Friday, February 24, 2012
A Solo Performers Prayer
Dear Great Supreme Divine Theater Junkie,
As a solo performer...please support me in the following
1) Let me move beyond writing monologues that really belong as "shares" in an Alanon meeting
2) Let me learn how to create interesting, funny and unique characters that bring my story alive.
3) Let me understand the difference between offering a great and compelling show to an audience vs. holding an audience hostage and making them listen to all my childhood trauma
4) Let me see the difference between intimacy and indulgence
5) Let me inspire and bring joy to my audiences through my whole, funny, open, poignant, powerful, enraged, tempered, alive, authentic, one of a kind Point of View
6) Let me have the courage to be myself, not a poor imitation of someone else. I am not here to be trained as a "Mini-Nina" or a "Mini-Ruth"
7) Going back to #6, let me have the strength to walk away from any performance/improv/acting/dance teacher who wants their students to embody a younger version of themelves, rather than supporting them in their original process. Let me remember that this is called "narcissism"
8) Let me believe in myself and be transparent enough to offer a true offering for my audience. Let them walk out of the theater stretched a bit. Larger. More expansive. Open. Provoked.Thinking. Feeling.
9) Help me find a great solo performance coach and director before I attempt to put my show on stage. Have mercy on the audience
10) Above all, let me have a sense of humor about myself. Life isn't so serious and it's my job as a performer to find the laughs, perspectives and inspirations along the way!
Thanks a lot for my gifts and for letting me born in the Era of Spalding Gray and John Leguizamo who have led the way~ Love, Your Servant of Love and Truth