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Comedic Female Monologues
Each of these comedic female monologues may be used by students, actors, and directors for educational and theatrical purposes.
What the Different Stage Directions Really Mean
How do you tell the difference between stage right and stage left? Upstage and downstage? Here is a handy diagram that clearly details the different stage directions.
An Actor's Guide to Making Yourself Cry on Cue
Learn how to cry on cue. Tricks actors use to produce tears. There are different ways to cry while on stage or in a film.
Great Improv Games for Beginners to Experts
A list of theatre activities, for drama teachers, theater students, acting troupes, summer camp programs, or party-goers.
What to Know About 'Trifles' by Susan Glaspell
An analysis of the plot and characters of this 1916 drama about a murder loosely based on true events.
A Comedic Female Monologue from 'Tomorrow's Wish'
This original comedic female monologue from a play by Wade Bradford may be used by students, actors, directors for educational or professional purposes.
Beatrix's Comedic Monologue from 'Promedy'
Text of speech from new play, in which 17-year-old Beatrix explains to her fellow student why the prom (which has been canceled) means so much to her.
The Stanislavsky Method
A brief overview of Constantine Stanislavsky's life and acting instruction. He developed a unique method of acting still studied and practiced today.
Free One Act Plays and Other Drama Resources
Links to short plays and scenes to help drama teachers, directors and theater students find the perfect choice for your cast and/or classroom.
A Comedic Female Monologue from 'CSI Neverland'
This original comedic female monologue is from a play by Wade Bradford.
What to Know About John Proctor from 'The...
Essay help and character analysis of John Proctor, the protagonist of this tragedy about the Salem Witch Trials.
A Closer Look at the Characters of 'Twelve...
Character analysis of the jurors from the play, and brief summary of the plot, which is about the jurors deliberating in a murder trial
Do You Know What 'The Crucible' Is About?
Written in the early 1950s, the drama takes place in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, recounting the events surrounding the Salem Witch Trials.
Top 10 Plays Every Theater Newcomer Needs to...
New to theater? If you only see ten plays in your entire life, follow this list and you'll be a culturally and artistically well-rounded theater-goer.
6 Memorization Tips for Actors and Actresses
Tips for actors include: Read out loud (and repeat); listen to your cast members; and record your lines.
A Comedic Female Monologue from 'The Greatest...
Cassandra's Rant - Comedic Female Monologue - Parody of Greek Mythology
An Example of a Female Comedic Monologue
A comedic female monologue about a woman who tried to break up with her boyfriend while riding on a roller coaster. Funny monologue for actress.
"Terri and the Turkey" - A Thanksgiving Day Skit
In this short Thanksgiving play, a young girl saves the life of a Thanksgiving turkey. A family-friendly Thanksgiving skit.
36 Tongue Twisters to Practice Enunciation and...
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A Synopsis of Henrik Ibsen's 'A Doll's House'
The 1879 drama tells the story of a seemingly typical housewife who becomes disillusioned and dissatisfied with her condescending husband.
How Is the American Dream a Theme of 'Death of...
An analysis of the themes in Arthur Miller's tragedy, exploring how the characters Willy Loman, Ben and Biff differently define the American Dream.
A Comedic Female Monologue from 'Cinema Limbo'
The text of a humorous monologue by a character named Vicky, who complains about the geek who has fallen in love with her.
A Comedic Monologue from 'Promedy'
In this comedic female monologue, Beatrix confronts Dante, an arrogant drama-geek. During her funny monologue she convinces him to take the cheerleader to the Prom. This monologue is from
7 Tips for a Successful Play Audition
Learn how to put your best foot forward at auditions.
What Really Happens in 'Oedipus the King'
A quick, humorous plot summary of Oedipus the King ( or Oedipus Rex) by the best playwright of Ancient Greece, Sophocles.
A Comedic Female Monologue from 'Mrs. Claus...
This complete text of a short humorous monologue for a female features Mrs. Claus writing a Dear John letter to Santa, breaking up with him.
Crucible Character Study: Judge Danforth
Character study of Judge Danforth, the forboding ruler of Salem's courtroom in this tragedy about the Witch Hunts.
A Comedic Female Monologue from 'Curse of the...
