Free Monologues for Women

written by award winning writer Arthur M. Jolly

Use these for auditions or classes with no restrictions. Use them for public performances with permission. You may not publish or distribute these without written permission.
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 Perfect Jimmy Monologue

PERFECT JIMMY from my short play What the Well Dressed Girl is Wearing.
comic, F, teen. 1 Minute
Sandra tells her best friend exactly how she feels about Jimmy... the guy her friend is dating.
This play is available from YouthPlays.com.

 Doing the Math

DOING THE MATH

seriocomic, F, teenage. 5 minutes or 2 Minute version.
A freakily intelligent girl - borderline Asperger's Syndrome - discovers her father may not be the man she thought in this five minute monologue. This contemporary monologue is actually a short one woman play in its own right.
If you need a two minute audition monologue, try looking at this one from the line "Relax - I'm not some idiot savant... through to "The numbers add up - but the math is wrong."
Read more about the play - First Place winner in the 2012 Monoslam Competition in Los Angeles!

 Snakes in a Lunchbox Monologue

PEYTON from Snakes in a Lunchbox.
dramtic, F, teen. 1 Minute
A repentent bully reveals the nightmarish moment that has changed her entire attitude.
This play is available from YouthPlays.com.

 Tina Monologue

TINA from my brand new play A Very Modern Marriage.
comic, F, 20-30's. 1 Minute
A special SNEAK PREVIEW monologue of a work in progress: Tina confronts her husband's lover... Chris.
This play has not been produced yet - it received a staged reading at The Last Frontier Theatre Conference on May 22nd, 2013.

 Trash Monologues

MY SISTER THE GRAPEFRUIT
HOMECOMING
MOM'S STUFF
Mom's Stuff contains moderate language.

Three contemporary monologues from the award winning TRASH
dramatic, F, 20's-30's. 1 minute/2 minutes/2 minutes
Two estranged sisters clash when they attempt to recover their mother's dying message - a letter that has been thrown out with the trash and now resides in a municipal dump.
This play won the 2011/2012 Joining Sword and Pen competition and was an official selection for the Last Frontier Theatre Conference and a semi-finalist for the Eugene O'Neill Conference.
This play is available from Next Stage Press.
Past Curfew
SHE'LL GROW ON YOU from Past Curfew
SHE'LL GROW ON YOU Extended Version

dramatic, F, 30's. 1 minute / 2 minutes
A monologue from the AOPW Fellowship winning play PAST CURFEW. Sarah, half drunk, resentful of her teenage daughter, drags out this story as a weapon in their ongoing conflict.
You can also purchase the entire play from NEXT STAGE PRESS.

JUST ADDED - an extended version that adds some lines of Sarah's from elsewhere in the play to make a longer monologue.
Kirstie
KIRSTIE from Past Curfew
dramatic, F, 12-17. 1 minute
A monologue from the AOPW Fellowship winning play PAST CURFEW. Kirstie realizes her mother's favorite story - about a tiger trying to put out a fire - makes no sense.
You can also purchase the entire play from NEXT STAGE PRESS.
The monologue is also available in The Theatre Audition Book 2. The theatre Audition Book 2

 Hot Water Monologue

IN HOT WATER from my most produced play The Four Senses of Love
comic, F, 20's. 3 minutes
Melita - a woman born without the sense of taste - talks to her support group for the sensory-deprived.
Looking for an audition piece that shows broad, physical humor but still need to stay sexy? I could see Chelsea Handler rockin' this one.
You can also purchase the entire play from SMITH & KRAUS.
Captain Coleman Finale
THE CAPTAIN COLEMAN FINALE from Thicker than Water
dramatic, F, 20's. 2 minutes
A contemporary monologue from THICKER THAN WATER. Sally is talking to her live-in boyfriend on the night he has walked in the door with unexplained blood splashed on his shoes. Sally holds up as best she can, but eventually loses it - and in this monologue, she reveals the root of her phobia about blood.

THICKER THAN WATER has been broadcast on NPR as a radio play, and produced in Chicago, Minneapolis and Nova Scotia.
The play is published in the collection THIN LINES from NEXT STAGE PRESS.

 Dominatrix Monologue

THE DOMINATRIX from Circus Schism
dramatic, F, 30's-40's. 2 minutes.
A tired Domme complains about her day, her feet, men and power-play. This contemporary monologue is also available in 221 Monologues for Women - edited by Irene Ziegler and John Capecci.
This piece contains strong language.
Please note - the play this monologue is from is not available. Anywhere. Suicidal hard drive some years back. Sorry.

 Long Joan Silver Monologues

A POINT TO WINDWARD
AN APPLE FOR THE SQUIRE

Two contemporary monologues from my brand new play LONG JOAN SILVER
dramatic, F, 30's-60's. 2 minutes/3 minutes
Long Joan Silver has several powerful monologues for a woman in this new interpretation of the classic "Treasure Island."
Who doesn't want to play a pirate? Here, Joan Silver harangues her female crew for rushing into danger in A Point to Windward; and convinces a naive maid to join the mutiny and turn on her over-bearing master in An Apple for the Squire.
This play is available from YouthPlays.com.

 Svetlana Monologue

SVETLANA from the award winning A Gulag Mouse
dramatic, F, 30's-60's. 1 minute.
Svetlana, a russian prisoner in a Siberian gulag is talking to a young woman (Anastasia) who has returned from what Svetlana believes to be a sexual encounter with a guard - only because it was that or starve.
Need a monologue with a Russian accent for your next audition? Give it a shot!
You can also purchase the entire play from NEXT STAGE PRESS.
Rest in Peace
REST IN PEACE
comedic, F, 60's-70's. 3 minutes.
An original contemporary monologue from The Coop Theater Workshop. An older Southern Woman confronts her husband about his philandering, in spite of the fact that he's already in his grave. Good character humor.
The photo is Gail Mangham performing the monologue at the 2012 The Artist's Path production.
The Fine Print
THE FINE PRINT from The Fine Print
U, ageless. 2 mins.

A monologue from my short play "The Fine Print", Audience Favorite Award winner at The New Plays Festival and Competition, Los Angeles, 2009, available from Original Works Online.
The Devil tempts an Electrical Systems Designer with the specs for a new weapons system.
You can also purchase the entire play from Original Works Online.