Monologues  by Janet S. Tiger
Free monologues
Custom Monologues
For monologue samples, please click on this link

Free monologues! 
    One male One female

Tired of being the 3rd Hamlet?
The 5th Vagina Monologue?  Try something new -

Custom monologues  - perfect for actors looking to impress casting directors.

You will be able to get a monologue designed specifically for your needs.   Imagine going to an audition and knowing that NO ONE has ever heard your monologue the first time you perform it!

Janet S. Tiger's monologues have won awards for hundreds of students, and parts for thousands of actors.

For more info or call 858-274-9678


If you are on a limited budget, or have a class assignment to write your own monologue- here are some tips from 30 years of experience -

1-Write about something you care about.   People often say write about what you know, but my experience has taught me that if you are passionate about something, that will come through in your writing.

2-Do the research -
if you are writing about a fireman who has gone through a terrible experience, read about fires, training for firefighting, articles and journals by firemen.   The same for any field that you do not have personal experience in - the effort will show in the final monologue.

3- Start with a notebook in your pocket or purse.  If you think of an idea, or hear a great line, here's a truth - YOU MAY FORGET IT, so
if you have a notebook with you at all times - (by your bed when you sleep!)  you can write down what you heard, thought of - or dreamt.

4- Don't be afraid to try something unusual.  Something that uses your talents and abilities.   Example - do you do karate?    Include a move.   Are you an avid bird-watcher - maybe you saw something - other than birds - that was different, dangerous, funny.  Use it!

5- Get help.   Once you have a first draft, read it out loud to someone you trust.  Do the best you can and maybe even put in some blocking to show what it will look like onstage.  And listen to what the person says.

6 -Watch other people's monologues online with your friends.
   See what works, and what doesn't.  Make notes and use what you learn to avoid mistakes in your monologue - and to make your monologue stronger.

7 -Video your monologue - or at least tape record it - then you can see what others are seeing and hearing. 

8- Get advice from a teacher or theater profsssional.   Take notes and ask if you can return when you have practiced more.  (Sometimes this can help you get a part)

9 - Be observant.   Watch your friends and neighbors, listen to their stories, read the newspaper and magazines.   Some of the best ideas are 'Ripped From the Headlines!'

10- Pay attention to the instructions    If you were told the monologue has to be 2 minutes or less - keep it under two minutes.   If it had to have more than 300 words, do a word count.

          And most of all -
              HAVE FUN!

This website is under construction.

It will have monologues by Janet S. Tiger, including
Custom monologues
Tips for writing great monologues (next column, scroll)
monologue samples,
monologues for auditions, monologues for women,
 monologues for men,
comedy monologues,
drama monologues,
how to write a monologue,
how to prepare for a monologue, and how to video a monologue.

To get more info, please call 858-274-9678 or email
        About the Playwright
      Janet S. Tiger’s award winning 
         plays have been produced 
           internationally from
       New York to New Zealand
     and are in popular anthologies
   in the United States and Canada.

Click  here for info about
        She received her BA in 
     Comparative Literature from
  San Diego State University in 1973 
          and has worked
     as a scriptwriter in Hollywood. 
      She is now living in San Diego
     with her husband and children.

This site was just part of an answer that got rated 'Best answer for this question on Yahoo-

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Asker's Comment:
Thank you so much! That monologue writing website w/ the tips really helped!--

( thank you for clarifying what personification is too. :)
(This was the question)
I've got to write a 5 min one woman show w/personification --only i don't know what qualifies--help!?

(this was the answer)

There's a site with some really good ideas on how to write your own monologue. You have to scroll down a little, but once you do, the ideas are excellent.

As for personification being part of it, personification is when human traits are given to inanimate objects - like death came with a scythe in hand.

Here is the definition-

Personification is giving human traits (qualities, feelings, action, or characteristics) to non-living objects (things, colors, qualities, or ideas).

For example: The window winked at me. The verb, wink, is a human action. A window is a non-living object.

If you have questions, ask the person giving the assignment.

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