Burning Out and Burning Up: 10 Speeches That Go From 0-60

Written by Amanda Grace

March 28th, 2021

If you’re about to blow a fuse, you’re in luck: plenty of raring-to-go characters are waiting below!

From Yoga Fart by Gabriel Davis

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

Amy wants her big sis, Zelda, to have the perfect wedding… even if Zelda’s just slept with her boyfriend. In order to make it through the ceremony, Amy throws herself into yoga classes. Now, at the top of the aisle, she confronts her sister with her newfound self-control.

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From Fog by Lisa Bruna

(Male, Dramatic, Adults 30-40s)

Today was Adam’s daughter’s wedding day, and instead of attending the wedding, Adam’s brother Jaime—living with early-onset Alzheimer’s—stole a weed whacker from Sears. Adam finds Jaime in his yard.

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From Better Places to Go by David-Matthew Barnes

(Female, Comedic, Young Adults 20s)

Bad weather has detained Candace en route to her own wedding. Stuck in a rundown diner in Grand Island, Nebraska, she seizes the moment to let everyone within earshot know just exactly what kind of day she’s had.

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From Past Time by Padraic Duffy

(Male, Comedic, Mature 50s)

Lou has determined that the solution to all his problems lies in selling hand-painted ceramic unicorns at a mall kiosk, to the chagrin of his wife. He and his best friend have worked tirelessly to get these unicorns ready for sale, and there are a lot of people at the mall today… but no one approaches him.

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From Premeditated by Rodney Rogers

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

In a small southern town overshadowed by violence, Mary finally stands up to Ms. O’Brien, the architect of her life’s destruction, by revealing her family’s big secret.

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This Heat In My Brain by Tara Meddaugh

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

Sloane implores the person they have just accosted and then assaulted to sympathize with them. Sloane’s argument? They were forced by the heat in their brain—hot as sand on a summer day.

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Alyssa: A Middle School Monologue by Asher Wyndham

(Female, Serio-Comic, Kids & Juniors 5-13)

Alyssa is here to crash her parent-teacher meeting, and she’s going to make sure her ideas for her own future are heard—especially if that future means she passes on college to become a construction worker.

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From The Knowledge of Sin by Matthew McLachlan

(Male, Dramatic, Mature 50s)

Frank has yet to open up to Abbot, his court-ordered anger-management counsellor, about what happened on May 7th. This last session is his deadline to do so if he wants to gain custody of his baby boy over the realities of the foster care system… a system, it turns out, Abbott knows intimately.

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From James Dean and the Devil, Will Jimmy Dean Get Out of Hell by Rosary O’Neill

(Male, Dramatic, Young Adults 20s)

Following his death in a car crash, James Dean enters a life review on the highway of death to save himself from eternal torture. Next stop: his Indiana cemetery burial.

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From Hello, Goodbye by Gabriel Davis

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

A barista at a Manhattan coffee shop has had dreams of climbing the economic ladder to change the world. Seeing as it’s her last day before making the move to Wall Street, Alina decides it’s time to let loose on a regular who’s just a tad too entitled.

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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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