Sunday, January 1, 2017

Lesson 6 Free Online Acting School Help for Actors 2017 Edition

You will now select two monologues that you will perform for the end of this class.

The monologues must be from this link:

http://www.freedrama.net/small1a.html

Select two contrasting monologues - two that are very different from each other - one comedy, one dramatic - or two with very different characters.  For example, the character in one monologue is good, kind and innocent and the character in the other one is evil or angry or upset.

Post the names of two monologues you like the best. Answer the following questions about these two monologues:

Why do you like the monologues?

Who is the main character of each monologue?

What is the character like?

Where is the character (the setting/place it is taking place)?

Why is the character saying what they are saying in the monologue?  (What's their motivation?)

How did the character get to the point they are now? (what is their background? where did they come from? why are they behaving the way they do?)

Is the monologue from a play? If so, read the play and write about what you learned about the character from the play.

Post in the comments below your answers to the questions above.

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Having trouble finding a good monologue?  Here are some monologues with acting tips to go with them:

A Breaking Heart - http://freedramaplays.blogspot.com/2014/12/advice-on-performing-monologue-breaking.html

A Thing for Nerds - http://freedramaplays.blogspot.com/2015/02/advice-on-monologue-thing-for-nerds.html

Never Touch http://freedramaplays.blogspot.com/2015/03/advice-on-performing-monologue-never.html

Beauty and Perfection http://freedramaplays.blogspot.com/2014/11/advice-on-performing-1-minute-monologue.html

First Words http://freedramaplays.blogspot.com/2015/01/advice-on-performing-monologue-first.html


Check out these videos for more ideas:


Monologues for Women



Monologues for Men




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24 comments:

  1. the monologue i like to play are
    1. back to work
    2. die and leave thee
    i like those monologue when i read those.
    i will perform my best on both comedy and drama

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  2. Hi I really like the monologue "A Breaking heart"

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  3. The monologue I want is Blessing in Disguise and Cut off from the World, Scene 2- Carry a Stuffy.

    The character in Blessing in Disguise is honestly a rude funny person.

    The character in Cut off from the World, Scene 2- Carry A Stuffy is very passionate about her stuffed animals and really loves them.

    Main character is Ashley in Blessing in Disguise and Layla in Carry a Stuffy.

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  4. #1: "Big Bad Wolf" Comedy, main character is The Big Bad Wolf. I chose this because I feel the character is very open to how I or someone wants to read his lines.
    The big bad wolf is a misunderstood animal who just wants to live his life.
    B.B.W. (Big bad Wolf) is somewhere deep in the woods at a eatery talking to a patron.
    He wants to be understood. He wants people to stop labeling him and get to know him. He is from a fairytale land and he just wants acceptance.
    #2: "My Punishment" Drama, main character is Marla. I Chose this because it is a relatable drama.
    Marla is a spirit who is trying to warn Ebony Scrooge to change her ways before it's too late.
    Marla has just appeared, I'm assuming, in Ebonys room. Marla is trying to save Ebony from a fate like hers.
    Marla is from beyond the grave and wants to prevent others from ending up like her.

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  5. Only Children Believe in Butterflies- From the play Bullied, Bungled and Botched, Janey is in a garden trying to escape people. She has a frightening past that involves ghosts and her mother's death, and by talking about these things she appears to be crazy. Her motivation for this scene is when the doctor comes looking for her and finds her, she gets caught up talking about her troubling past when she really just wanted him to leave. Although most of the scene is talking to the doctor or ghosts, it seems to me that she is really trying to put the puzzle pieces together for herself, try and figure out a solution. Her character is consumed by the past, and portraying that is going to be a challenge.
    The other monologue I choose was Forget About Me, also from Bullied, Bungled, and Botched. Moira is explaining to someone why she feels useless. She is volatile, rapidly changing emotions, which will be challenging.
    Both of the monologues are dramatic, however their characters are different and the way they handle emotions is different as well.

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  7. 1. Forget about me
    2. Cassandra
    I like the first monologue because I can find myself in it, and the other one is really funny.
    The main characther is not perfect child, and in the other one is Cassandra.
    Well she is very sad, and Cassandra is kind of a funny girl.
    I don't know, I think it doesn't say, but the other one is in Greece I think.
    Well she says it because she is tired of being horrible and copy of her sister, and in the other one Cassandra is kind of angry because apollo tricked her.

