Monday Monologues: Zachary Booth ponders the meaning of an “Artist”

Part of a continuing series of Monday Monologues.

Artist is the last monologue in the solo Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll.This selection is #50 of Eric Bogosians astonishing series of 100 Monologues. It is part of a collection that make up the writer’s commentary on contemporary life. Says Bogosian: “It’s about making art, not making art, being paranoid, being revolutionary all against through a haze of weed. It’s about as close to the way my mind works as anything I’ve written. “

In his introduction to the book of 100 Monologues, Bogosian writes: “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.”


Zachary Booth in 'Me, Myself & I'.

Zachary Booth in ‘Me, Myself & I’.


 Best know for his role opposite Glenn Close on the critically acclaimed Damages, Zach Booth is an New York based actor with extensive credits both on stage and on screen. Off broadway he has premiered new works by Edward Albee (Me, Myself, & I)  and Craig Lucas (Prayer for My Enemy). Most recently he made his broadway debut in The Winslow Boy. His films include Keep The Lights On, Last Weekend, Dark Horse, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and White Irish Drinkers.

It becomes less and less about what people say about what I do and more about what they learn from the stories I’m telling them.” – Zachary Booth

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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