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 of David Ives’ Arabian Nights to the searing tension of Diana Son’s 9/11 drama The Moon, Please, to Susan Miller’s luminous fable The Grand Design. This remarkably diverse anthology includes thirty-five short plays by such major American playwrights as Christopher Durang, Warren Leight, Romulus Linney and Donald Margulies, alongside a host of exciting new voices.
Actors, directors, producers and teachers will find Take Ten II an invaluable source of meaty roles for people of every age, ethnicity and gender; lovers of theatre will find it a richly satisfying read. These deceptively short plays throb with life in all its variety: harrowing, hilarious, and breathtakingly vital.
Table of Contents
ANTIGONE’S RED by Chiori Miyagawa
ARABIAN NIGHTS by David Ives
CLASSYASS by Caleen Sinnette Jennings
THE CURE by Romulus Linney
DANIEL ON A THURSDAY by Garth Wingfield
DEER PLAY by Mary Louise Wilson
EL DEPRESSO ESPRESSO by Laura Shaine Cunningham
EL SANTO AMERICANO by Edward Bok Lee
EMOTIONAL BAGGAGE by Nina Shengold
FAITH by Eric Lane
FIGHT DREAMS by Alison Weiss
THE FIND by Susan Sandler
THE GRAND DESIGN by Susan Miller
IT’S NOT YOU by Craig Pospisil
KITTY THE WAITRESS by Christopher Durang
LEFT TO RIGHT by Steven Dietz
THE LEVEE by Taylor Mac Bowyer
MARRED BLISS by Mark O’Donnell
MEN’S INTUITION by Itamar Moses
THE MOON PLEASE by Diana Son
MY RED HAND, MY BLACK HAND by Dael Orlandersmith
NIGHT VISITS by Simon Fill
NINE TEN by Warren Leight
PLAYWRITING 101: THE ROOFTOP LESSON by Rich Orloff
ROSIE IN THE SHADOW OF THE MELROSE by Craig Fols
A RUSTLE OF WINGS by Linda Eisenstein
SINNERY OF A SUNDAY by Honour Kane
THE SNIPER by Anthony David and Elaine Romero
SPACE by Donald Margulies
STUCK by Claire Reeve
TABLE 5 AT EMPIRE SZECHWAN by Alexander Woo
TWENTY DOLLAR DRINKS by Joe Pintauro
21 by Sigrid Heath
VIRGINIA STREET by Toni Press-Coffman
A WHOLE HOUSE FULL OF BABIES by Sean O’Connor
Nina Shengold won the ABC Playwright Award and the LA Weekly Award for her play “Homesteaders.” Her one-acts have been performed all over the country, and her TV scripts include Hallmark Hall of Fame’s “Blind Spot,” starring Joanne Woodward, and “Silent Night.” A founding member of the theater company Actors & Writers, she lives in upstate New York.
Eric Lane’s plays have been performed at theaters in New York and around the country. Works include “The Gary & Rob Show,” “The Heart of a Child,” and “Dancing on Checkers’ Grave.” He is artistic director of Orange Thoughts, a not-for-profit theater and film company in New York City.
Shengold and Lane are the editors of Plays for Actresses and Take Ten: New Ten-Minute Plays, both in Vintage. For Penguin they edited Moving Parts: Monologues from Contemporary Plays, The Actor’s Book of Scenes from New Plays, and The Actor’s Book of Gay & Lesbian Plays, which was nominated for the Lambda Literary Award.