Tight Spots: True-to-Life Monolog Characterizations for Student Actors

Tight Spots: True-to-Life Monolog Characterizations for Student Actors

by Diana M. Howie
     
 
Here is a balanced collection of 50 monologues, drawn from real-life experiences of contemporary teens from all walks of life. Divorce, parents, school, getting in trouble, finding your own way — all loom large in these monologues. In each two- to four-minute monologue, the character is saying what is currently on his or her mind, sometimes speaking to another

Overview

Here is a balanced collection of 50 monologues, drawn from real-life experiences of contemporary teens from all walks of life. Divorce, parents, school, getting in trouble, finding your own way — all loom large in these monologues. In each two- to four-minute monologue, the character is saying what is currently on his or her mind, sometimes speaking to another person, sometimes talking to themselves, but almost always anticipating a difficult confrontation, experiencing something new or weighing options. Besides being split evenly between girls and boys, we have also equally divided the monologues into lighter material that could be considered humorous despite the crisis situation, and heavier, more serious material. Of course, most of the monologues contain elements of both.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566080545
Publisher:
Meriwether Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
05/28/1999
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
250
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Diana Howiehas written eight full-length plays in the past ten years and has seen seven of them produced. Like the monologs inTight Spots, three of her plays, The Brightest Light, Susanna of Stratford and Judy's Friend, use real people (Alexander Hamilton, Susana Shakespeare and Judy Garland) as characters. Characters in her other plays are inspired by people she has known, but are essentially fictional creations. Before taking up writing full-time, Ms. Howie was a reference librarian in New Jersey libraries. Since moving to Texas, she has completed undergraduate and graduate studies in theatre and was fortunate to have studied in Houston with Jose Quintero, a legendary director of new work for the stage. Ms. Howie has been playwright in Residence of the Country Playhouse since 1997 and is a teaching artist in elementary schools, introducing theatre to about 500 students each school year. She is a member of The Dramatists Guild.

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