This essay Shurtleff Test has a total of 2519 words and 11 pages.
First Guidepost- Relationships
Summary: This is identifying the role you play in the life of your fellow character (s) and achieving it by using the realm of emotions. The reason is because the relationship will determine the state of emotions in the play and as soon as you understand the relationship then you can begin to explore and while exploring, this feelings or emotions should be created as you will feel them and not how the character will feel in their own world. In other words , invoke your own emotions into the character. The relationship is the answer to questions like why am I here? Why do I feel this way towards the other character? Understanding the relationship is very important because the playwright only provides the facts that surround the conflict
My Monlogue: In the monologue, I play Roxy who is trying to break up with Derek on a rollercoaster. The character I play seems to have two sides of her relationship with boyfriend Derek. The first side is an unbalanced rough relationship for about 10 months and 22 days to be persist. The second side which my character presents midway through the play is the happy content girlfriend satisfied with the relationship and wouldn't have it any other way.
Guidepost Two: What are you fighting for?
Summary: The second guidepost explains the conflict, or reason behind every scene. Every action has a reaction and that goes around in a continuous loop. Reactions also cause actions and that is what Shurtleff is trying to explain through this guidepost; every action a character takes in a situation or scene has a motive behind it or a trigger. These motives are what make a situation
interesting. Many times, these reasons are hidden and an actor must look deep within the
character to seek out the problems. This is another way of saying "getting into character"; this
means understanding and experiencing the character's life as your own and fighting for the
character's goals and aspirations as they are their own. It is important to find the desire and the
willingness to keep fighting for whatever reason the character engaged in the scene in the first
place but also by using tactics to help the character help reach their goal.
My Monologue: In the play my character is fighting with Derek to stop being so immature and become more of a man. Roxy is fighting for a deeper connection, a connection that comes with long term commitment and a overall healthy happy relationship but Derek seems to be in the opposite position compared to my character.
Guidepost #3: The Moment Before
Summary: Performing a scene takes creativity and be an art piece if done diligently and
with passion. When an actor comes in prepared, committed and ready to go, it is impressive for
the judges. It is so important to understand the relationship and the motives in a scene, to be able
to perform it with justice. The Moment Before guides an actor on how essential it is to use their
imagination. According to Shurtleff, every audition scene given usually starts in the middle, thus
it is left up to the actor to fill in the blanks for the moments before the actual scene and
understand the chemistry. The more imaginative, believable and interesting the story made up,
the more engaged and interested will the audience be in learning more and staying hooked on the
play. An actor needs to be able to find the truth in the scene and carry that message throughout
the performance. To be able to fully indulge oneself in the character, it is important to note what
the character has been through in the past and what exactly is going through their head right now
My Monologue: In order to play my character truthfully its important I start to imagine all those days during the 10 months Derek and Roxy dated and think about what lead my character to break up with her boyfriend, think about what types of events could have taken place. Was her heart broken because Derek did not give my character the attention she needed through-out the relationship or was he not looking for something