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Monologues and Duologues from the Plays of Ruth Wolff

Monologues and Duologues from the Plays of Ruth Wolff is a collection of scenes and speeches excerpted from the nineteen plays by Ruth Wolff published in Notable Women and a Few Equally Notable Men and From Faustiana to the Fall of Athens.

Designed to be used for auditions, studio work, acting classes, and private study, the scenes are of many lengths and in many moods. There are solo speeches for men and for women, scenes between two men, between two women, and between one man and one woman. There are scenes for characters young and old, weak and strong, tragic and humorous, some people who lived in the past and others drawn from contemporary life.

It is a generous compendium of special moments from special plays.




Wild Nights

This is an extraordinary love story, shocking in its day, shocking now. It is about the true story of the scandal that rocks a college town when its most prominent citizen, the married brother of Emily Dickinson, finds himself overwhelmed with desire for the college astronomy professor’s wife. And she insists on her right to openly satisfy both husband and lover in what becomes a torrid, tumultuous, dangerous, long-term, and ultimately transcendent love triangle. This engrossing first novel by acclaimed playwright Ruth Wolff sensitively portrays the complexity of a shocking and scandalous ménage à trois, which begins as a sexual adventure and evolves into abiding love.




Accommodating Life: An Architect’s View

From Accommodating Life ( With Illustrations )

“The accommodation of human beings within created space is the true concern of any well-conceived built environment.

“In architecture, the term ‘modern’ means an architecture that is acutely responsive to the demands of current accommodation while utilizing the most advanced techniques available in order to achieve an apt expression of its particular ‘now.’ In other words, modern architecture, in each era, means an architecture devoted to accommodating life.

“In recent decades, an architecture of true relevance to life concerns has been conspicuously absent as a cultural force. In its stead, a succession of design initiatives divorced from their social moorings, dedicated primarily to image and motivated as much by subjective whim or the dictates of fashion as by any direct response to human need, has long been dominating the determination of the human habitat.

“It is vitally important that we consider where we are and how we got here and make an attempt to point the way toward a new ‘modern’ architecture, an architecture that enhances existence, an architecture that, encompassing both use and beauty, accommodates and enhances life.” (Martin Bloom)




Accommodating the Lively Arts: An Architect’s View

Accommodating the Lively Arts: An Architect’s View insightfully analyzes the needs of those who design theatres, work in theatre, or attend theatre. Illustrating his points with many sketches, Bloom shows how, over time, the elements of Focus, Platform and Frame have determined – and still determine – the success of the theatrical performance.

Essential reading for anyone involved in making decisions about the design or renovation of performance facilities – architects, designers, students, theatre professionals and all those who decide on the location, financing, and shape such facilities may take.



Ruth Wolff's Book Collection

Ruth Wolff's Book Collection