What began nine years ago as an actor's response to the excitement and fanfare of the March Madness basketball tournament, returns to our nation's capital for its ninth year and announces plans for Atlanta and Los Angeles.
Created by actor-entrepreneur Edward Daniels, Monologue Madness is DC’s annual tournament of acting and has entertained sold-out audiences as it offers local acting talent the chance to shine before a panel of film and theatre casting and industry professionals.
Nearly 200 actors audition at an open call and 32 of them make the cut into the single-elimination tournament bracket. Two weeks later, each actor arrives, prepared with three of their best one-minute monologues to perform before a live audience, a panel of judges, through five rounds, for the chance to win a $1000 prize.
The rounds are Comedy, Drama, and Classical. Taking to the stage in pairs and scored individually, one actor advances to the next round, while the other is eliminated.
For those actors remaining in the final four, the Cold Read Round, the evening becomes a bit more interesting. The actors are handed an unseen monologue and are given five minutes to prepare backstage, before returning to the stage to perform.
Requirements of the Final Round come directly from the judges' panel and are never revealed until the competition evening. "Over the years, I’ve seen audience members laugh, cry, shout, and grip their seats as they watch these actors bring their best work to that stage and try to be the last actor standing," says producer Daniels. "It's a very cool night out at the theatre!"
Each actor receives an array of career-enhancing gifts and the competition winner walks away with $1000!
“This competition is my baby and I get teary-eyed every single year when I present the trophy to the winner,” says Daniels. “My goal is to showcase acting talent and shine a spotlight on the process of casting and what it takes to maintain the career of
an actor. No matter what happens during the competition, the actors are receiving professional feedback and getting their headshots and resumes into the files of industry professionals!”
Since 2011, Monologue Madness has attracted actors from up and down the east coast and casting directors for such films as House of Cards, Harriet, Lincoln, and notable theatres including Arena Stage, and Studio Theatre.
Monologue Madness is set for September 27th at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, November 21st at Synchronicity Theatre in Atlanta, GA, and January 24th at The Actors Company in Los Angeles.
Actor registration opens for DC and Atlanta on Monday, June 21.
Audience ticketing, sponsorship, and job opportunity details are now live, online at www.MonologueMadness.net.