Assignment 3 – Acting 105: Developing a Monologue

Your assignment for this week is to find, memorize and practice a (1-2 minutes long).

A monologue ia “speech” delivered by a single character, usually as a part of a larger work, often a theater play or a film. The most effective monologues are the ones in which a character is talking to other character(s) in order to get something specific from them or somehow change their point of view.

The easiest way to find one is to do a search for terms such as monologues for men; monologues for women; monologues for older actors or monologues for___________ (fill in the blank) (any other group you belong to). You can also, if you like, write your own short monologue.

Before doing the exercise, I’d suggest watching the examples of monologues, and also the audition monologues lower on this page.

Examples of monologues

Here’s a short monologue from Erin Brokovich. Actor: Julia Robers

Sally Field’s monologue from Steel Magnolias:

This short scene from A Few Good Men includes  Jack Nicholson’s monologue:

Monologues from auditions – well known actors:

Harrison Ford auditions for Han Solo in Star Wars. What do you think? Would you have cast him in the part? Why? Why do you think he got the part?

BRAD PITT AUDITION TAPE (EARLY)

What do you think of his audition? Would you have cast him? What about DiCaprio’s? What made their auditions successful?

RUSSELL CROWE TALKS ABOUT AUDITIONING:


MATTHEW FOX AUDITION TAPE:

HENRY THOMAS AUDITIONS FOR E.T.

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