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Monologues

Dramatic Comedy

Discover a monologue book like no other. Actor's Choice: Monologues for Women gives you an extraordinary array of cutting-edge new monologues, from comedic to dramatic and everything in between. Unlike other monologue books, the source of every monologue is easily accessible -- each play is available through one website (www.playscripts.com), where you can read nearly the entire published script online for free. Explore the work of today's most celebrated theatrical voices, including Naomi Iizuka, Rinne Groff, Jane Martin, Pulitzer Prize winners Lynn Nottage and David Lindsay-Abaire, and many more!
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Matthew Freeman

Matthew Freeman

Matthew Freeman's plays have been seen on stages throughout New York City: at the Access Theater, The Brick Theater in Williamsburg, Brooklyn; HERE Arts Center; The Metropolitan Playhouse, Fourth Street Theater and at the Incubator Arts Project at St. Mark’s Church. His work has been published by Samuel French, Smith & Kraus, the New York Theatre Experience and Playscripts, Inc. His plays include ... view full profile

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Jordan Harrison

Jordan Harrison

Jordan Harrison was a 2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Marjorie Prime. The play had its New York premiere at Playwrights Horizons and its Chicago premiere at Writers Theatre after premiering at the Mark Taper Forum/CTG in Los Angeles. His play Maple and Vine premiered in the 2011 Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville and went on to productions at American Conservatory Theatre and ... view full profile

Janet Allard

Janet Allard

Janet Allard’s plays include: Vrooommm! A NAScomedy (Signature Theater commission), Incognito (Guthrie commission), Loyal (Guthrie and Children’s Theatre Company joint commission), The Unknown: a silent musical (awarded Jonathan Larson Fellowship), and Untold Crimes of Insomniacs (Guthrie Lab 2004). Producing Theatres: Mixed Blood, The Kennedy Center, Playwrights Horizons, Yale Rep, The Yale ... view full profile

Tom Dudzick

Tom Dudzick

Tom Dudzick had his first play, Greetings! produced off-Broadway at the John Houseman Theatre, starring Darren McGavin; it is now a holiday favorite all across the country. Mr. Dudzick went on to write a comedic semi-autobiographical series of plays about growing up Catholic in Buffalo called the Over the Tavern Trilogy, which has been one of the biggest grass roots successes in American regional ... view full profile

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Allison Moore

Allison Moore

Allison Moore is a displaced Texan based in Minneapolis. Her play, Slasher, premiered at the 2009 Humana Festival and has been produced at theaters around the country. Other plays include: My Antonia (2010 Illusion Theater), End Times (Kitchen Dog Theater), American Klepto (2006 Illusion Theater), Hazard County (2005 Humana Festival), Split (2005 Guthrie Theater commission), Urgent Fury (2003 ... view full profile

Alan Haehnel

Alan Haehnel

Alan Haehnel teaches high school English and Theater at Hanover High School in Hanover, New Hampshire. He has been involved in theater since college as an actor, director, and writer. His credits include numerous published plays and monologues that have been performed worldwide, the Vermont Playwright's Award in 1993, and several Vermont State Championships for his original one-acts entered in the ... view full profile

Kathleen Tolan

Kathleen Tolan

Kathleen Tolan worked for years as an actor. Her plays includeA Weekend Near Madison, Kate's Diary, Approximating Mother, A Girl's Life and The Wax. They have been produced in regional theatres (including Trinity Repertory Theatre and the Actors Theatre of Louisville), in New York (including Playwrights Horizons, The Public Theatre and the Women's Project) and in Europe. She has received various ... view full profile

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Mac Wellman

Mac Wellman

Mac Wellman's recent work includes Muazzez at The Chocolate Factory as part of the 2014 PS 122 COIL Festival; 3 2's; or AFAR at Dixon Place in October 2011. His books of poetry include Miniature (2002), Strange Elegies (2006), Split the Stick (2012) from Roof Books, and Left Glove (2011), from Solid Objects Press. His novel Linda Perdido won the 2011 FC2 Catherine Doctorow Prize for Innovative ... view full profile