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  8. monologue breaking the hearts was the best one ever created and she should be in the acting business !

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  9. The monologues that I've chosen were Angel's Wings from the play Midnight of the Soul and How to be a Pirate from Bones, the pirate girl as both monologues I can relate to one or another. The main Character in Angel's Wings is Gabi, a woman whose husband had left her and was spending time with a priest named Thomas, whom in a short period of time had grown attached to when in HTBAP (How to be a Pirate) is a girl named Bones giving a speech to girls or boys who wish to become pirates and how to be one. Bones is considered to be tough, rough around the edges, and strong smelling while Gabi is more of the naive, kind, and affectionate character who has to hurt herself to leave the Church. The locations of both girls is either on a ship (Bones) and in a Cab. The motivation for both is that Bones is probably going to be recruiting more people and let them know as to how to be pirates while Gabi... She's realizing that she needs to let go and hopes that by admitting she has feelings, it will be easier for her to let go. Both are from two different plays, Angel's Wings from Midnight of the Soul and the other from Bones. What I learned from both plays is that while the girls are happy in the situation they're in (or miserable in another), they tend to lead to the opposite side from where they had started and then for Gabi's situation, more miserable than at the beginning.

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  10. I chose Jimmy from play called "Flowers in the Desert" and Turk from "Holy Ground". Jimmy is young, immature while Turk seems to be mature and older, but I saw some similarities in them as well. The same way Molly is Turk's anchor, Shelly is Jimmy's anchor - Jimmy decides to quit drinking for Shelly - Shelly is holding Jimmy from drowning in his sins. Or in other words: main motivation for both Jimmy and Turk is a girl they love. What I wrote about characters is mainly based on the play (or in Jimmy's case on scene 1 from the play, because I couldn't find full-lenght play) I read. First monologue Farting is Such Sweet Sorrow from the Flowers in the Desert takes place in front of the Shelly's house and second monologue "Hungry for Death" from play "Holy Ground" takes place in a church.
    Jimmy is nearly 18 years old kid who is in love with Shelly. Jimmy is immature, drunk, doesn't know where are the boundaries, jokes all the time even at the serious moments, can be rude, doesn't think about other people's feelings, he just wants everything to be his way, he wants to be "cool" and doesn't want to be a "loser", he thinks that material things are only valuable things in the world. Jimmy grew up with his alcoholic parents and he wasn't very close to them. He is in second year of high school and he is considered to be a "cool kid" - drinking involving. In the play there is allusion that Jimmy's friends, other "cool kids", introduced him to drinking. Jimmy and Shelly are in relationship (in love) and Jimmy gave her promise ring (they probably promised each other to be together forever, as young people in love do), but Shelly doesn't like Jimmy's drinking. One night Jimmy came drunk to the Shelly's house, because he "needed her", as he said. First he met Shelly's friend - Jamie who was annoyed by Jimmy because he was drunk and he woke her up. Eventually Shelly came out, but Shelly didn't liked that he is drunk and she didn't want to do anything with him. Jimmy didn't care about what Shelly was feeling and thinking, he only wanted to fulfill his desires, while joking around with her and not being serious at all. Eventually Jimmy went mad and became rude to Shelly, asking Shelly to give back the promise ring, not caring about Shelly's feelings. Shelly threw the ring saying that she doesn't want to see him again and Jimmy went after the ring. He came back to Shelly's house with the bag on his head (because of what Shelly said) and without the ring, because he wanted to settle things down with Shelly and he wore bag because he wanted to make her smile. That's how Jimmy met Sarge. Jimmy was scared of what Sarge might do or say to him, then Jimmy is awed by the Sarge. In the dialogue with Sarge, Jimmy realized that he is bad person and he admits that he wants to change and eventually, Jimmy decided to give up drinking, but he was worried he might come out as loser, but because he wanted to win back Shelly's love, Jimmy finally decided to give up drinking for Shelly thanks to Sarge.


