This collection of many of the world's best scenes and monologs is more than just another scenebook. Each chapter includes discussion on playing the role, playing the style and playing the performance. As part of the introduction to each chapter, there are creative vocal and physical exercises appropriate for each performance. The book includes a chapter on audition scenes and performance hints for many types of scenes. Some scenes included are from Oedipus (Sophocles), Cymbeline (Shakespeare), The Importance of Being Earnest (Wilde), The Zoo Story (Albee), The Gap (lonesco), The Author's Voice (Greenberg), The Cherry Orchard (Chekhov), Act Without Words (Beckett) and The Homecoming (Pinter). Classical scenes include hints for acting in historical perspective. An invaluable text for all acting students. Divided into seven sections: Playing Classical Scenes, Playing Shakespearean Scenes, Playing Period Scenes, Playing Modern Scenes, Playing Absurd Scenes, Playing Contemporary Scenes, Playing Audition Scenes.Ratliff, Gerald Lee is the author of 'Playing Scenes - A Sourcebook for Preformers How to Play Great Scenes from Contemporary and Classical Theatre' with ISBN 9780916260897 and ISBN 0916260895.