I’ve been working for a number of years on a series of dramatic monologues (most of which I have performed myself) from the point of view of people who came into contact with a certain historical person. Some loved him, some hated him, and i have tried to capture that dichotomy in the different readings.
I decided early on in the process that not only would I write the monologues, but I would also illustrate them with portraits of what the speaker might have looked like.
I’m not going to give any more context than that for the time being, but maybe it will whet your appetite, or at the very least pique your interest.
Here, then, are a few examples of the portraits, with one line of monologue to accompany each in the caption.
That’s enough for now. I’ll post more in the future. In the meantime, I’m listening to Fiddler on the Roof which is my pick for the John Williams work of 1971. I’ll be posting some thoughts on that soon enough.