Scenes and Monologues of Spiritual Experience and In Performance

New releases from The Applause Acting Series

Scenes and Monologues of Spiritual Experience from the Best Contemporary Plays
In Performance: Contemporary Monologues for Men and Women, Late Teens–20s 

Available November 2013

Website (Scenes) | Website (In Performance)

Monologues and scenes are vital instruments in every actor’s toolbox. During an audition, performing a monologue gives casting directors a sense of the actor’s skill level and personality. But not every monologue fits every actor. There is an ongoing need for a variety of material that actors in the modern world can relate and connect to.

This year, Applause Books responds to the cry for contemporary monologues and scenes for actors by releasing a surge of new books in its popular Applause Acting Series, which includes successful titles like the Duo! and One on One volumes. This spring, Applause published One on One: Playing with a Purpose: Monologues for Kids Ages 7–15 and Scenes and Monologues from Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award Finalists, 2008–2012. In November, Scenes and Monologues of Spiritual Experience from the Best Contemporary Plays ($19.99) and In Performance: Contemporary Monologues for Men and Women, Late Teens–20s ($18.99) will be available for the modern actor from high school age on up. Selected from some of the greatest plays and playwrights of the modern era, these pieces are perfect for undergraduate and graduate programs, professional production auditions, and industry meetings. Best Monologues from Best American Short Plays Volume 1 will follow in January 2014.

Scenes and Monologues of Spiritual Experience from the Best Contemporary Plays explores themes of religious faith, martyrdom, death and afterlife, fate, mercy, and romantic love from various religious and non-religious perspectives through the nearly 100 scenes included in the book. Theater expert Roger Ellis culls together material from contemporary plays by some of the most gifted playwrights—Arthur Miller, Tony Kushner, John Patrick Shanley, John Pielmeier, Karen Sunde, and others.

In Performance: Contemporary Monologues for Men and Women, Late Teens–20s not only includes monologues selected by working teacher, director, and Broadway casting director JV Mercanti but also Mercanti’s advice on matching the actor with the monologue and how to approach the performance of the piece. This selection of more than 25 monologues represents some of the best pieces from the last 15 years.

Both books include notes from the editors, directing the performers toward shaping complex, honest, and thoughtful performances that have strong emotional connections, clear arcs, and playable actions. In Scenes and Monologues of Spiritual Experience, Ellis makes notes on staging to help actors and directors bring these scenes to life. For In Performance, synopses of the plays, character descriptions, and a list of questions specific to the monologues accompany each piece.

These collections are must-have material for anyone interested in acting. They also succeed as excellent companions for the casual reader.

ABOUT THE EDITORS 

Scenes and Monologues of Spiritual Experience from the Best Contemporary Plays

Roger Ellis is a professor of theatre working in professional, community, and university theatres in the U.S. and abroad. He currently serves as Vice President of World Theater for the International Amateur Theatre Association and has enjoyed a publishing career of nearly twenty years, editing and authoring over a dozen books, including The Complete Audition Book for Young Actors, New Audition Scenes and Monologs from Contemporary Playwrights, and Competition Monologues. He lives in Allendale, MI.

Nov. 19, 2013    9781480331563    Paperback          $19.99          400 pages         5.25″ x 7.75″

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In Performance: Contemporary Monologues for Men and Women, Late Teens–20s

JV Mercanti is assistant professor of acting and directing in the Theatre Arts Department at the University of Miami. Mercanti was the resident director of the most recent national tour of the immersive theatrical hit Peter Pan 360, as well as the national tour of Cabaret. Originally from Philadelphia, he holds a BA from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and an MFA in directing from Rutgers University. Mercanti has also worked as a casting director for over 15 years on numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, including the Kevin Kline revival of Cyrano de Bergerac and the upcoming Romeo & Juliet. He lives in New York City and Miami, FL.

Nov. 19, 2013      9781480331570        Paperback          $18.99          400 pages         6″ x 9″

Applause Theatre and Cinema Books is an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group

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