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2nd Edition

Monologues for Actors of Color

Edited By

Roberta Uno

ISBN 9781138857285
Published May 27, 2016 by Routledge
126 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

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

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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.


"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