We never post opportunities that require a submission fee. LEARN MORE.
Showing posts with label Write a Monologue. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Write a Monologue. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Write a Monologue for Me Part I: MONOLOGUE FOR TONY WHITE by László Zsolt Fülöp



Thanks to László Zsolt Fülöp and Tony White for their great work.

Laszlo writes:
I was working on a full-length play script about an immigrant who is an engineer. The play starts with a monologue. That's when I saw the ad about the "Write a Monologue for Me" project and I thought I could send in this monologue. But it didn't work because the original monologue was an introduction to a piece and didn't stand well in itself. I could use only a few sentences from that monologue. So I started thinking about what is a "theatrical" space, when one is "on stage" in front of an audience. And there should be a lot at stake for those involved, especially the "actor." The execution/death penalty came to mind. There is a lot--everything--at stake for the "actor," who is actually not an actor at all since he or she doesn't have any agency any more. Looking at it with a European eye, the death penalty is an outmoded, cruel, inhumane form of justice-making. But I didn't want to make it political. All I wanted is to give a little bit of "agency" to the "actor" in this paradox situation. 

László Zsolt Fülöp is an immigrant. He was born and raised by Hungarian parents in the Transylvanian region of Romania under Ceausecu's dictatorship. He teaches film- and theater-related subjects at the University of New Orleans.

Tony White has appeared in many plays from classics to original works, and has directed a variety Off-Off Broadway shows including Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Romeo & Juliet, Uncommon Women, Titus Andronicus, and Lysistrata. He has enjoyed playing Rupert in Rope, Edward in Spike Heels, Deacon Crow-For-a-Day in Tambourines to Glory (nominated best supporting actor 2003 Tiffany Awards), and Reverend Drum in God’s Trombones (nominated best actor 2004 Tiffany Awards). Represented by Carson Kolker Innovative, & Avanti Talent.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Write a Monologue for Me Part II: LAKE TOWANDA by Natasha Sera


Thanks to Natasha Sera and Starra Andrews for their great work.

Natasha says:
I was really inspired by Starra Andrews' statement about the kind of play she wanted to see - I'm a big fan of Stranger Things too. I thought it might be fun to update the old horror story "The Monkey's Paw." I especially enjoyed playing with having the play exist on two levels - you can read it as a supernatural event - or you can look at it as the story of a woman going through a breakdown due to tragedy in her personal life. It took several tries to get the whole thing to fit in one page - I was glad to have the challenge, it forces you to cut out all the extraneous stuff.
Natasha Sera is new to playwriting and wishes to thank the good folks at NYCPlaywrights for giving her a chance to share her work.

Starra's monologue request
I love all things paranormal, and since Halloween is coming - it's perfect timing. I would love to perform and bring to life your favorite Halloween story. It can be fun loving or frightening. Think "Stranger Things" or something in that genre. Trick or Treat!

Starra Andrews grew up writing fantasy stories and acting on stage. After attaining a B.A. in Theatre and completing the LACC Acting Academy in Los Angeles, her non-fiction book The Pursuit of Acting; Working Actors Share Their Experience and Advice was published to help student actors. She’s performed such roles as Helen Keller’s mother in The Miracle Worker, Claudia Draper in Nuts, as well as gritty, fun roles such as a Kit Kat girl in Cabaret. 
Starra has also been seen recently giving a tour on the NYCPlaywrights web site.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

NYCPlaywrights Write a Monologue for Me ~ Part II - project selections

Thanks to everybody who sent monologues for this project. The selected pieces are:
  • DAMN YOU ROBERT! by Bryan Stubbles
  • LAKE TOWANDA by Natasha Sera
  • TAKE YOUR LAST by Eleni Zezas
Of the three, Starra selected LAKE TOWANDA to record. We will be posting the video on the NYCPlaywrights web site soon.

Thanks to everybody who participated in this installment of WaM4M. We will be presenting the next actor looking for a monologue soon.

The playwrights have kindly permitted NYCPlaywrights to share their work on this web site. If you would like permission to perform any of the monologues or reproduce them for any reason, please contact the author directly via the email address at the beginning of each script.


ABOUT THE SCRIPTS

DAMN YOU ROBERT! (click to view as a PDF)

Bryan writes:
Ms. Andrews was keen on something supernatural in relation to the Halloween season, so I wrote about the ghost of one woman's past. Even though it's set over 100 years ago, it's relevant today as it explores what was probably an exploitive relationship. 