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    1. Turk doesn't want to bother anyone, Turk is smart and humble. Turk is funny, gentle and subtle, but when evil affected him he changed. Turk lost his hope for redemption, he feels lost, he is too weak to fight, he lost his will to live, the pain inside him is too strong to handle. Turk doesn't share his pain or his problems, he isn't someone who opens up easily, he doesn't want anyone to worry about him. Turk wants to die, he feels that's the only way he can be saved from the evil. Turk was one of the Molly's students in community service orientation and they even did the roadside cleanup together, that's when Turk felt in love with Molly. He listened to her sing in a church back when she sang in church's choir; he was drawn by her voice when she rehearsed alone in church; later Turk married Molly. From the first moment Turk saw Molly, he knew she was special - she is special to him. Turk loves Molly's singing and only around Molly he feels comfortable, like himself. Molly and Turk can make each other smile and laugh, they seem like match made in heaven. Turk and Molly have unbreakable bond. Turk sees Molly as a saint. People sinned a lot, which awakened the evil in them and turned them into horrible creatures, the same is happening to Turk, but he seems to be different than the others. He started turning into this creature in his and Molly's house, worried that he will hurt Molly, he feels helpless and hopeless. Turk wants to keep Molly safe from his inner darkness, from his demons inside him, he doesn't want to hurt her. Turk doesn't want to lose Molly, but keeping her away from him is the only way to keep her safe. He wants Molly to help him, but he is scared he will hurt her. Later they escaped and ran in church, where they met Art and Bea, who helped them. Turk became mad because he thinks all hope was lost and in anger he hit Bea, which made Molly point a gun in him, then Turk became aware of what he have done and ran away in guilt, because he thought he disappointed Molly. Although Turk ran away from Molly and others, it seems that he can't leave Molly, it seems that he is still attached to her, but afraid he might hurt her, he keeps himself on certain distance from her. Turk is still trying to protect Molly, not just from himself, but from others as well. Molly keeps Turk aware of himself, Molly is the only one who can save Turk from himself, Molly is the reason why is he still fighting, she makes him strong. Later Turk comes back in the church asking Molly to come with him, but when Bea steps in, Turk seemed afraid of her. Both the evil creatures and Turk needs Molly, creatures need her strength and Turk needs her help. The creatures believe Molly can bring balance. Molly used that to trick creatures and pull Turk into church so everyone can pray for him, while he's kneeling on altar. Turk than falls asleep while Molly sings next to him, it looks like it might help for he looks calm an no longer hurting. When he woke up he was himself again. Turk seems annoyed by the Jude, Turk doesn't want to talk to him, but he did so because Molly asked him to.

      I apologize if it's hard to navigate in this text, it's because when I was writing diary of the characters I break it down in several pieces such as: background, synopsis, personality, emotions, relationships, motivations, etc. and when I was writing summary of them I tried to combine that into one text, but it might be hard to navigate in it.

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    2. I had to divide it into two parts, because I broke the character limit - too many words :)

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  11. "Dance with the Wind" by D. M. Larson
    I liked this monologue because the character was so soft I could almost feel the tenderness and comfort inside me.
    The main character here is a girl, some abstract force, that only brings peace. The scene is taking place in the field, where the wind has freedom to touch every leaf and every flower. The character is talking to the wind, saying that no power is greater than the power of kindness.
    I think that long before this girl and the wind were enemies, but she came to a conclussion that she can beat it...by simply embracing and healing.

    KILL FIRST, GLOAT LATER
    by D. M. Larson
    I liked this monologue because of the main character, who is a super villain, and whom I imagined with a funny accent and a smirk. He is standing over a hole in the ground, where someone is lying dead, apparently. Mezmero is talking partly to this dead person, partly to himself, gloating about his evil plan having come true. Obviously, the dead man and Mezmero had some kind of a dislike of each other, that's why Mezmero killed him.

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  12. The monologues which i select are
    1. Mr moo is mad
    I chose this because the character in this goes through a lot of emotional changes, so think this has comedy sad wisdom and drama. I would love to perform it

    2.never touch

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    1. i agree that the two monologues that you picked would be very interesting and fun to perform

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  13. I really enjoy the monologues
    beauty and perfection
    call me dumper
    they are two completely different monologues but i still find that these scripts match my similarities in life. i will have an incredible time performing these because i enjoy doing roles where i can place myself as that person since i am able to connect with the characters.

