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44 comic plays and monologues by a stellar group of playwrights, including Christopher Durang, Halley Feiffer, Jeffrey Hatcher, Amy Herzog, David Ives, Warren Leight, Elizabeth Meriwether, Mark O'Donnell, Theresa Rebeck, Mary Louise Wilson, and many more

Edited with Eric Lane 

River of Words: Portraits of Hudson Valley Writers      Published August 2010
text by Nina Shengold, photographs by Jennifer May, foreword by Dennis Stock
SUNY Albany Press 

Clearcut: a novel

Published by Anchor Books, August 2005

Young Readers by Secret Agent Maya Gold

Cinderella Cleaners 

Harriet the Spy, Double Agent     Now in paperback!

Under the "secret agent name" Maya Gold, Nina Shengold has written an all-new adventure for the classic character introduced by Louise Fitzhugh. "Harriet the Spy is back, and Gold does a credible job of maintaining the special character's crusty charm... Fans of Fitzhugh's books will be pleased by the continuity of character development." -- Booklist

Plays by Nina Shengold


Award-winning five-character comedy/drama set in a fisherman's cabin in Southeast Alaska. Published by Samuel French, Inc. 


Shakespeare's tragedy, edited for performance by a multi-tasking cast of five. Published by Broadway Play Publishing.

  War at Home: Students Respond to September 11th
written with Nicole Quinn & 
40 members of the Rondout Valley High School Drama Club. Produced throughout the U.S. and in Canada, England, Australia and Singapore.
Published by Playscripts, Inc.
  FINGER FOODS, an evening of seven short plays
published by Playscripts Inc.

Includes Forty To Life, Lives of the Great Waitresses, Lush Life, Emotional Baggage, Finger Food, No Shoulder, Everything Must Go


Anthologies Edited by Eric Lane & Nina Shengold
Available from Random House


edited by Eric Lane & Nina Shengold

Vintage Books

36 comic masters (including Steve Martin, Elaine May, Shel Silverstein, Christopher Durang, Mark O’Donnell, Mikhail Horowitz, Laura Shaine Cunningham, David Smilow and more) heed the call of the great Homer Simpson: Be More Funny!

"Drama students will love this collection, and all libraries should have it on hand." 
-- Larry Schwartz, Library Journal

"There's something for everyone in this volume and, as members of the younger generation have been known to say, it's all good."
-- Sarah Boslaugh, 

Talk to Me: Monologue Plays

In this one-of-a-kind collection of monologue plays, Eric Lane and Nina Shengold have gathered a breathtaking array of human voices and stories by master playwrights and emerging new writers. Each of the plays, ranging from one-acts and ten-minute plays to full-length works, creates a rich and specific world. In these pages, readers will meet a dazzling group of dramatic and comic characters: an actress chasing a role as a prison guard on a soap opera, an Indian waiter new to America, a lesbian performance artist taking her father to Auschwitz, a surfer dude trying to summarize the plot of Moby-Dick in under two minutes, and a Dutch librarian hunting down a book that's 123 years overdue. Because each selection is a complete monologue, Talk to Me is an unprecedented source for actors in search of material for auditions, classes, and performances, as well as a literary gold mine for anyone who loves drama. 

Under Thirty: Plays for a New Generation

For the vast generation of actors in their teens and twenties, as well as for teachers, directors, and producers, Under Thirty is an unparalleled source of diverse and challenging roles, created by some of today’s finest writers. The twenty plays presented here in full or in part include insightful looks at the pressure-cooker caste system of American high schools as well as heartbreaking, edgy portrayals of twentysomethings adrift in the city. There are snappy romantic duets, large-cast ensembles, and everything in between, populated by richly dimensional, mold-breaking characters: misfit cheerleaders, nurturing drifters, rich petty thieves—even a rogue SAT tutor. The contributing playwrights span the range of contemporary talent, including award-winning dramatists such as Sam Shepard, Donald Margulies, Warren Leight, and Kenneth Lonergan, hilarious humorists such as David Ives and Douglas Carter Beane, and an impressive array of cutting-edge newer voices. 

