Creating Your Own Monologue by Glenn Alterman

By Glenn Alterman

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

• Empowering, enlightening, effortless to use

within the moment variation of this well known consultant, actors learn how to use their abilities to jot down monologues, functionality paintings items, and one-person performs. up to date to incorporate particular interviews and tips about advertising and marketing, this consultant is helping actors create their very own fascinating functionality possibilities and keep on 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 method into uncomplicated steps, training the reader via each one level of the inventive trip.

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What is the setting? Are we dealing with a character who lives on Park Avenue or a beggar on the street? Your audience must get a sense (preferably early on in your piece) of where they are. How does this location affect the character who is speaking? WHY? Through the character’s dialogue, let us know why the character is saying and doing the things he is. The audience must have some sense of what motivates the character; otherwise, they will become confused and eventually disinterested. HOW? How does your character resolve the complication that you’ve set up?

The story that you’re telling should be able to sustain interest for however long it takes to tell. This doesn’t mean that you need to concern yourself solely with the entertainment value of the play. But keep in mind that there is an audience out there. Make sure that the story you’re performing is theatrical and not something that the audience could have stayed home and read. Always remember, you’re writing for the theater. Your play, like the short monologues discussed in the previous chapter, should usually include an obstacle, an objective, and an arc.

I’ll do the best that I can to help you find the answers to questions that inevitably will come up along the way. At this point, my only advice is: ■ ■ ■ Try to stay focused on what you’re doing. Keep your goal constantly in mind. If it gets uncomfortable, even frustrating, at times, don’t give up; just work through it. The Similarities/Differences between Being an Actor and Working as a Writer The most obvious similarities between the actor and the writer are that both are creative artists and both use their imagination in their work.

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