About the Anthology
Plays for Two is a unique anthology of twenty-eight terrific plays for two actors, by a mix of celebrated playwrights and cutting-edge new voices.
It takes two to tango—or to perform a duet, fight a duel, or play ping-pong. The two-character play is dramatic confrontation stripped to its essence. These four full-length and twenty-four short plays feature pairs of every sort—strangers, rivals, parents and children, siblings, co-workers, friends, and lovers—swooning or sparring, meeting cute or parting ways. In a dizzying range of moods and styles, these two-handers offer the kind of meaty, challenging roles actors love, while providing readers and audiences with the pleasures of watching the complex give-and-take dynamics of two keenly matched characters.
About the Editors
Eric Lane's award-winning plays have been published and performed in the U.S., Canada, Europe and China. Plays include RIDE (Dramatists Play Service), TIMES OF WAR (Dramatic Publishing), HEART OF THE CITY and DANCING ON CHECKERS' GRAVE (Playscripts). In addition, his plays are published by the Foreign Language Press (in English and Chinese) and Applause Books' Best American Short Plays. With Nina Shengold, Eric has edited thirteen contemporary play anthologies for Viking Penguin and Vintage Books. Honors include a Writer's Guild Award, the La MaMa Playwright Award, and the Berrilla Kerr Playwriting Award. Fellowships include Yaddo, VCCA, and St. James Cavalier in Malta. Eric wrote and produced the award-winning short films "First Breath" and "Cater-Waiter," which he also directed. He is an honors graduate of Brown University. His new play FILMING O'KEEFFE recently premiereda at the Adirondack Theatre Festival. www.ericlanewrites.com
Nina Shengold writes fiction, nonfiction, theatre, and film. Her novel CLEARCUT, a Book Sense Notable selection and Seattle Post-Intelligencer Best Books pick, also won nerve.com's Henry Miller Award for Best Literary Sex Scene; the Washington Post called it a "red-hot love triangle...GRADE: A." She collaborated with photographer Jennifer May on RIVER OF WORDS: PORTRAITS OF HUDSON VALLEY WRITERS, profiling 76 writers including John Ashbery, Shalom Auslander, Laura Shaine Cunningham, Cornelius Eady, Nick Flynn, Frank McCourt, Susan Orlean, Esmeralda Santiago, John Sayles, and Pete Seeger. With Eric Lane, Nina has edited 13 theatre anthologies for Vintage Books and Viking Penguin. Her plays include HOMESTEADERS, FINGER FOODS Foods, ROMEO/JULIET, and WAR AT HOME: STUDENTS RESPOND TO 9/11, written with Nicole Quinn and 40 students. www.playscripts.com She won the Writers Guild Award for her teleplay LABOR OF LOVE, starring Marcia Gay Harden. Other TV credits include BLIND SPOT, starring Joanne Woodward & Laura Linney, and SHINE Award winner UNWED FATHER. www.ninashengold.
If you happen to be in New York on Monday, March 24, 2014, please stop by the PLAYS FOR TWO book release party! Unfortunately, I won't be there, but it should be loads of fun. Here's more information:
PLAYS FOR TWO Book Release Party!!!
MONDAY, MARCH 24th
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
at the Drama Book Shop
250 W. 40th St New York, NY 10018
Excerpts from the plays will be read by:
Performances start at 5:30 pm downstairs followed by book signings and refreshments upstairs. Don't miss your chance to mix and mingle with these wonderful playwrights!
Admission is FREE – No Reservations required.
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