“Monologue Madness” hits the Woolly Mammoth Theater next Monday at 7pm
WTOP’s Jason Fraley Previews Monologue Madness (Part 1)
Get ready for actors compete against each other in a March Madness-style tournament.
“Monologues madness” arrives next Monday at 7pm at the Woolly Mammoth Theater
“This is the ninth year,” producer Edward Daniels told WTOP. “We are very happy to be back, especially after COVID, to give our actors the opportunity to come back to the audition room and on stage … we show the open audition process so the audience can see what is happening” before they see their favorite actor in the film or on stage. “
The tournament will include 32 actors selected from 200 auditions over the past weekend.
“We put them in a single elimination bracket and they have a minute to do their best monologue,” said Daniels. “The rounds are different genres: comedy, drama, classical.”
What types of monologues do participants typically perform?
“The offer is very large,” said Daniels. “We have actors presenting theatrical monologues from plays, we have actors who have turned musical numbers into monologues, we have a lot of scripts so many viewers are familiar with some of the monologues … everything is by heart, everything is” off-book, everything should be in her head. “
The Final Four compete against each other in a “cold read” match.
“You get a monologue that you’ve never seen before, you walk off the stage for five minutes, and then you come right out and perform for the audience,” Daniels said.
The last two standing actors compete in the championship round.
“The jury, made up of six casting directors, gives you the final decision on what to watch,” said Daniels. “The last standing actor, the winner of the evening, takes home $ 1,000.”
He hopes the winner will eventually compete against winners from other cities.
“This is the first year I’ve been taking Monologue Madness out of DC,” said Daniels. “We’re bringing the show to Atlanta in November, then Los Angeles in January … at some point, when I can get more sponsors on board and raise funds, I’d like to have a national tournament with the winners of each of them.” but the goal now is to get the event up and running. “
This annual acting competition was launched in 2011 and has awarded over $ 15,000 to deserving actors. If you like this month’s contest, feel free to apply for next year’s contest.
“We usually do our Monologue Madness in March, usually around March Madness basketball time, but we had to postpone things because of COVID,” Daniels said. “We’ll be back in DC in March. This will be the next round for local actors … (until then), we’re looking forward to the show this Monday evening at Woolly Mammoth. Tickets are $ 20. It’s a great show. “
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