Macon, anxious about her new adventures, seeks a friend in a random stranger, who she assumes is like her.
multiple monologues of actors auditioning
August: Osage County
“Mom, stop it! Yes, I’m okay, what’s the matter with you?...”
Cut together something
Jean is a mislead 13 year old girl who prides herself on being rebellious. She catches the eye of her uncle who molests her. He is caught and she is now trying to put out the coals her parents are stirring up about it.
Late 20s to mid 30s
Act 1 scene 3 (?)
Anne has just been diagnosed with “Acquired Toilet Disease” A deadly disease she has acquired from working at the elementary school as a teacher and occasionally using the student’s toilet.
Patty Gideon Sloan
Act 2 pg. 64
Play Event: Willy wants to teach the two human beings he created the right things, but it all falls apart once they begin to act out.
Women decide that they won't get married when being forced to
Bus Riley’s Back in Town
Bus Riley has finally come home from the navy and his previous girlfriend Jacque have been reunited and Jacque is trying to comfort Bus and wants to possibly rekindle some flames and in this scene she tries to take him to the old times and how great they used to be. She also confesses to him that even though he was gone her love never stopped.
All of these girls have been trapped for years not knowing what the outside world is like. The new girl, Wild one wants to rebel and free these girls who don’t know what freedom really is. She wants to save these girls by trying to break them out, but they refuse to follow her.
Martha is explaining how interesting the world outside is to her husband.
The Children’s Hour
Devastated over the loss of her friend, Karen tries to pin everything on Tilford and diminish her.
The Children’s Hour
In order to get out of school, Mary creates an elaborate lie and tells her grandmother, trying to play it off as the grandmother becoming everyone’s hero if she helps.
The Dark at the Top of the Stairs
Lottie confesses to her sister that she never experienced any satisfaction in bed with her husband.
The Day They Shot John Lennon
Sally is coping with her sudden breakup and acts out by belittling her ex for leaving her.
The Debutante Ball
Teddy is trying to prove to her maid that she is an awful person and doesn’t want pity
Dog Sees God
Burt V. Royal
“I was pregnant. Don’t worry it wasn’t yours…”
Van’s sister is a rough around the ages, mislead teenager locked in a juvenile psych ward for setting a girl’s hair on fire. She’s tough and care free but she’s still very loyal especially to her friends and brother.
The Dreamer Examines his Pillow
John Patrick Shanley
Mid 20’s ??
“You’re a bum and your nuts and you broke my heart even though I loved you…”
Donna is Hispanic I believe and is in love with Tommy, a no good bum who does nothing and who also slept with her sister. This is what I remember but it’s a very interesting script.
Larry Cone & David Crane
Play Event: After two brothers take jobs as extras in a movie their lives are turned around when they become important figures in the movie and fall in love with the same girl.
Character Event: After moving up from the assistant director in charge of extras to the lead in a movie, she has to choose between two brothers that have fallen love with her.
Fat Kids on Fire
Act 1 Scene 1
MS is the awkward girl in the fat camp that just wants to fit in and be liked. She is a repeating camper and is always involved in the musicals that they perform. The new pretty girl is the talk of the town and this is who she is talking to in the scene and MS just wants the new girl to come to the show and become her friend.
Fat Men in Skirts
Letter to her parents
Popo is an ex cheerleader as well as a delusional schizophrenic in a juvenile psych ward. She falls in love with Bishop Hogan who killed his parents and ate them. He is also a patient.
Fat Men in Skirts
Attractive and sophisticated woman, but insecure
Scene 1, Page 17
Emma talks to Murray, a famous novelist at a bar. She wants something out of him, so when he tries to seduce her she goes along with it so she can get him to talk to her husband because her husband is obsessed with Murray’s novels.
Act 1 Scene 1
Stephanie admits to her mom she is on depression meds.
Gwen and Gwen
The two Gwen’s struggle to gain control of one life.
Play Event: A group of gut girls love the freedoms and the money that the get, but a lady comes into their life to transform them into women that are more ladylike, so that they can get jobs or husbands when technology takes over their jobs.
Character Event: Ellen doesn’t want to transform into this perfect lady that the world she lives in wants her to be, so she tries everything she can to keep the way of life that she has.
House of Blue Leaves
Act I, scene 1. 14-19
Artie finds out how useless his dreams seem to be with two women behind his back constantly pestering him.
Look Back in Anger
Act III, scene 2. 78
As a couple continues to battle through a rocky message, Alison learns to stand up for herself.
