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Monologues for men by men. Volume two
Garrison, Gary.
Publication Information:
Portsmouth, NH : Heinemann, [2003]

Physical Description:
xii, 164 pages ; 22 cm
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PN2080 .M538 2003 V.2 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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For this second volume, Garrison and Wright have assembled a collection of reflections by men about what it means to be a male these days, particularly in the wake of September 11, 2001, and how they are putting their thoughts and feelings into theatrical expression. Representing an international community of playwrights, these monologues will satisfy any actor looking for new, original theatre pieces for auditions or acting classes. What's more, the material is accessible, thought provoking, and fun to perform.

Each monologue raises a set of questions that is theatrically illustrated through character construction, linear and non-linear structure, and simple storytelling:

What is life like for men in this new age? Why and when are men moved to speak? To whom? And for what reason? How has men's awareness of the world changed after the horror of September 11th?

Each writer answers these questions in a thematically or dramaturgically unique way. Those writers whose monologues relate to the terrorist attacks remind us of the power of the single voice to say no, be heard, or instigate change. Other writers use a sort of "page architecture" that creates a distinctive sense of phrasing for actors to use as they will. Together the monologues give actors the opportunity to educate, question, inspire, or entertain. Playwrights, too, will benefit from the variety of writing styles, genres, ideas, and theatrical constructions they can explore.

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Library Journal Review

This compilation of 49 modern monologs, written by international male artists with diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, focuses on the notion of maleness and the ways in which male actors express themselves theatrically. Editors Garrison and Wright, both playwrights and teachers who also collaborated on the first volume, continue to explore the same concept in this follow-up. They have organized the monologs into five chapters by subject: "The Ache" (relationships); "The World We Know Under Siege" (pertaining to 9/11 and being under threat); "Re-Mirroring" (personal criticisms); "Fam-ug-ily" (family boundaries); and the "Male Dance" (raw conceptions). Each chapter includes an introduction by Garrison that could stand alone as a monolog. Some of the pieces are written in poetic form, without punctuation (called page architecture), letting the actor find his own phrasing and intentions. Also included are biographies of the monologists and editors. For all public libraries, especially those that already own the first volume.-Elizabeth Stifter, Brooklyn, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Aaron CoatesDean CorrinAnton DudleyJeffery ElwellBob FordKen LudwigTodd McCulloughAri RothHaresh SharmaMats Hellerstedt-ThorinMichael YerginPaul AustinAaron CabellChris DunkleyBen EllisDavid FrankGraham GordyAdrian PageMoshe KasherBrad RothbartGary SunshineErrol BrayMattias BrunnChong Tze ChienJoel MurrayMatthew NaderBrian NelsonDan NielsenDan StroehBarton BishopDan DietzGary GarrisonRobert HenryPaul LambrakisGreg RomeroEugene SticklandMichel WallersteinMichael WrightNate EpplerJason T. GarrettJon HallerVishakan JeyakumarKipp KoenigCarlos MurilloMalcolm PellesArzhang PezhmanRichard Stockton RandJohn WalchHank Willenbrink
Introduction: A Sort of Monologuep. vii
The Achep. 1
The Paper Bagp. 3
Longingp. 5
Jonathon and Stuartp. 7
The Night We Metp. 9
She's Materialp. 11
Shakespeare in Hollywoodp. 13
Male Patternp. 14
Interview with a Pharmacistp. 16
Sweet dreamp. 18
The Pain of Passionp. 21
Grand Peoplep. 24
The World We Knew Under Siegep. 27
Dreaming Angelp. 29
Whalespeakp. 32
Darrenp. 35
The Exhibitp. 40
Prenatal Paralysisp. 43
Barry, the Human Spongep. 45
Just Do Itp. 47
Look Before You Leapp. 49
Rashid's Rantp. 53
1BR, Walk-In Kitchenp. 55
Re-Mirroringp. 59
Monologue for a Rhinop. 61
is this it?p. 64
The Actorp. 66
Gonep. 69
Drug Repp. 72
Doublep. 74
A Joke on the New Guyp. 77
Booker-T Is Back in Townp. 79
Fam-ug-ilyp. 83
Competencep. 85
A Bone Close to My Brainp. 87
Take a Load Offp. 96
Drinking with Dadp. 99
Family Manp. 102
The Eulogyp. 104
Men of His Generationp. 106
Last Farewellp. 108
Sleeping, Sonp. 111
The Man Dancep. 115
How to Quit Properlyp. 117
Lunchp. 119
In the Arboretump. 121
'Lacp. 123
Down for the Countp. 126
The Crafty Baboonp. 128
Panthers, Police, and Baby Mamasp. 132
Scrapp. 135
Vinnie Gp. 138
Protectionp. 141
Wichitap. 144
Biographiesp. 147
Performance Rightsp. 162