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A Monologue is an Outrageous Situation!

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A Monologue is an Outrageous Situation! How to Survive the 60-Second Audition explains how to successfully tackle the "cattle call" acting audition with a sixty-second monologue. Through Q&As, tips, director’s notes, and a glossary full of outrageous actions meant to inspire the actor into truly connecting with the piece, this book shows actors where and how to find a monologue, edit it, and give the best audition possible.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright Page
  5. Dedication
  6. Epigraph
  7. Table of Contents
  8. Acknowledgments
  9. Introduction
    1. What Is a Monologue?
  10. PART I Picking Your Monologue
    1. 1 An Outrageous Situation
    2. 2 The Sixty-Second Dilemma
    3. 3 What to Look for in a Monologue
      1. Your Type
      2. What You Do Best
      3. A Role You Can Play Now
      4. Age-Appropriate
      5. Comedic or Dramatic?
      6. Who Is Your Audience?
      7. What Roles Are Being Cast?
    4. 4 What to Avoid in a Monologue
      1. The ‘Challenge Yourself’ Monologue
      2. The Accent Monologue
      3. The Internet Monologue
      4. The ‘Role You Have Played Before’ Monologue
      5. The Phone-Call Monologue
      6. The ‘Feel Sorry for Yourself’ Monologue
      7. The ‘Whining and Complaining’ Monologue
      8. The ‘What a Screw-up I Am’ Monologue
      9. The Dirty-Word Monologue
      10. The ‘Too Much out of Context’ Monologue
      11. The Screenplay Monologue
      12. The One-Person-Show Monologue
      13. The Monologue You Wrote
      14. The ‘Big Pay-Off at the End’ Monologue
      15. The Shakespeare Monologue
      16. The Pre-Twentieth-Century Monologue
      17. The ‘Remembering the Past’ Monologue
      18. Summary of “Picking Your Monologue”
  11. PART II Working on Your Monologue
    1. 5 Getting Started
      1. Step One: Read the Play
      2. Step Two: What Are the Given Circumstances?
      3. Step Three: “Three Tips” from the Script
      4. Step Four: Ask the Stanislavski Questions
      5. Step Five: Memorize!
    2. 6 Cutting and Piecing Together Your Monologue
      1. Piecing Together a Monologue from a Longer Scene
    3. 7 Get on Your Feet
      1. Blocking and How to Move (Because You Must Move)
      2. Body Language
      3. Don’t Use a Chair
      4. Don’t Mime
      5. Beginning, Middle and End
        1. Beginning
        2. Middle
        3. End
      6. What Your Audition Must Be About
        1. 1. Fighting for Something
        2. 2. Opposites
        3. 3. You at Your Best
        4. 4. Love
    4. 8 Exercises to Get Outrageous
      1. Actions
      2. For Monologues that Are Dramatic …
      3. For Monologues that Are Comedic …
      4. Exercises
        1. Exercise #1: Every Line Is a New Discovery
        2. Exercise #2: Rooting for ‘Gold’
        3. Exercise #3: Make Them Believe You!
        4. Exercise #4: ‘Vowel thru’’ Your Monologue
        5. Exercise #5: Shout, Then Whisper
        6. Exercise #6: Sing, Then Ha!
        7. Exercise #7: Hit the Deck!
        8. Exercise #8: One-Word Beat Change
        9. Exercise #9: Become the Monologue
        10. Exercise #10: Beginning, Middle, End
    5. 9 Monologue Pitfalls and What to Do about Them
      1. Summary of “Working on Your Monologue”
  12. PART III Performing Your Monologue
    1. 10 And Don’t Forget …
      1. If You Decide to Use a Chair
      2. Placing Your Scene Partner
      3. Where Has Your Character Just Been?
      4. Where Are You Going?
      5. Speaking a Soliloquy
      6. Up Good, Down Bad
      7. Unintentional Hiding
      8. Rushing
      9. Don’t Try to Be Funny
      10. Crying and Yelling Is Not Dramatic
      11. Go Somewhere and Take Us with You
      12. If in Doubt about Your Choices
      13. When to Stop Your Monologue
    2. 11 Audition!
      1. What the Sixty-Second Monologue Must Do
      2. How Much Can They Really See in Sixty Seconds?
      3. Dress and Hygiene
        1. For Men
        2. For Women
      4. Final Clothing Thoughts
      5. Tattoos
      6. The Audition Step by Step
        1. Step One: Entrance
        2. Step Two: Find Your Light
        3. Step Three: Go to Center
        4. Step Four: Focus Points
          1. The Actual People in the Audition Room
          2. Your Imaginary Scene Partner
        5. Step Five: Announce your Name and Number
        6. Step Six: Perform
        7. Step Seven: Finish
        8. Step Eight: Repeat your Name and Number, and Exit
      7. When Does the Audition End?
      8. What Directors Want to See at a Callback
      9. What Is It Like to Audition?
      10. Summary of “Performing Your Monologue”
  13. PART IV “Just a Few Notes for You”
    1. 12 Rehearsal Notes
      1. Make the Visceral Choice
      2. Need the Other Person
      3. You Don’t Have to Look at Your Scene Partner All the Time
      4. Negative
      5. ‘Kind of’ Choices Lead to ‘Kind of’ Acting
      6. To ‘Get Information’ Is Not Specific Enough
      7. To ‘Get Respect’ Is Not Strong Enough
      8. Do Not Fear “I Don’t Know!”
      9. ‘Over the Top’ and Doing ‘Too Much’
      10. Playing Emotion
      11. Explode or Lose It?
      12. Realism Is Not Real
      13. But I Can’t Do It That Way because My Line Says This!
      14. Your Acting Makes Dialogue Realistic
      15. Meet the Play on Its Terms
      16. Rehearsal Clothes Help You Play Period Style
      17. Roll Up Your Sleeves!
    2. 13 Performance Notes
      1. There Is Never a Fourth Wall
      2. Hold for Laughter
      3. In the Moment
      4. Playing Crowd Noise
      5. Don’t Look Down for Too Long – Even into a Grave
      6. Let the Audience Do the Feeling
      7. Stage Whisper
      8. Always Finish the Un-finished Line
      9. The Exit Line
      10. Play a Comedy like a Tragedy …
      11. Playing Age
      12. Acting with an Accent
      13. Playing the Rich
      14. Playing Royalty
      15. Playing a Hero when You’re Supposed to be a Hero
    3. 14 Director’s Notes
      1. “Pick It Up”
      2. Act on the Line
      3. Your Actual Cue in a Scene
      4. Listening
      5. Earning a Pause
      6. “Less Is More”
      7. “Just Say It”
      8. Consonants and Ends of Words
      9. How to Play the Nonsense Words
      10. Cheat Out
      11. Commenting on a Role
      12. A Role You Have Played Before
      13. ‘Doing Too Much’ Is a Good Note
      14. When You Don’t Get a Note, That’s Good, Too
      15. Don’t Get the Same Note Twice
      16. “Louder, Faster, Funnier”
    4. 15 Talent
      1. Summary of “Just a Few Notes for You”
  14. Epilogue
  15. Glossary
  16. Appendixes
    1. A Monologue Suggestions
    2. B Where to Find Monologues
    3. C Unified Auditions
    4. D Headshot and Résumé Production
    5. E Actor’s Résumé Template
  17. Index