Suggested Monologues

Students auditioning for the BFA in Acting, BFA in Musical Theatre, or the BA in Theatre Performance must audition with one 2-minute contemporary monologue (written after 1945).

Audition material must be selected from published plays; please do not audition with original material. Choose a monologue that you connect with personally and that best demonstrates your acting abilities.

Please do not prepare monologues that are caricature, extremely broad comedy, require an accent, or that are not from a play or film. If you need assistance in finding a monologue, please consult the lists of suggested monologues below. At the bottom is a list of monologues to avoid.*

Play Author Play Author
All Over Albee The Zoo Story Albee
Tiny Alice Albee Blues for Mr. Charlie Baldwin
Independence Blessing Suburbia Bogosian
Suburbia Bogosian Road Cartwright
Abington Square Fornes Look Homeward, Angel Frings
Fefu and Her Friends Fornes A Soldier’s Play Fuller
Hello and Goodbye Fugard Snakebit Grant
Snakebit Grant Eastern Standard Greenberg
House of Blue Leaves Guare Six Degrees of Separation Guare
Six Degrees of Separation Guare Slow Dance on the Killing Ground Hanley
The Colored Museum Wolfe A Raisin in the Sun Hansberry
The Autumn Garden Hellman The Indian Wants the Bronx Horovitz
As Is Hoffman Orphans Kessler
Coastal Disturbances Howe Boys’ Life Korder
Painting Churches Howe Search and Destroy Korder
Picnic Inge Indians Kopit
Oh Dad, Poor Dad… Kopit Angels in America Kushner
Angels in America Kushner Bash LaBute
Bash LaBute This Is Our Youth Lonergan
Extremities Mastrosimone American Buffalo Mamet
A Member of the Wedding McCullers The Woods Mamet
Getting Out Norman All My Sons Miller
In The Blood Parks Short Eyes Pinero
Spike Heels Rebeck Streamers Rabe
Loose Knit Rebeck Spike Heels Rebeck
Sunday on the Rocks Rebeck a dreamer examines his pillow Shanley
Marisol Rivera An Italian American Reconciliation Shanley
a dreamer examines his pillow Shanley Danny and the Deep Blue Sea Shanley
Danny and the Deep Blue Sea Shanley Curse of the Starving Class Shepard
Buried Child Shepard Buried Child Shepard
A Lie of the Mind Shepard Action Shepard
Cowboy Mouth Shepard A Lie of the Mind Shepard
Stop Kiss Son The Food Chain Silver
How I Learned to Drive Vogel Free Will and Wanton Lustz Silver
Baltimore Waltz Vogel Home Williams
Burn This Wilson Joe Turner’s Come and Gone Wilson
Lemon Sky Wilson Two Trains Running Wilson
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Wilson The Colored Museum Wolfe

* Please refrain from presenting monologues from the following plays as these have been used quite often by prospective students in auditions during the past year: any play by Christopher Durang, Night Luster (Harrington), Laramie Project (Kaufman), Catholic School Girls (Kurtti), Oleanna (Mamet), The Woolgatherer (Mastrosimone), Lone Star (McClure), Laundry & Bourbon (McClure), Star-Spangled Girl (Simon), Days & Nights of BeeBee Fenstermaker (Snyder), and Nuts (Topor).