"Monologues: Dramatic Monologues For Actors" May Be The "Best Monologue Book" On Amazon Or Anywhere
Queens, New York Playwright Gregory L Hudsons' book, "Monologues: Dramatic Monologues For Actors" rankings soared on Amazon in October after cold readings and performances at the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival by festival actors and audience.
Hudson, for the first time since "Monologues"
"The Process of Writing" workshop is an "interactive"
The book itself, has thirty-two (32) original monologues and all of the monologues are from Hudson's own body of work. The monologues are taken from his stage plays (all of which have been performed successfully on the New York Stage), screen plays, tv pilots, and radio dramas.
There are several aspects of this book that separates it from other monologue books. Hudson's book has a chapter on 'stage terminology', 'film terminology', and a chapter on 'commonly used vernacular'. No other monologue book on the market can make such a claim.
As for the monologues ... they are powerful. They can range from one minute to about 10 minutes. Although most of the monologues are very powerful, a few of them are very funny--- which supports Hudsons' belief that "even in the most dramatic situations ... comedy can be present".
Not surprising ... many women love this book and the reason is very simple. This book has some very strong, wonderful, and interesting monologues for women. In an industry where strong, leading roles for women are very limited and hard to come by, Hudson's book offers an array of monologues from his plays, films, and tv pilots. A fan favorite is one of the monologues from Hudson's powerful prison drama, "Bronx House" which tells the story of two rival street gangs housed in the same jail cell in "The Bronx House of Detention" in the Bronx, New York. Correction Officer HURT oversees this cell. She has a hugh chip on her shoulder because she feels that she does not get the respect that she deserves because she is a woman and therefore must rule her cell and the gangs with an 'iron fist'! Visit Hudson's website for this monologue. http://www.poorpennyproductions.com/
Men need not worry. This book has an incredible number of monologues for men and the monologues are as varied as the colors in a rainbow. The inspiration behind writing this book was because, "as an actor ... I had such a difficult time finding quality audition monologues as a black actor", he states in the book. This statement should not be interpreted as a book for black actors. There maybe just as many monologues for white or other actors as there are for black actors. Many of the monologues are so flexible and diverse that any actor can perform them because the focus of the monologues are on the "characters"
For directors, teachers, or educators ... "Monologues:
Hudson has authored 3 other books. "Why I Sued Eddie Murphy" which tell a 'captivating' story of Hudson's ten year $100 million dollar copyright infringement lawsuit against Eddie Murphy, Universal Studios, and others over the hit movie, LIFE, starring Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence. Hudson sued them (according to the lawsuit) for using "protected elements" from his stage plays, "No Harm, No Foul" (and later on "Bronx House") without his authorization to create the hit movie, LIFE. http://www.poorpennyproductions.com/
"48 POEMS: Reflections Of A Poet" is a highly stylized compilation of 48 original poems, 48 color photos, eight genres, and six poems in each genre. While teaching English and Theatre, Hudson quickly realized that students learned different things in different ways. "I discovered that many students can read ... but do not comprehend what they read". After struggling to find suitable materials and resources to address this need to help "struggling students", Hudson wrote 48 Poems: Reflections of A Poet. http://www.poorpennyproductions.com/
"Showtime: Comedic Acting Scenes for Two Actors" is the follow-up book to Monologues. Hudson wrote this book to address the need for a book or resource for actors to team up with another actor to practice thier craft during down time. Like Monologues: Dramatic Monologues For Actors, Showtime, has more extensive chapters on "stage terminology"
Barnes and Noble has all of Hudson's books. On a recent visit to Barnes & Noble Hudson was informed that, with the exception of "Why I Sued Eddie Murphy", his books are being sold as "Textbooks"; therefore it is unlikely his books will be found in Barnes & Nobles' stores except where textbooks are sold. "With the rich resources provided by my books for instructional purposes, it's understandable why a retailer would classify my books in the 'text' category; however ... I wrote these books for actors and for instructional purposes (except 48 Poems) and I feel that making them available in all stores would benefit actors looking for a great monologue or scene study book", says Hudson.
"First Impression Book Store" on Amazon and Hudsons' website offers an "online merchandise store" that offers t-shirts, caps, mugs, and other merchandise with all of Hudson's book covers on them. Those fans of Hudson and his books can order "unique" iphone covers, ipad covers, for themselves or a perfect gift for a friend or family member. http://www.cafepress.com/
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