Writing & Performing the Monologue
West Stockbridge, MA
Writing + rehearsal + a public performance at The FOUNDRY
Two Monday mornings 10 AM – 1 PM &
Four Friday mornings 9 AM – noon, October 28 – November 22
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 + performance at The FOUNDRY
Playwrights, storytellers, prose writers, poets & experimenters welcome.
Monday, October 28, 10 AM – 1 PM
Friday, November 1, 9 AM – noon
Monday, November 4, 10 AM – 1 PM
Friday, November 8, 9 AM – noon
Friday, November 15, 9 AM – noon
Friday, November 22, 9 AM – noon
2 Harris Street
West Stockbridge, MA 01266
Writing & Performing the Monologue is a program of
Berkshire Writers Project.