It’s been an interesting summer of play reading. As much as I attempt to enjoy it, there is always a little piece of me that is thinking, “Alright Lauren, you’re in crunch time. Gotta pick a monologue! Gotta find the perfect one!” And don’t get me wrong, I have really enjoyed most of the plays I’ve read this summer. But that doesn’t change the fact that when I finish a piece that doesn’t have a monologue for me, no matter how much I loved it, I get just a little tiny flash of disappointment. I think that is so sad. I mean, I started performing because I love to read and experience plays. And using them as a means to an end has definitely deadened a little bit of that. All of this being said, I have managed to cull a nice little collection of monologues from the vast collection of plays I begged, borrowed or stolen this summer. The only thing that remains is to choose the pieces that I think will work well for this semester’s auditions.
Am I the only one that feels like picking a monologue is even more hellish than finding one? If I could just choose the best pieces (or I suppose a better term is, the ones that resonate the best with me) I would. However, that would leave me with a dramatic and rather sad Shakespeare, and an equally dramatic (but slightly humorous) contemporary piece. And while the time periods make them contrasting, the tones are far too similar for the broad range of options I want to be considered for. So, it begins. Do I keep my beloved Shakespeare and fill in with a funny contemporary I don’t like as well? Or do my contemporary and find a funny (or at least upbeat) Shakespeare? The chemistry of finding the perfect mix is maddening. There’s also the fact that you kind of want to show what you are eligible for in the season; I’m not going to do a Lady Macbeth piece right now, cause there are no parts that it would work for. Also, I’d be the cuddliest Lady M that ever walked into an audition room. But anyway. Basically, this is still a work in progress. And at a month away, we’re starting to get into crunch mode! Things to work on.