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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