Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Mama monologue less than a minute for female actress

This 30 second monologue is written by my wife, Shiela Larson and is available for your use for free. Please ask for permission though at doug@freedrama.net (and include the name of the monologue in your request: "Mama").

MAMA

Oh child,

Why do you insist on waking me up at night?

Why do you act like a cat and poop in something I've just cleaned for you?

Or make messes in the kitchen and play with the pots and pans thinking you're in a band?

Why do you poke my face with your finger covered in banana?

Why do I put up with it?

Because when you look at me with those big eyes, and say "Mama", it makes it all worth it.


Find more free monologues at http://www.freedrama.net/small1.html

Friday, July 18, 2014

Free play scripts and monologues for teen actors, high school, young adults http://www.freedrama.net/teen.html

teen teenager play scripts free full length

"The Weird, Wild and Wonderful Days of School"

A full length play about young adults who are dealing with growing up. This play has a flexible cast. Not all scenes need to be performed. And actors can play multiple parts because no characters repeat from scene to scene. The smallest cast you could have by doing all the scripts would be three males and four females. But there are many as 49 speaking roles possible.


"The Ghosts of Detention"
(aka The Wedgie Club)

A full length play about young adults (teens / teenagers) who find themselves in trouble at their high school and end up in detention. The script takes place in the 1980s but the students from detention end up performing a 1920's play within the play. There is a lot of comedy and excellent monologues throughout the script and even some songs. This play has a flexible cast of 11 to 26.

free full length comedy teen teenager high school with monologues

"The Hysterical History of the Trojan War The Trojan War has never been so funny. This is still Homer's story but with a twist. 13-18+ speaking roles and potential for unlimited extras.


Monologues for Teens

Female Monologue

"The Not So Perfect Child" - Monologue- Female (2-3 minutes)

MORE FEMALE MONOLOGUES

Teen Monologues

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

MORE MONOLOGUES FOR TEENS


"Fart-Zen" - very short play for three or more actors (any gender)

"Gossip" a short comedy about a high school newspaper for 5 actors (3 f 2 m)

"Ghost Hunters of Route 666" - Short Comedy - 2 w 3 m

"The Green Chile Rebellion of 1899" - An Old West Comedy - 8 w 10 m +optional extras

"Hippies, Housewives, and Watering Holes" - 10 minute play - 2 w 1 m

"Much Madness" - One Act - 3 w

"A Hysterical History of the American Revolution" Short comedy about the women behind the Revolution (for ten+ actors).

"Baklavia" Full Length Comedy - 9 w 9 m

"Big Nose: A Modern Cyrano" - Full Length Comedy - flexible cast

"Big Nose: A Modern Cyrano" - 10 minute selection - flexible cast

"Creepy Corpse of Cal Capone" Short Melodrama/Farce - 4 to 10 w and 2 to 8 m - 12 total

"Ebony Scrooge: A Modern Christmas Carol" - female version of classic story - One Act - flexible cast

"The Outlaws of Candy Kitchen" This melodrama mixes real life history with local legend to create a new story that's fun for the whole family. 4-9 female, 5-10 male (14 total)

"Replenish the Earth" - One Act - 1 m 2 w

"Romanian Uranium Mystery" - Interactive audience participation mystery as one act or full mystery dinner theatre script - eight characters

"Screamy Youie Kicky Booty" - Short Comedy - 2 actors

"Seeing Beyond with Maya Fantasma" - Short Comedy - 3 w 1 m

"Teen Angel" - One Act - 5 w 2 m extras


The following play are for mature teen actors

"Flowers in the Desert" Full Length Drama - 7 w 2 m

"John and Maggie" - One Act about a modern Mary and Joseph - 1 w 1 m 1 girl

"Pearls of Wisdom" Monologue-Woman
Click here for script with pictures from New York production

"Nobody Famous" - One Act - 6 w

"The Redneck" - One Act - 4 w 3 m

"Trinity Rises" Trinity Rises is the story of a young woman who is dealing with the damage to her family and her community as a result of uranium mining. Is her grandfather a Cold War Patriot or a victim of a government who put the creation of nuclear weapons before the health of the miners? She wants to protest against the government but will anyone join her? Does the promise of economic prosperity outweigh the health risks? 2-4 females, 1-3 males (5 total)

Friday, July 11, 2014

Be a Pirate! Fun summer theme unit for kids with play and improv games!

Pirates are a great theme for summer activities for kids or for the classroom. Here are some good free resources for a unit involving pirates.

Check out the play "The Pint Sized Pirate" about a small pirate with big dreams. It teaches how someone who is little can still make a difference. Check it out for free at this link: http://www.freedrama.net/pegpirate.html

There are also theatre games (aka improv) that is a lot of fun for kids and gets them up, moving around. It's fun way to introduce drama to kids. Here is a link to some fun free pirate improv games: http://freedramaplays.blogspot.com/2013/12/pirate-improv-games-fun-drama-classroom.html

A pirate theme unit is a great way to teach map skills to kids. Have kids hide treasures and make maps that other kids have to follow. Or teach some geography. When I was teaching elementary school, I often made my own board games using maps... kids roll the dice and see who can make it around the world or to all 50 states first.