Don Zolidis

Don Zolidis is a former high school and middle school theatre teacher and is currently a professor of creative writing at Ursinus College. Originally hailing from Wisconsin, Mr. Zolidis received his B.A. in English from Carleton College and an MFA in Playwriting from the Actor's Studio Program at the New School. He has received numerous honors, including the 2004 Princess Grace Award for ... view full profile

Vincent Delaney

Vincent Delaney

Vincent Delaney's plays include The Robeson Tapes, Perpetua, MLK and the FBI, and Kuwait, which won the Heideman Award and was produced in the Humana Festival. A full length version of Kuwait won the New Play Award at the Sonoma Rep, and was produced at the Illusion Theatre.His work has been developed at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, the Magic Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, the Empty Space, the ... view full profile

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Brooke Berman

Brooke Berman

Brooke Berman's work has been produced at Primary Stages, The Second Stage, The Play Company, Steppenwolf Theatre (Chicago); The Humana Festival (Louisville), WET, New Georges and Naked Angels; and developed at places including MCC, Naked Angels, Williamstown Theater Festival, Pentabus Theatre in the UK, The National Theatre Studio in London, The Royal Court Theatre in London, ASK Theater Projects ... view full profile

Anton Dudley

Anton Dudley

Anton Dudley's Off-Broadway credits include Substitution (Playwrights Realm/Soho Playhouse), Getting Home (Second Stage Uptown), Slag Heap (Cherry Lane Theater), and Honor and the River (SPF/Theater Row).  Regionally, his plays and musicals have been presented at La Jolla Playhouse, Williamstown Theater Festival, Walnut Street Theater, Ensemble Studio Theater, City Theater, Luna Stage, ... view full profile

Romulus Linney

Romulus Linney

Romulus Linney was the author of three novels, many short stories, and forty plays, staged throughout the United States and abroad. They include The Sorrows of Frederick, Holy Ghosts, Childe Byron, Heathen Valley, 2, and a stage adaptation of Ernest Gaines' novel, A Lesson Before Dying.He won two OBIE awards, one for Sustained Excellence in Playwriting, two National Critics Awards, three ... view full profile

Tanya Palmer

Tanya Palmer

Tanya Palmer is a playwright and dramaturg. Her plays, which include Body Talk, Fatherland, Barbra Live at Canyon Ranch, Spring and Trash, have been workshopped and/or produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Hangar Theatre, Solar Stage and the Montreal Fringe Festival, The Harbourfront Centre, HERE and The Wilton Project, and published by Smith & Kraus, Samuel French, and Playscripts, ... view full profile

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Marisha Chamberlain

Marisha Chamberlain is best known for her play Scheherazade, which won the Dramatists Guild/CBS regional and national awards and has been produced widely throughout the United States and in London and Toronto. Her other plays include The Angels of Warsaw, winner of the Midland Authors Award, and Snow in the Virgin Islands, winner of the Twin Cities Drama Critics Circle Award. Besides Young Jane ... view full profile

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Timothy Mason

Timothy Mason

Timothy Mason wrote the book and lyrics for the seasonal Broadway hit, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical. His novel, The Last Synapsid, an adventure-fantasy for kids, is being published by Delacorte Press (2009). Mr. Mason was a company playwright with Circle Rep in New York City, which produced his plays Levitation, Only You, Babylon Gardens (with Timothy Hutton and ... view full profile

Wendy MacLeod

Wendy MacLeod

Wendy MacLeod's plays Juvenilia and The Water Children premiered at Playwrights Horizons in New York. The Water Children was subsequently produced at L.A.'s Matrix Theater where it was cited as "the most challenging political play of 1998" by LA Weekly and earned six L.A. Drama Critics Circle nominations. Her plays Sin and Schoolgirl Figure both premiered at The Goodman in Chicago. Her play The ... view full profile

Caridad Svich

Caridad Svich

Caridad Svich is a playwright-songwriter-translator and editor. Her play Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That was Once Her Heart (a rave fable) recently received its world premiere at 7 Stages in Atlanta. She has held an NEA/TCG Residency at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre, a TCG/Pew residency at INTAR Theatre, and has been a Radcliffe Institute fellow at Harvard University. Twelve ... view full profile

