Some of the mid-Atlantic’s best theatre & film actors battle for over $2,000 in cash & prizes
[Editor: We could find no way to improve on this news story sent in by producer Edward Daniels and so present it in its entirety.]
In March of 2011, while sports fans from across the country focus their attention on their favorite college basketball team and the infamous brackets & office pools related to the NCAA’s March Madness Basketball Tournament, an even more assorted and artsy fan base will turn their attention to the newest event to hit the DC theatre scene. The event is a theatre tournament called Monologue Madness.
Produced by award-winning DC actor, tennis player, and DJ, Edward Daniels, Monologue Madness, …WAIT, time out. What sort of triple-threat is that?
“My story’s pretty simple,” says Daniels. “I’m a professional actor who’s worked in DC theatre & film for seven years. The nine-to-five schedule didn’t quite mesh well, for me, with an evening theatre schedule. I was a radio DJ in high school so I fell back on that experience and started my own small-business.” Daniels created and manages Scorpio Entertainment, a mobile DJ & event production company, which has been servicing the DC metro area for over five years.
“The business gave me the chance to create my own schedule while allowing for a steady source of income between acting gigs. Tennis has been a part of life since I was 13. I continue to play competitively, have coached at the National Cathedral School, and have always been a competitive athlete at heart. I’ve been thinking about producing this tournament for a while now and here it comes!”
So, back to our story.
Monologue Madness has already registered over 50 stage & film actors from up and down the East Coast who will be flocking to Washington, DC, to battle head-to-head, showcasing their best monologues in hopes of winning the $1000 grand prize.
“New York City has the Manhattan Monologue Slam. It’s a great event for established and beginning actors up there. DC has the second-most produced theatre scene in the country, right behind New York City. We’ve got some amazing theatres stretching from Annapolis to Tyson’s Corner and all types of arts events in between. I wanted to create a version of a monologue slam, but with an added sports-like twist!” he says.
On Selection Sunday, an Open Call audition will take place at the Renaissance Washington, DC, Dupont Circle Hotel. (There are slots still available. To register, click here.) Actors will audition with their best ninety-second monologue, from the genre of their choosing (i.e. comedy, drama, classical work), before a respected panel of three casting directors. Based on the judges’ scoring, the top 64 actors, including 8 seeded actors, will be invited to compete on Championship Sunday at The Warehouse Theater before a live audience.
On Championship Sunday, each actor will arrive at the Warehouse Theatre prepared with three, one-minute monologues. Round 1 is the Comedy Round. After each pair of actors perform and each section of the bracket is complete, the talent pool will be narrowed down to 32 actors, who will move on to compete in Round 2, the Drama Round. Round 3, the Classical Round, follows. “This is where it gets interesting, “says Daniels. Actors advancing to the Elite Eight and Final Four will receive the difficult task of competing with a “cold read.”
“Obviously, these actors who’ve made it through will have impressed the judges enough with their performances. Then, they will be handed a monologue that they’ve never seen and will be given just minutes to prepare it, before taking the stage again! It’ll definitely be nerve-wrecking, for sure, but that’s what it’s all about, and a bit of what every professional actor goes through at most any audition, in order to land the role!”
The Sweet 16 (top 16) actors will be awarded trophies and prize packages which include professional acting books, theatre tickets, free headshot sessions, subscriptions to film & television casting sites, and complimentary coaching sessions with some of the DC and NYC area’s best directors & instructors. Oh yes, there is that grand prize award of $1000 cash to the Monologue Madness Champion.
“The Big Dance” After-Party follows the competition, featuring a live DJ, cash bar, and food available from The Passenger restaurant next door.
“Making a living in the arts and entertainment is very challenging. I want the winners of this competition to walk away with a few resources to help advance their careers and keep them on track,” says Daniels. “I’m sure the winners will use those tools to pay rent, take a class, or hit up an audition in LA or NYC. In time, we’ll see him or her on a local or regional stage or a small or big screen!”
Renaissance Washington, DC, Dupont Circle Hotel
1143 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC
3/13/11, 10am-2pm, Washington, DC
THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT
Video Broadcast Taped at Renaissance Washington, DC, Dupont Circle Hotel
3/13/11, 8pm, Washington, DC
The Warehouse Theater
645 New York Ave, NW, Washington, DC
4/3/11, 6pm-9pm, Washington, DC
“THE BIG DANCE” AFTER-PARTY
The Warehouse Theater
4/3/11, 9pm-11pm, Washington, DC