Monologue Mastery : The Actor's Guide to Selecting and Performing Monologues

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  • Copyright: 2010-02-01
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corp
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Monologue Mastery is a manual and workbook for the beginning actor as well as the seasoned professional. It addresses in specific detail every phase of monologue preparation from selection to performance. It covers in great detail the three most important phases of monologue selection and performance: how to find great little-known monologues, how to find monologues that fit you perfectly, and how to act the monologue brilliantly and capture the auditors' attention. Monologue Mastery is easy reading, full of entertaining anecdotes, and intensely practical, providing a step-by-step approach to doing monologues in a very concise manner. Monologue Mastery is a handbook that actors will rely on for years to come. HIGHLIGHTS: A workbook that gives specific exercises to help the actor discover his/her type and to learn how to rehearse and prepare his/her monologue.

Author Biography

Prudence Wright Holmes, also known as the Monologue Detective, is a veteran actor and teacher who has been coaching actors for more than twenty-five years. Her students have appeared in films, on television, and in Broadway, off-Broadway, and regional theater. Her own extensive acting credits include the film Sister Act and the original off-Broadway casts of Godspell and Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You. She comes from Bexley, Ohio, and lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Finding Little-Known Monologuesp. 1
Plays and Filmsp. 2
Workshops and Readingsp. 2
Plays of Other Erasp. 3
Other Literary Sourcesp. 3
Audio Booksp. 5
Film and TV Scriptsp. 5
Become a Readerp. 6
The Internetp. 6
Monologue Booksp. 6
Auditionsp. 7
Writing Your Own Monologuesp. 7
Exceptions to the Rulesp. 9
Summaryp. 9
Discovering Your Unique Qualitiesp. 11
Who Are You?p. 11
Questionnairep. 11
Take a Surveyp. 13
Problems and Conflictsp. 13
Agep. 14
Act What You Knowp. 15
Typecasting Yourselfp. 16
Influences That Shaped Youp. 17
Researching Actors Like Youp. 18
Feedback from Strangersp. 19
Updating Your Productp. 20
Fantasizing About Your Ideal Rolep. 20
Review Your Resumep. 21
Breaking the Rulesp. 21
Racep. 21
In Conclusionp. 22
Summaryp. 23
Shaping Your Monologuep. 25
Hit the High Pointsp. 25
Make the Circumstances Clearp. 38
Create a Conflictp. 39
Summaryp. 39
Audition Preparationp. 41
Rehearsal Techniquesp. 41
Working with a Partnerp. 41
Creating a Character Historyp. 42
Character History Questionsp. 43
Life Improvisationsp. 46
Collecting Objectsp. 47
Memorization and Stagingp. 47
Keeping in Shapep. 48
Stage Versus Film Monologuesp. 49
Beginnings and Endingsp. 49
Summaryp. 50
Script Analysisp. 51
Emotional Preparationp. 51
Emotional Recall Techniquesp. 52
Crying on Cuep. 56
Where Are You?p. 56
Stylep. 57
High Stakesp. 58
Identifying the Conflictp. 58
The First Ten Secondsp. 61
Relationshipp. 62
What Do You Want?p. 62
Beatsp. 62
Action Verbsp. 63
Making the Monologue into a Scenep. 65
Summaryp. 66
Frequently Asked Questionsp. 67
Ask the Expertsp. 91
Monologues They Never Want to Hear Againp. 101
Femalep. 101
Malep. 101
Your Audition Diaryp. 103
Bibliographyp. 115
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