Part of a continuing series of Monday Monologues.
This Is Now is the title monologue from Eric Bogosian’s longer piece performed at Merkin Hall in 2006 with composer/performer Elliott Sharp who also delivered some musical accompaniest riffs as the two performers played a kind of musical/verbal tag. In this recently filmed clip, Nikole Beckwith is by herself, while a few camera tricks provide visual riffs. Of course, the writing is from Eric Bogosian, and continues our series of Monday Monologue divertissements.
This is #85 in that series of l00 Monologues. 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.”
NIKOLE BECKWITH is from Newburyport, Massachusetts where she grew up making plays in various living rooms. Beckwith’s plays have been read, developed and performed with Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb, The Public Theater, Labyrinth Theater Company, The Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Barrow Street Theater, The Old Vic, Chautauqua Theater Company and Ensemble Studio Theater, among others. She isan alum of EST’s Youngblood, a former associate artist of Atlantic Center for the Artsand a 2010/2011 member of The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group. She started off 2013 as the first non-UK playwright to be given a writing attachment at The National Theatre’s Studio in London, where she wrote her newest play Seven Sisters which premiered at The Royal Court Theater in London, directed by Vicky Featherstone. Her screenplay adaptation of her stage play Stockholm, Pennsylvania garnered a 2012 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting, awarded by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and made the 2012 Black List before heading to The Sundance Labs for further development. She wrapped principal photography on the film, which she also directed in March 2014 and is currently in post production. The film stars Saoirse Ronan and Cynthia Nixon, and was produced by Fido Features and Olympus Pictures (Rabbit Hole, Beginners). As an actor, Beckwith has developed new work with Gregory S. Moss and Eric Bogosian among others. She made her New York stage debut in Joshua Conkel’s hit play MilkMilkLemonade to critical acclaim, and performs with The Story Pirates, a kids literacy and arts organization where she is an actor, director and teaching artist. Her comic strip companion piece to The Civilians’ You Better Sit Down: Tales From Our Parents’ Divorce (seen at the Williamstown Theatre Festival) can be viewed on the WNYC culture page, her other bittersweet comics have been featured on NPR, The Huffington Post, The Hairpin and various other outposts on the Internet.