Monologues for Those Who Have Gone a Little Mad
Written by: Amanda Grace
A break from reality can be nice, but a break with reality can be even better. From giggle-inspiring to tear-eliciting, these characters are just ever so out of touch.
A monologue from Scary, Scary Night by E. Michael Lunsford
(Male, Comedic, Adults 30-40s, Young Adults 20s)
Derek and Prudence find themselves at the mercy of Nussbaum, sinister owner of the House of Masks & Magic and part-time killer. Here, Nussbaum is about to get revenge for his childhood house’s theft, now Derek’s parents’ funeral home.
A monologue from Rizpah, Insane Concubine of Saul by Juanice Myers
(Female, Dramatic, Mature 50s, Adults 30-40s)
This stand-alone piece occurs during the 3-year famine of David’s reign in Jerusalem, which supposedly came because of Saul’s killings. To atone, David sacrificed seven of Saul’s sons, including two of Rizpah’s, to the Gibeonites. David refused to let the bodies laid to rest after hanging, so Rizpah took her place beside them for five months, watching to prevent them from being devoured by wild animals.
A monologue from What I Did Before Bingo by Tara Meddaugh
(Female, Serio-Comic, Adults 30-40s, Young Adults 20s, College 18-22, High School 14-18)
Tonight, Amelia has lost her valued volunteer position at the local community center. Her mother has just wrestled away all of Amelia’s precious Bingo chips, as she sees them as a sign of depravity—or, almost all of them. One is left, and this one is special.
A monologue from Amelia, Once More by Davis Muschell
(Female, Dramatic, Mature 50s, Adults 30-40s, Young Adults 20s)
Shelley Preston performs the part of wicked Amelia in an off-Broadway hit. The play’s success depends on her ability to step thoroughly and realistically into her role… but now Shelley feels her character, Amelia, is taking over her mind, body, and life.
A monologue from This Heat in My Brain by Tara Meddaugh
(Any Gender, Dramatic, Young Adults 20s, College 18-22, High School 14-18)
Sloane speaks to a person they have just accosted and assaulted. Sloane justifies that it is the “heat” in their brain which has forced them to harm the person; attacking is the only way to cool the “heat”.
A monologue from Christie by Cullen Douglas
(Female, Serio-Comic, Adults 30-40s, Young Adults 20s)
Christie is worn and rough around the edges. Old and jaded before her time—too many one-night stands, too many broken beer bottles. The police are questioning her for the cold-blooded murder of her husband, but she’s a manipulator, who gets what she wants. Always.
A monologue from Carol’s Christmas Catastrophe by Tony Jerris, Bruce Durbin & Corinne Aquilina
(Female, Comedic, Adults 30-40s)
The Pinecone PLayers’ annual Christmas pageant, directed by former beauty queen Carol Claus is threatened when the entire cast, fed up with Carol’s “hack directing,” quits an an hour before showtime. In a frantic act of desperation, Carol decides to audition whomever she can find to put on the best Christmas pageant ever—starring, of course, herself.
A monologue from Frankenstein by Mark Scharf
(Male, Dramatic, Adults 30-40s, Young Adults 20s, College 18-22)
Victor sits with his fiancee, Elizabeth, and describes to her what he has in mind for his Creature. With the right body parts and the perfect amount of energy, he could make what was once dead indeed come back to life. Humans already play “God” with vaccines and fire… what’s to say we can’t take mortality into our own hands?
A monologue from Leisure, Labor, Lust by Sara Farrington
(Male, Dramatic, Adults 30-40s)
Leisure, Labor, Lust is the story of Grace Hunter, a brilliant woman with an insatiable hunger for romance, and her tortured husband Harry, a closeted man rapidly losing his grip on reality. Twelve years before meeting Grace and twenty years before this moment, Harry began a relationship with Delancey, a laborer on New York’s Lower East Side. After all this time, the two meet by chance at a society party, and Harry reveals his real struggle wasn’t with being a closeted gay man, but rather with mental illness.
A monologue from Cark aka Karl by DT Arcieri
(Male, Comedic, Young Adults 20s)
Conflicts of a heartless businessman with his agoraphobic magician brother over their parents’ estate leads James to asks Carl/Karl to consider seeing a psychiatrist; Carl’s response is to flip James’ rhetoric against him.
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