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You may buy individual monologues  (3.00 each) by using the drop-down menu below.  Each monologue runs approximately 10 - 20 minutes and will be sent via e-mail attachment within 24 hours of receipt of purchase.

Mirror in Time:

Behind Closed 

If you are using these for a competition with a time requirement, you may make appropriate cuts for your performance.  Two books of all the monologues are also available for sale and will be shipped from the printer upon receipt of payment. 
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Contemporary Monologues 

(or monodramas) are more than  Shakespearean asides or dialogue sculpted from a longer works for auditions or a competitions.  They are vehicles of one-on-one communication between audience and actor which can invoke multiple characters and scenes. Just as individual playwrights have constructed full-length dramas by linking thematically-related monodramas (The Vagina Monologues), theaters can create similar vehicles reflecting the needs of their communities.  

On these pages, you will find links to various types of monologues--including some that are free.  Their authors are not only playwrights, but novelists and poets who are making their mark on the American literary scene.

Monologues: Biblical Characters 




A Mirror in Time and Behind Closed Doors

10 - 20 minutes

(From Behind Closed Doors: Seven Scenes of Shattered Love by Doris Gwaltney “For most people, death comes behind closed doors… a quiet event, perhaps shared by friends and family…But for some there’s drama, even horror as some commit suicide, are murdered, or executed.” )  They include

Sir Walter Ralegh and Bess Throckmorton
Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI 
William and Catherine Blake
Theodore and Alice Roosevelt
Sigmund and Martha Freud
Virginia and Leonard Woolf
Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun

(From  A Mirror in Time by Doris Gwaltney: a wonderful series of monologues of romantic--and sometimes not-so-romantic--love between people from our historic past.)

Queen Elizabeth I
William Shakespeare
Susanna Wesley
William Byrd II
Patrick Henry
 Tsali of the Cherokee
Edgar Allan Poe
Kate Hogarth Dickens
Johannes Brahms
Thomas Jonathan Jackson
Emma Wedgewood Darwin
Harriet Tubman
George Edward Pickett
 La Salle Corbell
Katherine Parr

These monologues have been performed at The Venue on 35th in Norfolk, Virginia, and at The American Theater in Hampton, Virginia. The monologues by Adolph Hitler and Eva Braun won first prize for drama at the Summer Play Competition at the Smithfield Community Theater in Smithfield, Virginia.
8 Tips For Finding Great Monologues

written by Rachael Patterson, 
Director of Acting Studio Chicago

As an actor there are aspects of your career in which you are in the driver’s seat and many variables that are completely out of your control. Your training, education, professionalism, work ethic, headshots, resume and monologue selection are variables which you can absolutely control. And while finding good monologues is essential, finding material that speaks to you, is age appropriate and not over used, can feel like a daunting challenge.

Here are a few tips to help you find great monologues!

1. A good monologue is essentially a strong, active, two-person scene. So it’s best to avoid material in which you are merely relating a story about your past. If you are telling a story, there should be a reason in the present, something that you are trying to accomplish in the relationship with your imaginary partner, today.

2. For the most part, stick to plays when looking for audition pieces. Occasionally one can find an interesting piece from a little known or unknown independent film, but in general stay away from film scripts. I’ll never forget watching someone audition with a piece from “Scarface,” it was almost comical to observe this person playing a role that was so closely associated with Al Pacino. 

3. Good sources include:
 1) 10 Minute Plays 
2) One Act Plays 
3) Various new plays festivals often publish new works.
 4) Festivals, such as the Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville, always include an anthology of very short plays inspired by a single theme. 
5) Be wary of relying on monologue books; the pieces may be over done.  However, if you find a monologue that speaks to you, consider ordering and reading the play, you may find additional pieces, not found in the monologue book.

4. Scour the Dramatic Publishing Houses for new and little known works.  
   1) Playscripts is a publishing company whose website allows you to read up to 90% of the play before you purchase:
  2) Smith and Kruass publishes plays, collections and anthologies; a great resource.
  3) Samuel French. Like the folks at Playscripts, Samuel French now lets you read free excerpts of their plays. 
  4) Dramatists. In addition to the plays they publish there is a cool feature on the Dramatists Website called Page to Stage, you can view all of the current and upcoming productions of DPS Plays by title, author, city or state.

5. Leave them wanting more. Time your monologue and cut if necessary. Your piece should be between 90 seconds and 2 minutes… more! 

6. Look for the humor in dramatic pieces. Look for the serious, truthful, connected moments in comedic pieces.

7. Consider piecing together a piece of dialogue in order to create a monologue.
  The piece will be active, in relationship and uniquely yours!

8. Don’t work in a vacuum. Consider a great Monologue Class or working with a coach….they can help you search for material and fine tune your pieces!

Contemporary Monologues

5 - 30 minutes

Sleeping Beauty by Chris Bullard:  a widower is left to care for his young daughter.  To sooth her at night, he reads fairy tales and loses sight of who the monster may be.  

One-Person Shows

Nat's Last Struggle: Nat Turner faces his last moments and confronts his past decisions

Bertha Doesn't Live Here Anymore: Is there something going on at the retirement center that the van driver/journalist comes to suspect?

A Cold Day in Hell: Charley contemplates an act that might alienate his grown children and creates a video to hopefully make them understand what he is contemplating.