“FOCUS ON MONOLOGUES”
yourACT periodically has FREE evenings, open to anyone, that we call the yourACT FOCUS Series, in which we focus on a particular aspect of the industry. They have a very special event planned for you, featuring yourACT’s very own Della Cole. Due to publishing delays, the event has been moved to Thursday, July 24th.
WHEN: 7:30-9pm, THURSDAY, JULY 24TH
WHERE: Sketchworks Theatre
WHO: Della Cole will be our special “guest”.
WHAT: Introducing Della’s NEW BOOK, “Unraveling the Mystery of MONOLOGUES: A Resource for Actors”.
At the event, selected actors will showcase monologues from Della’s new book, “Unraveling the Mystery of MONOLOGUES: A Resource for Actors”, and she will speak about preparing your monologue for Big Break Hollywood (actors will be performing monologues for the Celebrity Panel in August). Della will also coach actors from the audience who volunteer to have their prepared monologue critiqued and directed.
No reservations are being accepted–approximately 120 seats are available. (The monologues are for adults, so no kids or teens, please.)
The book includes over 50 dramatic and comedic monologues for men and women, with tips on how to approach them, plus a detailed training section on every aspect of monologues–from how to choose the best monologue to how to handle the audition. Della traveled to Los Angeles to interview agents, managers, and casting directors about what they like and don’t like in monologue auditions, and she has included their quotes and Atlanta agents’ comments in her book. The Foreword is by renowned L.A. acting coach Margie Haber.
FINALLY here’s a book that has smart, well-written, funny, emotional, ORIGINAL monologues. Also, coming from both a teacher’s and an actor’s point of view, Della walks us through what makes a monologue work.
–MARGIE HABER, L.A. Acting Coach
As a busy Los Angeles Talent Manager and Feature Film producer, I am constantly exposed to material, scripts, monologues, treatments. So when I am listening to an actor do a monologue, the quality of the material matters a lot. I am a professional responding, or not, to that abstract quality that catches my attention and spirit. A good monologue for this reason is best if it is not something I have heard over and over. Ideally the circumstances of the piece have a clear and simple through line. I appreciate that this book has developed material that is solid and actable.
—STEVEN NASH, Arts and Letters Management, Arts and Letters Entertainment, Los Angeles
For best evaluation we like a piece that’s suited to age and demographic. Contemporary strongly preferred rather than theatre monologues they “just love” or have in their repertoire. We tend to favor those that show some range emotionally and that we can connect with – the ones that end up “pulling us in”. It goes without saying that the monologue needs to be real and have a natural feel in order for that to happen.
–MYSTIE BUICE, Owner, Agent, Houghton Talent,
I think monologues should take you from one emotion to another, or from a lack of emotion to emotion. To me, that shows your ability and range. I do not like pieces that are so cute they mask your acting and rely on the script to engage the listener. I want to be engaged by the actor, touched by the story they tell in a short, age appropriate, unadorned piece that leaves me speechless. That’s not asking too much, is it? Well, it’s your chance to win me over in one monologue, so perhaps not.
—SALLY NEAL, Houghton Talent, Atlanta
Overcome your fears and come learn more about something that every actor needs–a MONOLOGUE!