Knowing the top 10 winning monologues for young actors is important to anyone who want to snag a role in a movie or play. They’re also good for honing your craft, and even for oratorical contests. Here is a list of 10 winning monologues for young actors from movies and plays, both classical and contemporary.
“Aye, but to die and go we know not where” – Claudio, “Measure for Measure” An ideal monologue for young men. Claudio has been arrested for lasciviousness and his sister tells him to give up his life instead of forcing her to give up her virginity. It’s a superb, clever monologue that encompasses a range of emotions, It’s also a classic, and any actor knows that the classics are classics for a reason. Ideal for winning any role.
“You have to go back, I tell you. There’s no way out of it.” – Lt. Charles, “The Adding Machine”: This monologue, great for male and female actors, was written by Elmer Rice as part of his play (1923) “The Adding Machine.” This play has been called a landmark of American Expressionism, “reflecting the growing interest in this highly subjective and nonrealistic form of drama.” In this scene, Lt. Charles explains to Mr. Zero that he is about to be reincarnated.
“I hate performers who try to be so hum-bull!” – Agnus Angst, “The Search for Intelligent Life in the Universe”: Probably one of the most out-of-this-world monologues ever. This monologue is perfect for young actors who want to show off their wild sides to win an angsty teen role. Maybe a comedy. This is a play originally written to be performed by Jane Wagner for Lily Tomlin.
“I’m surprised you even remembered me.” – Imogen, “Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick”: In this, Imogen is a sexy, pretty actor who’s had one too many and talks to anyone about how much she wants to be remembered as an artist and not as a woman with a great rack. This is for older teens in the young person spectrum. Written by Terry Johnson.
“Dream Girl” – Georgie, “Georgie”: The title character in this play wakes up and does her early morning ritual in front of her mirror before heading off to work. It’s a funny, charming piece sure to win you a couple of roles for sure. From a play written by Elmer Rice.
“She loves me; she loves me not.” – Konstantin, “The Seagull” This is a moving, sad monologue in which Konstantin proves to his uncle that his mother holds no love for him. This is best for a young man, done for when you’re trying to bag a lead role in a drama.
“Without you, I’m as lonely as an abandoned dog on the side of a highway.” – Matthew, “100 Girls”: This monologue is from a movie written by Michael Davis. It’s cute, it’s funny, and it’s a winning monologue for young actors who want to bag a role in a romantic comedy maybe, or as a lead man in a play.
“I don’t understand you! You’re all up on perches but it doesn’t hide your arseholes!” –Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, “Amadeus”: This is an intense monologue from the movie/play “Amadeus.” Young actors are sure to enjoy the borderline insanity in this piece, where Mozart is in a circle of respected composers explaining why he should be able to perform a vulgar opera.
“Better Angels” – Danny, “American History X”: This monologue is perfect for the young actor who’s trying to win a dark, Byronic role. It’s intense, it’s enlightened, and it’s got a quote by Abraham Lincoln. What more could you want?
“Either The Shark or Me (please let it be the shark)” – Richard, “The Beach”: Again a monologue from a more recent movie. This one is funny and charming and perfect for showing off your Leonardo-esque charisma, which is always good for when you’re trying to win a role.