2nd Edition

Monologues for Actors of Color Men

Edited By Roberta Uno Copyright 2016
    136 Pages
    by Routledge

    136 Pages
    by Routledge

    Actors of colour need the best speeches to demonstrate their skills and hone their craft. Roberta Uno has carefully selected monologues that represent African-American, Native American, Latino, and Asian-American identities. Each monologue comes with an introduction and notes on the characters and stage directions to set the scene for the actor.

    This new edition now includes more of the most exciting and accomplished playwrights to have emerged over the 15 years since the Monologues for Actors of Color books were first published, from new, cutting edge talent to Pulitzer winners.

    Monologues from:

    Against My Heart


    Before It Hits Home

    Bird in the Hand

    A Bowl of Beings

    A Branch of the Blue Nile

    The Brothers Size

    Cloud Tectonics

    The Colored Museum

    The Convert

    Death and the Maiden

    The Devil’s Salt


    The Doctor is Indian

    Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing


    Education Is Our Right

    The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity

    The Gospel of Lovingkindness

    El Nogalar

    Fetch Clay Make Man

    Fetch Clay Make Man

    Fires in the Mirror

    Fish Head Soup

    Godiva Dates and One Night Stands


    Roberta Uno was the founding Artistic Director of the New WORLD Theater in Amherst, Massachusetts, a visionary institution dedicated to works by artists of color, having worked with legendary figures including James Baldwin, Alice Childress, Pearl Primus, and Gordon Heath. She was also a Professor of Directing and Dramaturgy at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Department of Theater. In 2002, Uno joined the Ford Foundation and is Senior Program Officer for Arts and Culture, in the Freedom of Expression unit of the Education, Creativity, and Free Expression program.

    "This is an extraordinary and eclectic group of playwrights. Their plays tell stories from diverse ethnic communities and offer opportunities for actors of color to portray complex and nuanced characters."

    Andre Bishop, Artistic Director, Lincoln Center Theatre

    "We need this book. If the American theater is to fulfill its democratic promise, it has to embrace artists who represent the bracing diversity of our country, and our world. Roberta Uno has done us all a service."

    Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director, NY Shakespeare Festival Public Theater

    "American theatre and media are slowly coming to realize that diversity is not only good practice, but good business. The monologues in this volume help to ensure our field's continued commercial and artistic growth."

    David Henry Hwang, Playwright