Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Henley St. is holding auditions for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern this weekend, and because the all-female casting of this show has been widely publicized, all of us girlies are anticipating a highly competitive audition. So, we decided to make ourselves as competitive as possible with a little monologue workshop. Joining Suzanne and I was our good friend and fellow thespian, Sandy Wittman. We used a round robin approach where each of us had a turn to present our piece and be critiqued by the other two. Then we worked 'em until they were good and ready for auditions. It was a successful endeavor, if for no other reason than just doing it before someone (anyone) before the actual audition. I don't know about anyone else, but I definitely got a lot more than that out of this session. It's funny how easy it is for a third party to figure out the motivations and actions for your character that you've personally been struggling with. Not to mention a fresh take on the words I've been endlessly repeating to myself for the past week is invaluable.
We meant to take pictures of this workshop so that we'd have something interesting to post here, but then we kind of forgot while it was going on. And then we got distracted by watching Fringe. So, to cover this oversight, Suzanne and I staged a dramatic recreation of our monologue session. We've reproduced it below.