What did you read today?
What do you read now?
What do you have for tomorrow?
Be prepare to answer, if asked:
[ selection of monologue should be appropriate to the ability, age, and sex ]
** Write the character analysis in your Actor's Journal (before -- and after your auditions)!
* one act fest
Audition Speeches for Men by Jean Marlow, Elizabeth Ewing
Audition Speeches for Women by Jean Marlow
The Ultimate Scene Study Series: 103 Short Scenes for Three Actors (The Ultimate Scene Study Series) by Wilma Marcus Chandler
The Ultimate Scene Study Series: 104 Scenes for Four Actors (The Ultimate Scene Study Series) by Wilma Marcus Chandler
The Best Men's Stage Monologues of 1999 (Best Men's Stage Monologues) by Jocelyn E. Beard
The Flip Side II: 64 More Point-Of-View Monologs for Teens by Heather H. Henderson
The Way I See It: Fifty Values-Oriented Monologs for Teens by Kimberly A. McCormick
Changing Circumstances: An Acting Manual With 24 Scenes by Lorinne Vozoff
Extreme Exposure: An Anthology of Solo Performance Texts from the Twentieth Century by Jo Bonney (Editor)
The Ultimate Audition Book for Teens 2: 111 One-Minute Monologues (Young Actor Series) by L. E. McCullough, L. E. McCollough
Tough Acts to Follow: 75 Monologs for Teens by Shirley Ullom
Teens Have Feelings, Too!: 100 Monologs for Young Performers by Deborah Karczewski
Scenes for Women by Women by Tori Haring-Smith
Monologues from the Road: Audition and Performance Pieces by Lavonne Mueller
99 Film Scenes for Actors by Angela Nicholas
Tight - Spots: True-To-Life Monolog Characterizations for Student Actors by Diana M. Howie
Creating Your Own Monologue by Glenn Alterman
Magnificent Monologues for Kids (Hollywood 101) by Chambers Stevens
Theatre for Young Audiences: 20 Great Plays for Children by Coleman A. Jennings (Editor), Maurice Sendak
Alternative Shakespeare Auditions for Men by Simon Dunmore (Editor), William Shakespeare
Contemporary American Monologues for Women by Todd London
Contemporary American Monologues for Men by Todd London
Two-Minute Monologs: Original Audition Scenes for Professional Actors by Glenn Alterman, Theodore O. Zapel
The First Folio Speeches for Men (Oberon Books) by Patrick Tucker
The Flip Side: 64 Point-Of-View Monologs for Teens by Heather H Henderson, Ted Zapel
Monologues on Black Life by Gus Edwards
222 Monologues 2 minutes and under:The Ultimate Audition Book by Jocelyn A. Beard
More Monologues for Women, by Women by Tori Haring-Smith
Classical Audition Speeches for Women by Jean Marlow
Classical Audition Speeches for Men by Jean Marlow
Spotlight: Solo Scenes for Student Actors by Stephanie S. Fairbanks
Actresses' Audition Speeches: For All Ages and Accents by Jean Marlow (Editor) (Paperback - September 1995)
Actors' Audition Speeches: For All Ages and Accents by Jean Marlow
By Actors, for Actors: A Collection of Original Monologues and Performance Pieces by Catherine Gaffigan
The Book of Scenes for Aspiring Actors by Marsh Cassady
The Book of Monologues for Aspiring Actors by Marsh Cassady
Duo: The Best Scenes of the 90's (Applause Acting Series) by John Horvath (Editor)
Get in the Act!: 60 Monologs, Dialogs and Skits for Teens by Shirley Ullom
100 Great Monologues from the Renaissance Theatre (Monologue Audition Series) by Jocelyn A. Beard (Editor)
100 Great Monologues from the Neo-Classical Theater (Monologue Audition Series) by Jocelyn A. Beard (Editor)
100 Great Monologues from the 19th Century Romantic and Realistic Theatres (Monologue Audition Series) by Jocelyn A. Beard (Editor)
Play It Again!: More One-Act Plays for Acting Students by Norman A. Bert (Editor), Deb Bert (Editor)
One on One: The Best Women's Monologues for the Nineties (Applause Acting Series) by Jack Temchin (Editor)
Uptown/Character Monologues for Actors (The Monologue Audition) by Glenn Alterman
The Best Men's Stage Monologues of 1992 (The Monologue Audition) by Jocelyn A. Beard
100 Monologues: An Audition Sourcebook from New Dramatists by Laura Harrington (Editor)
By Actors, for Actors: A Collection of Original Monologues and Scenes by Catherine Gaffigan
One Hundred Men's Stage Monologues from the 1980's (Monologue Audition Series) by Joselyn A. Beard (Editor)
The Soaps: Scene Stealing Scenes for Actors by Karen Dent, Arthur L. Zapel (Editor)
The Scenebook for Actors: Great Monologs and Dialogs from Contemporary and Classical Theatre by Norman A. Bert (Editor)
Doubletalk: 50 Comedy Duets for Actors by Bill Majeski
57 Original Auditions for Actors: A Workbook of Monologs for Professional and Non-Professional Actors by Eddie Lawrence, Jason Robards
Soliloquy! the Shakespeare Monologues Women (Applause Acting Series) by Michael Earley (Editor)
High School Monologues They Haven't Heard by Roger Karshner
The Actor's Book of Movie Monologues by Marisa Smith
The Actor's Book of Scenes from New Plays by Eric Lane (Editor), Nina Shengold
Great Scenes and Monologues for Actors by Michael Schulman (Editor), Eva Mekler
The Audition Sourcebook: Do's, Don'ts, and an Online Guide to 2,100+ Monologues and Musical Excerpts by Randall Richardson, Don Sandley
Baseball Monologues by Lavonne Mueller (Editor)
Monologues from Literature: A Sourcebook for Actors by Marisa Smith (Editor), Kristin Graham (Editor)
Scenes and Monologues from the New American Theater by Frank Pike (Editor), Thomas G. Dunn
Monologues for Actors of Color: Men by Roberta Uno
Original Audition Scenes for Actors: A Collection of Professional-Level Short Scenes by Garry Michael Kluger, Bobby Hoffman
2 Character Plays for Student Actors: A Collection of 15 One-Act Plays by Robert Mauro, Gary Burghoff (Introduction)
All Gall: Malicious Monologues & Ruthless Recitations (Tour De Farce, V. 6) by Norman R. Shapiro (Editor), David Schor
The Best Stage Scenes of 1999 (Best Stage Scenes) by Jocelyn A. Beard (Editor), Joanne Genadio (Editor)
Monologues from Classic Plays: 468 B.C. to 1960 A.D. (The Monologue Audition Series) by Jocelyn A. Beard (Editor), David Esbjornson
For the lists
of recommended reading
Monologue pages in Acting DirectoryFrom shows.vtheatre.net
"Monologue is a performance in which one actor speaks alone." The "performance" can last for less than a minute or go as long as several hours (as when one does a one person play).
