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"Never Meet Your Heroes"
1 minute monologue
by D. M. Larson


Copyright (c) 2017 All Rights Reserved
For permission to use this monologue, contact doug@freedrama.net

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Never meet your heroes. Heroes are more of an idea than a fact. We believe in them, but they do not believe in themselves. They are flawed, imperfect and damaged like the rest of us. Their greatness grows in our minds and evolves into a myth that we recite over and over until we believe it without question.

The best heroes are the dead ones. They never disappoint us. We can believe all we want about them and it’s less likely that we’ll learn the truth. Their glorious stories begin to cement in our minds and the darkness of their lives fade into the dawn of our expectations. Heroes are never born; we create them. They spring from our minds and are given power by our imaginations.

A living hero will never be what we need, never good enough. That’s why all great heroes must die.

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SHORT COMEDY MONOLOGUES

Featuring: "How to be a Pirate" or "An Orchestra of Stink" - Funny monologue for female - solo stage script from the play "The Princess and the Pirate"

SHORT DRAMATIC MONOLOGUES

Featuring: "Fallen" - Monologue for male from a published play (1 minute)


UNBROKEN
1 minute monologue
by D. M. Larson


Copyright (c) 2017 All Rights Reserved
For permission to use this monologue, contact doug@freedrama.net
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You found me, cast aside, lost and broken. You searched through the rubble to find the severed pieces of my life, and slowly fit them back together again.

Before you, I felt like I was dying. The panic consumed me and squeezed the life from my heart. But I didn’t care. When we are weighed down by the torture of hate, we don’t fear death. There was nothing to live for… until I met you.

You rebuilt me and fixed what was broken. You made me better and pieced me back together in new ways that improved me. With the right parts, I was reborn... and life felt real... and right for the first time.

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MORE MONOLOGUES BELOW!




"Growing Up is Hard to Do" - Short Comedic Monologue from the play "Between Good and Evil" - Male (1 minute)

"Dreaming of Dragons" - Monologue for Kids - Male or Female (45 seconds to 1 minute)

"If I Let Myself Fall" - Romantic monologue - Female (1 minute)

"I Hate Buffets" - Comedy monologue - Female (1+ minutes)

"First Words" Monologue from a play - Female (45 seconds to 1 minute)

"Cowbell" - Comedy Monologue- Male or Female (1 minute)

"My Mask" Monologue from a published play - Female (30 seconds)

"My Dream" aka "What is Your Dream?" Short romantic monologue from a play "To Be A Star" - Female (45 seconds - 1 minute)

"Mama" by Shiela Larson - Monologue for Female (30 seconds)

"Kill First, Gloat Later" - Comedic Monologue - Male or Female (new)

"Cassandra" - Short Comedic Monologue from Published Script- Female (1 minute)

"Flowers from Phil" - Short Comedic Monologue from Published Script- Male (1 minute)

"The Girl Who Broke His Fingers" - Monologue - Female (1 minute)

"Hope" - Short Dramatic Monologue from Published Script- Female (1 minute)

"Beauty and Perfection" - Short Monologue from a play - Female (1 minute)


"Go Home" Dramedy (angry, sarcastic) monologue from a published play - Male or Female (1 minute)

"Goodbye Cruel World" Comedy (over-dramatic) monologue from a published play - Male or Female (1 minute)

"Die and Leave Thee" - Comedy (over-dramatic) Monologue - Male (1 minute)

"Wishing" - A Romantic Monologue for a Young Woman with a range of emotion from dreamy to serious with hints of a hidden secret - Female (1-2 minutes) - from the published play "The Ghosts of Detention"

"Perfectly Ugly" Monologue from a published play - Female (1+ minute)

"I Need Detention" - Comedy Monologue- Male (1 minute)

"A Thing for Nerds" - Comedy Monologue - Female (1 minute)

"A Breaking Heart" - Monologue - Female (1 minute)

"Humpty Dumpty Private Egg Hard Boiled Detective" - Comedy Monologue - Male (1 minute)

"The Big Bad Wolf" - Comedy monologue from the play "Holka Polka" - Male or Female (1 minute)

"Staying Power" Short romantic monologue from a play "To Be A Star" - Female (1 minute)

"Catchick" - Short Comedic Monologue from the play "Superhero Support Group" - Female (30 seconds to 1 minute)

"Nervous" - Short Dramatic Monologue for Female (1 minute) from "Death of an Insurance Salesman" - This solo script is a good short dramatic piece for a woman to show some strong emotion that comes from past memories and worries.

"Foot Rubs" - Monologue - Male (1 minute)

"Funny Little Fussy Face" - Monologue - Female (1 minute)

"End the Hurting" - Short Dramatic Monologue (about bullying and abuse)-Male or Female (30 seconds)

"Monologue from Another World" - Short Monologue - Male or Female (1 minute)

"Ode to the Squished" Short dramedy (over-dramatic comedy) monologue - Male or Female (30 seconds)

"Fanny" Comedy monologue from a published play - Female (1 minute)

"Destroy Me" - Dramatic Monologue from Published Script- Male (1 minute)

"Alien Goo" - Comedic Monologue from Published Script- Male (1 minute)

"Little Pirate" - Monologue for Kids - Female (1 minute)

"Stairway to Heaven" - Monologue from Published Script- Female (45 seconds to 1 minute)

"Bungled and Botched" - Monologue from Published Script- Male (30-45 seconds)

"Melinda Street" - Comedic Monologue from the play "Somebody Famous" - Female (30 seconds to 1 minute) - link goes to Freedrama blog

"Back to Work" - Short dramatic monologue - Male (30-45 seconds) - link goes to Freedrama blog

"Ugly Mug" short monologue from the play "Blinded by the Knight" - (30 seconds) - link goes to the Freedrama blog

"Mauled" - Short Monologue from the play "To Be A Star" - Male - link goes to Freedrama blog

"The Barn" - Short monologue from the play "Flowers in the Desert" - Male - link goes to Freedrama blog

"Farting is Such Sweet Sorrow" - Short comedy monologue from the play "Flowers in the Desert" - Male - link goes to Freedrama blog

"Without My Beauty" short monologue for girl - solo stage play script for female adapted from published play Beauty IS a Beast

"The Most Beautiful" short monologue for girl - solo stage play script for female adapted from published play Beauty IS a Beast

"Fairy Godmother" monologue for girl - solo female script adapted from the published play Beauty IS a Beast

“A Golden Tooth” short monologue for male from play script “The Princess and the Pirate”

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TIPS FOR NEW ACTORS ABOUT STAGE FRIGHT

The short monologues below are a good way to help you work through your stage fright if this is something you struggle with. By practicing short monologues, it can boost your confidence. There are some great SHORT COMEDY MONOLOGUES and SHORT DRAMA MONOLOGUES.

Don't feel bad about being nervous. Some very famous people had stage fright: Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand, Meryl Streep and Sir Laurence Olivier.

Stage fright is a challenge a lot of people have. I've acted many times but I still get nervous right before I go on. But once I start performing I totally forget about the people and focus on my character. Focus only on your character and your story. Become that character. If you become the character, then it is this other person up there and not yourself. If you need to face the audience, don't look at anyone. Pick a point to look at in the back of the room and focus on that. Many performers (including myself) use the nervous energy and put it in their performance.

Singer Stevie Nicks explains how this helps her performance rather than hurts it. "If you have stage fright, it never goes away. But then I wonder: is the key to that magical performance because of the fear?" ~ Stevie Nicks


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