Some of the most memorable dramatic writing is in the form of the soliloquy, or monologue. Characters reveal their most urgent thoughts, feelings and dilemmas, and often unknowingly reveal more about themselves than they intend. Monologues can be funny, sad, satirical, powerful, lyrical, ribald….you name it.
We asked 10 Vermont authors to write us a five-minute monologue, set in the future…in this case, around 2030. The only other criterion we set was that each piece be an individual talking to a group of people. These voices from the future will be cast with our favorite Vermont actors, directed, rehearsed, costumed, filmed, and brought to you on our YouTube Channel over the fall and winter while we are still shut down by Covid-19. We are very fortunate to have Julia Alvarez, Chris Bohjalian, Robert Cohen, and Jay Parini contributing their work to this project, as well as other local dramatic writers like Haley Rice, Marianne DiMascio, Chris Caswell, Bill Hart and more.
Writers will be submitting their pieces by the end of August, and we hope to begin posting the resulting short films as early as October. Stay tuned to enjoy these all new, original works online!
THE AMERICAN DREAM
As a professional theater company, MACo has a unique platform to tell stories that respond to current realities. And as theatre makers living in a predominately white state in a country shaped by racist systems, we feel called to create space where by listening and speaking with open hearts we can, “hold a mirror up to nature” and in so doing explore the consequences of our collective actions and hear voices that have been too easily ignored.
Thus we embark upon The American Dream Project. Because of Covid-19, we are launching this play reading group online, with the hope that we can create a community of people interested in reading and discussing some seminal, relevant plays that directly pertain to issues of racial and economic inequities in our country.
More information on the timing and contents of this program coming soon!