Best Monologues from the Best American Short Plays: Volume Three

Best Monologues from the Best American Short Plays:

Volume Three

edited by William W. Demastes

Best Monologues from the Best American Short Plays, Volume Three (May 2015, Applause Books, $19.99) features a diverse selection drawn from the outstanding works from many of today’s best American playwrights.

Contrary to the old saw, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” words can break spirits, destroy confidence. They can also build hope and incite great acts of heroism. Playwrights know this, and so do theater audiences. Otherwise, why go? Words matter and carry clout every bit as dangerous as a hammer or crowbar. This, too, playwrights know.

The monologues in this volume are full of such blows, striking at our imaginations and our memories, generating responses such as joyful laughter or chilling surprise. Others squeeze us into worlds we’ve never experienced, or perhaps experienced at the furthest edges of memory and recollection. Still others may help us alter the way we see certain things, people, or beliefs.

Best Monologues from the Best American Short Plays, Volume Three is a collection drawn from the popular Best American Short Plays series, an archive of works from many of the best playwrights active today. Long or short, serious or not, excerpts or entireties, this collection abounds in speech acts that may trigger physical reactions and almost certainly will transform an attitude or two, drawing out lost memories, creating new ones, and definitely entertaining, engaging, amusing us all along the way.

Included in this collection are monologues by Michael Ross Albert, Janet Allard, James Armstrong, Leslie Ayvazian, John Bolen, Darren Canady, Brent Englar, Jonathan Fitts, Edith Freni, Gabriel Rivas Gomez, John Guare, Angela C. Hall, Patrick Holland, Kimberly La Force, Susan Miller, Cary Pepper, Andrea Sloan Pink, Craig Pospisil, David Rusiecki, Murray Schisgal, Kyle John Schmidt, Shel Silverstein, Crystal Skillman, Douglas Soderberg, Lisa Soland, Lawrence Thelen, Mac Wellman, and the writing teams of A.K. Abeille and David Manos Morris, and Jean-Claude van Itallie and Joseph Chaikin.

5.5″ x 8.5″
288 pages
Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group

William W. Demastes is an Alumni Professor of English at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He has published widely on modern theater and Drama, including two previous editions of The Best American Short Plays, and the earlier volumes of Best Monologues from Best American Short Plays, published by Applause Books, and Spalding Gray’s America, published by Limelight Editions. He lives in Baton Rouge, La.




Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group, the trade book division of Hal Leonard Corporations, publishes books on the performing arts under the imprints Hal Leonard Books, Backbeat Books, Amadeus Press, and Applause Theatre and Cinema Books.

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