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Lucinda McDermott

Lucinda McDermott

Lucinda McDermott is the author of over a dozen produced and published plays including Feeding On Mulberry Leaves which had its world premiere at Barter Theatre (winner of the Appalachian Playwrights Festival 2005), and which has been produced at a number of regional and community theatres and universities. O'Keeffe!, her critically acclaimed one-woman play celebrating the life of artist Georgia ... view full profile

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Mark D. Kaufmann

Mark D. Kaufmann is the author of a number of plays which have had premieres in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Included among them: Backbone of America, Scenic Route, The Labors of Hercules Fitch, and Evil Little Thoughts, which won the Denver Drama Critics Circle Award for Best New Play. He has been associated with the Educational Theatre Association for several years, regularly teaching at ... view full profile

Naomi Iizuka

Naomi Iizuka

Naomi Iizuka's most recent play, 17 Reasons (Why), was produced at Campo Santo + Intersection for the Arts and published by Stage and Screen in the anthology Breaking Ground: Adventurous Plays By Adventurous Theatres, edited by Kent Nicholson. Her other plays include 36 Views; Polaroid Stories; Language of Angels; War of the Worlds (written in collaboration with Anne Bogart and SITI Company); ... view full profile

Lucy Alibar

Lucy Alibar’s essays and stories have been published in Zoetrope, BODY, the Oxford American, and the Wall Street Journal. Her plays have been produced/developed at Joe’s Pub, Williamstown Theatre Festival, HERE Arts Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Dixon Place, New Georges, the Avignon Festival, and the Cherry Lane Theatre. Her first movie, Beasts of the Southern Wild (an adaptation with Benh ... view full profile

John Augustine

John Augustine

John Augustine's plays have been presented in New York City at The Zipper, HERE, Naked Angels, All Season's Theatre Group, Expanded Arts, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Miranda Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, and others. He is published in two short play anthologies: Take Ten and The Best American Short Plays of 1993-94. For television, Mr. Augustine wrote for the Fox TV show Titus and for Encore! ... view full profile

Will Averill

Will Averill graduated with a BGS in Theatre from the University of Kansas, and co-Artistic Director of Card Table Theatre, and a writer and director for The Victor Continental Show and Men in their Thirties Who Are Roommates. He has also worked extensively with middle school theatre programs to develop new and exciting works for large cast audiences. Will worked in England from 2003-2011, ... view full profile

Erin Detrick

Erin Detrick has served as dramaturg and assistant-dramaturg on a wide range of projects during literary internships at New Dramatists, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Freelance dramaturgy credits include The Glass Menagerie at Actors Theatre of Louisville, and A Bright Room Called Day at the Cleveland Public Theatre, as well as a variety of workshop ... view full profile

Jonathan Dorf

Jonathan Dorf has had his plays produced throughout the United States and Canada, as well as in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Central America, Africa, and Asia. He has been a finalist for the Actors Theatre of Louisville Heideman Award, the Weinberger Playwright Residency, the Charlotte Repertory New Play Festival, and the InterAct New Play Festival. His work has been seen at Playwrights Theatre ... view full profile

Stephanie Fleischmann

Stephanie Fleischmann

Stephanie Fleischmann is a playwright and librettist/lyricist whose texts serve as blueprints for intricate three-dimensional sonic and visual worlds. Her works have been developed and performed internationally and across the U.S. and include: Red Fly/Blue Bottle, with music by Christina Campanella (Latitude 14: HERE Arts Center; Noorderzon Festival, NL; EMPAC), Tinder (Exit Festival, Creteil, ... view full profile

Barry Hall

Barry Hall

Barry Hall is a playwright and director based in Manhattan, though he has spent much of the last three years in Asia. His plays, including A Trois, Wildlife, Here and Now, Eclipse, and Whither Batavia? have been produced around the U.S. and in Japan, France, Belgium, and Canada. He studied theater at Sarah Lawrence College and has received fellowships from the Japan Foundation and the Edward F. ... view full profile

Mrinalini Kamath

Mrinalini Kamath's plays have been performed around the country as well as in the United Kingdom, Australia and India. She was a semi-finalist for both the 2006 O'Neill and Seven Devils Playwrights Conferences and was Fluid Motion Theatre and Film's inaugural Start the Story commission recipient (2006). She won first place in the 2005 East West Players (Los Angeles, CA) Got Laughs? Asian-American ... view full profile

