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Question About Monologues...?

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Question About Monologues...?

Postby Slaven » Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:46 am

Is A Streetcar Named Desire an overused monologue...

Here it is, I was planning on using it for a dramatic piece...what do you think?

MONOLOGUE #1:

A Streetcar Named Desire

written by Tennessee Williams

Blanche: I,I,I took the blows on my face and my body! All those deaths! The long parade to the graveyard. Father, Mother, Margaret that dreadful way. So big with it, she couldn't be put in a coffin, but had to be burned like rubbish! You came just in time for funerals Stella. And funerals are pretty compared to death. Funerals are quiet, but deaths not always. Sometimes their breathing is hoarse, sometimes it rattles, sometimes they cry out to you, "Don't let me go!" Even the old sometimes say it- "Don't let me go". As if you could stop them! Funerals are quiet, with pretty flowers. And oh, what lovely boxes they pack you away in! Unless you were there at the bed when they cried out "Hold me" you'd never suspect there was struggle for breath and bleeding. You didn't dream, but I saw! Saw! And now you sit there telling me with your eyes that I let the place go. How in hell do you think all that sickness and dying was paid for? Death is expensive Miss Stella! And old Cousin Jessie, right after Margaret's, hers! The Grim Reaper put his tent up on our doorstep! Stella, Belle Reve was his headquarters. Honey, that's how it slipped through my fingers. Which of them left us a fortune? Which of them left us a cent of insurance even? Only poor Jessie- one hundred to pay for her coffin. That was it Stella! And I with my pitiful salary at the school! Yes, accuse me! Sit there and stare at me, thinking I let the place go. I let the place go! Where were you Stella? In bed with your Polack!

I was thinking I could do a lot with it but don't want to be redundant...I am auditioning for USC and NYU...

Thank you
Slaven
 
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Question About Monologues...?

Postby Amnchadh » Tue Sep 05, 2017 11:39 pm

Yes, it's a well-known piece.
But you might be sensational with it.
It is brilliant writing by an iconic playwright.
I always believed that in choosing good writing to work with, half the battle is won.
You have to ask yourself honestly: does this show you off? your best abilities? Would someone cast you as Blanche? Do you really understand the piece? There's no real right answer.
You want something that shows you at your best.
Best of luck.
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