For auditions, a monolog is usually one to three minutes in length. Frequently, auditioners are requested to perform two "contrasting" monologs. For example:
That's the basics you can read everywhere....
- A comedic monologue
A tragic monologue
- A monologue with lots of energy, movement and a highly animated character
A monologue with inner drama.An auditioner might also be requested to present a contemporary monologue (one from the mid to late 20th century) and a classical monologue (ancient Greek up to the early 20th century).
Most monologues books provide a brief character description and synopsis of the scene in which the monolog occurs. When preparing to rehearse a monolog, it is best to read the play. This will help you better understand your character, the circumstances that lead up to the point in the play when the monolog occurs and the relationship(s) between the monolog's character and the other character(s) in the play to whom the actor might be speaking or speaking about.
Acting ACTING AS CONVERSATION" and FUNDAMENTALS OF ACTING
The list is limited. I will extend it, if I can find time; you can do your own search (including Barnes&Noble and other online bookstores I have on my pages).
You can find the texts of some public domain plays and some classical plays, like Shakespeare's complete works, on the internet for free. Also, check the Electric Library, also copyright free sources.
Some say the openning is 50% of success, I say it is 100% of failure when it wrong.
Whatever you didn't fix at the start will never be done.
Actor will try to get on track (and you can see it) and often he ends where he should start. Watching auditions is witnessing the false starts.
What is an exposition in monologue? Can point the line where exposition ends?
I need to know the situation (emotional stage) and your character (reaction to it)... before I learn it from the text!
... Here is the problem. Most students think that whatever I need to know I will when I listen to the monologue.
You see, you are an actor, not a teller. If you expect me to learn from what you say, not from HOW you say it, you got it wrong.
In addition to the pre-acting concept Meyerhold developed the counter-text theory.
It came from the same principles of the biomechanics: in order to action to take place I have to establish the aim -- to DIRECT you attention to what is about to happen. In simple terms, if I am about to throw a stone, you will see me moving in the opposite direction to the action!
Each monologue is a confession. I need to see the struggle to start it, I want to watch it coming. Life performance is always a process, not the shortcuts and results. Let me see WHY do you have to talk.
In monologue class I have my exercises with pre-acting: I ask to find the movement, gesture, anything non-verbal that prepares me for this line you are about to deliver. I have to wait for the words, I must ask for them. Don't give them to me till I beg you. PLAY with me, make me wonder, never give it away without a game...
There are no monologues on stage, it's always a dialogue with the public. The moment you learn how to transform you monologue into a dialogue with me -- you are an actor.
Read Monologue Page in Acting Directory.* Amazon mono-books: The Ultimate Scene and Monologue Sourcebook: An Actor's Guide to over 1000 Monologues and Scenes from More Than 300 Contemporary Plays * Great Scenes and Monologues for Actors * Monologues for Young Actors * Magnificent Monologues for Kids (Hollywood 101) * The Ultimate Audition Book for Teens: 111 One-Minute Monologues (Young Actors Series) * 99 Film Scenes for Actors * The Actor's Scenebook: Scenes and Monologues from Contemporary Plays * Group Improvisation: The Manual of Ensemble Improv Games * The Actor's Book of Contemporary Stage Monologues * Audition Monologs for Student Actors: Selections from Contemporary Plays * Neil Simon Monologues: Speeches from the Works of America's Foremost Playwright * Contemporary Scenes for Student Actors * The Contemporary Monologue: Women * Contemporary American Monologues for Women * Moving Parts: Monologues from Contemporary Plays * One on One: The Best Men's Monologues for the Nineties (Applause Acting Series) * The Contemporary Monologue: Men * Soliloquy! the Shakespeare Monologues (APPLAUSE ACTING SERIES) * 1 Act Plays for Acting Students: An Anthology of Short One-Act Plays for One, Two, or Three Actors * Actors Book of Classical Monologues * Monologues from Literature: A Sourcebook for Actors * The Actor's Book of Movie Monologues * Monologues from the Plays of Christopher Durang (Monologue Audition Series) * Shakespeare's Monologues for Women * The Ultimate Monologue Index (Smith and Kraus Monologue Index), Second Edition * 2 Minutes and Under: Original Character Monologues for Actors (Monologue Audition Series.) *