Here's a comedic female monologue taken from a play that's set in 1930s Egypt.
How to Study the Medieval (and Anonymous) Play...
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What to Know About Nora Helmer, the Protagonist...
A character study of the protagonist in Ibsen's tragedy,one of the most complex characters of 19th century drama: childlike, clever, desperate,transformed
The Historical Background of Les Miserables
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How to Cold Read a Script During an Audition
Learn how to cold read from a script during an audition.
What to Know About Torvald Helmer in 'A Doll's...
An in-depth character analysis of the well-meaning yet antagonistic husband from Ibsen's tragedy.
A Comedic Female Monologue from 'Sleeping...
In this passage from a fairy tale spoof, the Wicked Witch offers Sleeping Beauty the gift of a curse.
A Summary: Act 1 of Clybourne Park
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A Comedic Female Monologue from 'Cinderella in...
This original comedic female monologue from
What You Should Know About the Theatre of...
What were roman plays like in ancient times? Who were the greatest Roman playwrights? How were plays in Rome different from plays in Ancient Greece?
What to Know About Willy Loman from 'Death of a...
Analysis of the central character in this play - Willy Loman's childhood, how he's a poor role model, his affair, his friends and neighbors.
Crucible Character Study: Elizabeth Proctor
A character analysis of the pious wife from Arthur Miller's tragedy about the Salem Witch Hunts.
A Close Reading of Robert Browning's 'My Last...
Robert Browning's poem is a dramatic monologue, in which a character distinctly different from that of the poet is speaking to someone else.
The Crucible...Lessons from Witch Hunts of the...
A character study of Rebecca Nurse, a saintly grandmother who is one of the martyrs from Miller's play about the Salem Witch Hunts
A Quick Plot Summary of 'Antigone' by Sophocles
A plot summary of the Greek tragedy in which Antigone faces death because she defied King Creon and buried her brother.
Character Analysis: Dr. Vivian Bearing in "Wit"
An analysis of the central character in this drama about a woman, who is a scholar of the work of John Donne, dying of cancer.
What to Know About Linda Loman from 'Death of a...
An analysis of the character of Willy Loman's wife in Arthur Miller’s American tragedy, a woman whose life has been filled with disappointment.
Crucible Character Study: Reverend Hale
Character study of Reverend Hale, the idealistic witch hunter.
A Quick Summary of 'Doubt'
Study guide of this Pulitzer Prize winning drama about a nun in a Catholic school in the Bronx in 1964 who suspects a priest of molesting a child.
Improv Locations
An alphabetical list of settings for improvisation exercises and sketch comedy, from an art gallery to a zoo.
7 Funny Comedic Male Monologues
A collection of links to original comedic male monologues for use in auditions and drama class.
Crucible Character Study: Abigail Williams
A character study of the young, vicious and devious antagonist from the drama about the Salem witch trials.
Crucible Character Study: Reverend Parris
A character study of the self-righteous spiritual leader of Salem in Miller's drama about the Salem Witch Hunts.
The Definitive Monologue from Ibsen's Play 'A...
A monologue from Act Three of Henrik Ibsen's
4 Circle Ice Breaker Games for Your Drama Class
These improvisation activities are designed to warm up actors and drama students. Participants form a circle and then the games begin. Each activity helps students and performers become more comfortable. It's also a great activity for learning names.
A Comedic Monologue from 'Much to Do Out West'
This original comedic female monologue from the play
Eight Scenes for High School and College Actors...
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Characters and Themes from Tracy Letts'...
Brief synopsis, characters and themes from one of the greatest American plays of modern theater.
What Happens in Act 1 of 'All My Sons' by...
Plot summary of Act I of this sad Post-World War II story about the Kellers, a seemingly “All American” family except the father has concealed a great sin.
Elf Monologue
Elf Monologue - Brumbly the Elf - A Comedic Monologue for men, women, and young performers.
Clybourne Park - Act Two
Summary of Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris. Essay help for Clybourne Park, Act Two.
Learn More About the Life and Work of American...
The Basics: Born: October 17th, 1915 Died: February 10th, 2005 Over the course of seven decades, Arthur
Why the Setting of 'A Streetcar Named Desire'...
An analysis of the setting for this play - Blanche's view of New Orleans, the two-room flat, cultural diversity in the French Quarter after World War II.
