Lessons from the Stage: Lesson 6: The Power of the Present
In this next lesson from the stage, we will focus on the Power Of The Present. What you discover, what changes, is happening right now. The present tense, as opposed to the past tense in a monologue, is much more effective. This does not omit characters sharing a story from the past, as in a living history monologue bringing, say, Edgar Allen Poe to life. The magic is to make that story immediate, however, alive and brimming with emotion, by linking it into the present moment.