Aha thanks Emma 🙂 The disappearing bit is difficult but hopefully I’ll be able to do it.
I think this is a great ‘moment’ for us to look in on Nash and the complexity of his life and character. It allows you a chance to get ‘out there’ some as well, which is an excellent challenge!
Something from a writing perspective to bring to your speech might be to try and shape a more fluid narrative within this particular moment; as it reads now, some elements (referring back to his genius, for instance) seem a little ‘shoe-horned’ into the story. Is there a way his particular rant here could begin perhaps with Nash thinking/speaking about his work at MIT, or game theory, and slowly emanate outwards toward his more schizophrenic impressions? In short, if the audience could see him move from what appears to be a sane, brilliant man, to a more unhinged person on the doorstep of shock therapy. This will give you more of an opportunity to shift your energy and the drama in your scene from the small and calm to the more large and raving, and the sense of dynamics that this brings.
That may mess with how you’ve chosen to stage your monologue – straight jacket, etc – but is still something you could work in with some clever writing…
What do you think?
Thanks for sharing your draft! Keep plugging away, and I’m sure it will come to life magically Wednesday night!
Hey Emma, thanks for the comment! I was worried people would be confused by the intro, great to know it doesn’t!
I look forward to seeing this magic trick, you always pull them off 🙂
Hey! Awesome speech, I love the intro paragraph, really catches my attention 🙂
It’s gonna be challenging but being crazy for a day shouldn’t be too hard!
Noted, I’ll write more about that next time.
Thanks for your advice!
Love it. And I think it will be really powerful. just make sure to commit to the “insanity aspect” and go all out on the craziness 🙂
Thank you! I’m very excited to be researching her. As for the speech, I had considered singing/speaking french, but as 90% of operas are in soprano and I cannot sing that high. Also, I decided the main thing I wanted to get across was her love of adventure and her quest for finding interesting things, so I went with that for my focus.