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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.
Plot and Character Analysis of 'Trifles' by...
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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. Learn different crying techniques.
Character Analysis for Reginald Rose's Drama...
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Free One Act Plays and Other Drama Resources
Attention Drama teachers, directors and theater students! Looking for royalty-free One Act plays, scenes, comedies, and dramas? This annotated list will steer you towards that perfect play for your cast and/or classroom.
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.
Beatrix's Comedic Monologue from "Promedy"
class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >From a new play,
Characters and Themes from Tracy Letts'...
What is August: Osage County? One of the greatest American plays of modern theater. Explore the characters and themes of August: Osage County by Tracy Letts.
Memorization Tips for Actors and Actresses
How do those actors and actresses memorize hundreds of lines? How does someone learn all of those fancy Shakespearean lines in Hamlet? Memorizing lines takes practice and constant repetition. However, there are a few ways to make the memorization process run smoother and quicker.
What Does the American Dream Have to Do with...
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Comedic Female Monologue - Funny Monologue from...
This original comedic female monologue may be used by students, actors, directors for educational or professional purposes.
Great Improv Games for Anyone From Beginners to...
A list of theatre activities, for drama teachers, theater students, acting troupes, summer camp programs, or party-goers.
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.
A Comedic Female Monologue from "CSI Neverland"
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Say These Tongue Twisters Aloud to Practice...
Getting ready to make a speech? Preparing for your audition? Moments away from walking on stage for the first time? Use these enunciation exercises to practice elocution. This A to Z list of tongue twisters will develop your enunciation ability.
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.
A Synopsis of Henrik Ibsen's 'A Doll's House'
A Doll's House, by Henrik Ibsen, is a three act play about a seemingly typical housewife who becomes disillusioned and dissatisfied with her condescending husband.
"A Doll's House" Character Study: Torvald Helmer
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"Cinema Limbo" - Two Person Scene - Ten Minute...
This free ten-minute play is a comic, two person exchange between two movie theater employees. It is a short play by Wade Bradford, and it can be used, free of charge, for educational purposes and amateur productions.
Tips to Successfully Auditioning for a Play
Learn how to put your best foot forward at auditions.
Character Analysis: Willy Loman from "Death of...
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The Historical Background of Les Miserables
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"Oedipus the King" in 60 Seconds: A Plot Summary
A quick, humorous plot summary of Oedipus the King ( or Oedipus Rex) by the best playwright of anceint Greece, Sophocles.
"Twelve Angry Men" Study Guide: Plot Summary...
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Cassandra's Rant - Comedic Female Monologue
Cassandra's Rant - Comedic Female Monologue - Parody of Greek Mythology
Comedic Female Monologue from "Cinema Limbo"
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Cold Reading During an Audition
Learn how to cold read from a script during an audition.
Character Analysis: Dr. Vivian Bearing in "Wit"
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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.
Comedic Female Monologue from "Sleeping Beauty...
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Veronica from "Curse of the Pharaoh's Kiss" -...
class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > written by Wade Bradford is a full-length
August Wilson's "Fences"
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Linda Loman: The Wife in "Death of a Salesman"
class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" > Arthur Miller’s
Doubt by John Patrick Shanley
Doubt a character analysis, study guide of John Patrick Shanley's drama about a nun who suspects a priest of child molestation.
Do You Know What 'The Crucible' Is About?
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Beatrix's Act Two Monologue from "Promedy"
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Plot Summary of Arthur Miller's "All My Sons" -...
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Comedic Male Monologues
A collection of original Comedic Male Monologues - Funny Monologues for Actors to use in auditions and drama class.
"Antigone" in 60 Seconds
Antigone in Sixty Seconds: A quick plot summary - Notes and Synopsis for Antigone by Sophocles
Everyman - A Medieval Morality Play by Anonymous
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"How I Learned to Drive" by Paula Vogel
In "How I Learned top Drive", A woman nicknamed "Lil Bit," recalls memories of emotional manipulation
Crucible Character Study: John Proctor
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David Mamet's Oleanna - Summary and Character...
A summary of David Mamet's drama of miscommunication and sexual harassment. The themes are characters are analyzed to reveal a complex play ripe with argument and different interpretation.
Setting of "A Streetcar Named Desire"
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Comedic Female Monologue from "Cinderella in...
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Mrs. Claus Dumps Santa - Comedic Female Monologue
This original stand-alone comedic female monologue features Mrs. Claus breaking up with Santa. It may be used by students, actors, directors for educational or professional purposes.
"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.
