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Overdone Monologues

bisouubisouu Registered User Posts: 2,368 Senior Member
edited August 2013 in Theater/Drama Majors
Okay, I have been scouring this website as well as the internet and the most up to date list I have found is 2009...can anyone help? Is there a more current one? Could ones that used to be on the list now be off? Many that my D has liked are on the list from 2009. She has found two from Wade Bradford Promedy and Tomorrow's Wish and Scuba Lessons that I am worried are now being overdone. Any suggestions?
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Replies to: Overdone Monologues

  • TheRealKEVPTheRealKEVP - Posts: 986 Member
    I PMed you that "Promedy" does now seem to have entered the "overdone" category.

    I can't tell if "Tomorrow's Wish" and "Scuba Lessons" have as well. I suspect they are heading that way because I can easily find monologues from these plays--excerpted as monologues--on the Internet.

    I'm still wondering what strategy you are using to find monologues. I suspect you may be using one that will end up with you getting an overdone one.
  • austinmtaustinmt Registered User Posts: 476 Member
    Can your D ask her high school drama teacher for suggestions? We used ours as a resource and also found a monologue coach through the little community theater where my D took classes and performed. In other words ask for advice from a professional who reads/teaches/performs plays for a living as opposed to looking up lists of monologues on the internet or using books of monologues.
  • MarbleheaderMarbleheader Registered User Posts: 694 Member
    austinmt gives good advice.

    I will also add that doing a monologue well, by connecting with, and knowing the material, however "common", trumps doing a more obscure piece poorly. Just something to keep in mind.
  • bisouubisouu Registered User Posts: 2,368 Senior Member
    If anyone could suggest some good playwrights that write for young females/comedic I would be so grateful <3
  • photomom5photomom5 Registered User Posts: 809 Member
    Here is a list I found doing a quick search on the web:

    Overdone College Audition Monologues - My College Audition
  • bisouubisouu Registered User Posts: 2,368 Senior Member
    Thanks...that's the one from 2009 and has been very helpful...I guess I have been doing things backwards and need to find plays that have young female characters, read them and then find the monologue..If anyone could suggest those types of playwrights I would greatly appreciate it. I don't know much about plays so I don't know where to start. The list helps me know where not to start LOL
  • actor12actor12 Registered User Posts: 319 Member
    Actually, the student needs to read the plays and connect with the characters. It's not really something you can do for them IMHO.
  • bisouubisouu Registered User Posts: 2,368 Senior Member
    She will be doing the reading of the plays, not me...we just don't know what playwrights read...sorry if I was unclear :)
  • photomom5photomom5 Registered User Posts: 809 Member
    If you are hiring a coach, or have a teacher or director she works with, they will be able to guide her. My kids just started reading plays they found at the library and at B&N. They read and read until they found shows that they connected with. I knew this was the part of the process I was not going to be helpful with at all.
  • dramamom0804dramamom0804 Registered User Posts: 801 Member
    Bisouu my D has found good monologues from monologue books. Now, before people jump all over me for using monologue books, we purchased our monologue books from The Drama Book Shop in New York City that has a huge selection. The last time I was in I think I looked over 8 shelves of books. Some of these books are specifically for younger actors, or for women. These are not common books that you can find in regular book stores.
    My D reads the monologue books and looks for a monologue that she likes. After she finds one she checks with her acting teacher that it is a good fit and not overdone. Then she reads the play.
    So maybe something in our process will help you.
  • bisouubisouu Registered User Posts: 2,368 Senior Member
    Thank you dramamom! It seems backwards to me to read hundreds of plays hoping to find one with a monologue that fits. Seems like she should find a monologue that she likes and then research the play it is from...would you mind pming me the name of the book she used?
  • Jkellynh17Jkellynh17 Registered User Posts: 1,906 Senior Member
    If she is six foot tall and red haired, you might think about looking over Jessica Chastain's CV and seeing if any of her roles resonate. (She's done a lot of Chekhov and Ibsen....maybe too heavy or not what you are looking for.) Just a thought. Jessica Chastain on Stage and TV
  • alwaysamomalwaysamom Registered User Posts: 11,490 Senior Member
    If she is six foot tall and red haired, you might think about looking over Jessica Chastain's CV

    I've seen Jessica onstage and there's no way she's anywhere close to six feet tall! :)

    bisouu, it may seem counterproductive to search for monologues by reading plays, but kids who are planning a career in the theatre should be reading plays and familiarizing themselves with all types of plays, exclusive of the monologue searching process. It's also an opportunity for them to start/add to their collection of plays. Another idea is for her to think of all the plays she's done and seen to see if there's anything that piques an interest. Perhaps a favorite playwright?
  • Jkellynh17Jkellynh17 Registered User Posts: 1,906 Senior Member
    She's tall though, isn't she?

    Agree that it's good to read plays. My S just got his main textbook for intro to drama at CCPA. It's the Bedford Introduction To Drama and has, I think, 90 plays in it...it was $100, but a fantastic resource.

    The Bedford Introduction to Drama: Lee A. Jacobus: 9781457606328: Amazon.com: Books
  • Jkellynh17Jkellynh17 Registered User Posts: 1,906 Senior Member
    Sorry it has 54 plays in it, not 90.

    Still a lot and a good variety.
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