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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 Sugar on My Fingers Monologue

Sugar on My Fingers.
dramatic, F, 17. Two minutes.


A teenage girl confronts her older sister about an abusive boyfriend.
The monologue was written for a local high school drama teacher's class - and is also available on the New Play Exchange.

 Perfect Jimmy Monologue

PERFECT JIMMY - Sandra's monologue from my short play What the Well Dressed Girl is Wearing.
comedic, 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

 Doing the Math


dramatic, 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.
dramatic, F, teen. 1 Minute
A repentent bully reveals the nightmarish moment that has changed her entire attitude.
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 Katie the Maid Monologue

KATIE THE MAID from The Ithaca Ladies Read Medea.

dramatic, F, 20's-40's. 2 Minutes
After being fired, this Irish maid lets her "ever so proper" employer know exactly how she feels on her way out the door.
This play is available from Next Stage Press.

 Childish Things Monologue

RACHEL from Childish Things. Contains moderate language.

dramatic, F, 20's-40's. 2 Minutes
A woman confronts her estranged father when she learns her alcoholic mother is still drinking.
This play is available from the playwright, can be downloaded free by members of the New Play Exchange, and is included in the Best American Short Plays 2015-2016.

 Still Waters Monologue

GABRIELLE from Still Waters.
dramatic, F, 30's. 90 seconds.
Gabrielle, stricken by the drowning death of her young daughter, confronts her husband.
This is a brand new play which premieres in May 2018.
This play is available from the playwright or can be downloaded free by members of the New Play Exchange.

 Tina Monologue

TINA from A Very Modern Marriage.
comedic, F, 20-30's. 1 Minute
Tina confronts her husband's lover... Chris.
This play premiered in June 2015 at the Hollywood Fringe festival!
This play is available from the playwright or can be downloaded free by members of the New Play Exchange.

 Trash Monologues

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 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
comedic, 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.

 Long Joan Silver Monologues


Two contemporary monologues from 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

 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.
A movie based on this play is currently in post-production!
You can also purchase the entire play from NEXT STAGE PRESS.
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 Jill Bess performing the monologue at the 2014 Last Frontier Theatre Conference.
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.