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Finding Monologues

28 August 2007 by Tammy Ravas

Need some help finding monologues? Here are some tips:

1. Read a play that interests you and locate a monologue from that play. This is probably the best way to locate monologues because it helps you to place the character’s words within the context of the entire play. If you need help locating plays, please consult the Drama/Dance subject guide on “Finding Plays.” You can look for plays using the Play Index database. You can access this database from the following list of drama databases. You can also feel free to ask for help.

2. We also have some indexes available to help you locate a monologue. Again, it is very important that you read the entire play, not just the monologue.

a. Monologue Index: A Guide to 1,778 Monologues from 1,974 Plays– Call number 808.8245 .S6426

This index is organized according to whether or not the play is contemporary or “classic,” the age of the character giving the monologue, and by topic or situation. Entries contain a very brief synopsis of the monologue.b. The Ultimate Scene and Monologue Sourcebook– Call number 808.82x .H748u

Part one contains play synopses in alphabetical order by title. Parts two and three are for male and female monologues, respectively. The next three parts are dedicated to scenes including two male characters, or two female characters, or male and female characters. The last part of the book features scenes with three people. The indexes list entries by playwright, by gender of character giving monologue, by age, and by genre.

c. Guide to Monologues: Men– Call number: 808.8245x G946

Indexed by genre and then by age of character.

d. Guide to Monologues: Women– Call number: 808.8245x G9462

Indexed by genre and then by age of character.

e. More Actors Guide to Monologues– Call number: 808.8245x G887m 1974

Indexed by gender of character, genre, and then by age of character.

These guides and indexes should be able to point you in the direction of a play you’d like to read so you can better understand your chosen monologue.

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