Your unit can work with almost any topic. Read stories about pirates, write your own pirate stories, learn about historical pirates, learn the science of sailing and cannons, and use math to count treasure and measure distances for maps.

A good time for this theme unit might be September since September 19th is "Talk like a Pirate" day. If Krispy Kreme is still giving away free donuts that day, plan a field trip to one of their stores.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Advice on starting a drama troupe or theatre group (being a director or producer)

In a perfect world, there would be a place for actors to gather and perform, but not every community has a place for new actors to try their hand at acting on stage. So sometimes we decide to try creating our own theatre group. Impossible? No. Easy? No. But with hard work and determination, it can happen.

I have been involved in drama for over 20 years and I have started three groups during that time. Once I took the lead on an established theatre and twice I started from scratch. I found a couple of good ways to start out.

One good way to start is with play readings. By doing play readings, this can be a good way to find people interested in acting or even find people interested in helping start the theatre group. Find a good public location like a public library with a meeting room, a church, a school or community center. I would discourage using your home because if want to do a public invitation to get new people and sometimes you get odd people showing up. You really don't want odd people knowing where you live :)

Play readings are also a great way to find plays that people might want to perform and also find out what kind of actors you have. Do the people who show up to the play reading prefer drama or comedy? Here is a great place to find free play scripts for your reading: http://www.freedrama.net

Another approach is to try theatre games (improv). Improv can be a fun way to see what types of actors you have in your community. Improv is also a great way for people to get to know each other and build a team. And you also find out who can work together and who is comfortable being on stage. Here are some great improv activities to get you started: http://www.freedrama.net/improv.html

Have play readings and/or improv nights more than once to see which people you have returning over and over. Then gather the people you feel can help you get a full production off the ground. Talk to this core group about what skills they have and what they would like to try. Find out who can sew and see if they want to try costumes. Find out who loves to go to garage sales and put them in charge of props. See who has good connections to businesses and have them handle fund raising and advertising.

Selling advertising space in your program for your first production can be a great way pay for your production before it even makes it on stage. I funded my first theatre group this way and when it came time to sell tickets, that was all profit because the advertising paid for all our expenses. But be sure to wait to sell ads until your rehearsals are off the group and it looks like you'll be ready to perform. You don't want to sell ads for a play production that doesn't make it to stage. And if you sell the ads within a month of your performance, it's a good way to advertise the show too. And be sure to give the people who advertise complimentary (comp) tickets - at least two for someone who does a quarter page ad. You can give additional rewards to bigger advertisers such as "meet the cast" for half a page ad or "come to the cast party" for a full page ad.

Be sure to keep careful records of all your funds. Sometimes it can be good to partner with a non-profit arts organization and have the funds be handled by them. Eventually you'll want to become your own non-profit so you can tap grant funding.

Overall, here are some good steps to follow:

1. Select the script

2. Read the script

3. Create a schedule (casting, practices, performance dates)

4. Find a location for practices and performing (might be two different locations depending on costs)

5. Casting call for actors

6. Select scenes for auditions

7. Auditions

8. Cast actors

9. Meet with actors and read through script

10. Practice play (create a schedule that doesn't require all actors to be there all the time - work in a lot of time with the main actors)

11. Promote play performance(s) and keep promoting until the performance dates

12. Arrange for costumes, props, build set (I'd recommend you find people to do all these things for you if possible but check in on them as often as possible)

13. Dress rehearsals (have costumes, props, set, etc. and be in the performance location - invite friends, family and press/reporters for the final dress rehearsal)

14. Performances (invite more press/reporters if they all didn't make it to dress rehearsal; invite theatre reviewer if there is one in your town; give actors at least two free tickets for friends/family depending on how big your theatre venue is)

15. Opening night celebration after the performance

16. Closing night celebration after the performance (Cast Party)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Drama Teachers! Need a low cost credit course for the summer? Try Drama Games!

Here is an excellent summer professional development online course for drama teachers... Drama Games!

Learn how to use drama techniques to make everyday classroom lessons come to life. Drama Games give teachers a new educational tool for any subject by using improvisational theatre concepts as an active form of learning. Improvisational theatre gives students a fun and interactive way to learn English, reading, literature, history, communications, speech and much more. The activities in this course can be used with all ages of students and in any classroom setting. Text is $11 on Amazon.com

Both graduate and undergrad levels available. Tuition is $300 for 5 quarter credits (or 3 semester).

