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.
Part One: A Monologue is...? An Audition is an outrageous situation The Sixty second Dilemma What is a monologue? A monologue is an Outrageous situation What to Look for when choosing a Monologue What to Avoid in a Monologue Part Two: Working on a Monologue Read the Play Ask the Stanislavski Question Given Circumstances Take 3 Tips from the script Editing a Monologue-include Table Piecing a monologue together-include Table Memorize-ASAP Blocking How to Move (Because you must) Monologue Pitfalls Outrageous Exercises and Improvs Part Three: Time to Audition Steps of Your Audition How Should I introduce my Monologue? Where Should I place My Focus? Focus 1.0, 2.0 Should I take time to 'get into it' before I start? Your Actual Run Time Your Audition Must Show... Your Sixty-second Audition Must Prove... How much can the Auditors See in 60 seconds? What Do the Auditors Want to See in a Call Back? When Does the Audition Really Begin? When Does the Audition End? Part Four: Just a Few Notes. Realism is Not Real Positive Negative Playing Emotion Playing Explosions Playing Characters that are Rich That are Poor That are heroic That are evil That are courageous That are cowardly Crying and Yelling is Not Dramatic Don't TRY to be Funny Dress and Hygiene for Men Dress and Hygiene for Women Final Thought on Clothes Tattoo is Taboo Exit Epilogue Appendix MONOLOGUE SUGGESTIONS WHERE TO FIND MONOLOGUES UNIFIED AUDITIONS HEAD SHOT PRODUCTION
Herb Parker is the Associate Professor in the Division of Theatre and Dance, Department of Communication and Performance at East Tennessee State University. He is a recipient of the KCACTF Excellence in Directing Meritorious Achievement Award and a 35-year member of Actors Equity Association. He is the author of BARK LIKE A DOG! Outrageous Ideas for Actors published in 2013 by Spring Knoll Press.