Writing & Performing the Monologue
West Stockbridge, MA
Friday mornings, 9- Noon, September 6 – October 11
+ a public performance at The Foundry
Read, listen to & practice three major types of monologues; write, write, write; revise your monologue with guidance; rehearse; perform your work for a friendly audience.
Accessing an interior life, and giving voice to that life in a way an audience can believe in it, is the art of monologue. In this workshop, you will listen to & practice writing the kind of monologues that give voice to your interior life or the life of a character you create; revise your monologue with guidance; rehearse; and perform it at The Foundry.
A monologue can stand on its own or become part of a larger work. Monologues generally take one of three forms: speaker addressing another character; speaker unraveling the thoughts of her own mind to herself; speaker addressing an audience. All three can be deployed as theater, poetry in the form of a dramatic monologue and, of course, as a character’s speech or thought in fiction and memoir.
In this workshop, we’re aiming to craft work that will help you discover & shape source material for monologue projects now & into the future. The workshop includes:
* A breakdown of what makes a monologue compelling to an audience
* Intensive free writing to carefully selected prompts
* Guidance on sculpting your work & defining the voice of your piece
* Guided rehearsal & public performance
6 workshop meetings, rehearsal & a public performance.
Playwrights, storytellers, prose writers, poets & experimenters welcome.
Friday 9 AM – Noon, September 6 – October 11
2 Harris Street, West Stockbridge, MA 01266
Writing & Performing the Monologue is a program of
Berkshire Writers Project.