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

Leading Women
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Category: Drama - Anthologies (multiple authors); Performing Arts - Acting & Auditioning
Imprint: Vintage
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: August 2002
Price: $21.00
Can. Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72666-8 (0-375-72666-7)
Pages: 640

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 groundbreaking anthology Plays for Actresses have once again gathered an abundance of strong female roles in a selection of works by award-winning authors and cutting-edge newer voices, from Wendy Wasserstein and Christopher Durang to Claudia Shear, Eve Ensler, and Margaret Edson. The characters who populate these seven full-length plays, four ten-minute plays, and eleven monologues include a vivid cross-section of female experience: girl gang members, Southern debutantes, pilots, teachers, traffic reporters, and rebel teenagers. From a hilarious take on Medea to a taboo-breaking excerpt from The Vagina Monologues to a moving scene from the Pulitzer Prize-winning Wit, the plays in Leading Women are complex, funny, tragic, and always original—and a boon for talented actresses everywhere.

Table of Contents

Anton in Show Business, by Jane Martin
Breath, Boom, by Kia Corthron
Collected Stories, by Donald Margulies
Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, by Alan Ball
Smoking Lessons, by Julie Jordan
Stop Kiss, Diana Son
Tongue of a Bird, Ellen McLaughlin

Happy Talkin', by Laura Shaine Cunningham
Lost, by Mary Louise Wilson
Medea, by Christopher Durang and Wendy Wasserstein
No Shoulder, by Nina Shengold

Blown Sideways Through Life, by Claudia Shear
Crumbs from the Table of Life, by Lynn Nottage
Hillary and Soon-Yi Shop for Ties, by Michelle Carter
Manhattan Casanova, by Jenny Lyn Bader
Miriam's Flowers, by Migdalia Cruz
The Princess of Babylon, by Warren Leight
Rose, by Martin Sherman
Times of War, by Eric Lane
The Vagina Monologues, by Eve Ensler
What a Man Weighs, by Sherry Kramer
Wit, by Margaret Edson