Creating Your Own Monologue by Glenn Alterman

By Glenn Alterman

• transparent how-tos for writing exact fabric, shape monologues to onel-person indicates

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within the moment version of this well known consultant, actors discover ways to use their abilities to write down monologues, functionality artwork items, and one-person performs. up-to-date to incorporate unique interviews and tips about advertising and marketing, this consultant is helping actors create their very own fascinating functionality possibilities and persist with within the footsteps of Elaine Stritch, Billy Crystal, John Leguizamo, and different stunningly winning writer-performers of one-person indicates. the writer, an award-winning actor, breaks down the writing procedure into uncomplicated steps, training the reader via each one level of the artistic trip.

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This list can also be of use to those of you who have a specific story that you want to tell in your monologue. The purpose of this outline is to jump-start your thinking about the piece that you’ll be working on. It’s just an eye opener, a preliminary look at future possibilities. We will be working on a detailed outline later on: ■ ■ ■ Start out by listing any ideas that you now have regarding the piece. Put down whatever comes to mind, no matter how ridiculous it might seem to you. List your intentions, your goals, your dreams for the piece.

Generally, a short monologue doesn’t include too many characters. Having too many characters tends to confuse the listener. Also, it’s difficult to develop multiple characters in a short amount of time. The short monologue, like all monologues, should have a clear beginning, middle, and end. I know that this seems obvious, but by being aware of this rule and adhering to it, you’ll be able to avoid structural problems while developing your piece. I’m sure you’ve seen monologues that seem to hop all over the place, losing the audience along the way.

Evan Handler wrote Time on Fire to reveal how we can become victims of medical bureaucracy when dealing with doctors and hospitals during the treatment of serious illness. I feel I must once again mention that the most important thing to keep in mind is that all monologues and monologue plays must have an interesting story to tell, a good yarn, a reason for us in the audience to want to be there in the first place. Actors quite often tell me that they don’t think that their personal story will be interesting to others.

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