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Monologues from literature : a sourcebook for actors
Smith, Marisa.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Fawcett Colombine, [1990]

Physical Description:
xxv, 352 pages ; 24 cm
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Central Library PN4305.M6 M66 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Actors looking for new and exciting ways to audition will discover that some of the greatest acting scenes ever written appear not only in plays, but in novels, stories, even poetry, Monologues from Literature taps this virtually limitless wellspring, providing monologue adaptations for dramatic and comic audition pieces, conveniently organized in chronological order -- from Homer's The Odyssey to Tom Wolfe's The Bonfire of the Vanities.

Spanning the centuries, this sourcebook offers a variety of situations styles, and periods that you can tailor to any type of audition or acting class. You'll find characters that will allow you to display a great range of moods and emotions, including:

Francie in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Sancho Panza in Don Quixote

Anna in Anna Karenina

Rebecca in Ivanhoe

Uchendu in Things Fall Apart

Sissy in Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

Emma Bovary in Madame Bovary

Portnoy in Portnoy's Complaint

Felicitas in The Company of Women

The Poet in Les Fleurs du Mal

Sal in On the Road

Cocoa in Mama Day

And dozens more

Monologues from Literature also provides an invaluable reference chart that divides the selections into age and gender of character, setting and period, and genre (drama, seriocomedy, or comedy), so that you can quickly find a monologue appropriate for your needs.

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