Duo! The Best Scenes for Mature Actors

The Best Scenes for Mature Actors

 edited by Stephen Fife


While contemporary American culture may be fixated on youthful sex appeal, the truth is that the most complex and interesting characters in dramatic literature have been (and still are) those over 40 years old.

In Duo! The Best Scenes for Mature Actors (September 2015, Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, $19.99), Stephen Fife has delved into the deeply serious and deeply funny (sometimes at the same time) world of life after 40. The collection focuses primarily on scenes that depict the struggles of contemporary characters to come to terms with disappointment and obsolescence or to redeem their lives from mistakes or miscalculations of their youth.

Duo! draws heavily on American classics like Long Day’s Journey into Night, Death of a Salesman, The Price, The House of Blue Leaves, and Fences, as well as more recent classics-in-the-making like August: Osage County, Good People, and The Sisters Rosensweig. There is ample representation from such playwrights as Isreal Horovitz, Theresa Rebeck, Donald Margulies, Edward Albee, Joyce Carol Oates, Sam Shepard, Tina Howe, Eduardo Machado, Horton Foote, Marsha Norman, and David Henry Hwang, whose work also explains this territory of growing older in a society obsessed with youth.

5.25″ x 7.75″
450 pages
Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard Corporation


Stephen Fife is the editor of One on One: The Best Monologues for Mature Actors and the co-editor of One on One: Playing with a Purpose — Monologues for Kids 7-15, both published by Applause Books. He was the first literary manager for Primary Stages, and he founded the Young Actors Workshop in Venice, Calif. His plays include Break of Day, This Is Not What I Ordered, Savage World, Blue Kiss, Sizzle Sizzle, and Scattered Blossoms. He has written arts features for The New York Times, New Republic, Village Voice, and American Theatre, as well as a memoir, Best Revenge: How the Theater Saved My Life and Has Been Killing Me Ever Since. He lives in Santa Monica, Calif.




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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