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Monday, August 25, 2008

Reading Tonight

posted by on August 25 at 9:48 AM


It looks like dusk outside. I hope that everyone had a great summer. In the readings world, we have an open mic and two readings today.

First, at Seattle Mystery Book Shop, Mary Daheim reads from Vi Agra Falls, which is a mystery with a title that makes me want to punch someone. It’s part of a series of bed-and-breakfast themed mysteries. That doesn’t make me feel too good, either.

Second, at Elliott Bay Book Company, Pamela Sackett reads from Two Minutes to Shine, Book 5. This is the fifth book in a series of collections of monologues for actors to use during tryouts. I have nothing more to say about this reading.

I recommend that everyone stays home and reads a book instead. That David Carr memoir was pretty great.

The full readings calendar, including the next week or so, is here.

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Monologue books are the work of Satan. I read through every one of those in the UW drama library and they were universally terrible. First, it's like they're written just to be read, not performed. Each one is too concerned with having a clever 'hook' and a little surprise ending to do anything dramatically. Second, because they're in a book that says "Monologues" on it, every director has heard all of them about five times each before it's even published. I am convinced that Monologue books are not actually intended to help actors get parts; rather, they are a trap for inexperienced or unwary actors so that they can be weeded out easily and give a better chance to more savvy actors who do better research.

Posted by Greg | August 25, 2008 10:44 AM

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