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In Performance: Contemporary Monologues for Teens

In Performance: Contemporary Monologues for Teens
Your Price: $23.95 CDN
Author: J.V. Mercanti
Publisher: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books
Series: The Applause Acting Series
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 260
Pub. Date: 2015
ISBN-10: 1480396613
ISBN-13: 9781480396616

About the Book:

In this thoughtfully curated collection, teen actors preparing for an audition or searching for quality scenes to hone their chops will find a wealth of contemporary material from American and British plays. Almost all of the works are from the year 2000 to the 2014 Broadway production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-Time, chosen from the point of view of professional acting teacher, director, and casting director J.V. Mercanti.

Along with covering the basics of how to match the best monologue to the actor and how to approach the rehearsal and performance of the piece, In Performance: Contemporary Monologues for Teens provides a synopsis of each play, a character description, and a list of questions specific to each monologue that will direct the actor toward shaping a complex, honest, and thoughtful performance that has a strong emotional connection, a clear arc, and playable actions. There is also a brief lesson on appropriate rehearsal behaviour and preparation.

What people say:

"Mercanti runs the reader through an intellectual and emotional gauntlet before the first monologue appears, offering advice for getting the most out of the pieces that come later. Breaking down monologues as part of a larger journey, encouraging analysis and exploration, even giving tips for how to handle yourself during the audition – Mercanti covers it all with the practiced hand of someone who knows what casting directors want." — San Francisco Book Review

About the Author:

J.V. Mercanti is the Head of Acting for the Musical Theater Program at PACE University in New York City. He served as the casting director on the Broadway revivals of Romeo & Juliet with Orlando Bloom and Cyrano de Bergerac with Kevin Kline and Jennifer Garner. Prior to that, he spent many years as a casting associate for Roundabout Theatre Company working on numerous Broadway, Off-Broadway, and West End productions.