In this workshop we will produce monologues that reveal ourselves to ourselves. Borrowing from Surrealism, Zen Buddhism, and advertising, we will practice new ways to access honesty in our writing and exercise it through performance. Taught by Connor Shioshita Pickett, Artistic Director of the Neo-Futurist Theater.
Good writing is honest; honest writing is good–right? But how do we practice it, or make ourselves ready to access the truth? What can we control, and how can we strategically release control? For 35 years, writer-performers at The Neo-Futurist Theater have cultivated honesty and speed in pursuit of impactful first-person storytelling.
In one two-hour session, we will experiment with honesty as a practice and honesty as a value: first by generating text, then by quickly staging and presenting our work for each other. Students will leave with a draft of a new work, plus tools to continue writing for solo performance.