Victor Kaufold

Victor Kaufold has had productions at The Hudson Theatre (Los Angeles), The Avery Theatre (Annandale), and The Yale Cabaret. His full-length plays include The Why, Tethered, The Special Interest Case of Special Agent Esteban Martinez, Muke the Inquisitive, The Death of Milton Hubbell, and Bridesburg. The Why was produced by The Blank Theatre in Los Angeles in 2000 and was nominated for an Ovation ... view full profile

Tim Kochenderfer

Tim Kochenderfer

Tim Kochenderfer is a playwright, comedy writer, and television producer. His plays have been performed across the United States and around the world. A graduate of Michigan State University, Mr. Kochenderfer's work is featured in The Best Stage Scenes of 2006 (Smith & Kraus), Cracked Magazine, various newspapers, and he is published by Playscripts, Inc. Currently, he is a producer for WXYZ, ... view full profile

Gavin Lawrence

Gavin Lawrence is a Minneapolis-based writer and performer. His play, Cut Flowers, garnered five Black Theatre Alliance Awards including the Lorraine Hansberry Award for Best Writing of a Play. Cut Flowers has been produced by the Mixed Blood Theatre, Chicago Theatre Company, Noble Fool Theatre Company, and at Howard University. Other plays produced at Mixed Blood include Salt Fish and Bakes ... view full profile

Michael Marks

Michael Marks is a former Mississippi Teacher of the Year (1988) who has received national honors, including Disney's Outstanding Teacher of the Performing Arts Award in 1995 and the Milken National Education Award in 1994. In addition, he is on the Executive Committee of the Mississippi Arts Commission, serves on the steering committee The National Arts Education Partnership. He is especially ... view full profile

Winter Miller

Winter Miller

Winter Miller is an award-winning playwright and founding member of the Obie-recognized collective 13 Playwrights. She is best known for her drama In Darfur which premiered at The Public Theater, followed by a standing room only performance at their 1800-seat Delacorte Theater in Central Park, a first for a play by a woman. In Darfur won the “Two-Headed Challenge” commission from the Guthrie and ... view full profile

Ed Monk

Ed Monk

Ed Monk teaches theatre at Chantilly High School in Chantilly, Virginia. He is also an alumnus of Chantilly, where he studied theatre under Elaine Wilson. He is the author of eighteen plays that have been published by Playscripts, Inc. He has been married to his perfect wife Grace for 27 years. Together they have produced 4 perfect children, Marley, Eddie, Maggie and Kelsey. He has recently ... view full profile

Robert Myers

Robert Myers

Robert Myers (www.robert-myers.com) is the author of more than a dozen stage plays, many of which deal with history and politics. His works include Atwater: Fixin' to Die, about George H. W. Bush's principal political advisor, Lee Atwater; The Lynching of Leo Frank (winner of the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Work, 1998-99), based on the case of a Jewish engineer from Brooklyn accused of ... view full profile

Sarah Myers

Sarah Myers is a winner of the 2005 National Waldo M. and Grace C. Bonderman Playwriting Award for The Realm, which was featured at Indiana Repertory Theatre and produced during the Cohen New Works Festival in 2005. As a playwright and performer, Ms. Myers' other work has been featured at the Blue Theater, the Off Center, Hyde Park Theatre, and the University of Texas (Austin), as well as the ... view full profile

Jamie Pachino

Jamie Pachino

Jamie Pachino is an award winning playwright, screenwriter and television writer. Her plays have been produced in four countries, commissioned, published and honored multiple times, and her television work has aired across the world.Ms. Pachino's plays have been named the winner of the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays production grant, the Laurie Foundation Theatre Visionary Award, ... view full profile

Max Posner

Max Posner

Max Posner's plays include The Thing About Air Travel, The Famished, Gun Logistics and SNORE (and other sorts of breathing). His plays have been staged and developed at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Page 73, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Clubbed Thumb, Soho Rep, The Hangar Theatre, Curious Theatre Company and Production Workshop. Mr. Posner was the 2012 P73 Playwriting Fellow. He received a ... view full profile

