10 Monologues That Say “Americana”

Written by Amanda Grace

July 17th, 2021

From apple pies to famous authors and diner stops to dismantling racism, these ten monologues touch on the American mystique from varying perspectives.

Apple Pie Pain by Tara Meddaugh

(Female, Comedic, Young Adults 20s, Adults 30-40s, Mature 50s)

Holly spends all her time outside nursing shifts turning a bushel of apples into pies for her ungrateful family members, who return from the orchard without so much as a cider donut for her.

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From Cooperstown by Brian Golden

(Male, Serio-Comic, Young Adults 20s)

Sitting in a diner in New York, Huck shares with the manager the history that has brought him to Cooperstown for Jackie Robinson’s historic induction into the Hall of Fame.

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From Milk and Cookies by Jonathan Dorf

(Female, Comedic, Adults 30-40s)

Marge is a 30-something mother who has just run away from her children after they poisoned a bank teller with cookies. Bruce is on the run after stealing a carton of milk over ten years ago. Rufus might just be able to give this treat-time duo a pair of new identities.

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From Near Vicksburg by Sara Farrington

(Male, Dramatic, College 18-22, Young Adults 20s, Adults 30-40s, Mature 50s)

The 47-day Union Siege of Vicksburg has forced residents to construct a series of 500 caves in which they take shelter. A One-Armed Soldier has just been captured trying to steal rations from an interracial couple when Jane realizes he just might know what’s happened to her husband.

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From Pensacola by David-Matthew Barnes

(Female, Dramatic, High School 14-18, College 18-22, Young Adults 20s)

Southern belle Marie fell in love with aspiring poet and Cuban immigrant Miguel, only to lose him in a robbery-turned-murder. She is learning how to keep going.

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From The Most Important American Playwright Since Tennessee Williams by William Shurman

(Male, Comedic, Mature 50s)

Taxicab driver and aspiring playwright Willy receives a visit from his inspiration, A. Richard Cutter, who brings with him a fan letter from a young Willy and some career advice… but has Cutter’s shine faded?

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(Female, Comedic, College 18-22, Young Adults 20s, Adults 30-40s)

One everyday, ordinary weekend t-ball game gets shaken up as a mother, critical of their child’s coach, receives a dressing-down on their helicopter parenting.

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From America by Kim Yaged

(Male, Dramatic, High School 14-18, College 18-22, Young Adults 20s, Adults 30-40s, Mature 50s)

A Black man pushes forward a black block with the word “Open-Ended” on it as a religious collage rises behind and around him. He is your lover.

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From Burying Miss Ameerica by Brian Golden

(Female, Serio-Comic, College 18-22, Young Adults 20s)

Jean’s mother was known for her charisma, grace, and generosity—but she always kept her own daughter at arm’s length. Now she’s in a coffin and the magic has gone, Jean faces up to their shared history.

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Amanda Grace is an actor, writer, composer, improvisor and director whose work has graced stages from  Central Florida to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. She is based in London, where she is studying to obtain her M.F.A. in Actor & Performer Training at Rose Bruford College. Amanda holds an honours B.A. in Theatre Studies and a B.A. in Psychology, as well as a certificate in Shakespearean Performance from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Her original albums can be streamed at amandagrace.bandcamp.com.
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