Tramp on Tightrope with Monkeys

by  Don Nigro

Monologues, Dramatic Comedy  /  1m or f

Published in the collection The Chaplin Plays and Others

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Tramp on Tightrope with Monkeys

by  Don Nigro

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m or f
  • Duration


    10 minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

In this monologue play Charlie Chaplin wrestles with the question of personal identity. In his life he plays a number of different roles: the little Tramp, the Great Dictator, the great director, the music hall performer, the abandoned child whose mother was mad, the seducer of young girls, the Genius, the Communist traitor, driven from the country by an FBI director who himself was playing a number of roles, the doting husband, the absent minded strict father, the shape shifter who is trapped on a tightrope, covered with monkeys, balancing over the abyss. A funny and touching encounter with a bewildering and compelling person who never quite knew who he was.

Published in the collection  The Chaplin Plays and Others and a part of the grouping The Chaplin Plays: A Double Feature

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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $55 per performance



  • Duration: 10 minutes
  • Setting: It could be a silent movie set, or the prop room of a theatre.


1m or f
CHARLIE - a tramp
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Cast Attributes

  • Cross gender casting

Casting Notes

Male or female when done as a separate monologue, or female if done with its two character companion piece, Charlie And The Siberian Monkey Goddess as The Chaplin Plays: A Double Feature.


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Don Nigro

Don Nigro is among the most frequently published and widely produced playwrights in the world and has continued to build a deeply interrelated and diverse body of dramatic literature, employing a wide variety of dramatic conventions and styles of presentation. He has written monologues and epics, spare realistic dramas ...

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The Chaplin Plays: A Double Feature was first presented in June of 2016 by Nylon Fusion Theatre Company at The Paradise Factory in New York City as part of the Planet Connections Festivity under the direction of Lori Kee.

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