“The monologues in the play were used to break the fourth wall convention. More important though, was the character’s need to justify their lives to strangers, i.e. the audience. Monologue does not permit of contradiction or interrogation. It is the ultimate weapon of any character. ‘Listen to me! Listen to me! I have something to tell you!’ And we must listen to him. He doesn’t give us a chance to talk. The theatre started with a monologue and it will end with a monologue.
‘Listen to me! Listen to me!’
Murray Schisgal commenting on the monologues in his play, “The Typists”
The Typists opened at the Orpheum Theatre in New York City in 1963
Quantum Ideas is a creative story which begins and could end with a monologue. This creative story is an imagination of how we could create a community media system to excite creative community enterprise, to make better use of our resources, and to increase our contribution to creating possibilities for our future and for the future of the world that sustains and contributes to creating our experience of life.
In a monologue we can get away with anything. Which is why this is a monologue. This monologue is my point of view. This monologue is only to excite conversation. This is my part in our theatre of the new world, – the world wide web, – where we can write, direct, and play the parts we choose for ourselves, and where we can create our stories with one another and for one another.
There is no place to hide. There is no place to hide from ourselves. What do we imagine for ourselves? What parts would we like to play? And how will we play them?
This monologue is how I imagine things are, how I imagine things could be, and what I imagine we can do. The intention of my monologue is to excite imagination about the stories we could create, to excite creative conversation around creative interests we have in common, and to excite creative ideas and creative thinking about what we can do and how we can do things to create the possibilities we imagine for our story, – as individuals, as communities, and as a community of common human interest.
What we can do
We can invite our creative community to contribute their monologues, their point of view, their ideas, and their experiences so we can explore what interests and ideas we have in common and what opportunities we have for creative enterprise, creative entrepreneurship, creative leadership, and creative contribution.
Creating connections with one another with how we see, think, and feel about our experience of the world contributes to our common understanding and appreciation of our common interests, and to our ability to create connections, community, and possibilities for ourselves, for our communities of common interest and common enterprise, and for our common human interests.
In theatre, the role of the monologue is to set the stage for the story, or to move the story along, or to reveal more of the story to excite our interest, our involvement, and our imagination in the creative experience .
In our theatre of a new world, the role of the monologue is to introduce ourselves to others contributing to creating our story, and the parts we play, and what we are contributing to the story, and what we want to contribute to creating, – our creative interests.
In our theatre of a new world our monologues contribute to our understanding of the stories we are creating and the parts we play, improve our ability to play our parts, and increase our contribution to creating the story, – and we all contribute to our imagination of what the story could be about, what stories we could create, and what we could do to create the possibilities we imagine to explore for what we can do.
What we can do with our monologues in our theatre of a new world is contribute to exciting our interest, our imagination, and our exploration of ideas about what we can do and opportunities to create which contribute to creating a new world where we can all contribute to creating the story that works for everyone.
What I am doing
I am taking a place on the stage in our theatre of the new world and contributing my point of view about where I think we are, what I think we need to focus on, and what I think we can do to create a better future for our world.
I am not creating theatre for a new world. I am just imagining what we can do, and what we could create, and how we can create the story.
We are all playing parts in our theatre of the new world. It is our choice about the parts we choose to play and how we choose to play them.
The role of my monologue is to excite creative conversation in imagining the creative possibilities and what we can do to contribute to creating the story we imagine for our future.
What I imagine could happen
We could move from monologues to creative conversation, from us and them to we, from creative ideas to creative enterprise, and from creating theatre in a new world to creating a new world in our real world.
What I imagine is we could come to know, and understand, and appreciate our common human interests so we are more able to focus our creative resources on our common human enterprise and accelerate our creative and cultural evolution as a creative community.