Creating Your Own Monologue

ISBN-10: 1581154291
ISBN-13: 9781581154290
Edition: 2nd 2005
Authors: Glenn Alterman
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

John Kieffer is a photographer and writer based in Boulder, Colorado. Most of his photography is done while on location, particularly in the wild, open spaces of the American West. His knowledge of assisting comes from his own experience as both an assistant and a photographer who has used assistants. nbsp;Glenn Alterman is a professional career consultant, audition/monologue coach, college lecturer, published writer, award winning playwright, internet journalist, and actor. He has guest lectured and taught at such diverse places as The Governors School For The Arts (Old Dominion University), The School For Film and Television, Star Map Acting Studio of Long Island, The Edward Albee Theater Conference (Valdez, Alaska), Southampton College, The Dramatists Guild, The Learning Annex, The Screen Actors Guild, Western Connecticut State College, in The Boston Public School System, and at many acting schools around the country, as well as privately coaching hundreds of students. �

Acknowledgments
Introduction to the Second Edition
Introduction
Six Ways to Get the Most Out of This Book
The monologue: writing, rehearsing, performing
A Definition of Terms
What Is a Monologue?
Types of Monologues
What Is Performance Art?
A Brief History of the One-Person Show
Samuel Foote (1721-1777) Creates the One-Person Show
George Alexander Stevens, the Father of the Monologue
Charles Mathews
Ruth Draper Perfects the Monologue
Cornelia Otis Skinner
Historical Monologues
The Solo Show Today
A Preliminary Look
Questions to Ask Yourself before Starting Work on a Solo Show
The Similarities/Differences between Being an Actor and Working as a Writer
As an Actor, Do I Have the Necessary Skills to Create My Own Material?
Pluses and Minuses, Assessing Specifically Where You Are Now
Your Sense of Truth
Ways to Work, Selecting Your Tools
Writing
What Is Creative Writing?
Fear of Writing
Journal Writing
Using a Tape Recorder
Improvising: "Are Your Talkin' to Me?"
Working Orally: In Front of an Audience
Working Orally: Developing Your Stories Throughout the Day
Preparing
For Those Actors Who Know Which Type (Style) of Monologue They Want to Create
For Those Actors Who Don't Know What Type of Solo Material They Want to Create
Perking with an Idea
Exercises to Help You with Your Solo Show
Deciding When to Begin
Guidelines for Creating Short or Audition Monologues
Fundamentals of All Good Monologues
To Whom Is the Character Speaking?
Questions Every Monologue Must Answer
About Autobiographical Monologues
Another Way to Approach Autobiographical Material
Storytelling Monologues
Narrative and Dramatic Style
Your Personal Style: Your Voice
Examples of Different Voices and Styles
From An Evening with Quentin Crisp
Winfred from Monster
Craig from Two Minutes and Under, Volume 3
From An Evening with Shelly Mars
From Gray's Anatomy
Cudjoe from The Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky
From Safe
Sam from Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop
From Time on Fire
From Comedy You Can Dance To
From Full Gallop
From I'm Breathing the Water Now
From The Finger Hole
From A Kiss to Build a Dream On
Using Your Acting Technique to Create Character Monologues
Working from the Outside in, as an Actor and Writer
Working Internally as an Actor and Writer
Starting to Write
Two Scenarios
Understanding Writer's Block
Techniques for Dealing with Writer's Block
Nothing, a Whole Lot of Nothing
Writing about Painful Events
Free-Writing: An Invaluable Exercise
Clustering (or Webbing): Finding the Initial Core of Your Work
Sal from Street Talk: Character Monologues for Actors
Creating Your Monologue: Structure and Process
How We'll Be Working from Now On
Comparing the Actor's and the Writer's Processes of Starting Out
The Importance of the Narrator
Your Opening Section: The First Paragraphs
From Charlotte (from True Stories)
Bernice from Two Minutes and Under, Volume 2
From Swimming to Cambodia
From Pretty Fire
Blanka from Some People
Jo from Eternal Pyramid
Master of the Stale from the play The Dark String
Developing Your Monologue
Developing Your Role (as an Actor)
Developing Your Monologue (as a Writer)
The Ongoing Day-to-Day Work
Working on Performance Art Pieces
A Word about Songs, Music, and Dance in Monologue Plays
Mixed Media
That Old Devil, the Self-Censor
Taking Mini-Breaks, Breathers
Looking Over What You've Written So Far
After the Break: Two Scenarios
Working Till the End of the First Draft
Developing Your Monologue II (The Ongoing Work)
The "Who Wrote This Monologue, and What's It About?" Exercise
Questions to Ask Yourself While Reading through Your Script
At What Point Should You Have Someone Else Read What You've Written?
Selecting the Right Person to Read Your Monologue
Performing the First Draft for a Director
Performing the First Draft as a "Work in Progress" for an Audience
Making Repairs: Rewriting
Revising and Reshaping
The Three Golden Rules of Revising
The Subconscious and Rewrites
Completing Work on Your Monologue
Things to Keep in Mind in Your Closing
Knowing When the Monologue Is Ready to Be Performed
A Checklist to Decide Whether Your Monologue Is Ready to Be Performed
Preparing to Perform
Selecting a Director
Working with the Director in Rehearsal
Rehearsing the Audition Monologue
Performing the Piece
Marketing Your Solo Show
Preparing Your Marketing Package
Management/Booking Agencies That Handle Solo Artists
Interviews with monologue writers and performers
Lanie Robertson
Sarah Jones
Spalding Gray
Mary Louise Wilson
Charlayne Woodard
Tim Miller
Danny Hoch
Dael Orlandersmith
Quentin Crisp
Marilyn Sokol
Evan Handler
Shelly Mars
Brian Dykstra
Penny Arcade
Kate Clinton
Ann Randolph
Interviews with directors of one-person shows
Peter Askin
Jo Bonney
Christopher Ashley
Marcia Jean Kurtz
David Bar Katz
Appendixes
Artist Colonies Where You Can Develop Your Solo Show
Theaters That Accept Solo Material
Publishers of Solo Material
Playwriting Competitions That Accept Solo Material
Applying for Grants
Literary Agents
Recommended Books
Internet Resources
Permissions
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