Author : John Capecci
Publisher : Smith & Kraus Pub Incorporated
Release : 2007
Page : 235 pages
Rating : 4.5/5 from voters
This collection offers short, fresh monologues drawn from sources other than plays, and we're very happy with the wide variety of works we've gathered-161 of them-for use in auditions, classes, competitions, or simply, for your reading pleasure. But, perhaps our title is a bit misleading. Certainly, you'll find many great monologues here from "literature": novels, novellas, short stories, poems, and short-short stories. But when you search for monologue material outside the usual world of dramatic literature, you begin to see and hear-as we did-monologues everywhere: in blogs, essays, creative nonfiction, online journals, memoirs, op ed pieces, oral histories, even in e-mail spam. And all of these forms are represented in this collection. Are they all "literature"? We'll sidestep that question and simply say that each text was chosen because it is everything a monologue should be: a short, self-contained, well-written excerpt that features a unique voice or character, and contains some change in thought, emotion, or action. Each offers an intriguing glimpse into the mind or life of a captivating persona. Literature? Who cares? They're good monologues. How to use this book. At the back of this volume, you'll find all 161 monologues indexed according to age, tone, and voice, to help identify those most suited to your needs: Age is noted exactly only when specified by the author. More often, we've indicated an age range (20s, 20s-30s). In some instances, we've used a plus sign to show the character could be older than indicated, as in 40+. Use our suggested ranges as a general guide. Tone refers to whether a monologue falls into one of the following general categories: comic, dramatic, or seriocomic.