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Art of the Monologue has been called a "great study for would be actors or comedians of any type" by Midwest Book Review. --Midwest Book Review

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

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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (August 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141966834X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419668340
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #757,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Frank Catalano is a member of the faculty of the School of Dramatic Arts at the University
of Southern California and was as an executive at Warner Bros, Lorimar Studios, 
Beverly Hills Playhouse, and Southern California Center for the Arts. He has written and performed in animated, live action television series and feature films including:
THE ADVENTURES OF DYNAMO DUCK for Fox TV
DIGIMON DIGITAL MONSTERS
SUPER PIG
BIT THE CUPID
BEE BOP COWBOY
ROBOTECH
FLINT THE TIME DETECTIVE
VAMPIRE PRINCESS MIYU
HONEY BEE HUTCH
LOVE LIVE LIVE - motion picture
and ABC TV series including LA Law, NYPD Blue and Ugly Betty.

As an author, he has written
Art of the Monologue
The Creative Audience - the collaborative role of the audience in the creation of visual and performing arts
White Knight Black Night - Short Monologues for Auditions
Autumn Sweet - a play
The Resting Place - a play
Rand Unwrapped - Confessions of a Robotech Warrior
Che Che - a Screenplay
Short Monologues for Auditions
Book to Screen - How to Adapt Your Novel into a Screenplay.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Louis Iacoviello on 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ed Connelly on 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 4, 2014
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lord Khyron on 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sky Watersend on December 16, 2012
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Had been thinking of a getting a great monologue book and here I receive something I never even read inside of before purchase. Come to find this is what I was looking for. Great book. Get it.. it will make you better and rehearse what you will be doing on set internally, thus helping you variate beats and get your style going. You'll thank me later for this review.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Allyson Rowen Taylor on April 4, 2014
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This is a great collection of monologues. I found that the insightful thought put into this collection was unique and really geared towards helping the actor work their craft. This is a must read and every student who is looking for great scenes should buy this book.
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