Overdone Contemporary Audition Monologues

A great contemporary audition monologue can be the hardest audition material to find. Although there are easily tens of thousands of contemporary plays out there (compared to the 37 plays that Shakespeare wrote that we have to select classical college audition material from), contemporary playwrights often write great, "back-and-forth" dialogue and don't always let their characters talk non-stop for 1-2 minutes.

We are all tempted to look through those audition monologue books that offer the "Best Under 2 Minute Contemporary Audition Monologues."

I mean...they look so super shiny and magical on the shelf. Like someone placed exactly what you needed there, just for you, at the exact moment you needed it the most...


Monologue books and "Great Audition Monologue" Google searches are going to lead down the dark path of choosing an overdone audition monologue. And seriously, why would you want the audition panel at your dream college or dream show feel like this...

So to help you all "Nail it!" with your audition material selection, we have put together some of the top overdone contemporary audition monologues for women and men that you definitely should avoid at your next audition.

This week's feature:

Overdone Contemporary Audition Monologues


Overdone Female Contemporary Monologues

  1. And Turning, Stay by Kellie Powell (Amy): "Don't you dare walk away from me! And don't tell me you're sorry!"

  2. Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon (Nora): "Oh, God, he was so handsome. Always dressed so dapper, his shoes always shined..."

  3. 'Dentity Crisis by Christopher Durang (Jane): "Peter Pan" monologue

  4. An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde (Mabel): "Well, Tommy has proposed to me again. Tommy really does nothing but propose to me..."

  5. The Fantastics by Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt (Luisa): "This morning a bird woke me up..."

  6. Fat Men in Skirts by Nicky Silver (Popo): "I am Popo Martin. My friends call me Popo Martin."

  7. The Fifth of July by Lanford Wilson (Shirley): "I'm going to be the greatest artist Missouri has ever produced. No-- the entire Midwest..."

  8. Goodbye Charles by Gabriel Jones (Jill): "The Divorce Papers" monologue

  9. Laughing Wild by Christopher Durang (Woman): "Tuna Fish" monologue

  10. Our Town by Thornton Wilder (Emily Webb): "I don't like the whole change that's come over you in the last year..." and "I can't bear it. They're so young and beautiful...Good-bye, Good-bye world..."

  11. Picasso at the Lapin Agile by Steve Martin (Suzanne): "I...it was about two weeks ago. I was walking down the street one afternoon..."

  12. Proof by David Auburn (Catherine): "I lived with him. I spent my life with him. I fed him..."

  13. Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire (Becca): "Do you really not know me, Howie? Do you really not know how utterly impossible that would be? To erase him?..."

  14. The Star Spangled Girl by Neil Simon (Sophie): "Mr. Cornell, I have tried to be neighborly. I have tried to be friendly and I have tried to be cordial. I don't know what it is that you're trying to be."

  15. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams (Blanche): "I loved someone, too, and the person I loved I lost. He was a boy, just a boy..."

  16. You're a Good Man Charlie Brown by Clark Gesner (Sally): "Coat hanger Sculpture" monologue


Overdone Male Contemporary Monologues

  1. The Actor's Nightmare by Christopher Durang (George): "Oh don't go! (Pause, smiles uncomfortably at the audience.) Maybe someone else will come out in a minute..."

  2. Biloxi Blues by Neil Simon (Arnold): "I was in the latrine alone..."

  3. Boys' Life by Howard Korder (Phil): "I would have destroyed myself for this woman. Gladly. I would have eaten garbage..."

  4. A Chorus Line by James Kirkwood, Jr. & Nicholas Dante (Paul): "From seeing all those movie musicals, I used to dance around on the street, and I'd get caught all the time..."