Monday Monologues: Michael Shannon – “Godhead”

Part of a continuing series of Monday Monologues.

Most Christians believe that there are three separate persons — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — that make up the Godhead. Eric Bogosian thinks otherwise. His “Godhead” was included in the solo “Drinking in America” at the American Place Theater directed by Wynn Handman in 1986. This selection is  #33 of Eric Bogosians astonishing series of 100 Monologues. It is part of a collection that make up the writer’s commentary on contemporary life.

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.”

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MICHAEL SHANNON

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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