A Cowboy Walked Into a Bar : The Monologue Show
In this book, Bill Black presents an entire theatrically based monologue show using his own poetry. It was written and developed by Black as an expanding show he presented to audiences in the Southwest. He then presents details on how a monologue show like this is created. This section is a short history of oral performance as well as a detailed analysis of this specific show. Perhaps the most significant aspect of his information is his methods for lengthening or shortening the main show for special venues and audiences. Black then presents a selection of other performance poems he wrote during the same time he was developing the show. Although they are all workable performance poems, he briefly explains why they were not included in the show. While many monologue shows have been developed, few writers have been as candid as Black on how the show is made to work. Black brings over a half century of writing and performing experience into this play and its analysis.
- Paperback | 172 pages
- 140 x 216 x 9mm | 204g
- 02 Oct 2015
- United States
- black & white illustrations
About MR William E Black Jr
Bill Black is a North Carolinian who left the state when he entered the Army. As a youngster in North Carolina, he began performing magic at almost any place he could find an audience. He also began writing poetry during that era. He has since written and edited scripts, newsletters, educational programs and technical articles for both limited circulation use and general audiences. He has lectured on aspects of public presentations for performers and fundraisers. Bill has performed as a magician, poet / storyteller and MC for shows throughout this country and over a dozen others around the world. Bill uses a Western voice which matches both his speech and styles of expression. He is dedicated to the sound of poetry. He has recorded three CD collections of poems used in his shows. Since 2011, his poems and stories have appeared in two anthologies and two collections of his own works. He brings over a half century of writing and performance experience to this monologue show. Black graduated from N. C. State University, was commissioned as a 2nd LT in the Army and served in Vietnam. He has spent the time since showing that there is life after a war zone.