New 10-Minute Plays
Vintage Books, Paperback, 9780679772828, 368pp.
Publication Date: March 25, 1997
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. For in its pages, thirty-two of our finest playwrights hone their skills on a form that has been called the haiku of the American stage. The plays that Nina Shengold and Eric Lane have collected in this volume range from monologues to an eight-character farce. Eminently producible, ideally suited for the classroom and audition, Take Ten is a marvelous resource for teachers and students of drama, as well as a stimulating read for lovers of the theatre. Contributors include: John Augustine, Cathy Celesia, Laura Cunningham, Joe Pintauro, Mary Sue Price, Megan Terry, Jose Rivera, Romulus Linney, David Mamet, Jane Martin, David Ives, and many others.
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.