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The Art of the Monologue: Monologues They Haven't Heard Yet [Kindle Edition]

Frank Catalano
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This is a NEW 2014 VERSION SPECIFICALLY FORMATTED FOR KINDLE
A great new source of acting material for auditions, acting class and full performance with 52 monologues categorized by age and gender. Contains a section on how to select and perform a monologues that work for your casting type. A great source for both acting students and teachers.

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Excellent source of comedy and dramatic material!

If you are an aspiring actor you must read this book and you will go back to it a thousand times. Frank has a unique, ralaxed way of teaching and writing. After you read his book I'm sure you will wish you could attend his classes. I said an aspiring actor because I am one, but I really mean anyone can and will learn a great deal from this book. Don't wait. You will be many steps closer to succes with the use of this great book.

I have read many monologue compilations, but this one is excellent! The material is relevant and very good. I also loved the characters. Plus all of the pieces can be done together as a single work. Very cool book. I'd give it an A+ for originality.

A great study for would be actors or comedians of any type, highly recommended, November 13, 2008
By Midwest Book Review (Oregon, WI USA) - See all my reviews

A monologue makes the speaker the sole star - no other people, no props, it's all on their own skill. "Art of the Monologue: Monologues They Haven't Heard Yet" is a guide to the art form and how to do it well. Ranging from an acting monologue, such as the famous ones from plays such as Hamlet, to soliloquy, to Stand-Up Comedy, to storytelling to any act of standing on a stage and speaking to entertain a crowd. "Art of the Monologue" is a great study for would be actors or comedians of any type, highly recommended.


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Everything you ever wanted to know about selecting and performing monologues for acting classes, auditions and performance.  If you're an actor, this is a "must read." --A. J. Carter

From the Author

Catalano States: "I wanted focus on the very unique aspects that are present in the preparation and delivery of a short monologue as a sample of an actor's ability to present a prepared memorized performance in an audition setting. The books contains sections covering monologue selection, memorizing lines, implementation strategies and a selection of seventy short monologues specifically designed to showcase an actor's talent at an audition.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1147 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 141966834X
  • Publisher: Lexington Avenue Press; 1 edition (December 6, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001DTJECM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,417 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Art Of The Monologue Book November 25, 2007
Format:Paperback
I have read many monologue compilations, but this one is excellent! The material is relevant and very good. I also loved the characters. Plus all of the pieces can be done together as a single work. Very cool book. I'd give it an A+ for originality.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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A monologue makes the speaker the sole star - no other people, no props, it's all on their own skill. "Art of the Monologue: Monologues They Haven't Heard Yet" is a guide to the art form and how to do it well. Ranging from an acting monologue, such as the famous ones from plays such as Hamlet, to soliloquy, to Stand-Up Comedy, to storytelling to any act of standing on a stage and speaking to entertain a crowd. "Art of the Monologue" is a great study for would be actors or comedians of any type, highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't try to be an actor without this book November 26, 2007
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Acting: Art of the Monologue by Frank Catalano.

If you are an aspiring actor you must read this book and you will go back to it a thousand times. Frank has a unique, ralaxed way of teaching and writing. After you read his book I'm sure you will wish you could attend his classes. I said an aspiring actor because I am one, but I really mean anyone can and will learn a great deal from this book. Don't wait. You will be many steps closer to succes with the use of this great book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SOLID Performance Theory.... substandard monologues January 4, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The monologues themselves are nothing spectacular. They're monologues we've ALL heard.

Honestly, go find yourself some Eric Bogosian or Anna Deveare-Smith for the kind of original work the above title promises.

The monologues are tame and timid. Very much in the vein of the Spoon River Anthology. Nothing shocking or innovative going on here. Just homogenized, safe, bucolic drivel.

What WORKS about this book, and the reason I bought it after reading the sample, is the way Mr. Catalano breaks monologues apart and the theory presented on how they should be broken, analyzed, and performed with honesty to engage an audience.

As a teacher, Mr. Catalano has clearly done his homework and earned his chops.

As a playwright... no one should buy this book expecting eloquence or the kind of work that makes an audience or casting director really stop and take notice.

It's worth the cost just for the presentation of acting theory. 52 PICKUP, the collection of monologues... there's a reason why its offered for performance royalty-free.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Art of the Monologue February 11, 2014
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Catalano strikes again--I've had nothing but success with the monologues in his books. Directors are bored to death with what most actors come in with. These monologues always make them sit up and listen. Great stuff!
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More About the Author

Frank Catalano is a member of the faculties of the School of Dramatic Arts of the University
of Southern California and Theatre Arts and Social Science divisions at Los Angeles
Pierce College and Pasadena City College. He has served as an executive at Lorimar Studios,
Beverly Hills Playhouse, Southern California Center for the Arts and Warner Bros. He has written and performed in animated, live action television series and feature films including, The Adventures of Dynamo Duck for Fox Television, Digimon Digital Monsters, Super Pig, Bit The Cupid, Bee Bop Cowboy, the Sci-Fi series Robotech, Flint the Time Detective, Vampire Princess Miyu, Honey Bee Hutch and ABC television series including LA Law, NYPD Blue and Ugly Betty. He currently is the president of The Creative Edge providing consultancy, coaching and speaking services for actors, writers and organizations including West Los Angeles College, San Diego State University and Celebrity Cruise Lines. His books include Art of the Monologue, The Creative Audience, White Knight Black Night, Autumn Sweet, The Resting Place and SHORT MONOLOGUES FOR AUDITIONS. His book about the animated series ROBOTECH - Rand Unwrapped - The Confessions of a Robotech Warrior is about the role RAND he played in the animated series ROBOTECH - THE NEW GENERATION. He has recently reprised his Rand character in the new animated ROBOTECH feature "Love Live Alive" released in 2013.

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