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Here, you will find monologues from plays by the finest contemporary playwrights, such as Theresa Rebeck, Ken Ludwig, Don Nigro and Paul Weitz, who have achieved considerable success in the theater, and work from exciting newcomers such as Danai Gurira, Nikkole Salter, Jonathan Rand, Doug Rand, Robert Pridham, and Joseph Goodrich, in a variety of styles.
I was chastised last year, in a generally favorable review of the 2005 monologue books, for not including enough comic pieces — so with considerable effort I have found several for this year’s books. Why “with considerable effort”? you might well ask. Well, because published plays tend to come from America’s nonprofit theaters, where (it seems) everything has to be dark and disturbing and oh-so-terribly “cutting-edge.” I hope you will find enough comic monologues in this book to suit your needs; but if you need to keep looking I highly recommend one of Smith and Kraus’ recent publications, The Ultimate Monologue Book, Volume IV: 222 Comedy Monologues 2 Minutes & Under, edited by John Capecci and Irene Ziegler Aston, a wonderful selection of contemporary and classical pieces.
I have had the honor of editing Smith and Kraus’ annual Best Monologues series since 2001. I think this year’s edition is the best yet; but ultimately, that’s for you to say.