Character Study: Who Was Dr. Rank?
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A Closer Look at the Characters of 'Tartuffe'...
Character Analysis of Tartuffe - Plot / character summary of comedy by Moliere Author of Tartuffe or The Hypocrite.
The Juliet Monologues
Complete text of the best of Juliet's monologues from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
How to Prepare for a Monologue Performance
To make the performance more than just reciting lines in front of your drama class: Research the play; develop a unique character; do enunciation exercises.
How to Break the Ice in a New Drama Class
Ideal for a large group of 18 and 30 participants. This ice breaker activity creates a fun and productive classroom environment.
A Closer Look at the Characters of 'All My...
Study Guide for this modern tragedy: A look at the character Joe Keller, the father of the play, and the five members of his family
How to Study 'Twelve Angry Men' by Reginald Rose
A study guide, including plot, production history, themes, for this courtroom drama about a jury deliberating a verdict for a young man accused of murder.
How to Block a Play
What is Blocking? - How to Block a Show - Stage Directions - A Guide to directing a play.
A Closer Look at the Female Characters of 'The...
Oscar Wilde's romantic comedy features two female characters: Gwendolen and Cecily from
Plot Summary of "The Seagull" by Anton Chekhov
Overview and synopsis of Act I of this slice-of-life drama set in the Russian countryside in the 19th century.
How to Play the Improv Game '60 Second Fairy...
For a good exercise in impromptu storytelling, try performing a well known fairy tale in one minute flat. Drama classes and acting troupes alike can use the “60 Second Fairy Tale” to sharpen improvisational skills. It's also a great game for families and kids.
12 Angry Pigs - Original Ten Minute Play
Free one act play, free for students and drama clubs to use. This comedic parody of
What to Know About 'Oleanna' by David Mamet
A look at this complex drama of miscommunication and sexual harassment, with plot summary, analysis of the two characters, and exploration of the themes.
Farce
What is a farce? Learn more about this comedic genre.
How to Play the Improv Game 'Taxi Cab'
An amusing, high-energy improvisation activity for ages 7 to 99. (Well, okay, I guess one-hundred year olds can play too!)
Improv Game: "Surprise Guests"
A fun improv game, great for drama students or party-goers.
Reasons to Be Pretty - Act One
A look at the characters and plot summary of this hard-edged comedy that focuses on the relationship between two couples. It premiered on Broadway in 2008.
The 2-Person, 10-Minute Play 'Cinema Limbo'
The complete text in two pages of this free ten-minute play, which is a comic, two person exchange between two teenage movie theater employees. Page 1.
"Water by the Spoonful" by Quiara Alegria Hudes
What is Water by the Spoonful mean? Find out in this guide to Quiara Hudes' play.
Proof - A Play by David Auburn
Plot summary and assessment of the Pulitzer-winning drama about the daughter of a brilliant but mad mathematician, now dead.Catherine fears she is mad too.
'Noises Off' - A Comedy About the Theater
'Noises Off' is a satire of life in the theater, presenting a hilarious play-within-a-play by an ambitious director and his troupe of mediocre actors.
Open Scenes, Continued
Open scenes - also called Content-less scenes, Ambiguous scenes, Spare scenes, Skeletal scenes - are great exercises for acting classes.
5 Favorite Tennessee Williams Plays
The last two plays of a list of the top five plays by Tennessee Williams. Page 2.
Seriously Spooky Scripts
Most Halloween productions are playful spoofs of worn out movie monsters. Although campy shows are a blast, there is nothing quite like getting thoroughly creeped out by a seriously bone-chilling play.
A Comedic Female Monologue from 'CSI: Neverland'
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One Act Comedy: Chekhov's 'The Marriage Proposal'
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Warm Up Activity: Emotion Orchestra
An excellent warm-up activity that gets performers to vocalize, emote, and pay attention.
Improvisation Game: Freeze Tag
This improvisation activity is a terrific theatrical exercise for performers at any level.
"A Doll's House" Character Study: Nils Krogstad
Character study of Nils Krosgstad, who can be downright diabolical, in this 19th century tragedy.