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Doug Rand

Doug Rand is an entrepreneur, playwright, and public policy advisor. He currently serves as Assistant Director for Entrepreneurship at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Prior to working at the White House, Doug served as co-founder and CEO of the innovative publishing company Playscripts, Inc., as well as a co-founder of the review aggregator StageGrade. He is a graduate of ... view full profile

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Jonathan Rand

Jonathan Rand is one of the most popular living playwrights, his plays having been performed over 15,000 times in all 50 states and in 52 countries.According to an independent annual survey, Mr. Rand's plays are among the most produced in American high schools, including his comedy Check Please as the #1 most-produced play every season for the last ten years.A three-time Heideman Award finalist, ... view full profile

Annika Rosenvinge

Annika Rosenvinge hails from the west coast of America. She enjoys poetry more than most other things and is currently pursuing her education in Texas. view full profile

Michael Slade

Michael Slade is a playwright, television writer and award-winning children's novelist. His plays and musicals have been produced in New York City at MCC, EST, the Lark, the Lambs, the Promenade, and the York Theatre among others, as well as in Los Angeles, various regional theatres, and at the Edinburgh Festival, Scotland. And a Child Shall Lead (Playscripts) is regularly performed in regional, ... view full profile

Victoria Stewart

Victoria Stewart. Before concentrating on her writing, Ms. Stewart was a professional stage manager, working with David Rabe, Anne Bogart and Peter Sellars, among others. She has received the Francesca Primus Award, the Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights, the Jerome Fellowship, as well as residencies at the Donmar Warehouse, Hedgebrook, and Ucross/Sundance. Her work has been performed ... view full profile

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C. Denby Swanson

C. Denby Swanson

C. Denby Swanson graduated from Smith College, the National Theatre Institute, and the University of Texas Michener Center for Writers, where she was a fellow in playwriting and screenwriting. She has been a Jerome Fellow, a William Inge Playwright in Residence, and a McKnight Advancement Grant recipient. Her work has been commissioned by the Guthrie Theater, 15 Head a Theatre Lab, Macalester ... view full profile

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Brendon Votipka

Brendon Votipka

Brendon Votipka is a playwright, director, and educator who was born and raised in Fort Collins, Colorado. His first play, Common Ground, was a International Thespian Playworks Award winner and is published by Playscripts, Inc. He holds a BA in Theatre Directing from Muhlenberg College and is an MFA candidate in Playwriting at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. His plays have ... view full profile

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Mackenzie Westmoreland

Mackenzie Westmoreland is a co-founder of Adakia Theatre and The Southern Playwrights Theatre Project in New York. A native of Neely, Mississippi, THE KATRINA PROJECT: Hell and High Water is his first written work. Directorial credits include recent productions of Bash, Closer, Chicago, Freedom Summer, The Guys, The Women, Evita, 1918, Romance/Romance, What I Missed in the '80s, and Never Been to ... view full profile

Jeanmarie Williams

Jeanmarie Williams (a.k.a. Jeanmarie Higgins) holds an MFA in playwriting from the University of Virginia and a PhD in theatre history from the University of Washington. Productions of her work include: Slide Show for the Virtual Performance Factory at UNC-Chapel Hill; Vanishing Marion at StreetSigns Center for Literature and Performance in Chapel Hill, NC; Science Fair for PS/NBC at HERE Arts ... view full profile

Allison Williams

Allison Williams is a playwright and performer in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Her plays include Hamlette, Mmmbeth, The Tale of Tsuru, a musical of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and her solo show, TRUE STORY. As a partner in the physical theatre company Commedia Zuppa, she creates and performs mask and movement theatre and serves as a guest artist in colleges and theatres. Ms. Williams currently performs ... view full profile

Dwayne Yancey

Dwayne Yancey is a journalist by profession and a playwright by avocation. Most of his time is spent directing news coverage as assistant managing editor of The Roanoke Times. He took up playwriting several years ago to amuse himself and has been pleasantly surprised to find that others have enjoyed his work, as well. He lives in Fincastle, Virginia with his wife and two children, all of ... view full profile

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