Approved Monologues

Students registering for the August Wilson Monologue Competition must select a monologue from the approved August Wilson Century Cycle monologues below. A monologue is a speech presented by a single character set within the context of a play.

We encourage you to choose a couple of monologues that pique your interest and invest in reading the plays, so that you have a full understanding of the characters and the story. It is important for an actor to play to his or her strengths, so explore and find a monologue that really speaks to you, connects to your heart, and to your own experiences and/or imagination in some way. Then decide which one is right for you, and have fun creating and portraying the character’s story.