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  14. The monologues are very emotional and they show vulnerability but they also show how strong the characters can be. In a breaking heart, nell is the main character and in beauty and perfection, shelly is the main character. Nell is quite sassy in a way and she wants to seem strong to everyone as she does not want to show her vulnerable side. Shelly seems as though she is quite self conscious and low in self esteem. She doesn’t see the point in life anymore, she doesn’t understand why she was born in the first place. She is very vulnerable but tries to show how strong she is by talking to herself. It is not clear where Nell is but she could be in her home or somewhere where she has met up with her boyfriend. Shelly seems as though she is at home as she is holding a mirror and talking to herself. Everything seems to just be going down hill for nell as one minute she has a boyfriend, the next she is single as her boyfriend just wants to be friends. Is it something she did or does he have eyes for someone else? Shelly seemed as though she had a rough past, maybe she was bullied as she is very low in confidence and self esteem and she thinks that if she becomes a star then she will be able to turn heads with the boys back home. I have learned from both characters that everyone is vulnerable and with Nell it may be hard at times to hide your vulnerability and completely break down or you could be like shelly who is vulnerable but tries to make herself stronger.

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  15. Play: Lord Byron
    Monologue: Cain.
    This is why I loved it... Because it is so dramatic and intense, yet challenging, timing is challenging. Cain. The character is frustrated, angry, courageous, intent on proving wrong the powers that be, or god, the character is smart, has inmense clarity of purpose and message, pained by his predicament, yet valiant in refusing to submit to a "creator" who makes mistakes.

    The character is in either a theater or hell. He is angry at this concept of god. He got there by persisting in not believing the dream concocted by others. Their motivation is the search for truth, and exposing it. He is either a philantropist, empath, or caring person of some sort. He is behaving this way because after so much time spent, or rather, wasted trying to live life according to this ideal, only to see it blatantly fail as it, in itself, is a terrible lie. He knows it is time for humanity to realize this and achieve its greatness.

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  16. Back to work.

    He was angry. He wants to get things done. He is sorry to have to hurt other people's feelings. He wants everyone to succeed. But doesn't have the best education on how to do so. Yet he tries to sympathize with the others. Yet he is angry, and won't let up.

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  17. The monologues I chose were Before You Punch Me and Shadows Of Past. I like Before You Punch Me because its funny and I can see this happening when a dorky guy or girl is fighting over someone they like. I like Shadows Of The Past because it makes you wonder about some of the things in your own past. In monologue one its a dorky guy who has no name and in monologue two the character's name is Janey. In Before You Punch Me the character is nervous, scared and jumpy but also very passionate about the girl he's fighting for. In Shadows Of The Past Janey is afraid, angry and very sporadic. In monologue one the setting is outside in a crowd full of people, in monologue two the setting is a garden. In monologue two their motivation is to think about and explore their past and in monologue one its so he won't get punched and still get the girl. The monologue Before you Punch Me is not from a play but the monologue Shadows of the Past is from the play Bullied, Bungled and Botched.

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  18. Comedy: Good Deed and Such.
    I've always liked villains in comedy pieces, and I've Always liked fantasy world with witches and magic involved, I find them very intertaining, through them I can let my fantasy fly away to new worlds.
    In this case the main character is a which, a so called "villain", trying to communicate with her peers. They are having a reunion to discuss the new Emergency: fairies wanting to take magic away from Fary Tale Land because of the bad behaviour of witches. Hilda, the character speaking in the monologue (presumably the boss of all) has to convince the Others that the situation is bad, if they don't do something they will loose everything, this calls for an important action: a Good Deed! Something no villain would like to do.
    In the play it's not easy for her to convince everybody at first. A good deed is not typical of villains, but with the right argumentation she will persue her purpose.
    Being the boss it's Hilda's job to set everybody's mind on the right idea to save her own kind. I believe she's a strong woman (characteristic I Always admire) willing to do anything to preserve her species.

    Drama: A Breaking Heart.
    Dramatic moments between lovers Always get to me. Here the main character is a girl, Nell, facing her boyfriend (or husband) wanting to break up. She passes by as a strong endependent woman, but deep down she's vulnerable and scared. She starts off by responding with sarcarsm and illusory detachment, but when the pain is too hard to take she crumbles. She doesn't want to break up, she doens't want to be alone, but she has to think of her own good. She can't be with someone 100% honest with her. At the same time breaking up is breaking her. She loves this man, deep down she feel that they are meant to be, but the moment is not right.

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