Monologue Madness: Long Monologues (5 minutes and over)

In January 2010, the big 'W' sign was put back in place atop the newly renovated original 1903 Woodward's Building on Hastings and Abbott street

There have been so many changes and exciting things in my life recently I have not had time to write about all of them… or even most of them! One of amazing things that made me jump up and down and hop around my hotel room (I was in Indiana for my sister’s graduation from nursing school when I found out) was being accepted into the BFA Theatre Performance program at SFU! I have decided to try and finish two degrees (my previous joint major between Interactive Arts + Technology and Communications and now the Theatre Performance major in addition). Bam! It will be fun. Anywho… in my acceptance letter for the program I was also given my first assignment. I need to come into class on the first day with a 5 minute monologue memorized. No big deal right?

At first I was excited and then I began to see how challenging it is to find a monologue of that length from a published play. Phew! Luckily I have some great mentors who gave me some suggestions. I read ALL of these plays before I finally decided on a excerpt from Adult Child/Dead Child by Claire Dowie. I wanted to publish this list to help others who may be looking for long pieces of text. Break a leg!

Long Female Monologues:

  • Autobahn by Neil LaBute
  • Problem Child by George F. Walker
  • Five Women Wearing the Same Dress by Alan Ball
  • The Shape of Things by Neil LaBute
  • The Occupation of Heather Rose by Wendy Lill
  • Theresa’s Creed by Michael Cook
  • The Weir by Conor McPherson
  • Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Eugene O’Neill
  • Lion in the Street by Judith Thompson
  • The Russian Play by Hannah Moscovitch
  • USSR by Hannah Moscovitch
  • My Pyramids by Judith Thompson (in Palace of the End)
  • Instruments of Yearning by Judith Thompson (in Palace of the End)
  • Body and Soul (in Palace of the End)
  • Faith Healer by Brian Friel
  • Medea Redux by Neil Labute
  • Homebody/Kabul by Tony Kushner
  • Dying to be Thin by Linda Carson
  • Adult Child/Dead Child by Claire Dowie

Long Male Monologues:

  • Billy Bishop Goes to War by John Gray with Eric Peterson
  • Lion in the Street by Judith Thompson
  • Harrowdown Hill by Judith Thompson (in Palace of the End)
  • Faith Healer by Brian Friel
  • IIphigenia inOrem by Neil Labute

Further Reading: What I meant was by Craig Lucas (might have something, didn’t get to this one)

Special Thanks to Patti Allan (and all her awesome friends at Bard on the Beach which you should totally go see btw), Deborah Solberg from Theatrix Youtheatre and Dolores Drake for their contributions to this list. I could not have done this without their suggestions and insight.

Public Speaking

Mic Check

Tips for good public speaking: No um’s or ah’s

How do you command the respect of a room?
How do you create emotional investment with people?
Perhaps Transparency (bravery + honesty) perhaps, Being concise, Being clear, Enunciating, Looking up, HAVING A POINT...

One thing school is teaching me is that whatever I think I know, I am just at the beginning...
and now for a lovely speech that I found inspiring:

Public Salon

From June 9th 2010…

I was one of many lucky SFU students in attendance at Vancouver’s Public Salon. It was at the Vancouver Playhouse downtown and there were many interesting people both speaking and attending. The event was basically like the TED talks of Vancouver. They’ve uploaded the videos of the speeches. Here are some of my thoughts. BTW my favorites were John Fluevog, and Al Etmanski.

The first speaker was Douglas Todd. He made several generalizations about Vancouvites. We have a mistrust of traditions and institutions. We live in ethnic enclaves. We are not religious but rather, spiritual. We love the outdoors and physical activity.We are a tolerant people who believe in the “live and let live” principle…. looks like i’m in the right city! He wnt on to say that we also lack a certain culture and community of our own. I agree that more needs to be done to develop a true British Columbian community. More needs to be done to develop a world community… Community is important.

Next was Patrick Condon. He was speaking about one of the ideas that guides my lifestyle. If you do something well people will want to copy you. He was speaking about BC’s city planning and infrastructure however I try to apply this to my life. It’s why I am vegan, why I upcycle, why I buy sustainable (or try to). It’s also why I blog. One person alone doesn’t make a difference but one person can inspire others to join then, which is how real change is made. He also talked about and advocated from getting Trams instead of building skytrain extensions. They are much more cost effective and can cover a much wider area. At the end of his presentation I commented ” I heart trams” : )

John Fluevog said that it is up to individuals to make change and take ownership. By being yourself and letting your personality shine we create community. He also talked about some interesting design related initiatives that his business started. They allow users to design products and advertisements through contests.So I guess really you need to have personality but also allow others to show theirs.

Major Harjit Sajjan was talking about how important diversity (ethnic) is in the Canadian Forces. I liked what he had to say but it also reminded me of the old scenario. Should the most qualified Canadian get the job, or someone based on their minority status. I think this is a highly situational question. Perhaps some jobs require more diversity than others. Also, sometimes there are things beyond qualifications that make you the best candidate. Weather it be personality, ethics or experience.

Arran Stevens

“Intelligence is enlightened by love.”

“The vitality, richness of life is to love and be loved.”

You can check out to see all the talks!

The Last Lecture

My wonderful Mother linked me to this awesome talk sometimes called “The Last Lecture”. It is a very charming and  motivational speech by Randy Pausch about achieving childhood dreams.

For me the highlight was when he says, “When you’re screwing up and no one is saying anything anymore, it means they gave up.” It is so true. Sometimes criticism can be hard to accept but it’s important to remember people wouldn’t think about you or talk about you if they didn’t care for you. Without further ado…