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Actors: 8 Rules For Cutting Your Audition Monologue

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Acting 28th Nov 2017 backstage


So you’ve finally found what could be the perfect monologue for your college audition. But for whatever reason, you have to cut it down. Few great audition monologues come perfectly packaged within the play, already in monologue form, ready to go, and within the time limit—you’ll almost always need to make cuts, especially for college auditions that have time limits.

Maybe you’re omitting profanity or piecing together a monologue together from a larger scene. Whatever challenges you face when cutting your material, remember the golden rule for all monologues: the material must be within your age range and life experience. And once you start there, here are some additional guidelines to follow.

1. When piecing together a monologue from within a scene, it’s important that your character has the same objective throughout the cutting. This will create a through line that makes sense and gives you a clear objective to play.

2. Your character should be talking to another person they need something from. Speak directly to that person and use a variety of actions to get what you want.

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