// Classic Armando//
Some notes from learning the Armando via iO Chicago
The Classic Armando is an advanced long form where a Monologist acts as the Director who influences the theme, mood, cadence of the show. The Monologist and Ensemble work together giving and taking focus to create a show where the 4th wall is broken and reconstructed throughout.
- The Monologist
- The goal of the monologist is to deliver a true and vulnerable story.
- You are creating an honest moment with the crowd
- You are creating tension for the audience so that the cast can have fun breaking it
- The monologue should be specific and dig deeper into an emotional POV that can be explored. Detailed but unconnected, non-vulnerable stories will evoke similarly bland scenes. Raise the stakes.
- Traditionally, Monologist plays the GODFIGURE
- Usually 3 monologs, pull lights on the last
- Directs the show by injecting energy and inspiration when needed
- Plays the “Game Slot/Group Game” role
- The Ensemble
- The goal of the ensemble is to explore themes via scenes
- Character Pull
- Lead in Character: Wrap the theme up into a character’s behavioral trait rather than a premise or plot to fill in. Your scene will almost never play out the way you wanted it.
- Explore the genres or archetypes represented in the monolog
- Tangential Pulls
- Explore an interesting part of the story that wasn’t too detailed
- Exaggerate a specific from the story or a tic
- Disproving the Monologist’s Theory
- Flip the monologist’s P.O.V. and explore the antithesis