Shorter, Faster, Funnier

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Shorter, Faster, Funnier

Comic Plays and Monologues

By Eric Lane (Editor); Nina Shengold (Editor)

Vintage Books, Paperback, 9780307476647, 530pp.

Publication Date: May 3, 2011


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 retirees in post-apocalyptic Siberia, alongside plays that unleash the humor in high school reunions, alien invasions, office cubicle farms, and even post-Katrina New Orleans. Perfect for actors, students, theater lovers, and comedy fans, "Shorter, Faster, Funnier" covers the spectrum of humor, from slyly witty to over-the-top outrageous.
Rob Ackerman Billy Aronson John Augustine Pete Barry Dan Berkowitz Adam Bock Eric Coble Philip Dawkins Anton Dudley Christopher Durang Liz Ellison Halley Feiffer Peter Handy Jeffrey Hatcher Amy Herzog Mikhail Horowitz David Ives Caleen Sinnette Jennings Ean Miles Kessler Dan Kois Eric Lane Drew Larimore Warren Leight Mark Harvey Levine Elizabeth Meriwether Michael Mitnick Megan Mostyn-Brown Mark O Donnell Nicole Quinn Wayne Rawley Theresa Rebeck Jacqueline Reingold Laura Shaine Nina Shengold Jane Shepard Edwin Sanchez Samara Siskind Daryl Watson Barbara Wiechmann Mary Louise Wilson Garth Wingfield Gary Winter Elizabeth Wong Dana Yeaton.

About the Author
Eric Lane and Nina Shengold have been editing contemporary theater anthologies for more than twenty years. Eric Lane's award-winning plays have been published and performed in the United States, Canada, Europe, and China. Plays include "Ride, Times of War, Heart of the City, Dancing on Checkers' Grave, "and"Filming O'Keeffe.Floating," a PlayPenn finalist, was workshopped at Raven Theatre. Eric's short plays are published in "Best American Short Plays, Poems and Plays," and the "Foreign Language Press" (Beijing). He wrote and produced the short films "First Breath" and "Cater-Waiter," which he also directed;both films screened in more than forty cities worldwide. For TV's "Ryan's Hope" he received a Writers Guild Award. Honors include the Berrilla Kerr Playwriting Award, the La MaMa Playwright Award, and fellowships at Yaddo, VCCA, and St. James Cavalier in Malta. Eric is an honors graduate of Brown University, and artistic director of Orange Thoughts, a not-for-profit theater and film company in New York City.

Nina Shengold's plays include "Finger Foods, War at Home, Homesteaders," and "Romeo/Juliet," and have been produced around the world. Her one-act "No Shoulder" was filmed by director Suzi Yoonessi, with Melissa Leo and Samantha Sloyan. Nina won a Writers Guild Award for her teleplay "Labor of Love," starring Marcia Gay Harden; other teleplays include "Blind Spot," with Joanne Woodward and Laura Linney, and" Unwed Father." Her books include the novel "Clearcut"; "River of Words: Portraits of Hudson Valley Writers" (with photographer Jennifer May), and a growing posse of pseudonymous books for young readers. A graduate of Wesleyan, she is currently teaching creative writing at Manhattanville College. Nina lives in New York's Hudson Valley, where she has been books editor of "Chronogram" magazine since 2004."