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I Stand Before You Naked - Collection / Anthology, Dramatic Comedy

I Stand Before You Naked

Joyce Carol Oates

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Collection / Anthology, Dramatic Comedy

6f

ISBN: 9780573622489

This extraordinary collection of dramatic monologues by one of America's foremost women of letters rivals Talking With in dramatic intensity, language and sheer weirdness. The evening begins and ends with the title poem, a haunting evocation of woman on the edge of madness and vulnerability.

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Description

Collection / Anthology

Dramatic Comedy

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, 1990s

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Monologues, Competition or audition material

Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Intense Adult Themes, Strong Language, Nudity/Partial Nudity

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

This extraordinary collection of dramatic monologues by one of America's foremost women of letters rivals Talking With in dramatic intensity, language and sheer weirdness. The evening begins and ends with the title poem, a haunting evocation of woman on the edge of madness and vulnerability. There is humor here, but mostly the monologues are gripping portraits of the pathetic, the strange, and the horrifying.

Though I Stand Before You Naked is a collageplay, it should be performed in the following sequence, with a dramatic high point at Darling I'm Telling You and a resolution of sorts at Pregnant. The first and final pieces are performed by the entire cast.

I Stand Before You Naked
Little Blood-Button
The Boy
Wife Of...
The Orange
Nuclear Holocaust
Darling I'm Telling You
Wealthy Lady
Good Morning! Good Afternoon!
Slow Motion
Pregnant
I Stand Before You Nake
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I Stand Before You Naked premiered at the American Place Theatre. It was directed by Wynn Handman.
Characters

CASTING

6f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

All Female, Ensemble cast, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Expandable casting, Flexible casting

CASTING NOTES

The original production of this collection used a cast of 6, each performing one or two monologues and all performing the title piece. Other productions may choose a larger or smaller cast. There are a total of ten monologues to be performed by individuals and one monologue to be performed by the ensemble. Plus one recorded male voice.

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

Little Blood-Button
GIRL - early to mid-20s, sassy, good-looking, flirtatious, tough
The Boy
WOMAN - 30s, attractive, just slightly ravaged, a teacher
Wife Of...
BETTY LOU - early 30s, plain, girlish
The Orange
GIRL - high school age, painfully thin but attractive, both uneasy and arrogant
Nuclear Holocaust
PATIENT - middle-aged, a mental patient, has a disturbing manner
Darling I'm Telling You
DANCER - youngish, attractive, a go-go dancer, bruised
VOICE - male
Wealthy Lady
LADY - middle-aged, attractive, gracious
Good Morning! Good Afternoon!
WOMAN - middle-age, trim, stiffly conventional and proper, malformed and faceless
Slow Motion
WOMAN - young
Pregnant
BABY - an eerie, amplified voice
WOMAN - very pregnant, sweet, forthright, pleading
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Joyce Carol  Oates

Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates grew up in the countryside outside of Lockport, New York, where she attended a one-room schoolhouse in the elementary grades. As a small child, she told stories instinctively by way of drawing and painting before learning how to write. After receiving the gift of a typewriter at age fourteen, she began consciously training herself, "writing novel after novel" throughout high ... view full profile

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