Back to the Summer (Act One)
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What to Know About 'Fences' by August Wilson
Arguably the playwright's most renowned work, this drama focuses on Troy Maxson, restless trash-collector and former baseball player, and his family.
3 Most Patriotic Monologues From Shakespeare
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Mrs. Craig's Monologue
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The Boys Next Door - Characters and Themes
An overview of this 1980s comedy-drama about social worker Jack and four intellectually disabled men who live together in a small apartment.
"A Doll's House" Character Study: Mrs. Kristine...
This somber, lonely friend of Nora seems like a minor character at first. Yet, she helps to shift the conflict of the play by
Top Three Shakespeare Villains
A collectyion of the best dramatic speeches by Shakespeare's villains.
5 Tips to Reading a Play for Best Results
Advice for students to get the most out of the reading of dramatic literature, including: Visualize the characters, and research the historical context.
Get to Know the Male Characters in 'The...
A look at the leading male characters in Oscar Wilde's popular comedy, Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff
Yes And - Improv Game
The improv game. Plays / Drama.
"Death of a Salesman" - Plot Summary and Study...
Plot summary of Miller's well-known tragedy about Willy Loman, with links to further reading.
Top 5 Plays of George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw began writing plays in the late 1800s. Many consider Shaw’s body of work to be second only to Shakespeare. Shaw possesses a deep love of language, high comedy, and social consciousness.
If you liked "Story Theatre" by Paul Sills,...
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"Pygmalion" Monologues and Scenes
Among the scores of plays written by Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw, "Pygmalion" is his most beloved
How to Keep Your Drama Class Engaged
Advice for drama teachers and directors working with a large cast. A reader asks: Any suggestions for what I can get those with smaller parts to do while they are not on stage? They are really struggling with just watching the rehearsals (when not involved), and since it's a class, I feel I should be making them do something, since they are also getting a credit for the course. I'm just not sure how to make the best use of these students.
3 Games for Competitive Improv Theater
Competitive Improv Games - Theater Games for Improv Actors
Meet Mama Nadi, the Protagonist of 'Ruined'
An analysis of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about the horrors in war-ravaged Congo, focusing on the play's central character.
The Witty Nose Monologue from “Cyrano de...
The full text of the speech by the big-nosed character Cyrano de Bergerac providing examples of humorous insults about his nose.
Eliza Doolittle's Final Monologues from...
A pair of comedic female monologues from George Bernard Shaw's
"Death of a Salesman" - Review
Wade Bradford offers a critical look at this much-praised American tragedy and finds it overrated, explaining what he sees as its flaws.
"Our Town" Plot Summary: Act One
A summary of the classic drama of turn-of-the-century life, with a plot summary of Act I.
Life Lessons from "Our Town"
Childhood, Marriage, Death, the Afterlife. Thorton Wilder's play,
Musical Theater Exercises
Music themed drama games and activities.
"Man and Superman" Study Guide
This romantic comedy tells the story of two rivals: John Tanner (a wealthy, politically-minded intellectual who values his freedom) and Ann Whitefield (a charming, scheming hypocritical young woman who wants Tanner as a husband). Once Tanner realizes that Miss Whitefield is hunting for a spouse (and that he is the only target), he attempts to flee from her, only to find out that his attraction to Ann is too overwhelming to escape.
Improv Games to Hone Your Acting Skills
A collection of improvisation activities and theater games involving storytelling.
"The Laramie Project"
The Laramie Project is a documentary-styled play that analyzes the death of Matthew Shepard, an openly gay college student who was brutally murdered because of his sexual identity. The play was created by playwright/director Moisés Kaufman and and members of the Tectonic Theater Project.
Teach Your Kids to Keep Their Room Clean with...
Why Do I Have to Make My Bed, or a History of Messy Rooms is based on the picture book by Wade Bradford. This free play may be used for educational purposes. It is a funny play for young students that teaches about history and family.
The Critic's Monologue from "Play"
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Santa Makes a Play to Win Back Mrs. Claus
In this comedic male monologue, Santa replies to Mrs. Claus, as he desperately tries to win back her heart. Perfect for actors and students looking to perform a funny Christmas themed monologue.
Oscar Wilde
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The Life and Work of Playwright Berthold Brecht
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A Comedic Female Monologue from 'How to Kiss a...