Playwright Bryan Stubbles has a BA in Film Studies from the University of Utah. He spent most his adult life living abroad. He had a residency at Grunewald Guild in Washington State last Autumn. Two plays, ENGLISH ONLY and ICE CREAM SISTERS were chosen to be a part of The Protest Plays Project. His horror play, BLOODSTAINED MARIGOLDS ON A PERVERSE LANDSCAPE, premiered in LA. in October. His goofed-up comedy, DEATH OF A CHOCOLATE BAR ON GOOD FRIDAY, also premiered as part of the Funhouse Anthology in Seattle in Seattle. ENGLISH ONLY will premiere in November as part of the Otherworld Theatre Company’s Paragon Sci-Fi Festival. Finally, THE ANXIETY OF A KNUCKLEBALL BEFORE THE PLATE will premiere as part of the Utah New Theatre Works Project in November. His WW2 thriller DEATH SINGS IN THE SHADOWS is published by Broadway Play Publishing Inc. Hobbies include movies, music, history, volunteering, languages and avoiding food posioning. You may find him at The New Play Exchange or Facebook. Yay!


LAKE TOWANDA (click to view as PDF)

Natasha says:
I was really inspired by Starra Andrews' statement about the kind of play she wanted to see - I'm a big fan of Stranger Things too. I thought it might be fun to update the old horror story "The Monkey's Paw." I especially enjoyed playing with having the play exist on two levels - you can read it as a supernatural event - or you can look at it as the story of a woman going through a breakdown due to tragedy in her personal life. It took several tries to get the whole thing to fit in one page - I was glad to have the challenge, it forces you to cut out all the extraneous stuff.
Natasha Sera is new to playwriting and wishes to thank the good folks at NYCPlaywrights for giving her a chance to share her work.


TAKE YOUR LAST (click to view as PDF)

Eleni writes:
The inspiration came from the first line, I believe: “Choose carefully”. I don’t know if I heard it somewhere or I was telling myself that when I was thinking about what to write, but it wrung true in my head, and I decided to start with it. “What would I choose carefully?” I thought. The monologue was going to be in some way scary, so I immediately thought about death—and then final words. What if we put some thought into choosing our last words? What would be the reason for doing so? In what situation would you have to be in that you had to take your last breath and use it to throw a final verbal punch? Most importantly, who would be telling the audience this? I thought the answers were creepy, and I wrote them down.
Eleni Zezas is a senior attending Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ. One of her majors is World Literature and she enjoys reading, writing, film and theatre 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

NYCPlaywrights WRITE A MONOLOGUE FOR ME ~ part II

Starra Andrews, actor & author
NYCPlaywrights continues its project Write a Monologue for Me.

You can read about the first WaM4M challenge here and read the selected monologues here.

Actors are always looking for good monologues. NYCPlaywrights wants to help them find one by putting out this call for submissions. We are looking for monologues tailored to a specific actor, a different actor each month.

We plan to make this a monthly event during 2017 and possibly beyond.

We will select the top three monologues based on quality of writing and relevance for the actor and share them on the NYCPlaywrights web site (with your permission.)

The actor will select his/her favorite from those three and we will video-record him/her performing the monologue and post the video on NYCPlaywrights (via YouTube with your permission.)

This month we'd like you to write a monologue for Starra Andrews an actor and writer in New York City.

Bio:
Starra grew up writing fantasy stories and acting on stage. After attaining a B.A. in Theatre and completing the LACC Acting Academy in Los Angeles, her non-fiction book The Pursuit of Acting; Working Actors Share Their Experience and Advice was published to help student actors. She’s performed such roles as Helen Keller’s mother in The Miracle Worker, Claudia Draper in Nuts, as well as gritty, fun roles such as a Kit Kat girl in Cabaret. 
Starra has also been seen recently giving a tour on the NYCPlaywrights web site.
About the kind of work Starra is looking for:

I love all things paranormal, and since Halloween is coming - it's perfect timing. I would love to perform and bring to life your favorite Halloween story. It can be fun loving or frightening. Think "Stranger Things" or something in that genre. Trick or Treat!

