O B E

P R E T T Y by Neil LaBute

REDEMPTION by Murray Schisgal

TA K E M E O U T by Richard Greenberg

TA K E M E O U T by Richard Greenberg

T I M E O U T by Erik Sherman

T H E W O M E N O F

L O C K E R B I E by Deborah Brevoort

T H E W R I T I N G O N T H E

WA L L by Ed Napier

Y O U A R E H E R E by Christina Anderson

 

ONE-ACTS FOR TWO

INTERREGNUM by William M. Hoffman

THE OTHER WOMAN by David Ives

 

 

Duo!

Duo! The Best Scenes for Two for the 21st Century

Joyce E. Henry, Ph. D., is professor emerita of Theatre and Communication Studies at Ursinus College. She is the editor of The Wisdom of Shakespeare and author of Beat the Bard. She lives in Collegeville, Pennsylvania.

Rebecca Dunn Jaroff, Ph. D., is assistant professor of English at Ursinus College, where she teaches American literature, drama, and journalism. She lives in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.

Bob Shuman, M.F.A., is an editor, playwright, college professor, and co-author of Simply Elegant Flowers with Michael George. A Fellow of the Lark Theatre Company, he received Hunter College’s

Irv Zarkower Award for excellence in playwriting. He lives in New York City.

 

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Edited by Joyce E. Henry, Rebecca Dunn Jaroff, and Bob Shuman

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