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undercurrents workshop: Monologue Writing Based on a Personal Story

Monologue Writing Based on a Personal Story
with Carmen Aguirre

Arts Court
Tuesday, Feb 12, 2019
10:00am – 4:00pm

In this six-hour intensive workshop, Carmen Aguirre will provide basic tools for playwriting based on personal story. The springboard will be the writing of a monologue, which can lead to a one-person show or a multi-character play. Pulling from Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed canon, Carmen will lead the participants through an exercise that will jump start the writing process. Carmen will then provide feedback on themes and counter themes, super objectives, structure, and plot. Participants will walk away with a rough draft of a monologue and a playwriting tool kit.

What to Bring
Participants are asked to bring writing tools (preferably a laptop, as it accelerates the writing itself), and warm and comfortable clothes that they can move in.

$40 + HST

About Carmen

Carmen is a core artist of Vancouver’s Electric Company Theatre. She has written and co-written over twenty-five plays, including The Trigger, The Refugee Hotel, and Blue Box (undercurrents 2012). Currently she is writing Anywhere But Here for Electric Company, an adaptation of Euripides’ Medea for Vancouver’s Rumble Theatre, and an adaptation of Moliere’s The Learned Ladies for Toronto’s Factory Theatre. Her one-woman show Broken Tailbone is touring to Calgary, Ottawa, and Burnaby in 2019.

Carmen is the author of the #1 national bestseller Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter (winner of CBC Canada Reads in 2012), and its bestselling sequel, Mexican Hooker #1 and My Other Roles Since the Revolution. She is currently starring in the independent feature Bella Ciao!. Carmen has won multiple awards for her work, has over eighty stage, film and television acting credits, and is a graduate of Studio58.

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