Below are dozens of teen monologues and adult monologues from my plays that individuals may use at no cost for auditions and classroom work. Here's how it works--please read the instructions carefully:
1.Email me with your name (first name only is fine if you're under 18; full name if you're over 18), school or theatre/agency affiliation, city, state/country and the monologue(s) you'd like to use, and please let me know whether you will be using the monologue for classroom work or an audition. And don't forget that "please" and "thank you" go a long way.
Special Circumstances 1 (Public Performances/Competition): If you wish to use a monologue for competition or in a public setting (scenes night, etc), contact the publisher directly if it's from one of my published plays (contact me about my unpublished work).
Special Circumstances 2 (Teacher Use): If you are a teacher looking to use a group of my monologues, please keep in mind that the intent of this page is largely to help individual students and performers who may not be in a position to provide remuneration. While you will not be asked to pay if materials are only used in a closed classroom, please consider supporting me as an artist by A) Producing one of my plays, B) Spreading the word to other prospective producers about my work and C) Purchasing a copy of Young Playwrights 101, my playwriting book, or some of my published plays. 2. Allow yourself enough time for a response (minimum one week is recommended). If you write the day before you need a monologue, I may be traveling or working on a project and unable to respond, in which case you're out of luck. Regrettably, I'm unable to provide specific monologue suggestions: it's up to you to read through the choices and decide what's right for you.
3. If you'd like to read the entire play from which the monologue comes, you can do that. Just follow the link on the monologue's page: it will take you to the play's page, where you will find ordering instructions! (Sometimes there is even a direct order link on the monologue's page!)
4. By using one of my monologues, you grant me permission to add you to my newsletter email list. I promise not to email you too often, and I will never share your email with anyone.
5.If you're a student, please tell your teacher or director about me! If you're a teacher or director, please consider my plays for potential production!
It's that easy. Now read on for a great selection of monologues!
Three New Plays Now Available Check out the latest additions to my catalogue! There's a crazed one-act comedy Run Like the Dickens (the younger, shorter sibling of the full-length version), and two new ten-minute dramedies, perfect for competition and short play fests. Straight Eye for the Gay Guy is about a gay kid who turns to his straight friend for help, and in Closeted, two teens are trapped in the closet during a game of the infamous teen rite of passage Seven Minutes in Heaven.
I'm looking forward to offering playwriting workshops at the California Educational Theatre Association conference in October, and then later that month at the Virginia Theatre Association conference! In December I'll be teaching at the Pennsylania Thespian Festival, and in January, I'll be at the Tennessee Thespian Festival. Stay tuned for more guest artist visit news!
Ethan High School (Mitchell, SD), January 2015
You Should Never Eat Your Heroes:Sweeney Todd meets high school in this dark comedy, available for a world premiere in winter/spring 2015.
Man's Best Friend:Two college acting students confront family expectations, the threat of alien invasion and the accidental vaporizing of a beloved pet in this futuristic short dramedy.
Thicker:Two brothers, one a twentysomething slacker and the other a high school honor student with a penchant for theft, try to get by on their own in this short play that's also in development as a short film...