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Cast me!

No, that's not a plea for a job. (Although if you happen to have one lying around...) Rather, it's a plea for material.

One thing I really need in Chicago -- and which has always been a weak point for me -- is a selection of two or three good contemporary monologues. I have practically no contemporary monologues for the very simple reason that I've done precious few contemporary plays. I've been doing Kevin's thumbnail sketch of her last relationship from To Gillian On Her 37th Birthday for-freakin-EVER, and I love it as pie, but at this point I think everyone in town has heard me do it twice. I really ought to take a good audition class one of these days for just this reason, but there's always the time and the money and the blahblahblah.

So, for those who pay attention to newer plays, and who know me (hopefully there's some intersection there), what should I be reading? Who can you see me as?

Thus the tuneup of the self-marketing machine continues apace. Glacial is a pace...

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wiliqueen
Jun. 13th, 2007 12:21 am (UTC)
i used to do one from "Blood Moon" but its sort a creepy and probably lost me more jobs by using it. :)

Considering this is the next one I'm going for, I might check it out. ;->

Do you have a friend who could write one for you?

A couple, actually, if they were to have the time. Plus I've been thinking I should take another look at an unpublished play I was cast in several years ago that fell through when the playwright/director got an opportunity she couldn't turn down.
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wiliqueen
Jun. 13th, 2007 12:49 am (UTC)
I found a NYT review in the interim. :-) The character's a bit young for me, but still something I think I might check out. The storefront scene gets some pretty intense stuff that it could be a good fit for.
amilyn
Jun. 13th, 2007 01:36 am (UTC)
I would like to recommend again Never in my Lifetime by Shirley Gee

There's great stuff in there for four different female characters.
wiliqueen
Jun. 13th, 2007 01:42 am (UTC)
Excellent, thanks!
mannoftalent
Jun. 13th, 2007 02:00 pm (UTC)
There's a great monologue in Tony Kushner's "A Bright Room Called Day" for an actress talking about how she thought she met the devil (a la Faust).
wiliqueen
Jun. 13th, 2007 02:11 pm (UTC)
:: makes note :: Thanks!
wiliqueen
Jun. 15th, 2007 07:14 pm (UTC)
Score! Borders in Oakbrook Center had it, and I had a gift card I keep forgetting about!
princess_philo
Jun. 13th, 2007 10:09 pm (UTC)
There aren't too many monologues in Arcadia, plus it's playing now at Court Theatre, or else I would recommend it. Something else from Tom Stoppard? Of course, Edson's W;t is fantastic, but perhaps a trifle mature?
wiliqueen
Jun. 14th, 2007 12:31 am (UTC)
I love Stoppard, but all my favorite stuff of his is period. That does remind me I need to get around to reading that one, and maybe seeing the Court production. There are so many shows I want to see right now! I need to put the ones my friends are in at the top, of course...

Of course, Edson's W;t is fantastic, but perhaps a trifle mature?

I'm not familiar with it, but from what I'm seeing on a quick Google search, probably. :-/ Only a trifle for my real age, but I never play it, and nobody would believe it if I did. I get guessed an average of ten years younger. Still, it definitely looks like something I should read -- thanks!
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