Lonely Hearts Club: Monologues for the Maybe-Happily Single

Written by Amanda Grace

February 8th, 2021

From one single lady to you this Valentine’s Day: these ten characters know what it’s like to be alone. Do they love it? Maybe!

From A Kind of Love Story by Jenelle Riley

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

After a string of failures in online and blind dating, Mark’s friend Diane re-focuses their efforts, asking him to describe his perfect woman. Mark, it turns out, can do just that.

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From Love (Awkwardly) by John Rotondo and Maryann Carolan

(Male, Comedic, High School 14-18, College 18-22)

Luke’s first love was on People’s Hottest 25 Under 25; of course, she had no idea who he was. That didn’t stop him from going to a CD signing with roses, ready to run off into the sunset.

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From Just Add Love by Debbie Lamedman

(Gender, Age, Genre)

Up until now, HE and SHE have only made contact over e-mails and phone calls—but tonight, in person, SHE has to explain to HE why it’s now or never for their love.

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Paula by Juanice Myers

(Female, Dramatic, Mature 50s)

Paula is a lifelong romantic, but her life is no longer laden with love. Now convinced she “won’t ever be kissed again,” she copes by recalling her favorite romance scenes from the movies.

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From Two Mrs. & Ablaze by Kevin Lottes

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

Clayton is married, but not to a woman. Or, not anymore. It’s complicated. His argument to this nosy widow is in favor of “total marriage abstinence”.

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From Your Swash is Unbuckled by Jeff Goode

(Female, Comedic, Young Adults 20s)

Antoinette is a damsel wandering the woods after fleeing an unwanted advance made by her fencing instructor. The good news is she’s stolen his pants, and she intends to use them.

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From A Wire in Water by Justin Warner

(Male, Dramatic, Young Adults 20s)

Alexander Graham Bell, on his way to patenting the telephone, agonizes to Watson about a disastrous game played with his beloved (and oblivious) Mabel, where he insinuated he was in love with someone else.

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From Marilyn/God by Rosary O’Neill

(Female, Dramatic, Adults 30-40s)

Marilyn Monroe can’t get a break, even post-mortem—she’s got to audition for heaven, too. Here, she speaks to her ex-husband Arthur Miller, whom she can’t seem to let go of.

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From Jupiter by Gary Briston

(Male, Dramatic, Mature 50s)

Grandpa stopped swearing to please his love, Helen, before she fell ill and died. Now, even when the situation demands—i.e. a giant meteor hurtling towards Earth—he can’t seem to remember how.

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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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