50 African American Audition Monologues

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Finding authentic African American material has never been easy for actors. Gus Edwards continues to remedy that situation with this third collection of powerful, original monologues for African American men and women. The pieces offer a refreshing alternative to recycled standards. And they showcase the language and frame of reference that are immediately recognizable, both emotionally and culturally, to the people who will perform or view them.

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Overview

Finding authentic African American material has never been easy for actors. Gus Edwards continues to remedy that situation with this third collection of powerful, original monologues for African American men and women. The pieces offer a refreshing alternative to recycled standards. And they showcase the language and frame of reference that are immediately recognizable, both emotionally and culturally, to the people who will perform or view them.

Edwards has arranged the monologues by performance length, a key component in auditioning. Need a 30-second or a 3-minute piece? No problem. Just turn to these pages to find honest, vibrant material.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325004570
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 7/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 102
  • Sales rank: 1,470,004
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.21 (d)

Meet the Author

One of America's leading playwrights, Gus Edwards is also a director and educator. He has written several books addressing the concerns of African American theatre and is a tenured faculty member of Arizona State University's theatre department, where he teaches film and theatre studies. His first collection, Monologues on Black Life (1997), was also published by Heinemann.
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Table of Contents

A Note on Auditions and Auditioning ix
30 Seconds to 1 Minute
Female
He Said, Then I Said 3
Quotes 4
In a Tired City 5
This Room of Mine 6
Waiting My Turn 7
Fools and Dreamers 8
A New Understanding 9
Trust 10
The Big Mistake 11
Never Again 12
Male
Mr. Nice Guy 13
The Optimist 14
Everybody's Baffled 15
How It Was Back Then 16
The Last Word 17
Dumb or Something 18
The Old Club 19
What Is the Answer? 21
Somebody Cares 22
Dear Mom 24
1 1/2 to 2 Minutes
Female
I Used to Dream 27
An Exchange of Glances 29
The Power of Prayer 31
Because I Love Him 33
Appetites and Horses 35
True Love 37
A Woman's Emotions 39
Learning to Love Jazz 41
Parts Unknown 43
With No Clothes On 45
Male
The Quick Thinker 47
No Reason for Tears 49
Insomnia 51
Show Me Your Bills 53
Paying the Price 55
The False Image 57
Quoting Shakespeare 59
Derelict Ravings 61
Bad Medicine and Prayer 63
Hypocrisy 65
2 1/2 to 3 Minutes
Female
Freedom to Love 69
Attaching the Blame 72
Hooked on a Feeling 74
Looking Up at Clouds 76
Dangerous Weather Conditions 78
Male
The Preacherman 80
An Almost Perfect World 82
Living in Dorksville 84
A Warning 86
Wondering Out Loud 88
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2008

    Why is it for African Americans?

    Honestly, not only is this title insulting but so is the book. What's wrong with just regular monlogues, is there a book call 50 White American monologues, because if there is, send me one!

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