Peterborough Integrated Arts ~Making the Arts for Real
Sample Female Monologue
MOTHER-EARTH INCARNATE from STEPMOM
written by Gigi Levangie, Jessie Nelson, Steven Rogers, Karen Leigh Hopkins, Ron Bass
I never wanted to be a mom. Well, sharing it with you is one thing, but caring alone the rest of my life, always being compared to you. You're perfect. They worship you. I just don't want to be looking over my shoulder everyday, for twenty years, knowing that someone would have done it right, done it better, the way I can't. You're mother-earth incarnate, you ride with Anna, you know every story, every wound, every memory. Their whole life's happiness is wrapped in you. Every single moment. Don't you get it? Look down the road to her wedding. I'm in a room alone with her fitting her veil, fluffing her dress. Telling her, no woman has ever looked that beautiful. Any my fear is that (pause) she'll be thinking, "I wish my mom was here".
Sample Male Monologue
WHAT WILL YOUR VERSE BE? from DEAD POET'S SOCIETY
written by Tom Shulman
In my class, you will learn to think for yourselves again. You will learn to savor the words and languages. No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world. I see that look in Mr. Pitt's eyes like 19th Century literature has nothing to do with going to business school or medical school, right? Maybe. You may agree and think yes, we should study Mr. Pritcher and learn our rhyme and meter and go quietly about the business of achieving other ambitions. Well, I have a secret for you. Huddle Up...Huddle Up! We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. Medicine, Law, Business these are all noble pursuits necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, and love; these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman "Oh me, Oh life of the question recurring, of endless trains of the faithless of cities filled with the foolish. What good amid these? Oh me, Oh life." "Answer...that you are here and life exists...You are here. Life exists, and identity. The powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse." The powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?
Sample Female Monologue
THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME from THE WIZARD OF OZ
written by L. Frank Baum (novel), Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson, and Edgar Allan Woolf
But it wasn't a dream. It was a place. And you and you and you...and you were there. But you couldn't have been could you? No, Aunt Em, this was a real truly live place and I remember some of it wasn't very nice, but most of it was beautiful--but just the same all I kept saying to everybody was "I want to go home", and they sent me home! Doesn't anybody believe me? But anyway, Toto, we're home! Home. And this is my room, and you're all here and I'm not going to leave here ever, ever again. Because I love you all. And...Oh Auntie Em! There's no place like home!
more FEMALE monologues
There are several other strong monologues here for young women. These are also used for auditions to Earl Haig School of the Arts in Toronto.