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
Selected monologues from:
after all of the terrible things I do
Another Part of the House
Blues for Mr Charlie
Come Down Burning
Dark Cowgirls and Prairie Queens
Do Lord Remember Me
Doin’ Time: Through the Visiting Glass
Fati’s Last Dance
Fetch Clay Make Man
Fish Head Soup
The Frybread Queen
The Gospel of Lovingkindness
The Happiest Song Plays Last
Heroes and Saints
How Else Am I Supposed to Know I'm Still Alive
In the Continuum
In the Red and Brown Water
A Life in Knots
A Local Perspective
Long Time Since Yesterday
Mariela in the Desert
A Nice Indian Boy
Night over Erzinga
The Rez Sisters
The Sarimanok Travels
Songs of the Dragon Flying to Heaven
Standoff at Hwy#37
The Strength of Indian Women
Trajectory of a Heart, Fractured
Unfinished Women Cry in No Man's Land While a Bird Dies in a Gilded Cage
Unmerciful Good Fortune
Wine in the Wilderness
Wings of Night Sky, Wings of Morning Light
The Women of Tu-Na House
The World of Extreme Happiness
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.
"Actors - these voices will fly off the page into performance. Inspired! Relevant! Now!"
Kamilah Forbes, Artistic Director, Hi-Arts/Hip Hop Theater Festival
These ferocious literary voices inspire me, intimidate me, empower my pen, and smash open my expectations of what a play can be. They provide gifts for actors, in the form of complex characters and throbbing language. I'm thrilled to share the page with them.
Quiara Hudes, Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright
"Every actor needs something to play. This book on a practical level gives actors of many different backgrounds additional material for going out there and giving it their all."
Anna Deavere Smith, Playwright and Actor