“I don’t put it past someone to asshole themselves out of a job” Chris Rock
Don’t Be A Dick
Armando Diaz is a real person.
One of Del’s thought was that the improviser’s job during scenes is to disprove the monologist.
Monologue, 3 (to 5) scenes, monologue, 3 (to 5) scenes, monologue, 3 (to 5) scenes. Then there is a break. At the next monologue (second half of the show): Susan takes a second suggestion for the second monologue, Rachael takes a different perspective on th same suggestion
The monologue is specific, with a through line. The details, not necessarily with too much variety.
When asking for a suggestion, if a wrong suggestion is given, ask for “something different”
We do this form to discover a truth about both the suggestion and the monologist.
The Close Quarters
Choose a location with many rooms.
From that location (be it air craft carrier or haunted house), each character chooses an individual character. There can only be one of each. Each one does a short monologue giving a small window into their world.
Then: 2 person montages in a room in that location. Each room may only be used once. Each character may only be in the environment they were first seen in. We see scenes one after the other, but they are all happening at the same time.
Key is to add extra space / environment work.
This is “world painting” and montages based on location.
This is an exercise based around relationships within a world.
It is important to heavy handedly use people’s names in this format so that everyone knows who people are.
We did is very basically, in semicircle, one person talking to the next -> A to B, B to C, C to D, etc (an alternative would be to do two from one side, two from the other, back to the first side, the other side until you were into the middle, making the symmetry, pleasing to the audience.)
Each character stays the same, so we all learn who each of the characters are.
Then we do a bunch of scenes involving the characters. We start to tell a story.
Focus on how you feel about a person.