“The Blood is the Life”: Audition Monologues for Dracula
Written by Ashleigh Gardner
July 3, 2018
Auditioning for Dracula soon? Check out these audition monologues perfect for every role!
Auditioning for Dracula
Marlowe by Josephine Preston Peabody
Marlowe talks of his bravery and ability to withstand whatever challenges are thrown at him. He has fought nearly everything and has nothing left to lose.
Frankenstein by Mark Scharf
After having been created, and realizing he will never be accepted into society for who he is, the Creature bargains with Victor. The Creature wants a companion. Together, he and she will run to the far reaches of the north and live out their days, never to be seen or heard of again. The Creature threatens to kill those close to Victor, one by one, until he honors his request.
Auditioning for Mina or Lucy
Volpone by Ben Jonson
In this scene, a persuaded Corvino escorts Celia into the sickroom of Volpone. When he leaves, Volpone jumps out of his sickbed and confronts the terrified Celia. He courts her with the most compelling language. The terrified Celia pleads with him to preserve her honour in a fruitless appeal to his better nature. Shamed and prostituted by her husband’s greed, she is prepared to suffer anything rather than be dishonored.
Brontë by Polly Teale
This monologue occurs shortly after the death of Anne’s brother, Branwell. The play depicts incidents both real and imaginary in the lives of the Brontë sisters and their brother Branwell. It moves backwards and forwards in time and is intermixed with characters from the Brontës’ novels. At this point in the play, Charlotte is enjoying much literary success following the publication of Jane Eyre. Anne and Charlotte travel to London, but on their return their brother Branwell dies. A short time later, while Anne is sorting through Branwell’s clothes, Charlotte, who is trying to write, complains of the pressure she feels to deliver a second and further outstanding piece of work. The speech is made up of Anne’s response to this and then supplemented by a passage she has a few lines later in which she questions their need to write at all.
Auditioning for Jonathan Harker or Dr. Seward
Frankenstein by Mark Scharf
Victor created life from death, but all his Creature did was repay him with death, threatening to kill those close to him until he honored his request to create a companion for him to run away together. When Victor failed to create a woman Creature for him, he knew he sealed his fate. Victor would have to face the Creature head on. He prepared himself with a pistol and dagger in the time leading up to his wedding.
Peribanez by Lope de Vega
Peribanez’s house. The monologue comes close to the start of the play. Peribanez and his new bride Casilda have made their way back from the church to Peribanez’s house, accompanied by a small wedding party.As the couple are congratulated and the celebrations begin, Casilda says to Peribanez, ‘You can’t be as proud as I am to have you. If love was gold, husband, you’d be rich as a king.’ The speech that follows is his response.
Auditioning for Dr. Van Helsing
4 Edges by Crystal Skillman
Deep in the wooded mountains of an unrecognizable foreign country. The people of this community have an intense spiritual connection with nature, their ancestors, and each other, reaching so far as to include telepathy with the living and reincarnation. Orin tends to a dying fire in the fireplace. A carcass of an animal roasts, spins. He cuts meat from it. Lets it fall. Plates to the side as if stacked for an event. A large empty wooden table is in the middle of the room. Palmer appears mud-stained in the doorway. She and Terrins have just made love, and she has come running from where Terrins, Orin’s son, has cut his own throat in a self-sacrificial ceremony to give life to the unborn child in Palmer’s womb. In this monologue, Orin tells her what good she has done for Terrins, his wife Loxy, and the community. It is also revealed that Orin’s father committed the same self-sacrifice in order for Orin to be born. Palmer, panicking, says when she and Terrins were together, she never “felt so alive,” but she also admits that, because she has taken part in this, she does not know what she is now.
The Telling Trilogy by Crystal Skillman
This monologue is from “The Telling,” the first short play in The Telling Trilogy. PRICE, a professional ghost hunter, pees in the bathroom while delivering his manifesto of discovery through danger. He states that, to do your job as a ghost hunter correctly, you must understand your prey and be vigilant. No messing around, no laziness, no ignorance. Pure, unadulterated precision. To set the scene: light bursts forth from the bathroom. The white tiles gleam. PRICE pisses, talking to himself in the mirror. He is confident and does not hold back.
Auditioning for Renfield
Ivanov by Anton Chekhov
Ivanov seems to be going through a remarkable change in his life, similar to a modern-day midlife crisis: he is depressed all of the time, and has begun to treat those around him with endless disdain. He is especially cruel to his wife, Anna, who is gravely ill. He tries to explain his recent transformation to a friend, Lvov.
Faust by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Faust becomes angry at Mephistopheles the demon after he has been tricked. Faust has entered a phase of his deal with the devil where he is going mad with guilt.
The Two Foscari by Lord Byron
Jacopo wishes for death rather than exile.
Auditioning for Asylum Attendants or Servants
An Irish Engagement by Walter Watts
Tim has left to dress himself like an upper class gentleman. The plan is to make Julia’s father think he is speaking to the man to whom he has promised his daughter, Julia. Julia asks Norah, the maid, what she would do with a gentleman if she had one. Norah says she will have nothing to do with them.
Overruled by George Bernard Shaw
Mrs. Lunn is confiding in Mr. Juno, Mrs. Juno’s husband, that she has been constantly pursued by men and having them declare their love for her since a very young age. She’s not quite sure how to deal with it, especially since Mr. Juno has just made advances toward her. She doesn’t loathe him; she is equally as attracted to him. But the constant pursuit of male callers has her wound up.
Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
Eliza’s father does not want to be a proper gentleman.
Menaechmi by Plautus
Menaechmus yells at his wife for nagging him.
Auditioning for Brides
Buried Alive by Rosary O’Neill
The 19th century Black Occult Goddess finds herself buried alive in New Orleans and calls on magic and Voodoo to bring her back to life. The mystery is set at 6 pm death time in a New Orleans, Louisiana Parlor of the dead. Marie claims and rejects Voodoo life.
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Scotland. Inverness; Macbeth’s castle; knowing that Macbeth is on his way home from battle, Lady Macbeth receives further word that King Duncan of Scotland will also be coming that night. The plan to kill Duncan takes on immediacy and dark resolve.
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