A humorous monologue about a Southern Belle giving advice to a young gentleman who is preparing for a date.
A Comedic Male Monologue from 'Cowboys and...
In this comedic male monologue from
10 Plays by August Wilson -- The Pittsburgh Cycle
In the early 1980s, playwright August Wilson decided that he wanted to create a cycle of ten plays, one play for each decade. Collectively, they would become known as the Pittsburgh Cycle -- all but one take place in the city's Hills District. August Wilson's 10 play series is arguably one of the finest literary achievements in contemporary drama.
A Raisin in the Sun - Plot Summary and Study...
A Raisin in the Sun - Study Guide and Plot Summary Lorraine Hansberry's Play about an African American family in the 1950s.
Christmas Plays and Holiday Skits
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"Topdog/Underdog" - A play by Suzan-Lori Parks
I was a naïve teenager. Heck, I'm still naïve in a lot of ways, but I was a hapless fool during my teens.
"Picnic" by William Inge
Plot summary, character and themes of the Pulitzer Prize winning 1953 play about the desires and regrets of the people in a small town in Kansas.
The Emperor Jones
Although it generally not considered the best play by Eugene O'Neill, The Emperor Jones is perhaps his most controversial and cutting-edge.
Improv Game: "Off - Script"
This amusing improvisation game involves one performer with a script and a second performer with a wild imagination.
Antigone's Monologue
In this moving speech, Sophocles' devoted protagonist reflects upon her choices and their consequences.
Clybourne Park - The Conclusion
The ending of Clybourne Park, Bruce Norris' sort-of sequel to A Raisin in the Sun.
"How I Learned to Drive" by Paula Vogel
In "How I Learned top Drive", A woman nicknamed "Lil Bit," recalls memories of emotional manipulation
"M. Butterfly" by David Henry Hwang
An overview,including plot,themes and production history,of this Tony-winning drama that starred BD Wong and John Lithgow on Broadway.
"Fat Pig" by Neil LaBute - Study Guide and...
Plot, characters, and importance of this comedy/drama about the problems a man feels in dating an overweight woman to whom he is attracted.
Jukebox Musicals
A top ten list of the best jukebox musicals of all time.
Your Guide to 'The Glass Menagerie'
Summary of the plot, setting and characters of the popular 1945 family drama, the playwright's first big Broadway hit.
"Ghosts" -- Plot Summary of Act One
Study guide and plot summary of Henrik Ibsen's family drama.
"Speed-the-Plow" Plot Summary and Study Guide
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The Most Controversial Plays of the 20th Century
An older generation's controversy is the next generation's banal standard. The fires of controversy often fade as time goes by.
Improvisation Game: "Foreign Film"
In this improvisation activity two onstage actors ask the audience for a location. Once a setting has been selected, the scene can begin. The onstage actors speak in a fabricated language.
Comedic Male Monologue - Narrator from...
This comedic monologue looks at how audiences crave hardship for the main characters in plays and stories, the narrator provides an example of a “boring” story without conflict.
"Journey's End" by R. C. Sherriff
An overview of a drama that takes place in the trenches among British soldiers waiting for battle during World War I.
Open Scenes
Open scenes - also called Content-less scenes, Ambiguous scenes, Spare scenes, Skeletal scenes - are great exercises for acting classes.
Character and Theme Analysis of "Man and...
Sample of a well-crafted student-written essay by Elliot Staudt. The essay analyzes the themes found in George Bernard Shaw's play, Man and Superman. It explores Nietzsche's philosophy and the political goelas of the Fabian Society.
A Streetcar Named Desire - Scene Ten
Summary and analysis of Scene Ten of Tennessee Williams's tragedy, where Stanley Kowalski rapes Blanche DuBois.
The Best of William Shakespeare
Wade Bradford explains his Top 10 list, starting with 10.The Taming of the Shrew, 9. The Merchant of Venice, 8. Othello, 7. Romeo and Juliet
Improv Game - Genre Switch
Improvisation game - perfect drama activity for improv actors who want to play around with different genres / styles of storytelling. Ideal for anyone seeking an easy, fun improv game.
Acting Tips: How to Laugh
Acting Tips: How to Laugh Naturally on Stage. How actors laugh on camera and in theater.
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