10 Two-Faced Monologues That Aren’t What They Seem

Written by Amanda Grace

Date: April 23, 2020

Deceit and conniving are some of the most nuanced but rewarding qualities to play. If you’re up for the challenge, check out these characters who might just be hiding something…

A monologue from My Name is Tania Head by Alexandra Wood

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

Tania Head claims to be a 9/11 survivor; in reality, she was a fake. Alicia Esteve Head was born in Barcelona at the time of the attack but came to prominence in 2003 when she claimed to be one of only nineteen people to survive the explosion above where the second airplane entered the South Tower. She subsequently became president of the World Trade Center Survivors’ Network.

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A monologue from As You Like It by William Shakespeare

(Male, Serio-Comic, Adults 30-40s, Young Adults 20s, College 18-22)

Charles warns Oliver that he is about to go into a wrestling match with Oliver’s brother Orlando. Oliver encourages Charles to do his worst on his brother. Once Charles leaves, Oliver discloses to the audience how disdainful he is of his brother and wants nothing more than him to be gone.

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A monologue from The Island of Dr. Moreau by Mark Scharf

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

Edward was rescued from a sunk ship by a man named Montgomery who was traveling home to a mysterious island aboard another ship. Instead of letting Edward be thrown overboard to die, Montgomery decides to bring him to shore. Edward meets Dr. Moreau who is a scientist conducting experiments on the island and remembers the name from Moreau’s House of Horrors, exposed by the press as an abomination to science for his terrible and cruel work. Montgomery defends Dr. Moreau’s reputation to Edward.

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A monologue from One Good Thing by Don Zolidis

(Male, Dramatic, Adult 30-40s)

Travis’ father speaks with Travis after coming home late after hanging out with the middle-school next-door neighbor, Jessie, and her friends. In what begins as a father/son talk about chasing after younger girls, the conversation suddenly shifts into a confession. Jim is about to leave Travis’ mother, his wife of 23 years.

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A monologue from Migration by Chad Eschman

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

Last night, Jana had to take her boss’s nephew out for dinner. The upside is that he was charming and handsome. The downside is that Jana already has a boyfriend. Today she’s back at work, and both guys call her at the same time.

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A monologue from Degas in New Orleans by Rosary O’Neill

(Female, Dramatic, Adults 30-40s)

Didi speaks to her bachelor cousin Edgar Degas, who she is secretly in love with, when he visits post-Civil-War New Orleans, where only 1 out of 30 men under 30
are alive.

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A monologue from Murmurs & Incantations by Dahn Hiuni

(Male, Dramatic, Mature 50s)

Ben has returned to Poland to perform a piece at the gallery of an old family friend, Eva. During his initial visit to the gallery, the ghost of his grandfather Dovid, who perished at the hands of the Nazis, appears to him. Dovid has taken Ben to see the monument that was erected in his honor. While at the site, Ben reveals the love affair that shaped and ultimately ended his art career.

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A monologue from Christie by Cullen Douglas

(Female, Dramatic, Adults 30-40s, Young Adults 20s)

Christie is worn and rough around the edges—too many one-night stands, too many broken beer bottles. The police are questioning her for the cold-blooded murder of her husband. She’s a manipulator who gets what she wants. Always.

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A monologue from The Statistics Aren’t Real by Tara Meddaugh

(Any Gender, Serio-Comic, Adults 30-40s, Young Adults 20s, College 18-22, High School 14-22)

Pollen K-10 cites various statistics which prove that the rate of pollen falling to their demise during flower jumps has dramatically decreased, which should be encouraging to Pollen V-6, who is terrified to jump from their dying flower to a fresh one. Pollen K-10 has never revealed where they received these statistics.

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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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