The Marriage of Bette and Boo
Late 40’s early 50’s
Bette is having trouble having kids and becomes slumped into a mad state effecting her friends and family.
The Miracle Worker
Play Event: A young teacher, who is partially blind, moves into the Keller’s house to help teach their daughter, Helen Keller, who is deaf and blind.
Character Event: Anne Sullivan had just graduated from the Perkins school for the blind when she was asked to teach the young Helen Keller, who is deaf and blind, how to behave in public and the lessons that will help her throughout her life.
The Metal Children
Young woman, precocious visionary
Naomi In The Living Room
Naomi chastises her son and his wife about their children. She then yells at them for calling her insane.
Guy De Maupassant
Scene 1. 18-20
A couple too engaged in the materialistic life soon become aware of how silly it is when they lose a diamond necklace borrowed from a friend.
Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music
An ex-nun, Catherine tries to scare away a suitor by telling him her views on the world.
Mama is horrified as her daughter, Jessie, tells her that she intends to kill herself at the end of the day.
Scene 2. 14
City folk all recount stories of their lives in an attempt to show how rewarding and harsh it can all be.
Play Event: The young nurses during the Vietnam war retell their stories and their emotional connection they made during their struggle.
Character Event: After growing up in a military family Martha joins the medical field as a nurse in the Vietnam war where she makes friends, faces struggles, and lives through tragedies.
Catherine unleashes her frustration and grief from caring for her mentally absent father, who has recently died.
Catherine thrusts her frustration on Hal
Claire accuses Hal of sending her sister deeper into depression after he slept with her.
Becca lashes out after being accused by her husband of trying to erase the memory of their dead son.
The Real Thing
Act 2, Scene 5
Anne is an actress talking to Henry, who is the writer of the play she is in. He starts getting really cocky about his writing and starts bashing on this guy named Brodie who has something interesting to write about, but just can’t find the right words to say it. Anne tries to defend Brodie and at the same time she is trying to bring Henry’s confidence level down just a notch.
Reasons to Be Pretty
Act 2, Page 120
Steph is talking to her Ex-boyfriend a year after they had a hard break up. She tells him about her engagement and just wants to make peace with him. She talks about the good times they had along with the bad times.
Amy, wrought with anxiety, considers agreeing to marry Sam.
Salima is telling her friend about the day when soldiers kidnapped her from her home.
A young social climber leads an actor into an extra-marital affair, from which he then creates a full-on downward spiral into alcoholism and bummery. His wife runs off with his best friend, his girlfriend leaves, and he’s left with … nothing.
Six Degrees of Separation
Ouisa (Louisa Kittredge)
Act I, scene 1. 11-15.
A couple retells the story of Geoffrey Miller and how he changed their lives by showing how to be compassionate toward one another.
The Shape of Things
Evelyn uses her prowess and sexual hold on Adam to put him in his place after his kissing another woman.
The Shape of Things
Cut together dialogue
“Everything I did made you a more desirable person…”
Evelyn is an eccentric arts graduate student who pursues a relation with Adam as a part of her senior thesis project. Him being the project itself.
Sister Mary expresses her disgust at a former student of hers who has grown up and is gay.
Lesser-educated, flashy and emotional
A young lesbian relives and tries to understand the attack of her lover.
Sunday on the Rocks
Elly argues that special conditions don’t give others the right to be cruel.
Sally lectures her friend’s son on his uptight attitude
Waiting for the Parade
Scene 14. 61-2
Five women cope through the harsh realities of war as they learn to stick together through it all.
Abby lets her dad know everything she’s felt toward him growing up
Woman Behind Bars
Act I. 12-16
Several women in a jail cell influence the new inmate to show her that no one is truly innocent.
Mia is an aspiring stage performer and is called to L.A. to have a show made of her life. She struggles with balance of the show biz life and spirituality. In this scene she has met a boy that is her fellow cast mate and he is extremely into her but she is not interested in him because he is a superficial jerk. She tries to let him down gently but ultimately gets real with him and tells him off.
As You Like It
Rosalind, disguised as a man, plays a trick on the man who loves her.
As You Like It
Act 3, Scene 5
Phebe convinces a man who loves her that she has not fallen for someone else.
The Comedy of Errors
Act 2, scene 2. 23-4
Two sets of twins attempt to find each other while getting each other in trouble in order to find out who they are.