"Death of a Salesman" - Plot Summary and Study...
Study the characters and themes in Death of a Salesman. Lesson ideas and quiz material for Arthur Miller's play.
Theater in Ancient Rome
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?
Analysis of "My Last Duchess"
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Character Analysis - Male Characters in "The...
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Female Characters in "The Importance of Being...
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"A Doll's House" Character Study: Nils Krogstad
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Performing a Monologue for Drama Class
A guide to performing a monologue for drama class. How to perform a monologue: The assignment involves much more than simply reciting lines in front of the class. Most drama teachers expect a student to research the play, to develop a unique character, and to perform with confidence and control.
"All My Sons" Character Analysis
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"Water by the Spoonful" by Quiara Alegria Hudes
What is Water by the Spoonful mean? Find out in this guide to Quiara Hudes' play.
Meet Mama Nadi, the Protagonist of 'Ruined'
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Improv Locations
Improv Locations - Setting Ideas for Improvisation and Sketch Comedy
12 Angry Pigs - Original Ten Minute Play
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Clybourne Park - Act One Summary
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The Best Speeches from "Henry V"
The Top Three Dramatic Monologues from William Shakespeare's Henry the Fifth.
The Best of William Shakespeare
What is your favorite Shakespeare play? Isn't easy to list the Top Ten plays of William Shakespeare, but I offer you my not-so-humble opinion about the best plays by Shakespeare.
Back to the Summer (Act One)
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"A Doll's House" Character Study: Mrs. Kristine...
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Arthur Miller - Biography of an American...
The Basics: Born: October 17th, 1915 Died: February 10th, 2005 Over the course of seven decades, Arthur
"The Cuban Swimmer" - One Act Drama by Milcha...
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Reasons to Be Pretty - Act One
Study guide for Neil Labute's play Reasons to Be Pretty.
Comedic Female Monologue - Angry Librarian Speech
class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" > CONTEXT: Brenda
Everything You Need to Know About 'God of...
Character analysis and theme study guide for Yasmina Reza's play, God of Carnage.
Monologue from "Much to Do Out West" That Funny...
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Character Analysis of "Tartuffe"
Character Analysis of Tartuffe - Plot / character summary of comedy by Moliere Author of Tartuffe or The Hypocrite.
"Death of a Salesman" - Review
A critical look at Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. Is this famous play overrated? An insightful look at some of the flaws in this classic American tragedy.
"M. Butterfly" by David Henry Hwang
Characters and themes in David Henry Hwang's play M. Butterfly, featuring BD Wong and John Lithgow.
One Act Plays by David Ives: 'All in the Timing'
All in the Timing is a collection of one act plays by David Ives, including such comedies as
Cyrano's Speech - Comedic Monologue from...
In this classic comedic monologue, Cyrano de Bergerac, the romantic hero with the unusually large nose, is at the theater. He has just bullied a blustering actor off of the stage. The audience is very upset with Cyrano, and a wealthy viscount stands up and declares, “Sir, you have a very big nose!” Cyrano is unimpressed with the insult, and in this monologue he provides examples of humorous insults.
The Juliet Monologues
The Best Juliet Monologues from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
Free Play for Kids - "A History of Messy Rooms"
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.
Ice Breakers: Circle Games
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.
Understanding Dramatic Monologues: "My Last...
A close reading of Robert Browning's dramatic monologue, including its characters and how women were treated in Victorian culture. Page 2.
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.
Top 5 Plays of George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw began his writing career as a critic. First, he reviewed music. Then, he branched
Crucible Character Study: Judge Danforth
Character study of Judge Danforth, the forboding ruler of Salem's courtroom.
5 Favorite Tennessee Williams Plays
The last two plays of a list of the top five plays by Tennessee Williams. Page 2.
Heck's Comic Monologue - Comedic Male Monologue
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"A Doll's House" Character Study: Dr. Rank
class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" >Torvald Helmer in his office. He flirts
Clybourne Park - Act Two
Summary of Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris. Essay help for Clybourne Park, Act Two.
Prom Date Monologue - Comedic Monologue for...
This comedic monologue is taken from
Arms and the Man
class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >What makes a hero?
Advice for Drama Teachers - Rehearsal Activities
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.
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.
"Our Town" Plot Summary: Act One
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Mrs. Craig's Monologue
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"Cinema Limbo" - Two Person Play (Part Two)
This ten-minute play is a comic, two person exchange between two movie theater employees. It is a short play by Wade Bradford, and it can be used, free of charge, for educational purposes and amateur productions. Page 2.
