Performing the First Draft as a Work in Progress for an Audience

Some monologists prefer to develop material in front of an audience early on. After the first draft or two, they begin performing it for small groups as a work in progress, making their revisions based on the audiences' nightly responses to their work. The audience may be a few friends in a living room or a paying audience in a small club or theater. Letting the audience know in advance that this is a still work in progress lowers the audience's level of expectation. Some audiences enjoy seeing works in progress because they feel that they're contributing to the monologist's process. After each performance, there's a question-and-answer session where the audience can make comments about the work they've seen. Their comments can be very helpful to the monologist and the director of the piece.

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