So you want to know how to make a solo show? No problem. We’ll begin here. Gotta begin somewhere, anywhere, gotta begin.
1. What are you obsessed with? Notice it. Know it. Own it. It’s your interest, passion. Yours. Write about it. Learn about it. Research it. I had one Apprentice, Maggie, who loved starfishes. What a great place to begin. All about the starfish.
2. Fagetabout your talent. I mean, you can use your talents all you want, but I’m not interested in how you dance or sing or play guitar. I don’t want to be entertained. I crave to be moved. It’s like that great moment in the film “Walk the Line” when the record producer asks Johnny Cash, “If you was hit by a truck and you were lying out in that gutter dying, and you had time to sing one song, huh, one song, people would remember before you’re dirt, one song, that would let God know how you felt about your time here on earth, one song that would sum you up, –you’re telling me that’s the song you would sing? Or, would you sing something different? Somethin’ real. Somethin’ you felt. Cause I’m telling you right now, that’s the kind of song people want to hear. That’s the kind of song that truly saves people. It ain’t got nothin’ to do with believing in God, Mr. Cash, it has to do with believing in yourself.”