Questioning & Queer: Monologues For All LGBTQ+ Journeys
Written by Amanda Grace
June 20th, 2021
Pride means different things to different members of the LGBTQ+ community, and all of those journeys are valid. From questioning to coming out to proudly fighting through the world, these 9 characters offer up multi-dimensional monologues for your next audition.
From Better Places to Go by David-Matthew Barnes
(Male, Dramatic, High School 14-18, College 18-22, Young Adults 20s)
Derek is manic and suicidal… and harboring feelings of love for his best friend. At a rundown truck stop diner in Grand Island, Nebraska, he begs Ricardo to leave town together.
From Is Shakespeare Gay by Alan Rossett
(Female, Comedic, Adults 30-40s, Mature 50s)
William Shakespeare is virile, sexy, and charismatic in his curtain call at the world premiere of Antony and Cleopatra—and he might just answer a question scholars have been asking for ages.
From Doctor Anonymous by Guy Frederick Glass
(Male, Dramatic, Young Adults 20s, Adults 30-40s)
Matthew, a young psychiatrist, was once in gay conversion therapy. As the result of a scandal, he is thrown back into the closet, renounces his lover, and returns to therapy. Here, he composes a letter to his former lover from the session couch.
From Unknown by Alexis Clements
(Female, Dramatic, Mature 50s)
Sydney, part of a four-generation community of lesbians, finds speaking about intimate love uncomfortable—as if she’s about to be caught.
From The Mermaid Hour by David Valdes Greenwood
(Not-Specified, Dramatic, Kids & Juniors 5-13, High School 14-18)
Vi, a trans girl, idolizes the YouTube host of “The Mermaid Hour”, an LGBTQ-positive show about creatures neither fish nor man, but somewhere in-between. Vi is filming her own mermaid video, sharing both her story and her relationship with boyfriend Jacob—sending her family into a bit of a tizzy in the process.
From Leisure, Labor, Lust by Sara Farrington
(Male, Dramatic, Adults 30-40s)
In 1887, society man Harry Hunter and laborer Delancey Morris begin a passionate relationship that lasts until Harry’s secret 1897 marriage to a wealthy society woman. Harry assume he and Delancey could continue on as they had been; Delancey is so wounded he refuses to see Harry for ten years. Reconciling over a chance encounter, Harry reveals that his struggle wasn’t with being closeted, but with mental illness.
From A Knee That Can Bend by Emma Goidel
(Female, Dramatic, College 18-22, Young Adults 20s)
Part of an underground queer circle in Sénégal, Néné recounts her first queer experience for American sociology student Kate. The other woman, Aminata, was not queer, but they were together until the girl’s brother shamed her. Néné unceremoniously ended the relationship.
From Sloe Gin Fizz by David-Matthew Barnes
(Male, Dramatic, Young Adults 20s)
Marco is married to a woman he doesn’t love. Christopher is suffering from a broken heart. Marco thinks he could be free if he could only spend the rest of his life with Christopher… and tells him so.
From Sunshine Quest by William Ivor Fowkes
(Male, Dramatic, Mature 50s)
The Sunshine Quest Club regulars are confused by John’s claims to be a proud gay man since he had a wife, who he married knowing he was gay, and who only passed recently. John is also confident he isn’t bisexual, and being harangued by members’ questions, he explains the very real love he had for her.
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