Best Monologues for Women Who Speak Their Mind
Written by Leryn Turlington
October 18, 2016
Ladies, are you looking for a monologue that features a strong woman telling it like it is? Below are ten monologues that express defiance, truth, and honesty. Find them under the “Get the monologue here“ link.
A monologue from Grace, Sponsored by Monteverde by Vanessa Garcia
(Serio-comic, 20s – 40s)
Catherine is a reporter with a firm grasp of both toughness and humor. She is attractive, clever, adventurous, and a feminist. In this monologue she is speaking to the the memory of her ex-husband Sebastian and gives him the analogy of high fructose corn syrup versus natural, homemade ketchup to illustrate how a good woman (like her) is the real deal and deserves to be treated as such.
A monologue from Japanese Death Poem by DT Arcieri
(Dramatic, 20s – 40s)
Jenny has not been herself lately. She has been drinking and leading on her husband’s brother Jonathan to believe she will leave her husband for him. Jonathan, who generally lacks morals and has always been favored over his brother, has been enthusiastically at Jenny’s curtails. He has learned from his friend, a neurologist, that Jenny’s tests came back positive for a brain lesion and that she needs surgery right away. He is here to tell her this news but Jenny sees his urgency as a come on, and spells out her love for her husband and her recent change of heart for him.
A monologue from Lipshtick by Romy Nordlinger
Broom ever in hand and hair amassed in curlers on her head, Maggie, a working class Londoner in her late thirties, sweeps her front yard and gossips with her neighbor. She has a strong East London accent and using a plethora colloquialisms she rattles on her opinions of those around her in this daily ritual that she clearly thrives on.
A monologue from The Cuban Spring by Vanessa Garcia
(Dramatic, 20s – 40s)
Siomara is a highly educated psychiatrist who is from a loving and involved Cuban-American family. She has hidden her positive pregnancy test from her husband because he is estranged from his family in a way that makes her hesitant to have children with him. He has just berated her for wanting privacy and for selfishly considering an abortion which prompts this cathartic release of honesty from Siomara. (This monologue contains adult language.)
A monologue from Closing Arguments, Open Doors by Cullen Douglas
In a courtroom, public defense lawyer Samantha “Sam” Burgess is defending her client Edward who is charged with the murder of his wife. While at first she presents the compelling case that Edward killed his “abusive” wife out of self-defense, she quickly backs out of that narrative to relay to the judge her disgust for Edward, her career and her life as a 37-year-old single woman who lives with her mother. (This monologue contains adult language.)
A monologue from Seascapes with Sharks and Dancer by Don Nigro
(Dramatic, Teens – 20s)
Tracy has just told her boyfriend, Ben, that she is pregnant. Tracy is an eccentric girl with a dramatic upbringing and so she expects Ben to freak out when he hears the news, but he doesn’t. Instead he is cool as a cucumber, which frustrates Tracy who believes his docile and accepting manner, with which he handles Tracy’s eccentricity and calamity, is exactly the reason he should not have children. In this monologue, she explains this to him and proves his complacency is a terrible trait for fatherhood in her experience.
A monologue from Snapshots by Cynthia Mercati
(Serio-comic, 20s – 40s)
Carol is at her son’s soccer game. As she watches the game, she keeps up a running monologue to herself, occasionally calling out words of advice to her son. As we progress, she’ll occasionally call out words of aggression to the other mothers…and the coach.
A monologue from Catholic School Girls by Casey Kurtti
(Dramatic, Juniors – Teens)
Sister Mary Lucille, a harsh and abominable teacher of eighth grade at St. George’s Catholic School, has just said to her student Elizabeth that God knows when a girl does not learn her lessons, and will let her know of his disappointment. Sister says His disappointment has come in the form of a message from home which says that Elizabeth’s grandmother, who came to live with her family in Elizabeth’s room, has passed away and she must pack her belongings and leave. In this monologue, Elizabeth address God himself to explain to him how much it meant to have her grandmother’s company, and repudiates him for what he has done.
A monologue from Your Swash Is Unbuckled by Jeff Goode
(Comedic, Teens – 40s)
This piece is from the shorter play, “The Damsel in Distress” within Your Swash is Unbuckled. A raucous pub. A female brigand leaps up on a table with a rapier in one hand and a tankard of ale in the other. She is sick and tired of the men in the pub bragging about their accomplishments, and she challenges every man to combat to prove their mettle (through a few lewd comments and taunts). She is mighty, rude, brazen, unashamed, and uninhibited. (This monologue contains adult language and themes.)
A monologue from A Really Good Reason by Tara Meddaugh
(Serio-comic, Juniors – Teens)
Kelly, the alpha-female of her pack, has been friends with Rebecca for years. But it’s time for mean-girl Kelly to let Rebecca down easy. Kelly tells Rebecca there is a really good reason she doesn’t like her. It’s not for the many more obvious reasons where Rebecca fails as a human—because these only make Kelly look better. It’s because, well, she noticed that Rebecca is looking prettier, wearing better clothes, and she even made a boy laugh. That is just not cool.