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A Monologue is an Outrageous Situation! by Herb Parker

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An Outrageous Situation

I would like for you to begin your work with the following premise:

1. A play is about people caught in outrageous situations caused by love.

2. A monologue in a play is an outrageous situation.

You might ask, what do I mean when I say “outrageous”? Very simple. I am referring to the definition from Merriam-Webster: Exceeding the limits of what is usual; not conventional or matter-of-fact; fantastic. The word ‘outrageous’ has many contexts of course, and can suggest committing violence, dropping one’s pants in front of strangers, foul language, toilet humor or other such things that gross us out depending upon the person hearing the word. When employed by the actor in rehearsal, though, I have found that it ...

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