Ten Monologues to Move the Panel

Written by Amanda Grace

April 25th, 2021

Step one: take them by surprise. Step two: take their heartstrings in your hands! From faulty reptilian safety devices to demonic conversations with bobcats, these pieces have the twists and turns you need to steer the casting director right into your hands.

From Between Mars and Me by Rose Helsinger

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

After witnessing the events of 9/11 from his window, Roland withdraws into his apartment and himself, instead imagining the outside world has been ravaged by a Martian attack. His sister, Jaime, has just opened the curtains, exposing to him a New York City without the Twin Towers for the first time. She tells him that she and their mother have been praying his sadness will disappear… but it isn’t just sadness stopping up Roland’s heart.

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From Fizzy by Crystal Skillman

(Female, Dramatic, Young Adults 20s, Adults 30-40s)

Tina’s dog, Fizzy, has returned from the afterlife to ask for a proper funeral. As they prepare to properly usher him into the afterlife—Tina with a canister of his ashes, Fizzy with a dog bowl of rum—Tina laments the heartache of Fizzy’s last day at the vet.

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From This is My Office by Andy Bragen

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

When he was first granted a nine-month residency in an abandoned office near Wall Street, playwright Andy Bragen couldn’t have envisioned himself spending Christmas Eve drunk, high, and with only the company of his late father… but here he is.

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From Terminus by Mark O’Rowe

(Female, Dramatic, Young Adults 20s)

B is contemplating death in Dublin. As she ponders, she’s besieged by memories, which go some way to explaining why she’s so troubled: her baby sister died after an hour and forty minutes of life; her father died of lung cancer; her mother had an affair with her boyfriend, after which, B attempted suicide. Trust, she’s found out, can make or break you.

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From Murph by Matthew McLachlan

(Male, Serio-Comic, Young Adults 20s, Adults 30-40s, Mature 50s)

At the end of the row in a family plot in a cemetery lies Marv’s late iguana Murph, who died after falling from the sky wearing an iguana parachute. Marv has since discovered the device was merely meant to be a gag gift. He has come to mourn his fallen friend.

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From The Snare by Samantha Beach

(Female, Dramatic, High School 14-18)

Eighth-grader Ruth is being controlled by the devil, and with the help of her pastor mom, she’s been trying to break free from his grasp… but now, in her living room fort, talking to the wild bobcat that’s laid claim her family’s front yard, she’s not exactly certain why she should want to.

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From Beckett at Greystones Bay by Rosary O’Neill

(Male, Dramatic, Young Adults 20s)

Winter. 1933. A bleak stormy beach on the rocky coast of Ireland. Samuel Beckett’s mother has just destroyed his relationship with his fiancé, and the loss has left him roaring.

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From A Version of Events by Matthew Ivan Bennett

(Female, Dramatic, Adults 30-40s)

Hannah and Cooper are driving through Pennsylvania, attempting to hold their marriage together after the death of their baby boy. Cooper needs to process their loss, but Hannah needs him to understand just how tasteless life has become for her.

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From A Therapy Session With Myself by Anthony J. Piccione

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

Alex, an aspiring writer with social anxiety, depression, and Asperger’s, receives a visit from himself. A younger and very much lonely Alex ushers in flashbacks of in-patient group therapy sessions gone by.

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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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