OddInt Media to Release PLAY. SPEAK. MODERN MONOLOGUES FOR THE MODERN YOUNG ACTOR
Monologues are tricky for any actor, especially young ones, and it is often difficult to find the right monologue to fit the right actor. As more and more young people commence an early acting career - whether it is to earn money, to build a resume for college, or just to develop self-confidence and public speaking skills - they find themselves scrambling, not only to find the right monologue that can evoke an array of complex emotions and reactions, but also to find one that hasn't been overused and will still be challenging enough to take their acting skills to the next level. Therefore, young actors too often perform pieces written for adults that obviously don't fit their age, or try to work with one- dimensional monologues that do nothing for their training.
Play. Speak. is a collection of 40 challenging monologues for young actors, ages 13 to 18. The collection covers a vast range of circumstances that address many different situations from a variety of factors, including social class, race and ethnicity, mental health, and simply, maturity level, wrapped in an array of circumstances and genres, i.e. family drama, personal discovery and growth, coming of age comedic drama, and more, that can be used for auditions, acting exercises, or audience entertainment in a stage review.
The pieces are arranged in increasing difficulty such that teachers who wish to use the book have more challenging monologues for their students in acting classes at schools or professional programs. The book also includes an instructional section on breaking down a monologue, and each monologue is followed by a "breakdown sheet" with "short cut words" for notes to help the young actor stay focused and grounded in the character. Therefore, Play. Speak. is more than just a collection of monologues, it's also a workbook that will help instructors guide young actors, and help students hone their character study skills in the classroom and on their own.
Tia Dionne Hodge-Jones is an award-winning writer, actor, and director/producer. Tia Dionne is the inaugural recipient of the Adrienne Kennedy Society's Louis Kent-Hope Award for Excellence in Creative Writing & Poetry, and a National Poetry Slam Team Champion (Cleveland Team). Her plays, Puddin', A Spider in Wine, and Love... Like Lemonade received workshops by New Jersey Dramatists & Waterfront Ensemble (Hoboken, NJ). Puddin' , was accepted and produced at the New Perspectives Theatre Company Voices From the Edge 6.0 & 7.0 Festivals (NY, NY), was an alternate for the NY International Fringe Festival in 2003, was accepted into the 2009 New Moon Reading Series at Luna Stage (Montclair, NJ,) and the 2009 NY International Fringe Festival. A Spider in Wine was recently accepted and read at The Classical Theatre of Harlem's Playwright's Playground (January 2014).