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The self-marketing glacier creeps along

Man, I love that almost everyone takes headshot/resume submissions by email these days. I can pop off half a dozen of them from my work computer during lunch in about the time it takes to put together one snail mail packet. And no postage!

Now we'll just see if any of them call me. *wry g*

The intersection of suggestions from last week's post with what happened to be available at the B&N and Borders near Office of Doom turned up one match, A Bright Room Called Day. (Thanks, mannoftalent!) Also picked up Frozen (which I had completely forgotten about, after being very intrigued by the excerpt of it at the 2004 Tonys) and a brand-spankin'-new play by Adam Rapp called Essential Self-Defense. Not sure why the last one caught my eye, exactly, but it's weird and uncomfortable and has a lot of cool stuff, so I'm glad it did. Better in the give-and-take than the monologues, but there's one for Sadie that's interesting.

So now I have three shiny new monologues to work up, all of them for characters who are actually 30 or over! I am not being facetious when I say that it pleases me no end that people will actually buy me as a grownup these days. It's about frelling time. *g*

Now I just have to decide which one to use at the Babes audition on Sunday...

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swirling_poetry
Jun. 21st, 2007 06:11 pm (UTC)
Bright Room...why didn't I think of that one? Which one are you going to use? Because there are plenty in that show.

I think I am one of three people in this world who is over Adam Rapp. And I know the other two. And you could accuse the three of us of being bitter playwrights, but with the possible exception of one of us, we're not bitter. We're just over him and his work and the hype that is associated with it.

Which is why I didn't recommend Adam Rapp. Come to think of it, I didn't recommend anything. Drat. I'm not so great with finding monologues for people. I'm better at saying, hey, this play is great, you should read it.
wiliqueen
Jun. 21st, 2007 06:18 pm (UTC)
Bright Room...why didn't I think of that one?

I just figured you were busy having a Cool New Job and didn't see the post. :-)

Which one are you going to use? Because there are plenty in that show.

I'm looking at a couple of them. The one that was suggested is Paulinka's about the black dog she thought might be the Devil.

We're just over him and his work and the hype that is associated with it.

*chuckle* Benefit of not paying as much attention to new plays as I should: I was vaguely aware that he existed, and even more vaguely aware that there was hype. I did roll my eyes at the one quote on the back favorably comparing his shock value to Neil LaBute's, since I'm a dyed-in-the-wool non-fan of shock value for its own sake. But I was intrigued enough by the premise of the play to ignore it, which turned out to be a good thing.

I'm better at saying, hey, this play is great, you should read it.

Which is perfectly fine too, especially if you can say "Hey, I could see you as this person." I'm too well-trained to read a whole play before considering picking a monologue anyway. ;-D
wiliqueen
Jun. 21st, 2007 06:21 pm (UTC)
P.S.
Of course, you have almost nothing but Shakespeare ingenues to go on for seeing me as anything, so...
swirling_poetry
Jun. 24th, 2007 04:45 pm (UTC)
And now, plays I think you should read that have strong adult female characters (some of which won't work for you, but I want to spread the love of good female characters):

Spinning Into Butter by Rebecca Gilman
Boy Gets Girl by Rebecca Gilman
The Baltimore Waltz by Paula Vogel
Desdemona by Paula Vogel
How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel
The Heidi Chronicles by Wendy Wasserstein
The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl^
Anna in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz^
Emma's Child by Kristine Thatcher
The Battle of the Bands by Dean Corrin*
The Nina Variations by Steven Dietz
Hannah and Martin by Kate Fydor


^ I know there are no roles for you in these plays. I just think you should read them. And The Clean House would have good roles for you eventually.
* Serious bias here as I love Dean, but it's in the recently published Victory Gardens book
wiliqueen
Jun. 25th, 2007 03:08 pm (UTC)
Oooh, yay, play recs! :: rubs hands in anticipation :: Thanks!
leeflower
Jun. 21st, 2007 06:51 pm (UTC)
e-submissions are the best. I love them for queries. Getting off my duff to put together print query packets is, like, work.
wiliqueen
Jun. 21st, 2007 06:56 pm (UTC)
And has to be done at home, when you have all your stuff available. With Gmail, I have saved cover letters with the appropriate PDFs already attached to customize and send from anywhere I can get on the web. It rocks.
leeflower
Jun. 21st, 2007 07:08 pm (UTC)
Yup--exactly. No printing, folding, stuffing, spreading stuff out, etc-- it's way more efficient.
mannoftalent
Jun. 21st, 2007 06:51 pm (UTC)
Glad to be of help. I'm particularly fond of that play. In particular the conversation with the devil and one of my favorite lines ever- "Home. Before the sky and earth slam shut. The Borders are full of holes."
wiliqueen
Jun. 21st, 2007 06:54 pm (UTC)
It really is gorgeous. I was noddingly familiar with the premise, but had never read it before. So thanks again!
deire
Jun. 22nd, 2007 01:09 am (UTC)
:crossing fingers:
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