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A Monologue is an Outrageous Situation!
How to Survive the 60-Second Audition

ISBN 9781138120013
Published March 1, 2016 by Routledge
220 Pages

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Book Description

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

Part One: A Monologue is…?

  1. An Audition is an outrageous situation
  2. The Sixty second Dilemma
  3. What is a monologue?
  4. A monologue is an Outrageous situation
  5. What to Look for when choosing a Monologue
  6. What to Avoid in a Monologue
  7. Part Two: Working on a Monologue

  8. Read the Play
  9. Ask the Stanislavski Question
  10. Given Circumstances
  11. Take 3 Tips from the script
  12. Editing a Monologue—include Table
  13. Piecing a monologue together—include Table
  14. Memorize—ASAP
  15. Blocking
  16. How to Move (Because you must)
  17. Monologue Pitfalls
  18. Outrageous
  19. Exercises and Improvs
  20. Part Three: Time to Audition

  21. Steps of Your Audition
  22. How Should I introduce my Monologue?
  23. Where Should I place My Focus? Focus 1.0, 2.0
  24. Should I take time to ‘get into it’ before I start?
  25. Your Actual Run Time
  26. Your Audition Must Show…
  27. Your Sixty-second Audition Must Prove…
  28. How much can the Auditors See in 60 seconds?
  29. What Do the Auditors Want to See in a Call Back?
  30. When Does the Audition Really Begin?
  31. When Does the Audition End?
  32. Part Four: "Just a Few Notes."

  33. Realism is Not Real
  34. Positive
  35. Negative
  36. Playing Emotion
  37. Playing Explosions
  38. Playing Characters that are Rich
  39. That are Poor
  40. That are heroic
  41. That are evil
  42. That are courageous
  43. That are cowardly
  44. Crying and Yelling is Not Dramatic
  45. Don’t TRY to be Funny
  46. Dress and Hygiene for Men
  47. Dress and Hygiene for Women
  48. Final Thought on Clothes
  49. Tattoo is Taboo
  50. Exit




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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.