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Each candidate will present a monologue at a private audition. The audience will consist of SOTA Theatre staff and arts community members only. The student’s goal is to create and sustain characterization. Students: create a character; do not deliver a speech.

The monologue must be:

  • from a published play
  • no longer than two minutes in length
  • prepared and memorized
 

Information on finding and selecting a monologue is listed below. Consider these practical suggestions and you should have a successful audition; additionally demonstrating your ability to follow instructions, an important aspect of life in Asawa SOTA Theatre.

FINDING A MONOLOGUE

Monologue books currently available (many of which are used in our program) are listed below. Contemporary Asian-American, Latino, and African-AMerican works are included.  

Please note: collections of original character monologues written especially for actors are NOT permitted and have not been included. (CLUE: If the person named on the cover wrote all the pieces included, the collection should be avoided, i.e., collections published by .Dramaline Publications by Roger Karshner, Susan Pomerance, and Ruthmae Roddy.)

• THE BEST MEN'S/WOMEN'S STAGE MONOLOGUES OF 19__ (Published yearly from 1990) Smith and Kraus 

• ONE HUNDRED MEN'S/WOMEN'S STAGE MONOLOGUES FROM THE 1980's Lorraine Cohen, Editor

• MONOLOGUES FOR YOUNG ACTORS Avon Books, 1994

• THE CONTEMPORARY MONOLOGUE: MEN/WOMEN

• THE MODERN MONOLOGUE: MEN/WOMEN Routledge

•  SOLO! THE BEST MONOLOGUES OF THE 80's (MEN/WOMEN) Applause Books, 

• MULTICULTURAL THEATRE, Scenes & Monologues from New Hispanic, Asian, and African-American Plays Meriwether Publishing, 1996 Roger Ellis, editor

• MONOLOGUES FOR YOUNG ACTORS, MONOLOGUES: MEN (1), MONOLOGUES: MEN (2), MONOLOGUES: MEN (3), MONOLOGUES: WOMEN (1),  MONOLOGUES: WOMEN (2), MONOLOGUES: WOMEN (3), Edited by Robert Emerson, Jane Grumback:

 

 

 

• VOICES OF COLOR Applause Books, 1994 Woodie King Jr. Editor

• ACTRESSES'/ACTORS' AUDITION SPEECHES: For all ages and accents, Jean Marlow, Editor

• THE ACTOR'S BOOK OF CONTEMPORARY STAGE MONOLOGUES Nina Shengold Heinemann, Editor

• MOVING PARTS: MONOLOGUES FROM CONTEMPORARY PLAYS Eric Lane, Nina Shengold Heinemann, Editors

• GREAT MONOLOGUES FOR YOUNG ACTORS (Vol. 1, 2, & 3) Smith and Kraus Publishers, Craig Slaight, Jack Sharrar, Editors

• MULTICULTURAL MONOLOGUES FOR YOUNG ACTORS. Smith and Kraus Publishers

• ONE ON ONE: THE BEST MEN'S/WOMEN'S MONOLOGUES FOR THE NINETIES Applause Books, Jack Temchin, Editor