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A Monologue is an Outrageous Situation! by Herb Parker

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Rehearsal Notes

We have talked about how to get you ready to audition using a sixty-second monologue to get an acting job. If you have been cast – and I hope you have been – I would like for you to consider the thoughts in the next two chapters as you rehearse and play a role onstage.

Make the Visceral Choice

Even if there is no bloodshed onstage, every choice the actor makes should be, literally, about flesh and blood. The desires of the human heart faced with overcoming an outrageous situation can concoct all kinds of fantasies, and not a few of them that result either in horrific violence or, more importantly, the dream of horrific violence. In the mind of a character there ought to be at least the possibility of the scene ending ...

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