Lucy Kerbel's '100 great plays for women' is a guide to a hundred plays that put female performers centre stage, dispelling the myth that 'there aren't any good plays for women'. Women buy the majority of theatre tickets, make up half the acting profession and are often the largest cohort of any youth theatre or drama club. And yet they have traditionally been underrepresented on stage. 100 Great Plays for Women seeks to address this gap by celebrating plays that put female performers centre stage.
Contemporary Women Stage Directors opens the door into the minds of 27 prolific female theatre directors, allowing you to explore their experience, wisdom and knowledge. Directors give insight into their diverse approaches to the key challenges of directing theatre, including choosing projects, engaging with scripts, conceptualizing visual and acoustic production elements, collaborating with actors and production teams, building their careers, and navigating challenges and opportunities posed by gender, race and ethnicity. The directors featured include Maria Aberg, May Adrales, Sarah Benson, Karin Coonrod, Rachel Chavkin, Lear deBessonet, Nadia Fall, Vicky Featherstone, Polly Findlay, Leah Gardiner, Anne Kauffman, Lucy Kerbel, Young Jean Lee, Patricia McGregor, Blanche McIntyre, Paulette Randall, Diane Rodriguez, Indhu Rubasingham, KJ Sanchez, Tina Satter, Kimberly Senior, Roxana Silbert, Leigh Silverman, Caroline Steinbeis, Liesl Tommy, Lyndsey Turner, and Erica Whyman. These women are making profoundly exciting theatre in some of the most influential organizations across the English-speaking world-from Broadway to the West End, from the National Theatre in London to Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles. As generally mid-career professionals, they are informed by both their hard-earned expertise and their forward-looking energy. They offer astute observations about the current state of the art form, as well as inspiring visions of what theatre can accomplish in the decades to come.
Release on 2015-11-19 | by Fraser Grace,Clare Bayley
A Writers' and Artists' Companion
Author: Fraser Grace,Clare Bayley
Pubpsher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Full of inspiration and practical advice, Playwriting: A Writers' & Artists' Companion is a comprehensive companion to writing for the stage. PART 1 includes reflections on the art and the craft of playwriting, guidance on writing for a full range of genres and spaces and a brief history of playwriting itself. PART 2 contains inspiring advice and reflections from leading playwrights:April De Angelis, Bryony Lavery, David Greig, Christina Reid, Dennis Kelly, Frank McGuinness, Lynn Nottage, Howard Brenton, Roy Williams, Tanika Gupta, Timberlake Wertenbaker, Polly Stenham, Tom Stoppard, Jack Thorne, Steve Waters, E.V. Crowe, David Henry Hwang, Lin Coghlan, Zinnie Harris and Anne Washburn. PART 3 offers practical exercises and advice on planning and conducting research, working out plots and characters, mastering authentic but accessible dialogue, navigating the industry and the rehearsal and production process.
This brutal and hilarious one-act play was declared one of the greatest plays of all time for women in Lucy Kerbel's volume "100 Great Plays For Women." Set in an all-girls' boarding school, "Numbers" depicts a vicious battle of wills between four Sixth Form girls in the hour before a new Head Girl is announced. As the girls vie for the coveted position, old friendships and loyalties give way to ambition and betrayal. Nothing is too extreme in a battle which increasingly proves less about the disputed role and more about how the girls' conflicting ideologies of class, privilege and morality will affect the rest of their lives.
Secrets of My Soul is a series of scenes for the stage that explore inner thoughts, struggles and love. Actors can play multiple roles. At least 8 actors are needed for the production with at least 2 females and 2 males. The cast can be as large as 40. *********** INDEX The play includes the following scenes: "The Fire" for 8 actors (page 2) "The Not So Perfect Child" monologue (page 11) "Confession" for 2 actors (page 12) "Dear God" monologue (page 15) "Death Takes the Train" for 4 actors (page 18) "Ghosts I've Known" monologue (page 26) "Sirens at Sea" for 4 actors (page 31) "Demons" monologue (page 40) "Grace" for 3 actors (page 42) "Breaking Heart" monologue (page 51) "Falling Away from You" for 2 actors (page 53) "Dummy" monologue (page 59) "The Food of Love" for 2 actors (page 61) "Before You Punch Me" monologue (page 69) "Heart Attack" for 4 actors (page 69) "Pearls of Wisdom" monologue (page 78) "The Last Can" for 2 actors (page 82) "End the Hurting" monologue (page 98)
Release on 1999 | by David M. Bevington,Kathleen McLuskie
Author: David M. Bevington,Kathleen McLuskie
The connection between plays and women in the early modern theatre aroused a good deal of excited contemporary comment. The plays in this anthology - two domestic tragedies and two city comedies - illustrate that link.