Take Ten: New 10-Minute Plays
Take Ten II: More Ten-Minute Plays

A ten-minute play is a streak of theatrical lightning. It doesn't last long, but its power can stand your hair on end. These splendid anthologies contain enough wattage to light a small city. 

TAKE TEN's 32 contributors include Laura Cunningham, Mary Gallagher, John Guare, Sherry Kramer, Tony Kushner, Chiori Miyagawa, Nicole Quinn, Jose Rivera, John Patrick Shanley, David Smilow and August Wilson.  

TAKE TEN II includes 35 ten-minute gems by such playwrights as Taylor Mac Bowyer, Christopher Durang, Sigrid Heath, Warren Leight, Donald Margulies, Mark O'Donnell, Dael Orlandersmith, Craig Pospisil and Mary Louise Wilson.

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Plays for Actresses
Leading Women: Plays for Actresses II

Gather any group of actresses, from students to stars, and someone will inevitably ask, "Where are all the great roles for women?" The roles are right here, in these unprecedented and magnificently diverse collections.

PLAYS FOR ACTRESSES includes seven full-length and ten one-act selections with all-female casts by Edward Albee, Lee Blessing, Laura Shaine Cunningham, Casey Kurtti, Adam LeFevre, Craig Lucas, Lynn Nottage, Paula Vogel, Wendy Wasserstein and others. 

LEADING WOMEN includes full-length plays and one-acts with mainly female casts, plus 11 outstanding monologues, by such playwrights as Jenny Lyn Bader, Alan Ball, Kia Corthron, Migdalia Cruz, Eve Ensler, Julia Jordan, Ellen McLaughlin, Claudia Shear, Martin Sherman and Diana Son.

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Available from Viking Penguin -

The Actor's Book of Gay & Lesbian Plays

Seventeen one-act and full-length works by a new generation of gay and lesbian American playwrights reflect the diversity of voices emerging in today's theatre. Contributors include Victor Bumbalo, Claire Chafee, Constance Congdon, Keith Curran, Steven Dietz, Linda Eisenstein, The Five Lesbian Brothers, Eric Lane, Craig Lucas, Susan Miller, Cherrie Moraga, Ron Nyswaner, Joe Pintauro, Edwin Sanchez, Will Scheffer, Paula Vogel, Shay Youngblood.

The Actor's Book of Contemporary Stage Monologues

This classic anthology, in print since 1987, provides a wealth of material for actors and acting students, and a wonderful overview of the best of recent plays for anyone interested in the theatre. More than 150 monologues from over 70 playwrights, plus interviews with Christopher Durang, Tina Howe, Swoosie Kurtz and Lanford Wilson.

The Actor's Book of Scenes From New Plays

Here is an up-to-the-minute collection of 70 scenes for two actors--ideally suited for both classroom and audition use--from the best dramatists now being produced: Caryl Churchill, John Guare, Beth Henley, Joe Orton, Harold Pinter, Jose Rivera, John Patrick Shanley, August Wilson and many more.

Moving Parts: Monologues From Contemporary Plays

More than a hundred monologues from such contemporary voices as Eric Bogosian, Caryl Churchill, Christopher Durang, Maria Irene Fornes, Athol Fugard, Philip Kan Gotanda, Vaclav Havel, David Mamet, Sam Shepard, Lanford Wilson and George C. Wolfe.



  Actors & Writers: Odd Shorts
MMSC Publications, April 2008

Ten oddly brilliant short plays from Actors & Writers' shorts festival, edited by Mikhail Horowitz and Nina Shengold. Playwrights include Katherine Burger, Laura Shaine Cunningham, Mary Gallagher, Sigrid Heath, Mikhail Horowitz, Adam LeFevre, Nicole Quinn, Nina Shengold, David Smilow, and Mary Louise Wilson.


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