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Eric Lane

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Eric Lane and Nina Shengold have edited 12 contemporary play anthologies for Viking Penguin and Vintage Books, earning them a Lambda Literary Award nomination. Eric's plays have been performed in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Israel and China, and include Ride, Floating, Heart of the City, Times of War and Dancing on Checkers’ Grave. Eric wrote and produced the short films First Breath and Cater-Waiter, which he also directed. For TV’s Ryan’s Hope, he received a Writer’s Guild Award. Honors include the La MaMa Playwright Award, the Berrilla Kerr Award, plus fellowships at Yaddo and St. James Cavalier in Malta. Eric is an honors graduate of...

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Laugh Lines
Short Comic Plays
Edited by Eric Lane and Nina Shengold


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 10, 2007
Price: $18.00

This one-of-a-kind anthology features thirty-six hilarious short plays by major American playwrights and emerging new voices, all guaranteed to send readers and audiences into peals of laughter.

From the surrealistic wit of Steve Martin’s “The Zig-Zag Woman” to the biting political satire of Steven Dietz’s“The Spot,” from Christopher Durang’s wonderfully loopy... Read more >

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Leading Women
Plays for Actresses 2
Edited by Eric Lane and Nina Shengold


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 13, 2002
Price: $21.00

Gather any group of actresses, from students to stars, and someone will inevitably ask, "Where are all the great roles for women?" The roles are right here, in this magnificently diverse collection of plays—full-lengths, one-acts, and monologues—with mainly female casts, which represent the answer to any actress's prayer.

The editors of the... Read more >

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Plays for Actresses

Edited by Eric Lane and Nina Shengold


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 25, 1997
Price: $19.95

Gather any group of actresses, from students to stars, and someone will inevitably ask, "Where are all the great roles for women?" The roles are right here, in this unprecedented and magnificently diverse collection of plays with all-female casts. The seven full-length and ten one-act selections range in tone from the... Read more >

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Plays for Two

Edited by Eric Lane and Nina Shengold


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 25, 2014
Price: $16.95

Plays for Two is a unique anthology of twenty-eight terrific plays for two actors, by a mix of celebrated playwrights and cutting-edge new voices.

It takes two to tango—or to perform a duet, fight a duel, or play ping-pong. The two-character play is dramatic confrontation stripped to its essence. These four full-length and twenty-four... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Plays for Two

Edited by Eric Lane and Nina Shengold


Format: eBook, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 25, 2014
Price: $12.99

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Shorter, Faster, Funnier
Comic Plays and Monologues
Edited by Eric Lane and Nina Shengold


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 3, 2011
Price: $16.95

This cornucopia of comedy showcases works by major playwrights and emerging young writers, with casts of all sizes and diverse and challenging roles for actors of every age and type. You’ll discover such colorful characters as a businessman free-falling from a plane, an embittered sword swallower, a punkish girl skateboarder, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Shorter, Faster, Funnier
Comic Plays and Monologues
Edited by Eric Lane and Nina Shengold


Format: eBook, 450 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 3, 2011
Price: $14.99

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Also available as a trade paperback.

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Take Ten: New 10-Minute Plays

Edited by Eric Lane and Nina Shengold


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 25, 1997
Price: $15.95

A ten-minute play is a streak of theatrical lightning. It doesn't last long, but its power can stand your hair on end. This splendid anthology contains enough wattage to light up a small city. In its pages, thirty-two of our finest playwrights hone their skills on a form that has been... Read more >

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Take Ten II
More Ten-Minute Plays
Edited by Eric Lane and Nina Shengold


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 11, 2003
Price: $16.95

A ten-minute play is a blaze of theatrical energy. In this follow-up to their groundbreaking collection Take Ten, editors Eric Lane and Nina Shengold have put together a veritable bonfire of talent. Take Ten II: More 10-Minute Plays provides a fast-track tour of the current theatrical landscape, from the slapstick ingenuity... Read more >

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Talk to Me
Monologue Plays
Edited by Eric Lane and Nina Shengold


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 7, 2004
Price: $18.00

In this one-of-a-kind collection of monologue plays, Eric Lane and Nina Shengold have gathered a breathtaking array of human voices and stories by master playwrights and emerging new writers. Each of the plays, ranging from one-acts and ten-minute plays to full-length works, creates a rich and specific world. In these pages... Read more >

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Under Thirty
Plays for a New Generation
Edited by Eric Lane and Nina Shengold


Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 12, 2004
Price: $18.95

For the vast generation of actors in their teens and twenties, as well as for teachers, directors, and producers, Under Thirty is an unparalleled source of diverse and challenging roles, created by some of today’s finest writers. The twenty plays presented here in full or in part include insightful looks at... Read more >
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