Actors looking for new and exciting ways to audition will discover that some of the greatest acting scenes ever written appear not only in plays, but in novels, stories, even poetry, Monologues from Literature taps this virtually limitless wellspring, providing monologue adaptations for dramatic and comic audition pieces, conveniently organized in chronological order — from Homer’s The Odyssey to Tom Wolfe’s The Bonfire of the Vanities.
Spanning the centuries, this sourcebook offers a variety of situations styles, and periods that you can tailor to any type of audition or acting class. You’ll find characters that will allow you to display a great range of moods and emotions, including:
Francie in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Sancho Panza in Don Quixote
Anna in Anna Karenina
Rebecca in Ivanhoe
Uchendu in Things Fall Apart
Sissy in Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
Emma Bovary in Madame Bovary
Portnoy in Portnoy’s Complaint
Felicitas in The Company of Women
The Poet in Les Fleurs du Mal
Sal in On the Road
Cocoa in Mama Day
And dozens more
Monologues from Literature also provides an invaluable reference chart that divides the selections into age and gender of character, setting and period, and genre (drama, seriocomedy, or comedy), so that you can quickly find a monologue appropriate for your needs.