11 Feel-Good Monologues For These Trying Times

Written by: Amanda Grace

Date: April 16th, 2020

Drama got you down? Chances are if you’re tired of angst and desperation, your auditioners are, too. Life isn’t all loss and sorrow—new beginnings, hope, and love are all dynamic topics. The monologues below are gentle on the soul.

A monologue from Marrying Matthew by Janet Milstein

(Female, Comedic, Kids & Juniors 5-13)

Tammy can’t wait to tell her dad about her exciting day. Matthew proposed, and Tammy’s got big plans for her future wedding and married life.

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A monologue from For Beginners: or, How Not to Kill a Plant by Lindsay Adams

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

Juliet is trying to pick up the pieces of her relationship to see if it can be saved. While she devours the carrots, Paul left in the fridge; she tells friend Shauna a story of how, as a kid, she ate nothing but carrots in protest of her parents. Since then, she hasn’t eaten a single carrot, but now, all bets are off.

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A monologue from Precious Little Talent by Ella Hickson

(Female, Dramatic, Young Adults 20s)

Joey has graduated into a world that’s sold her down the river. She’s got a first-class degree, 20k worth of debt, and a job in a pub. Shunned by the world and rejected by her estranged father, she finds herself falling in love with an idealistic young American.

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A monologue from A Kind of Love Story by Jenelle Riley

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

Mark is having trouble finding that “certain someone”. After striking out on online dating, Mark describes his perfect girl to friend Diane, who takes meticulous notes on a tablet.

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A monologue from Secret Life Under the Stairs by Kris Knutsen

(Female, Dramatic, High School 14-18, Kids & Juniors 5-13)

In the isolated town of Echo, Nevada, young teen Field reads what she’s just written in her journal.

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A monologue from Dear Chuck by Jonathan Dorf

(Any Gender, Dramatic, College 18-22, High School 14-18)

In Dorf’s play, everyone is trying to find Chuck, that elusive ‘true self’ that we think we know as a child, but becomes harder and harder to grasp through our adolescence. One teen finally meets Chuck, only to have them disappear. Now, he’s on the search to find the comforting feeling Chuck brings along with them.

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A monologue from Five Carols for Christmas by Jim Christian

(Female, Serio-Comic, Mature 50s, Adults 30-40s)

Five suburban best friends set out to present a Christmas program that people “will remember for the rest of their lives” at the local high school. Here, Miss Q takes the stage to humorously reflect upon her two divorces and how they have led her to discover the true meaning of Christmas.

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A monologue from A Bed Made in Heaven by Sandra Seaton

(Female, Dramatic, Adults 30-40s)

Sally Hemings recalls the time she lived in France as a young girl of fifteen with the Mister—an affectionate name she calls Thomas Jefferson. She was free in France and did not want to return to slavery in Virginia, but Tom promised that if she came home, they would grow old together as man and wife.

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A monologue from Universe by Douglas M. Parker

(Any Gender, Serio-Comic, High School 14-18, Kids & Juniors 5-13)

Everything that we know of today was contained inside something as small as the head of a pin. One day, it got so hot it all exploded and expanded and filled up all of space and time. This Kid believes that they will one day explode in much the same way, travelling so far and fast that they will never have to come back here again.

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A monologue from Liliom by Kerry Kazmierowicztrimm

(Male, Serio-Comic, Mature 50s)

The Mayor welcomes Guests into purgatory, ushering them toward The Calm, within which they may stay safe from the never-ending void of Liliom. His welcome speech is a well-rehearsed bit that he has worked on for more than centuries.

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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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