Crucible Character Study: Elizabeth Proctor
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Crucible Character Study: Abigail Williams
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A Raisin in the Sun - Act Two, Scene Three
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Creating Stage Directions: "Blocking a Play"
What is Blocking? - How to Block a Show - Stage Directions - A Guide to directing a play.
60 Second Fairy Tales
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.
Oscar Wilde
A brief biography of Oscar Wilde. Find out about the plays of Oscar Wilde. Why did Oscar Wilde go to trial? What crime was he convicted of? How did Oscar Wilde die?
Plot Summary of "The Seagull" by Anton Chekhov
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Proof - A Play by David Auburn
Proof by David Auburn premiered on Broadway in October 2000. It received national attention, earning
A Monologue from "How to Kiss a Girl" That...
A humorous monologue about a Southern Belle giving advice to a young gentleman who is preparing for a date.
The Miracle Worker – The Roles of Anne...
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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!)
The Life and Plays of George Bernard Shaw
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Reading a Play
What is the best way to go about reading this script? Whether it is Shakespeare or Sophocles, dramatic literature presents several challenges to a student, making the reading experience different than poetry or fiction.
Top Three Shakespeare Villains
A collectyion of the best dramatic speeches by Shakespeare's villains.
Crucible Character Study: Reverend Parris
A character study of Reverend Parris, the self-righteous spiritual leader of Salem.
One Act Comedy: Chekhov's 'The Marriage Proposal'
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Lady Bracknell and Jack Worthing - Scene from...
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A Streetcar Named Desire - Scene Eleven
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The Life and Work of Playwright Berthold Brecht
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'Noises Off' - A Comedy About the Theater
'Noises Off' is a hilarious play within a play. It is about an ambitious director and his troupe of mediocre actors. The cast and crew are putting together a silly sex comedy. It is one of the funniest comedies ever written, and a brilliant satire of life in the theater.
"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.
Themes of "The Crucible"
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"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.
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.
History of Greek Theater
History of Greek Theater - Drama in Ancient Greece - A Study Guide to the Origins of Theater: How did theater begins? Who was Thespis? What he the first actor? What is a Greek Chorus? This article details the origins of Greek Theater and drama during the Golden Age of Athens.
"Pygmalion" Monologues and Scenes
Among the scores of plays written by Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw, "Pygmalion" is his most beloved
Improv Game: "Surprise Guests"
A fun improv game, great for drama students or party-goers.
David's Monologue
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The Best of Stephen Sondheim
Brief descriptions and comments about my favorite musicals by Stephen Sondheim. His best musicals include: Into the Woods, Company, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George.
Eliza Doolittle's Final Monologues from...
A pair of comedic female monologues from George Bernard Shaw's
Yes And - Improv Game
Jim Carrey’s comedy Yes Man follows a vital rule of improvisational theater: Never deny your fellow actor.
"Picnic" by William Inge
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The Best of Harold Pinter's Plays
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The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?
A plot and character synopsis of the script, The Goat, also known as Who Is Sylvia?
'All My Sons' by Arthur Miller: Act 2 Summary
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A Man for All Seasons
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12 Angry Pigs - Part Two - Free One Act Play
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A Raisin in the Sun - Character Analysis
A Raisin in the Sun - Study Guide and Plot Summary Lorraine Hansberry's Play about an African American family in the 1950s. Page 2.
Improvisation Game: Freeze Tag
This improvisation activity is a terrific theatrical exercise for performers at any level.
Competitive Improv Games
Competitive Improv Games - Theater Games for Improv Actors
"A Raisin in the Sun" Act III - Plot Summary...
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Best of Shakespeare - Number One Play
Wade's number one favorite work of Shakespeare: the epic tetralogy of Richard II, Henry IV, Part One, Henry IV Part Two, and Henry V.
Kicking Out The Roommates - Comedic Monologue...
CONTEXT: The following monologue is from a new (and unpublished) script by Wade Bradford titled "The
Ice Breaker Activity -- "Create a Commercial"
Ideal for a large group of 18 and 30 participants. This ice breaker activity creates a fun and productive classroom environment.
A Streetcar Named Desire - Scene Ten
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Mother Courage and Her Children
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Everyman - Part Two of Study Guide for "Everyman"
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Best of Shakespeare - Part Three
The Best of Shakespeare countdown continues with 5, 4, and 3: Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest, and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Improv Games to Hone Your Acting Skills
A collection of improvisation activities and theater games involving storytelling.
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.
Dead Man's Cell Phone
class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" >. It doesn't seem dated yet. If anything,

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