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 Posted: Mon Jun 15th, 2009 02:41 am
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I've been kicking around an idea now for a few weeks of doing a one-woman show. But, I don't know how to format a show like that, nor do I know really anything about how it would work out.

If anyone could point me in some sort of direction, maybe if someone's working on another one man/one woman show I could possibly read it for format help or something. Any help would be greatly appreciated :)

Thanks :)

Sami

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 Posted: Mon Jun 15th, 2009 10:54 pm
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Sami, good luck. I've written one which runs for a bit over an hour which everyone likes but no one has ever done but, for the classic you should read Shirley Valentine by Willy Russell. It's quite a marvelous play and if you can pull anything like that one off you'll be on your way.

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I'm taking a class at Primary Stages now on Solo Perofrmance writing. I don't know how far you are from the city, but there's a second session you may be able to sign up for.

Read Bogosian, Eve Ensler (The Good Body), John Leguzamo (sp?), Anna Deavere Smith... You can have a single storyteller or multiple storytellers. The rest is all dramatic structure... A Question, conflict.obstacles and then the question is answered, or not, or shown in a new light.

Vanessa

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Welcome Sami,


Pick up the book "The Pwer of One" by Louis
Catron.

Here is an interview with him.


http://www.talkinbroadway.com/rialto/past/2000/4_9_00.html


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William Luce has written several one-woman shows. Belle of Amhurst, The Last Flapper that you could read for reference.

But there are several books on the subject. Getting Your Solo Act Together by Kearns is a good one.

I've written and performed a few one-woman shows for kids - sort of under the guise of storytelling with a dramatic twist.  It's very rewarding.

Good Luck!

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William Luce has written several one-woman shows. Belle of Amhurst, The Last Flapper that you could read for reference.

But there are several books on the subject. Getting Your Solo Act Together by Kearns is a good one.

I've written and performed a few one-woman shows for kids - sort of under the guise of storytelling with a dramatic twist.  It's very rewarding.

Good Luck!

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I've written and/or directed quite a few one-person plays. I also coach both playwrights and actors, some of whom are playwrights who are writing and performing their own one-person plays. Below are just a couple of my personal tips.

1. Always call your work a play, not a show. This keeps you in the mind-set of a playwright and your eventual audience from anticipating the stereotypical one-man/woman show.

2. Follow a playwriting structure. Be sure to have some kind of conflict at the center of your play. Know who your character is speaking to--the "audience" is not specific enough. Why is your character speaking at this particular time to this particular person or persons? What do they want from them? I personally find the "and then I wrote, and then I met, and then I did" format not very theatrical on its own. Have an urgency to the piece. A simple example: the character is packing to leave her home of x number of years. She has to be finished in an hour, yet is torn by the memories that come up with each memento and struggles to keep packing. (Other examples on request).

I connected with one of my coaching clients here on the forum. She has had tremendous success with her first project, thanks mostly to her own talent, but I like to take credit for using my years of experience to help her avoid some of the pitfalls.

Barbara


 

 

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Thanks for the help everyone! I think I'm going to be in NY in the next few weeks, and when I go I'll stop at the Drama Book Shop and take a look at these books.

Thanks for the tips and all, I think I'll be able to get started before looking at the books, but this all points me in a great direction! :D

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I have a full length one woman show happy to let you have a look if you'd like.

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