Take Ten II
More Ten-Minute Plays
Publication Date: November 11, 2003
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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.
Eric Lane and Nina Shengold are editors of twelve contemporary play collections. Their other titles for Vintage Books include "Plays for Actresses, Leading Women: Plays for Actresses II, Take Ten: New Ten-Minute Plays, Take Ten II: More Ten-Minute Plays, Under Thirty: Plays for a New Generation, "and "Talk to Me: Monologue Plays. "For Viking Penguin, they edited "The Actor's Book of Contemporary Stage Monologues, The Actor's Book of Scenes from New Plays, Moving Parts: Monologues from Contemporary Plays, The Actor's Book of Gay and Lesbian Plays "(Lambda Literary Award nominee), and "Telling Tales: New One-Act Plays."
Nina Shengold received the ABC Playwright Award and the L.A. Weekly Award for "Homesteaders, "published by Samuel French. Her "Romeo/Juliet," a five-actor adaptation of Shakespeare's play, is published by Broadway Play Publishing. Her ten-minute plays have been performed at the Actors Theatre of Louisville and dozens of other theaters. Ms. Shengold won the Writers Guild Award and a GLAAD Award nomination for her teleplay "Labor of Love, "starring Marcia Gay Harden; other screenplays include "Blind Spot, "with Joanne Woodward and Laura Linney, "Unwed Father, Double Platinum, "and a flm adaptation of Jane Smiley's "Good Will. "She is artistic director of the upstate New York theater company Actor's & Writers. Her first novel, "Clearcut, "was published by Anchor Books.
Eric Lane is an award-winning playwright and filmmaker. Plays include "Heart of the City, Times of War, Shellac, Cater-Waiter, "and "Dancing on Checkers' Grave, "which starred Jennifer Aniston. Mr. Lane has written and produced two short filims: "First Breath "and "Cater-Waiter. "For his work on TV's"Ryan's Hope, "he received a Writers Guild Award. Honors include the Berrilla Kerr Playwrighting Award, La Mama Playwright Development Award, numerous Yaddo fellowships, and a St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity fellowship in Malta. Mr. Lane is an honors graduate of Brown University, and is artistic director of Orange Thoughts Productions, a not-for-profit theater and film company in New York City.