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Teaching Four Year Old Girls - A Monologue

Posted by deepakmorris on July 14, 2012 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

(Dinesh, around 40, walks on, struggling with a pile of large books – large in area and in thickness – in his hands)

 

DINESH: (Putting books down on the table)

 

Okay, girls, let’s settle down and begin today’s lesson. (Long pause) Oh, okay, you want to eat your biscuits (pause) um... okay, tiffin. You know, tiffin is a uniquely Indian word, from when… (pause) what, Melanie? You want to go to the toilet? Oh, okay, ...

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The Matchmaker

Posted by deepakmorris on July 1, 2012 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

This is a monologue I wrote for the "Chillin' In My Brown Skin" Asian Festival in Toronto years ago. Enjoy:

The Matchmaker

 

By Deepak Morris

Copyright © Deepak Morris, 2005

 

(The Front Room of MRS CHITNIS’ home office. There is a table and a chair. There is a pile of files on the table. MRS CHITNIS’ voice is heard off)

 

MRS CHITNIS:

Come in, come in, my dear. What did you say y...

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My Yahoo Answers

Posted by deepakmorris on November 25, 2011 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

To see my answers about various aspects of theatre on Yahoo answers, go to the following URL:

My Yahoo Answers

Over 2,000 answers and adding day by day.

Music, Maths, Language and Theatre

Posted by deepakmorris on October 5, 2011 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (1)

There are a couple of interesting discussions going on about music being mathematical at Facebook - well, they are the ones I'm aware of, there are probably more discussions on the same theme on Facebook by people to whom I am not connected.

Music and theatre are inextricably intertwined. Theatre uses music to creat mood, to reinforce the ethos of a scene, to accelerate the grasp of a scene - when you hear a rimshot, you know a one-liner has been delivered and you laugh. Then your brain...

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Every once in a while...

Posted by deepakmorris on May 4, 2011 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (1)

You know, every once in a while someone does something for you that is so unexpected, it knocks you out of your socks.

I received the following recommendation on LinkedIn from Prafull Devale, who has worked with almost every English-language group in Pune:

Deepak Morris is the 1st name that comes in mind when one talks about quality English Theatre in Pune.

I'm lucky that my Theatrical Innings began with Deepak's "Rhapsody Theatre". Not only did he first cast me in a full-l...

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The Mule In The Middle Of Main Street

Posted by deepakmorris on April 29, 2011 at 1:58 PM Comments comments (0)

Someone sent me a private message asking for tips on how to tackle the fear that often grips the would-be entrepreneur. This person was more or less an expert in the field in which he wanted to start his business. He knew the dangers inherent in the business and knew how to prepare for them. But he was afraid because, if he started the business, he would be moving from the “safe” model of a salaried employee to the “unsafe” model of the self-employed professional.

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English Drama and the English Accent

Posted by deepakmorris on April 17, 2011 at 5:07 PM Comments comments (0)

There is no English accent. Really, there isn't. What would one term an "English" accent? The one heard on BBC (News / Radio)?

Well, no one in England - except for the newsreaders - has that accent. Native speakers of English have accents that vary from an Irish lilt to a Scottish burr to a cockney "glottal" accent.

Verisimilitude isn't about accent, it's about making the audience feel the emotion of the character. 

English theatre is not about English, it's about theat...

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How to stage kiss

Posted by deepakmorris on January 1, 2011 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Just thought I'd share...


Hit Reload if the video doesn't work right off the bat... It'll work after a few tries, believe me :)


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How to learn your lines (or anything) fast!

Posted by deepakmorris on October 6, 2010 at 12:48 PM Comments comments (0)

Another question I come across frequently on sites dedicated to theatre and acting, where people can ask questions, usually goes like this:

Help! I have to learn this monologue / set of lines / entire script in X days! How do I do it?

X usually ranges from 1 to 15 days.

Actually, it's quite easy to learn a monologue or even an entire script in an amazingly short time. This is especially true in our wired world, where we have a variety of electronic gizmos at our disposal.

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The Myth of the Struggling Actor

Posted by deepakmorris on September 10, 2010 at 12:32 PM Comments comments (0)

There is a myth that an actor cannot earn a regular income. Like most myths, it is fuelled by the examples of a few struggling actors. These, I submit, are the exception rather than the rule.


The very essence of acting is to be able to handle any role. Ergo, an actor can easily sustain the role of a paid employee. But there's even more, in case one thinks that sustaining the role of an employee is a dishonest way to earn money.


You see, an actor who's enthu...

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