10 Monologues for Characters Who Have Theatre on the Brain

Written by Ashleigh Gardner

September 27, 2016

Looking for an original monologue for competition or an audition? We’ve got you covered! Below are 5 monologues for women and 5 monologues for men — all from characters who’ve got theatre on the brain. Choose from comedic, seriocomic, or dramatic monologues. Like one? Click on the link after the description!

A monologue from Broadway or Bust by Rosary O’Neill

(Female, Dramatic, Teens – 30s)
Susan is an actor with cancer. While standing in the middle of the audition room, she threatens to die if not cast. She has already gone on a tirade to the auditioner about why she deserves the role, but here she continues to pound her point home by revealing that her entire existence is ruled by her fear of dying, and that is the real reason why she must get this role: it’s her last chance to make something of herself before her cancer defeats her.

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The Calling by Jane Miller

(Female, Serio-Comic, Teens – 30s)
In this standalone monologue, Louise stands at a table with some of the most perfect cupcakes the audience has ever seen, a giftbox, and a syringe. While she is talking she opens the giftbox and prepares to put the cakes in. Over the course of her monologue, Louise doesn’t outright state, but merely suggests that she has “eliminated” other actresses in the industry so that she has less competition to deal with. Louise explains all of this matter-of-factly and without remorse. (*This monologue contains adult language and frank talk of sex.)

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A monologue from Occupational Hazards by Mark McCarthy

(Female, Comedic, Teens – 20s)
Occupational Hazards is an evening of short plays and monologues centered around workplace issues. In this monologue, called “Less is Less,” Helen is an acting student trying to get something worthwhile out of a class. At first, she is confused about the acting teacher’s practices and reasoning. But then, she has a realization about her teacher’s technique, a technique she openly questions the validity of, and reveals a little something…personal…about herself. (*Contains adult themes.)

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A monologue from Things That Go Bump in the Night by Don Nigro

(Female, Serio-Comic, 20s – 50s)
It is 4 o’clock in the morning and Ben finds Tracy sitting in the dark in the living room. She is troubled, and through this narration of their evening at the theatre, Tracy attempts to explain to Ben what is troubling her and why she is sitting by herself in the dark at 4 o’clock in the morning. Her dilemma lies in how the technicians continuously moved about futons, which were essential elements of the play’s set. At the beginning of the play, the technicians were rarely seen in between scenes, but as the play progressed, the technicians were seen more and more. This troubles her in a way she cannot fully describe, to the point where she may be having an existential crisis because of the event. (*This monologue contains adult language.)

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My Nose Turns Red by R.J. Ryland

(Female, Dramatic, Juniors – 20s)
This standalone monologue is entitled “My Nose Turns Red.” A child, whose school brought in a clown to teach clowning, tries out balancing on a ball for the first time. The child has never been the center of attention, and when they are put in front of a crowd of peers, they are terrified. But as they balance on the ball, they find confidence and reassurance that this is where they belong. A great monologue for an actor exploring inspirational moments in a character’s life.

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A monologue from Henry and Ellen by Don Nigro

(Male, Comedic, Teens – 20s)
Sir Henry Irving, one of Victorian England’s most renowned actors/directors, gives final notes before the opening of the Lyceum Theater’s production of Hamlet, of which he is both directing and playing the title role. He has yet, however, to actually rehearse alongside his fellow actors once up to this point. A younger man at this point in the play, he is filled with both a fierce self-confidence and a droll sense of sarcastic humor. He criticizes the entire cast, leaving himself blameless in the face of the play’s hiccups.

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A monologue from New by Crystal Skillman

(Male, Comedic, Teens – 20s)
In this comedic, melodramatic monologue, Marcus, the lead in the high school play, has just reappeared from the school parking lot with an icepack on his head. He has not slept since the dress rehearsal the night before. He is dazed and slightly crazed after walking all night. Marcus is a student actor who is delving hard into the Stanislavsky method; his emotions are amplified by his sleeplessness and his statements are bold and extravagant. He philosophizes about his place in the world and how the theatre has changed his sense of self.

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A monologue from Broadway or Bust by Rosary O’Neill

(Male, Serio-Comic, Teens – 30s)
Comedy: two love struck actors audition for Broadway and are confronted with questions that are afraid to answer and routines that lead them into questioning their lives. In this monologue, Johnny attacks the auditioner for his invasiveness after the auditioner asks Johnny annoying questions and probes him about his hostile attitude. Johnny explains how hard auditioning has been for him: the rejection, the long nights rehearsing, the long days sitting at auditions, and the sneaky exits he’s made from waiting rooms after he’s fallen asleep.

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A monologue from Techies by Don Goodrum

(Male, Comedic, Teens)
High school student Charlie Porter is the fragile star of Jezebel’s Last Chance and has just found out that Bonnie, his long-time friend and co-star, is not going to make that night’s performance. To make things worse, she is being replaced by Camille Curry, an unforgiving actress who has no patience with Charlie’s sensitive nature. Charlie is in a serious panic, and he pleads with his friend and co-star, Anthony, to tell him what to do.

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A monologue from Exposition by Don Nigro

(Male, Comedic, Teens – 50s)
Leaf and Haggard are two gentlemen whose sole purpose in a play is to give the exposition.  However, over the course of the play, they are delivering random lines from random plays, trapped somewhere in multiple productions, unable to discern what is the beginning.  They know what they’re saying is in the script, but where exactly should they be?  Haggard leaves the scene, leaving Leaf on his own; Haggard knows that the exposition has been cut, they are no longer necessary characters.  In this monologue, Leaf is left alone onstage, unsure where to begin; he still does what he can, answers phones when no one is calling, and proceeds to struggle through dialogue on his own.  He knows his exposition is necessary, but then the lights start to dim, the play is starting without the need of him—what happens without exposition?

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Ashleigh Gardner received her AA in Theatre/Drama/Dramatic Arts from Valencia College and her Bachelors Degree in English Literature and Masters Degree in Literary, Cultural, and Textual Studies from the University of Central Florida. She is a playwright, an actor, and PerformerStuff.com’s Editor.