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  • 08/2021
  • 9781953057068 B09HMY1558
  • 124 pages
  • $14.97
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  • 09/2021
  • 9781953057075 B09HMY1558
  • 124 pages
  • $9.99
Mike Kimmel
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Monologues for Adults
Mike Kimmel, author

Adult; Entertainment (Music, Pop Culture, Sports, Travel); (Market)

Need a killer monologue for an audition? Discover a wealth of fresh options in this detailed tome. Sick of the same scripts being done to death? Looking for a soliloquy relevant to today's contemporary world? Seeking material with a positive spin? Full voting member of the National Television Academy and Tonight Show sketch comedy performer Mike Kimmel has been writing, acting, and producing for decades. Now he’s here to share a creative and original collection of sixty uplifting new comedy and drama monologues. Monologues for Adults is the ultimate volume of family-friendly stage material to help you nail that college drama program audition or professional stage performance. With relatable, real world topics applicable to adults, these pieces require no costumes or props, and discuss ethical questions perfect for deep thinkers to explore. And with literally dozens of gender-neutral and unique scenes to choose from, you’ll find the right piece to take you from zero to callback in no time at all. Monologues for Adults is the dramatic arts advantage you need in your next live performance. If you like fresh material, optimistic spins, and challenging ideas, you’ll love Mike Kimmel’s definitive new resource.
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In this follow-up to Monologues for Teens, Kimmel again centers positivity and personal choices in its host of original showcase audition pieces for actors. In an introduction, Kimmel notes that it’s too rare to encounter an audition monologue with “an uplifting or encouraging message” and identifies a reliance upon “edgy” material as a “trap” that many actors fall into. He urges actors to think like producers or casting directors, asking “Would you want to invite a walking black cloud of gloom, pessimism, and negativity into a production you’ve been developing for years”? The 60 monologues he’s crafted here—centered on moments of everyday realization and transcendence, like a celebration of an ugly sweatshirt, or the story of an apartment-dweller who manages to focus despite his neighbors’ intrusive marijuana smoke—can double as both audition piece and upbeat demonstrations of character.

In short, Monologues for Adults offer a chance to demonstrate mastery of craft while also announcing that an actor would be a pleasure to work with. Light pieces like “An Inconvenient Convenience,” which gives performers the arresting and flexible first line “I need your advice,” have been composed to start small, describing a relatable moment or incident, and then over a page or two tease out some broader significance or insight (in this case, a narrator’s objection to “that highly inconvenient ritual of valet parking.”)

The language is crisp, but the structure of the pieces loose enough for a performer to showcase personal rhythms and approaches, as Kimmel always includes chances to trail off, change the subject, crack a joke, express mild embarrassment, and build to a memorable conclusion. One begins “I had a blind date last night. Don’t even say it, okay?” and then, rather than report romantic disasters with snark or bitterness, settles into quiet, moving realizations about how loneliness alone is less lonely than loneliness on a date. Kimmel’s warm, inviting monologues will make auditioning actors feel less lonely, too.

Takeaway: These upbeat, engaging monologues for actors have been crafted to showcase both talent and character.

Great for fans of: Andrew Biss’s Monologues They'll Remember You By, Alisha Gaddis’s Women's Comedic Monologues That Are Actually Funny and Men's Comedic Monologues That Are Actually Funny.

Production grades
Cover: B
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: A
Marketing copy: A

Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 08/2021
  • 9781953057068 B09HMY1558
  • 124 pages
  • $14.97
Ebook Details
  • 09/2021
  • 9781953057075 B09HMY1558
  • 124 pages
  • $9.99

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