The Comedy of Errors
Innocent girl whose battling brother-in-law who loves her
Act I Scene 2
Cymbeline, King of Britain, takes a new wife who has an arrogant son called Cloten. Cymbeline's beautiful daughter Imogen is expected to marry Cloten. Instead Imogen marries the brave, but poor Posthumus Leonatus. Cymbeline is furious when he finds out about the marriage and banishes Posthumus who goes to Rome. The couple have time to exchange love tokens and Imogen gives Posthumus a diamond ring and he gives her a bracelet. The villain of the plot is Iachimo who bets 10,000 ducats against Posthumus's diamond ring that he can seduce Imogen. Various plot lines ensue involving deceit, cross-dressing, poison and treachery. The story has a happy ending when Iachimo confesses and Imogen reveals her true identity and is reunited with Posthumus.
A Doll’s House
She realizes that all her life shes been handed from man to man
Lady Windermere’s Fan
Act III, scene 1. 67-68
Choosing between two men, Lady Windermere gives into temptation despite Mrs. Erlynne’s warning.
Isabella is a strong headed girl studying to become a nun. Her brother is put in prison for impregnating his fiancé, punishable by death as put into effect by the substitute for the Duke, Angelo. When sent to plea with Angelo he takes a liking to Isabella and offers her brother’s freedom in exchange for sex. Of course she is rightfully appalled.
Measure for Measure
Act II Scene II
Very virtuous and chaste young, spiritual
The Merchant of Venice
Act 1, sc. 2
Portia seeks a shoulder as she complains about the unfairness of her father’s request.
“Please try to be calm Kristen, and listen…”
Miss Julie is the daughter of a wealthy count that has a secret affair with the valet. She is slightly neurotic, especially in her flip flopping between being a feminist pessimist and being optimistically submissive toward Jean (the valet).
Act 4 Scene 3
Emilia tells Desdemona that men who deceive their wives have only themselves to blame if their wives cheat on them.
Desdemona is married to Othello and it is quite the controversy because he is a Moor. Iago tries to gain power by destroying their love and playing tricks on both Othello and Desdemona. They both end up dead. In this scene Desdemona is trying to let her father down easily by explaining that he needs to respect their marriage just like her mother’s father respected theirs
Pyscho Beach Party
Chicklet is new in town and doesn’t know how to fit in so she takes different personalities and uses them to her benefit, but somewhere in the process she can’t control them
Taming of the Shrew
Act 2, scene 1
Katherine has just got finished tying up her younger sister Bianca because she is jealous that all the guys want Bianca instead of her. Bianca tries to get Katherine to free her, but at the same time she is basically rubbing it in her sister’s face that she can get any guy she wants.
Troilus and Cressida
Act III Scene 2
During the Trojan War two young lovers fall for each other but are separated by their parents, in a turnoff events Cressida marries someone else and the hero of the town is now dead.
The Trojan Women
The women of Troy band together in a last act toward dignity to show that their strength will carry them through it all.
Two Gentlemen of Verona
Act 2, Scene 7
Julia begs her servant woman for help, and talks about her lover, Proteus
SIMON/Virtually any female character from Neil Simon’s major plays
SLADE/Romantic Comedy/1979/PHOEBE/Marshmallows out the nose
SNYDER/The Days and Nights of BeeBee Fenstermaker/1964/BeeBee/ALL
SONDHEIM/Assassins/1990/SQUEAKY FROMME/Charlie Manson speech
SON/Stop Kiss/1998/CALLIE/Talking to unconscious girlfriend in hospital
TAYLOR & BOLOGNA/Lovers and Other Strangers/1968/ALL
TESICH/Passing Game/1977/JULIE/Richard, are you asleep?
TOPOR/Nuts/1980/CLAUDIA/I used to say I love you to the moon and down again
VOGEL/How I Learned to Drive/1997/ALL
WADE/Key Exchange/1986/LISA/Father built sandbox for dying mother to watch kids
WAGNER/Search for Signs of Intelligent Life…/1985/ALL
WASSERSTEIN/Isn’t It Romantic?/1981/ALL
WASSERSTEIN/Uncommon Women and Others/1975/ALL
WILLIAMS/Major female roles by Tennessee Williams are extremely well known; they are classics and not in the ‘overdone’ category, but actors should know how well known they are and have a reason for choosing them. And they should never be done without their intended accent.
WILSON/Burn This/1987/ANNA/Insects pinned to the wall
WILSON/The Gingham Dog/1968/GLORIA/I used to pray, I really did