Shatford Library

Shatford Library

Monologues and Scenes

1. Library Catalog - Find Books, Media and Pamphlets

The Library Catalog is a database of books, media, pamphlets and course reserves located in the library's collection. To find resources in the library by subject, you will need a call number which is based on the Dewey Decimal or Library of Congress Classification System and leads you to the specific item on the shelf. To find the call number, use the library catalog. (

Basic Search

Use the Basic Search to look for an item using keyword anywhere or in a specific field (eg. title field or subject field).

To find information about a person, use Basic Search within Subject Browse (select from the drop down menu).

To find information on a topic, you can use your keyword search results to identify library subject headings or you can select the Subject tab and type in a library subject heading.

Subject headings:

  • Monologues
  • Acting auditions

Related subjects (Narrower, Broader and See also):

  • American Drama 20th Century
  • Minorities United States Drama
  • One act plays, American

To search for a title you have two options: 1. select title from the drop down menu (to search by title keyword) or 2. select title browse from the drop down menu, to search by exact title wording. (Skip the first word of the title if it is an article, e.g. 'a', 'an' or 'the').

To search by author, select the Author tab, then type in the author's last name, first name, e.g. 'Simon, Neil'.

Audition pieces can be found by browsing the shelves in certain general areas:

  • For collections of American drama see the call number 812.08. 
  • British drama can be found under the call number 822.08. 
  • For American drama by one playwright see 812.54
  • One-act plays are located under the call number 808.8245. 
  • Anthologies of plays are under 808.82. 
  • For a comprehensive list of plays arranged by a number of actors see the “Cast Analysis” section of each volume of the Play Index (Ref 808.2 P 1). 
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2. Monologues in the Shatford Library

808.8245  A 1-3  Alterman, Glenn.  The perfect audition monologue.  Smith and Kraus, 2003

808.8245  B 1 The Best Men’s Stage Monologues Of 2004.  Smith and Kraus.

808.8245  B 1-2 The Best Women’s Stage Monologues Of 2004.  Smith and Kraus.

808.8245  B 2  The Book Of Comic And Dramatic Monologues. Elm Tree Books, 1981.

808.8245  P 3  Gandrow, Kristen and Polly K. Carl, eds.  The Playwrights’ Center monologues for men. Heinemann, 2005.

808.8245 P 3-2  Gandrow, Kristen and Polly K. Carl, eds.  The Playwrights’ Center monologues for women. Heinemann, 2005.

REF 808.8245 G 1 Grumbach, Jane. Actors Guide To Monologues. Drama Book Specialists, 1974-1980. (2 vols.)

REF 808.8245 I 1 1959  Ireland, Norma Olin. An Index To Monologs And Dialogs.  F.W. Faxon Co., 1959.

812.5 M 17 Martin, Marty.  Gertrude Stein Gertrude Stein Gertrude Stein: A One-Character Play. Random House, 1980.

808.8245 M 3 Monologues From The Classiscs: Shakespeare, Marlowe And Others.Dramaline Publications, 1986.

808.8245  M 2 V. 2  Monologues-Women: 50 Speeches From The Contemporary Theatre. Drama Book Specialists, 1976.

808.8245 P 1-2 Pomerance, Susan. For Women: More Monologues They Haven’t Heard. Dramaline Publications, 1995.

808.8245 S 1  The Scenebook for actors: Great Monologs & Dialogs From Contemporary & Classical Theatre.  Meriwether Pub., 1990.

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3. Scenebooks in the Shatford Library

808.824 C 1  Contemporary Scenes For Student Actors. Penguin Books, 1980.  

822.08 C 3  Cosgrove, Frances ed. with notes.  Scenes For Student Actors: Dramatic Selections From New Plays. New York: S. Frances, 1934.

808.824 M 3  Ellis, Roger ed. Multicultural Theatre: Scenes And Monologs From New Hispanic, Asian And African-American Plays. Meriwether Pub., 1996.

REF 808.2 G 1 Grumbach, Jane.  Actors Guide To Scenes.  Drama book Specialist, 1973.

808.824 M 2 Handman, Wynn.  Modern American Scenes For Student Actors.  Bantam Books, 1978.

792.028 K 4 Keller, Betty.  Improvisations In Creative Drama: A Program Of Workshops And Dramatic Sketches For StudentsMeriwether Pub., 1988.

808.824 K 1-2 Kluger, Garry Michael.  Original Audition Scenes For Actors: A Collection Of Professional-Level Short  Scenes.  Meriwether Pub., 1987.

808.82 L 4 Lowther, James B.  Dramatic Scenes From Athens To Broadway.  Green and Co., 1937.

808.824 M 1 Majeski, Bill.  Doubletalk: 50 Comedy Duets For Actors.  Meriwether Pub., 1990.

808.824 P 1  Play the scene : the ultimate collection of contemporary and classic scenes and monologues. St. Martin’s Griffin, 2004.

808.8245  S 1 The scenebook for actors: Great Monologs & Dialogs From Contemporary & Classical Theatre. Meriwether Pub., 1990.

813.5  S 56  Shepard, Sam.  Hawk Moon: A Book Of Short Stories, Poems And Monologues.  Performing Arts Journal Publications, 1981.

808.824 G 1 V. 1-2. Steffensen, James L., ed.  Great Scenes From The World Theater. Avon Books, 1965-1972.

812.5 T 2 Taggart, Tom.  For Women Only: Skits And Blackouts. S. French, 1947.

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4. Short Plays and One-Act Plays

808.8241 B 1  The best American short plays, 2003-2004.  Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, 2006.

808.8241  M 4 Mauro, Robert.  Two-Character Plays For Student Actors: A Collection Of 15 One-Act Plays. Meriwether Pub., 1988

808.8241  O 5  On Stage! Short Plays For Acting Students. Meriwether Pub, 1990.

808.8241 O 3  One-act plays for acting students : an anthology of short one-act plays for one, two, or three actors.  Meriwether Pub., 1987.

813.5 S 56  Shepard, Sam. Hawk Moon: A Book Of Short Stories, Poems And Monologues. Performing Arts Journal Publications, 1981.

808.8241 T 5  Take ten : new 10-minute plays.  Vintage Books, 1997.

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5. Resources on the World Wide Web

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last updated: 07/13/2011 by P. Johnson revision #3