10 Speeches for Turning the Page

Written by Amanda Grace

April 16th, 2021

The past is the past, but the future’s an open book…  so what’s next? Find out how to write a new chapter for your panel with these ten characters.

From Nobody Don’t Like Yogi by Tom Lysaght

(Male, Dramatic, Mature 50s)

In 1985, Yankee manager Yogi Berra was fired mid-season. He vowed never to return to Yankee stadium as long as it remained in the hands of the man who fired him, and he hasn’t. Until today. He’s about to throw out the first pitch.

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From Tug of War by Alan Rossett

(Female, Dramatic, Adults 30-40s, Mature 50s)

Liliane—wealthy, self-interested eccentric—has pieced together a façade which permits her to avoid the painful memories of her youth. Now that she’s found herself in the middle of a dangerous game, the mirage is dissipating… she’s been seeing ghosts.

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From A Life Spurred Into Meaningful Adventure by Tara Meddaugh

(Female, Dramatic, Kids & Juniors 5-13, High School 14-18, College 18-22, Young Adults 20s)

Goldilocks and Little Bear have run away to start a new life together. Unfortunately, the courageous Goldilocks doesn’t actually know where they’re headed. When Little Bear begins having doubts, Goldilocks decides the time has come to level with him, if it means one of them still has a chance to be part of a family.

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Cat Mozart by Gabriel Davis

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

Darlene and Joe are having problems, and Joe’s friend is certain the resolution lies in getting Joe’s cat out of the picture.

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From Vs. Robert Schumann by Myla Lichtman-Fields

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

After four years of being refused the hand of Frederick Wieck’s daughter, composer Robert Schumann finally takes legal steps to make Clara Wieck, his younger interpreter, his wife. We’re in court; all the arguments have been made. All, that is, save Clara’s.

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From The Half-Smoke by Duke Ryan

(Male, Dramatic, Young Adults 20s)

Edmund has, up until now, been in love with Lucille, 20 years his junior… but he’s just taken a college girl, Sally, to bed. He has to tell Lucille, for the sake of honesty, and for health’s sake; he’s just gotten an unnerving call from his doctor.

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In the Beginning by Annie Wood

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

A person contemplates what it means to be in a relationship, and whether true happiness with another beyond the start ever exists. This stand-alone piece can be played by any adult actor.

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From Parent Interview by Justin Warner

(Female, Serio-Comic, Adults 30-40s)

After making the Nemkoffs jump through hoops in order to secure a place at the Carnegie-Guggenheim Montessori School, Marla presents the final terms of their 4-year-old daughter’s acceptance. They involve Mr. Nemkoff’s sperm.

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From The Pequod Meets the Ocean Steward by Bridgette Dutta Portman

(Male, Serio-Comic, Young Adults 20s, Adults 30-40s)

Stevens is an environmentalist—that is, he was, until he sees Captain Ahab’s passion for hunting down the white whale first-hand. Something in him snaps, and suddenly, it’s all hands on deck.

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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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