Part of a continuing series of Monday Monologues.
Violet Krumbein delivers an unsettling advertisement in Fat Fighter and is from an early Eric Bogosian solo called Voices of America, which was performed in small theaters, the ICA in London, the Edinburgh Fringe, and the Mudd Club. Voices of America is a collection of ersatz commercials, with other monologues titled New Action Army, Sale, Sale, Sale! L’il Doggie Dog Food and Real Italian. This selection is #13 of Bogosian’s 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.”
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.