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2nd Edition

Monologues for Actors of Color

Edited By

Roberta Uno

ISBN 9781138857254
Published May 27, 2016 by Routledge
136 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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