GETTING THE PART–DRAMATIC PIECES FOR THE ASPIRING ACTOR 

Celebrating the young actor, One on One, Playing with a Purpose introduces over 85 monologues, for ages 7-15.  The anthology is drawn from classic repertory, Broadway shows, the work of Pulitzer Prize-winning writers, plays from veteran and up-and-coming dramatists—and even kids themselves! The parts are courageous, funny, heartbreaking, and universal; the characters, contemporary, modern, maybe outrageous, even timeless, and always deeply human. Ideal for students of theatre, youth groups, acting classes, playwrights, and auditioning thespians, the collection includes roles as time-honored as Peter Pan and Juliet, as powerful as Anne Frank and Antigone, and as mischievous as Puck and Huckleberry Finn.  Highlighted are Oz extras, fairy tale favorites, pirates, zombies, anime holdouts, and Edith Ann, as well as a Cyclops, a robot, a Jabberwocky, Man-in-the-Moon marigolds, barking sharks, and Hollywood arms—the best of writing from:  

AESOP*J. M. BARRIE*CARRIE HAMILTON AND CAROL BURNETT*LEWIS CARROLL*MIGUEL DE CERVANTES*NILO CRUZ*EURIPIDES*HERB GARDNER*JEAN-ROCK GAUDREAULT*FRANCES GOODRICH AND ALBERT HACKETT*WENDY GRAF*LORRAINE HANSBERRY*HOMER*ISRAEL HOROVITZ*QUIARA ALEGRÍA HUDES*HENRIK IBSEN*JAMES JOYCE*CAROL S. LASHOF*LISA LOOMER*KEN LUDWIG*DONALD MARGULIES*CARSON MCCULLERS*OYAMO*JOSÉ RIVERA*WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE*SOPHOCLES*TOM STOPPARD*CARIDAD SVICH*MARK TWAIN*LILY TOMLIN*JANE WAGNER*NAOMI WALLACE*LUCY WANG*LANFORD WILSON*DAVID WOOD*CRAIG WRIGHT*KELLY YOUNGER*PAUL ZINDEL*PLUS MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS FROM THE LOS ANGELES PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM, WORKING WITH THEATRE ARTISTS FROM CENTER THEATRE GROUP*AND MANY MORE . . .

Bob Shuman, MFA, is the owner of the Marit Literary Agency and the Web site Stage Voices (www.stagevoices.com), which includes his theatre writing and criticism. He has written songs for and acted in children’s theatre; he is also a playwright, college professor, author, Fellow of the Lark Theatre Company, recipient of Hunter College’s Irv Zarkower Award for excellence in playwriting, and co-editor of four previous drama anthologies. Bob lives in New York City.

Stephen Fife, MFA, founded and ran The Young Actors Workshop, directing kids 7–15 in original musicals he wrote for them, including Charming and Young Forever. The first literary manager for Primary Stages, he has also written plays such as Blue Kiss, Sizzle Sizzle, and Savage World, as well as feature articles on theatre for the New York Times, New Republic, Village Voice, New York Newsday, and others. His memoir Best Revenge: How the Theater Saved My Life and Has Been Killing Me Ever Since recounts his work with Joseph Chaikin. Steve lives in Santa Monica, California.

Marit E. Shuman began work on this book when she was 14 years old. From New York, she attends The Horace Mann School. She is a lover of musical theatre and is a member of The Horace Mann Theatre Company, The Horace Mann Glee Club, and the Girl’s Ensemble.

Eloise Rollins-Fife started work on this project when she was a 13-year-old eighth grader at The Archer School for Girls. Her favorite things to do are sing, act, read, write, listen to music, and hang out with her friends. Her dream job would be as a writer/director.

(c) 2013 by Marit E. Shuman and Bob Shuman.  All rights reserved.

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