5 Monologues for Men
One of the most important aspects in an auditioning is picking the right monologue. Need some recommendations? Here are five monologues for men looking to ‘wow’ a casting director.
- The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov
Trofimov in Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard delivers a monologue where he discusses the harsh reality of Russia and its mistreatment of the poor. The monologue explores his frustration with having the auction of the cherry orchard and his bitterness with Russian society in general. This frustrated monologue is an excellent choice for an actor between the ages 18-39.
4000 Miles by Amy Herzog If you are looking for a youthful monologue, Leo Joseph Connell’s monologue is a great match for you. Perfect for young men ages 18-25, this character explores grief while traveling cross country via bicycle.
Fat Pig by Neil LaBute Neil LaBute’s Fat Pig follows a man who loves a woman who is not thin. In this monologue, Tom begs her to not leave him. This monologue is an excellent choice for young men ages 20-30 who can relate to a feeling of love and desire.
The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams Tom’s opening monologue sets the stage for Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie. Tom invites the audience into the world of the play. Tom, a poet and factory worker, wants nothing more than to escape his stifling household. This monologue is perfect for a leading man between the ages of 25-35.
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett If auditioning for a comedic role, Lucky’s monologue in Beckett’s existential play, Waiting for Godot is an excellent source to use. Waiting for Godot follows people quite literally waiting for Godot to come. Lucky, a silly slave to Pozzo passes by and delivers a monologue. Lucky’s practically incoherent speech requires a talented actor. This challenging monologue is perfect for character actors 40-60 years of age.