THE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

YOU MUST READ THEM BEFORE SUBMITTING
The deadline is Sunday October 22, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST.
  • Send only one monologue per author to info@nycplaywrights.org. 
  • Please put the words "Write a Monologue for Me" in the subject field of your email.
  • The monologue should be no more than one page.
  • The submission should be sent by email, with the script itself as a file attached to the email.
  • File format should be .pdf because it will retain your original script formatting. 
  • There is no fee for submission. 
  • All rights will remain with the playwright. 
  • The script must be submitted by the author of the script, no agents or others may submit. 
  • Make sure you have your name and your email address on the script. 
  • The monologue can be submitted by anybody, anywhere in the world but must be primarily in English (a few non-English phrases are acceptable, but the phrases must include English translations.) 
  • A monologue that has had a production is not acceptable - we want you to write a new monologue with our actor in mind.
  • A monologue that has been published is also not acceptable.
  • The NYCPlaywrights selections decisions are final.
  • NYCPlaywrights reserves the right to select no monologues.
  • We will notify submitters of the decisions and announce the winning monologues on the NYCPlaywrights web site by Sunday October 29.
Any questions email info@nycplaywrights.org
  • For some thoughts on writing monologues go here
NOTE: although of course the rights to the script are all yours, sometimes actors will ask for permission to perform your monologue in auditions. We hope you say yes.

Thanks.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

NYCPlaywrights Write a Monologue for Me project selections

NYCPlaywrights received 55 submissions to the WaM4M project and it was hard to pick only three, but finally we did:
  • HOW TO MANAGE YOUR STRESS by S. L. Daniels
  • MONOLOGUE FOR TONY WHITE by Laszlo Zsolt Fulop
  • PERSON OF GREAT INTEREST by Lucy Wang
Of the three, Tony selected MONOLOGUE FOR TONY WHITE to record. We will be posting the video on the NYCPlaywrights web site soon.

Thanks to everybody who participated in this installment of WaM4M. We will be presenting the next actor looking for a monologue very soon.

The playwrights have kindly permitted NYCPlaywrights to share their work on this web site. If you would like permission to perform any of the monologues or reproduce them for any reason, please contact the author directly via the email address at the beginning of each script.


ABOUT THE SCRIPTS

HOW TO MANAGE YOUR STRESS (click to view as a PDF)

S. L. Daniels writes:
Dark comedy is my happy place, so when I saw that Tony White liked it too, I wanted to write something for him. I was thinking about Tony, his face, he has such a lovely calm look, and so my first thought was “stress.”

S. L. Daniels' short and full-­length plays have been produced in theatres in around the world, including in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, and Melbourne. Credits also include: Winner of the Hurricane Season Award (Los Angeles), the Illinois Artist Award for Playwriting, Oxford Short Play Competition, Samuel French One-­Act Competition, Seven Devils Playwriting Conference, and finalist for the Cunningham Prize, the O'Neill Conference, and Actors Theatre of Louisville's Heidemann Award. Television work includes episodes for Nelvana Productions, HBO IND/FOX TV, and a pilot for NBC. Thank you to NYCPlaywrights for being such an amazing site!!


MONOLOGUE FOR TONY WHITE (click to view as PDF)

Laszlo writes:
I was working on a full-length play script about an immigrant who is an engineer. The play starts with a monologue. That's when I saw the ad about the "Write a Monologue for Me" project and I thought I could send in this monologue. But it didn't work because the original monologue was an introduction to a piece and didn't stand well in itself. I could use only a few sentences from that monologue. So I started thinking about what is a "theatrical" space, when one is "on stage" in front of an audience. And there should be a lot at stake for those involved, especially the "actor." The execution/death penalty came to mind. There is a lot--everything--at stake for the "actor," who is actually not an actor at all since he or she doesn't have any agency any more. Looking at it with a European eye, the death penalty is an outmoded, cruel, inhumane form of justice-making. But I didn't want to make it political. All I wanted is to give a little bit of "agency" to the "actor" in this paradox situation. 
Laszlo Zsolt Fulop is an immigrant. He was born and raised by Hungarian parents in the Transylvanian region of Romania under Ceausecu's dictatorship. He teaches film- and theater-related subjects at the University of New Orleans. 

