Sunday, February 19, 2017

Monologue Mania Day #1103 Revision by Janet S. Tiger (c) Feb. 19, 2017

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Monologue Mania Day #1103 Revision by Janet S. Tiger (c) Feb. 19, 2017
                                                  (c) 2017   A monologue by
                                                    by Janet S. Tiger

       (The author is out onstage again - would someone get a hook please?)

Okay, this is interesting.  I thought I would take a day off, but somehow, I had to make some changes.  Okay, a major change - at the beginning of the play.  I bring in a character from later in the script and have him there at the very start - three lines in- because after seeing the actor do the part, I wanted him to be able to be seen onstage throughout the play, not just for half.

The joy of actors!  I watch my words come alive, and suddenly, I realize I want more for that actor, and that means more for the character.  Another actor reads his lines, and suddenly, there are laughs where I never thought there would be any - and they are good laughs.  So I move lines around to give more laughs.

And yet a different character, I feel I haven't done justice to the monologue, the end makes no sense, because I cut it badly.  So I rip out the stitches and sew it up, hoping this edit will fix the problem.  I will hear it next week - and I can barely wait.

How do they do it?  They go over the lines, searching for meaning that I never realized was there.  And they go over and over and ears are tired, how do they do it?  And with such energy! I want to lie down, but they keep going, learning blocking that changes with each new version of the script.  Almost like learning a new language.  Every day!

And it is my fault, because this is a new play, a new way of looking at a very old topic.  Taking care. Adam and Eve.  Now you can argue the feminist issues, and discuss the existential factors, or examine how sex affected everything....but the bottom line is that  God didn't want Adam to be alone, so he gave him Eve.  Someone to take care of him.  That ended up with Adam having to help take care of Eve - the two taking care of each other.  The basic idea being, that if you save one person, you save the world, because at one time, there was only one person.  But you can extrapolate that to take care of someone....feels like taking care of the world.

So I take care of the characters of the play.......some might argue that we playwrights really just want God!  and maybe there's a few grains of truth in that, but maybe we just want to ....see things in a new way.

        (Turns to leave, stops, looks back)

....there's a word for it's better.....

        (Exits to more revising!)

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