Auditioning? Step This Way!

In the course of doing bookstore readings from Stuck Rubber Baby back when my book first came out, I discovered that there were certain scenes that worked for audiences when delivered as words alone, without the benefit of the pictures that appear underneath the word balloons in the book itself.

One such speech was Orley’s emotional plea to his wayward brother-in-law Toland on page 88 in which he enumerates the many unpleasant aspects of spending one’s afterlife in Hell.

Another was Toland’s account (on pages 61-61) of a high school picnic that left him feeling forever doomed to be an outsider among his peers.

Both of these SRB speeches of mine have found their way into 60 Seconds To Shine: 221 One-Minute Monologues for Men, a collection of short dramatic monologues (edited by John Capecci and Irene Ziegler Aston) excerpted from both classical and contemporary literary sources.

The compilers of this just-published book did not limit themselves to monologues that were originally composed for the stage, which is why the door was open for words first spoken in the pages of my humble comic book story. Such openness to unorthodox avenues of expression is to be applauded, of course, particularly when it ushers my immortal creations onto unaccustomed shelves at classy bookstores.

I choose to believe, naturally, that the Stuck Rubber Baby passages in this volume will by virtue of their passion and eloquence propel some earnest fledgling actor into the role of his dreams. How could it be otherwise?

Hopefully the actor will be handsome. Hopefully he will seek guidance from me over dinner at some quiet restaurant (Eddie will be along, of course) about the subtle nuances of my characters’ inner lives. And hopefully, once he has ascended to stardom and critical acclaim, he will give Eddie and me a grateful — perhaps even flirtatious — wink from the stage as he steps up to receive his Tony.

About Howard

I'm a cartoonist and writer, best known for my graphic novel, Stuck Rubber Baby, and my comic strip from the 1980s, Wendel.
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0 Responses to Auditioning? Step This Way!

  1. mthomases says:

    I see Cillian Murphy. If so, please invite me, too.