2nd Edition

Monologues for Actors of Color Women

Edited By Roberta Uno Copyright 2016
    126 Pages
    by Routledge

    126 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.

    Selected monologues from:

    after all of the terrible things I do


    Another Part of the House

    Becoming Cuba

    Blues for Mr Charlie


    Café Vida

    Café Vida

    Calling Aphrodite

    China Doll

    Come Down Burning


    The Convert

    Dark Cowgirls and Prairie Queens

    Do Lord Remember Me

    Doin’ Time: Through the Visiting Glass

    Fati’s Last Dance

    Fetch Clay Make Man

    Firebird Tattoo

    Fish Head Soup

    Flyin' West

    The Frybread Queen

    The Gospel of Lovingkindness


    Half Lives

    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

    Last Dance


    A Life in Knots

    A Local Perspective

    Long Time Since Yesterday


    Mariela in the Desert

    Miss Lead

    The Mountaintop


    A Nice Indian Boy

    Night over Erzinga


    The Rez Sisters



    Sabra Falling

    The Sarimanok Travels

    Smart People

    Some People


    Songs of the Dragon Flying to Heaven

    Standoff at Hwy#37

    The Strength of Indian Women

    Sunset Baby

    The Talk

    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