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Matthew Freeman is a Brooklyn based playwright with a BFA from Emerson College. His plays include THE DEATH OF KING ARTHUR, REASONS FOR MOVING, THE GREAT ESCAPE, THE AMERICANS, THE WHITE SWALLOW, AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR, THE MOST WONDERFUL LOVE, WHEN IS A CLOCK, GLEE CLUB, THAT OLD SOFT SHOE and BRANDYWINE DISTILLERY FIRE. He served as Assistant Producer and Senior Writer for the live webcast from Times Square on New Year's Eve 2010-2012. As a freelance writer, he has contributed to Gamespy, Premiere, Complex Magazine, Maxim Online, and MTV Magazine. His plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc., New York Theatre Experience, and Samuel French.

Monday, March 07, 2011

Solo Shows

So, as I'm working with a friend on his upcoming solo show, I'd like to ask...what are some of the things you have seen in solo performances that have worked for you, and some of the pitfalls you'd advise us to avoid? Just curious.


susan said...

Check out my book YOUR NAME HERE; AN ACTOR WRITER GUIDE TO SOLO PERFORMANCE at Amazon..been writing and performing for a while and have some thoughts on all of that.. good luck

joshcon80 said...

I wrote and acted in a solo show as my thesis and I think what worked, in my case, was that I was playing a character who was talking to the audience as themselves in real time.

Swollen Foot said...

I've also devised a short, solo performance and my advice to you is to keep it simple. Because it's a solo show you may feel the need to 'fill' it to compensate for lack of other actors, but simple is always best. Good luck!