PERSON OF GREAT INTEREST (click to view as PDF)

Lucy writes:
My monologue was inspired by my effort to sell my 2003 Porsche Boxster, which I named the "Silver Menace."  A trainer from my gym said he might know a buyer.  I showed the trainer my car, and he was impressed by its great condition and very low mileage. He seemed genuinely taken with the car, so I said, "Maybe you want to buy it. How about taking a spin in my Boxster S?"  The trainer, who is African-American, immediately responded.  "Are you kidding?  Have you seen GET OUT? If we go riding in this car together, the police will arrest me for kidnapping you. If I take your car out myself, the police will arrest me for grand theft auto. I can't buy your Porsche, I'm black!"  He had me in stitches because it was hilarious, and often the best comedy reflects uncomfortable elements of truth.
Lucy Wang writes, teaches and performs. She recently performed IT AIN'T EASY BEING CHINESEY in PanAsian Rep's NuWork Festival 2017. You can see excerpts of her show CHINESE GIRLS DON'T SWEAR, performed in NY, L.A. and Akron, OH, here: https://youtu.be/IbcqZCYZbik Her plays have been performed all over, and are available at Original Works Publishing, JAC Publishing, Amazon, and YouthPLAYS. Wang has also written two short films (one of which she directed), and sold a pilot to Disney. Her awards include the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, Best New Political Social Play from the Katherine and Lee Chilcote Foundation, Berrilla Kerr Foundation, James Thurber Fellowship, CAPE’s New Writers TV Award, NATPE Diversity Fellow, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Honorary Fellow, Annenberg Community Beach House Writer in Residence. She currently teaches at www.escriptws.com and writes for American Journal of Nursing.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

NYCPlaywrights call for submissions: Write a Monologue For Me

Tony White, actor & director
NYCPlaywrights has a new project starting this month: Write a Monologue for Me.

Actors are always looking for good monologues. NYCPlaywrights wants to help them find one by putting out this call for submissions. We are looking for monologues tailored to a specific actor, a different actor each month.

We plan to make this a monthly event during 2017 and possibly beyond.

We will select the top three monologues based on quality of writing and relevance for the actor and share them on the NYCPlaywrights web site (with your permission.)

The actor will select his/her favorite from those three and we will video-record him/her performing the monologue and post the video on NYCPlaywrights (via YouTube with your permission.)

This month we'd like you to write a monologue for Tony White an actor and director in New York City.

Bio:
Tony has appeared in many plays from classics to original works, and has directed a variety Off-Off Broadway shows including Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Romeo & Juliet, Uncommon Women, Titus Andronicus, and Lysistrata. He has enjoyed playing Rupert in Rope, Edward in Spike Heels, Deacon Crow-For-a-Day in Tambourines to Glory (nominated best supporting actor 2003 Tiffany Awards), and Reverend Drum in God’s Trombones (nominated best actor 2004 Tiffany Awards). Represented by Carson Kolker Innovative, & Avanti Talent.
About the kind of work he prefers:
"I am most interested in dark comedy. The more unusual the character the better. Some of my favorite roles are Rupert in Rope, Kent in King Lear, Mercutio in Romeo and JulietProspero and Caliban in The Tempest, Archie in The Disposal by William Inge."

THE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

YOU MUST READ THEM BEFORE SUBMITTING
The deadline is Sunday October 1, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST.
  • Send only one monologue per author to info@nycplaywrights.org. 
  • Please put the words "Write a Monologue for Me" in the subject field of your email.
  • The monologue should be no more than one page.
  • The submission should be sent by email, with the script itself as a file attached to the email.
  • File format should be .pdf because it will retain your original script formatting. 
  • There is no fee for submission. 
  • All rights will remain with the playwright. 
  • The script must be submitted by the author of the script, no agents or others may submit. 
  • Make sure you have your name and your email address on the script. 
  • The monologue can be submitted by anybody, anywhere in the world but must be primarily in English (a few non-English phrases are acceptable, but the phrases must include English translations.) 
  • A monologue that has had a production is not acceptable - we want you to write a new monologue with our actor in mind.
  • A monologue that has been published is also not acceptable.
  • The NYCPlaywrights selections decisions are final.
  • NYCPlaywrights reserves the right to select no monologues.
  • We will notify submitters of the decisions and announce the winning monologues on the NYCPlaywrights web site by Sunday October 8.
Any questions email info@nycplaywrights.org
  • For some thoughts on writing monologues go here
NOTE: although of course the rights to the script are all yours, sometimes actors will ask for permission to perform your monologue in auditions. We hope you say yes.

Thanks.

Blog Archive