Monday Monologues: Betsy Aidem as a “Voice in the Wilderness”

Part of a continuing series of Monday Monologues.

A perfect monologue for readers of Berkshire on Stage,  Betsy Aidem’s Voice in the Wilderness is  #68 of Eric Bogosians astonishing series of 100 Monologues. It is part of a collection that make up the writer’s commentary on contemporary life. This almost-perfect rant is from the solo: “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee”, first performed by the author at the Jane Street Theater, NYC, 2000, Jo Bonney director.

As Eric Bogosian writes in his introduction to the book of 100 Monologues, “I did not set out to write monologues, but the more involved with the form I got, the more interesting it became to me. I liked the energy and excitement of speaking directly to an audience. I liked arranging the portraits of characters to create a larger whole. I liked the difficulty of writing and performing such complex stuff. Performing and writing these monologues took me to the limit of my abilities.”

Betsy Aidem

Betsy Aidem

BETSY AIDEM

Berkshire and Southern Vermont theatre-goers will remember Betsy Aidem for her appearances at the Williamstown and Dorset Theatre Festivals. In New York her credits include Winter 2014 ALL The WAY, Broadway, Nikolai and the Others, Lincoln Center, Dreams of Flying, Dreams of Falling at Atlantic, The Metal Children and Mary Rose at The Vineyard.  Crooked , Womens Project, Celebration and Sea of Tranquility at the Atlantic, Stone Cold Dead Serious, Edge , The Triple Happiness, Second Stage, Good Thing, The New Group, The Butterfly Collection, Playwright’s Horizons, Luminescence Dating, EST, Perapalas, McGinn Cazalle, Steel Magnolias, Lortel, A Lie of the Mind, Promenade, Escape from HappinessNaked AngelsFive Women Wearing the Same Dress, MCC, Road, Lincoln Center Theater, Balm in Gilead, Circle Rep and Minetta Lane.

Regional theater includes: All The WayARTThe Whore and Mrs. Moore, Dorset Theatre Festival,  GOD of CARNAGE, George Street Playhouse, CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION, Huntington, Sweet Bird of Youth and The Sugar Syndrome at Williamstown,  Jolson Sings Again, George Street, 1000 Airplanes on the Roof, ART, Saddlers Wells and European TourSEVEN, International, The Miser, Hartford, Miss Julie, Portland.  Platonov, Invanov, The Seagull, The Cherry Orchard, Lake Lucille.

 

In January 2016, the 100 Monologues project successfully launched a crowd funding campaign to continue its work, and raised $25,531 from 122 backers a month later.  What Bogosian and his supporters have been creating over the past two years is an amazing archive of great theatre snippets, a resource for not only audiences, but for the actors who perform them on demand in your home or on electronic devices.  The search for dramatic and memorable monologue materials for use by performers at live auditions and guest appearances never ends.

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