New Year. New Class. Monologues on the menu.
First week back at class and we are talking about our monologues for 1st term showcase. We’ll be performing in the round so I need something that allows me to move through the space.
I ran through Brando’s “I coulda been a contender” riff from “On the Waterfront” but it wasn’t what Teacher was looking for.
Too short (1 min 30 sec) and not enough to room to move.
On reflection, it was the right call to drop it. The scene is set in a really tight space, in the car. No real movement and the intensity comes from the two brothers feeling so vulnerable and being seated really close together.
So here’s the thing. Teacher wants something with that same sort of quiet anguish, sense of disappointment and the weight of years past. But it needs to be longer (3 min) and theatre based.
Willy Loman in “Death of a Salesman”, talking to Howard and begging to be understood.
“They don’t know me any more”.