Take a deep breath, and get ready to speak! Of Monologues & Moths will explore and contrast how theatrical characters’ speeches and the MOTH’s personal brand of storytelling can both compel a listening audience. We will analyze excerpts of published scripts, listen to recorded story performances, and enjoy gentle, generative writing exercises. This three session course will culminate in the sharing of 5-minute monologues, either written for a character or from the writer’s point of view. Final pieces will also be considered for airing on Grackle & Grackle’s podcast!
Elizabeth A. M. Keel is a native Houstonian playwright, actor, director, novelist, producer, and an alumna of the UH School of Theatre & Dance. Her plays explore magical worlds, fantasy, humor, science fiction, and stories of families-of-choice. Her scripts have been read or produced by Voxfest, Tokyo International Players, The Studio Theatre at Tierra Del Sol, Rec Room, Shattered Globe, Otherworld Theatre, Squeaky Bicycle, Fresh Produce’d (NYC), Growing Stage Children’s Theatre of New Jersey, Landing Theatre, Stages, Mildred’s Umbrella, METdance, Cone Man Running, Houston Contemporary Dance Company, Flexible Grey, and 14 Pews, among others. She joyfully works as a teaching artist for Grackle & Grackle, Stages, and Writers in the Schools. Her play Override was selected as the 2nd place winner for the Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award in 2020. Upcoming projects may be found at elizabethamkeel.com.