Learn more at: http://www.hol.edu/view_course.cfm?cid=2759&nav=distance

And check out the syllabus too: http://www.hol.edu/syllabusuploads/Drama%20Games.pdf

Taught by Emmy Award Winner Doug Larson

Sunday, June 29, 2014

monologues from published plays (updated June 2014)

Monologues from Published Plays updated June 2014

The following monologues are published in the book "Secrets of my Soul":

"The Not So Perfect Child" - Monologue- Female (2-3 minutes)

"Dear God" - Short Monologue-Male or Female (3-4 minutes)

"Ghosts I've Known" Monologue-Woman [html]
Shorter, more serious version [rtf file] * Slightly longer version with some humor [rtf file] (5 minutes)

"Demons" - Short Dramatic Monologue for male or female (3 minutes)

"Breaking Heart" - Monologue- Female (2 minutes)

"Dummy" - Monologue for a Male

"Before You Punch Me" Monologue - Male (2 minutes)

"Pearls of Wisdom" Monologue-Woman
A play for mature actors (6-7 minutes)


Monologues from the play "Ghosts of Detention"

"I Need Detention" for teen male

"The Girl Who Broke His Fingers" for teen female

"Wishing" for teen female

"Big Zero" for teen male


The following monologues are published in the book "Flowers in the Desert":

free monologues from published play
ISBN: 978-1494806217

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

"Piggy Princess" Monologue from a play - Female (1-2 minutes)

"Sob Story" Monologue from a play - Female (1-2 minutes)

"Mess Things Up" Monologue from a play - Female (2+ minutes)

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


Monologues from other published plays:

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

"Fallen" - Short Dramatic Monologue from Published Script- Male (1 minute)

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

"Master" - Comedic Monologue from Published Script- Male (2-3 minutes)

"Humpty Dumpty Private Egg Hard-Boiled Detective" - Comedic Monologue from Published Script- Male (2 minutes)

"Sleeping Spell" - Comedic Monologue for an Evil Character from Published Script- Female (3 minutes)

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

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

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

"School Newspaper" Comedy monologue from a published play - Female (1-2 minutes)

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

"Perfectly Ugly" - Monologue from Published Script- Female (1+ minutes)

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

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

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

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

"Much Madness" Dramatic Monologue-Female (new)

"Facing Death" - Monologue from Published Script- Male (1-2 minutes)

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


Saturday, June 28, 2014

funny free one act play scripts http://www.freedrama.net/one.html

Freedrama.net has some excellent free funny comedy one act plays for your stage production, classroom or workshop.

Funny Comedy One Act Plays

Super Hero Support Group free online one act play script comedy

"Superhero Support Group" Short (10-15 minute) play for six actors

"Superhero Support Group" (EXTENDED) 30 minute play for seven actors

"Metropolis Man" Short romantic comedy play for 2 m 1 f about finding a super man and falling in love

"Super Dead Man" Short comedy play for seven actors

"Princess from Another Planet" Short play about an artist looking for some pity. 2+ m 2 w with possible extras.

"Touched by an Alien" Short comedy about space explorers that discover a new kind of alien. 5 actors of any gender (plus possible non-speaking roles).

"Pity the Fool" Short play about an artist looking for some pity. 2 m 2 w.

short romantic comedy script play skit for two actors

"Polly Wants a Cracker" A short play for two actors (one man, one woman, optional non-speaking extras)

"Rock, Sword, Firecracker!" Short comedy about the legend behind the game of Rock, Scissors, Paper. 3+ actors (any gender)

"One Way or Another" A short play for two actors (one man, one woman)

"Looks Get in the Way" Short comedy about finding the perfect person. 2-3 m 1-2 w (4 total).

"Gossip" Short Comedy (teen version) - 5 actors Version for adult actors

"Kisses Like a Redneck" with 3w 2m
which is a selection from the popular full length play "Operation Redneck" (3w 3m)
created from the short play "The Redneck" (4w 3m).

"Nobody Famous" - One Act - 6 actors (different versions available - one with all female cast)

Nobody Famous free online one act play script comedy

"Romanian Uranium Mystery" - Interactive audience participation mystery as one act or full mystery dinner theatre script - eight characters

"Big Nose: A Modern Cyrano" - 10 minute selection - flexible cast

"Creepy Corpse of Cal Capone" Short Melodrama/Farce - 4 to 10 w and 2 to 8 m - 12 total

"Hippies, Housewives, and Watering Holes" - 10 minute play - 2 w 1 m [html]

"Music Maybe" short comedy play for four actors about an all drummer rock group - "male version" or "female version"

"The Hysterical History of the Trojan War The Trojan War has never been so funny. This is still Homer's story but with a twist. 13-18+ speaking roles and potential for unlimited extras.

"The Boy Who Cried Genie" A short play about a guy who wishes he didn't get wishes. 1-2 males, 4-5 females.

"The Weirdest Honeymoon Ever" - Comedy 4m 4w

"Screamy Youie Kicky Booty" - Short Comedy - 2 actors

"Seeing Beyond with Maya Fantasma" - Short Comedy - 3 w 1 m

"Ghost Hunters of Route 666" - Short Comedy - 2 w 3 m

"El Rancho Cheapo" - One Act - 4 w 2 m

"A Little Private Education" - One Act - 2 w 2 m

"The Outlaws of Candy Kitchen" This melodrama mixes real life history with local legend to create a new story that's fun for the whole family. 4-9 female, 5-10 male (14 total)

MORE FREE ONE ACT PLAY SCRIPTS!

Serious Drama One Acts * Holiday and History One Acts * Family and Kids One Acts * Short One Act Plays * Small Cast One Act Plays