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Theater scenes: Female Monologues

Anna Christie

Anna Christie

by Eugene O'Neill

Drama: Act III, Anna (20) 

Found in: The Pulitzer Prize Plays (PS634. C67); A Treasury of the Theatre (PN6112. G37)

Scene:  Start: "It was one of them cousins that you think is such nice people--the youngest son--Paul--that started me wrong."

               End: "Like hell you will. You're like all the rest."

Candida

Candida

by George Bernard Shaw

Comedy-Drama: Act III, Candida (33)

Found in: A Treasury of the Theatre (PN6112. G37)

Scene:  Start: "I give myself to the weaker of the two."

                End: " I am mixing up your beautiful cadences and spoiling them, am I not, darling?"

Come Back, Little Sheba

Come Back, Little Sheba

by William Inge

Drama: Act II, Scene 4, Lola (39) 

Found in: Modern Drama for Analysis (PN6112. C8 1955)

Scene:  Start: "You know what, Doc? I had another dream, last night."

               End: "We got to go on. Now isn't that strange?"

Death of a Salesman

Death of a Salesman

by Arthur Miller

Drama: Act I, Linda (late 50s)

Found in: Masters of Modern Drama (PN6112. B4.8); A Treasury of the Theatre (PN6112. G37)

Scene:  Start: "I don't say he's a great man. Willy Loman never made a lot of money."

               End: "When does he get a medal for that?"

Dream Girl

Dream Girl

by Elmer Rise

Comedy: Act I, Georgina (23) 

Found in: Three Plays (PS3535.I224 T48)

Scene:  Start: "All right, Mother. I'm practically dressed."

               End: "Well, if I'm going to play with fire, I may as well look my best. So here goes."

Equus

Equus

by Peter Shaffer

Drama: Act II, Scene 23, Dora (37-43)

Found in: Equss (PR6037.H23 E6 2005)

Scene:  Start: "Look, Doctor: you don't have to live with this."

               End: "I only know he was my little Alan, and then the Devil came."

Fences

Fences

by August Wilson

Drama: Act II, Scene 5,  Rose (43)

Found in: Three Plays (PS3573.I45677 A6 1991)

NOTE: Minority Play

Scene:  Start: "You can't be nobody but who you are, Cory."

               End: "And if the Lord see fit to keep up my strength...I'm gonna do her just like your daddy did you...I'm gonna give her the best of what's in me."

Fences

Fences

by August Wilson

Drama: Act II, Scene 1, Rose (43)

Found in: Three Plays (PS3573.I45677 A6 1991)

NOTE: Minority Play

Scene:  Start: "I been standing with you! I been right here with you, Troy."

               End: "You take...and don't even know nobody's giving!"

The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Managerie

by Tennessee Williams

Drama: Scene 6, Amanda (40s) 

Found in: Six Great Modern Plays (PN6112. S55x 1967); Masters of Modern Drama (PN6112. B4.8)

Scene:  Start: "Now, Laura. Just look at your mother."

               End: "I hope they get here before it rains."

The Heidi Chromicles

The Heidi Chronicles

by Wendy Wasserstein

Comedy: Act II, Scene 4, Heidi (37)

Found in: The Pulitzer Prize Plays (PS634. C67); A Treasury of the Theatre (PN6112. G37)

Scene:  Start: "Hello. Hello."

               End: "Thank you."

Joe Turner's Come and Gone

Joe Turner's Come and Gone

by August Wilson

Drama: Act II, Scene 1, Molly (22)

Found in: Three Plays (PS3573.I45677 A6 1991)

NOTE: Minority Play

Scene:  Start:"I don't trust none of these men, Jack or nobody else."

               End:"That's why I don't trust noboy but the good Lord above, and I don't love nobody but my mama."

Joe Turner's Come and Gone

Joe Turner's Come and Gone

by August Wilson

Drama: Act II, Scene 3, Bertha (40s)

Found in: Three Plays (PS3573.I45677 A6 1991)

NOTE: Minority Play

Scene:  Start:"If I was you, Mattie, I wouldn't go getting all tied up with Bynum in the stuff. That kind of stuff, even if it do work for a white, it don't last."

               End:"You got your time coming. You watch what Bertha's saying."

The Little Foxes

The Little Foxes

by Lillian Hellman

Drama: Act III, Birdie (40)

Found in: Plays by American Women (PS628. W6 P53 1994); A Treasury of the Theatre (PN6112. G37)

Scene:  Start: "Mama used to give my elderberry wine when I was a little girl. For hiccups."

               End: "And so she had. They were all gone."

The Matchmaker

The Matchmaker

by Thornton Wilder

Comedy: Act IV, Dolly Levi (40-55)

Found in: Masters of Modern Drama (PN6112. B4.8)

Scene:  Start:"Ephraim Levi, I'm going to get married again. Ephraim, I'm marrying Horace Vangergelder for his money."

               End:"Anyway, that's the option of the second Mrs. Vandergelder."

Lost in Yonkers

Lost in Yonkers

by Neil Simon

Drama: Act II, Scene 2, Bella (35)

Found in: Lost in Yonkers (PS3537.I663 L67 1992)

Scene:  Start: "You think I can't have healthy babies, momma?"

               End: "Hold me...Somebody please hold me."

Mrs. Warren's Profession

Mrs. Warren's Profession

by George Bernard Shaw

Drama: Act IV, Mrs. Warren (40-50) 

Found in: Six Great Modern Plays (PN6112. S55x 1967)

Scene:  Start: "Vivie, listen to me. You don't understand. You've been taught wrong on purpose."

               End: "Can't you see that you're cutting your own throat as well as breaking my heart in turning your back on me?" 

'Night Mother

'Night Mother

by Marsha Norman

Drama: One-act play, Jessie (late 30s) 

Found in: 'Night Mother (PS3564.O623 N5 1983)

Scene:  Start: "I am what became of your child."

               End:"...so there's no reason to stay, except to keep you company, and that's...not reason enough because I'm not...very good company. Am I?"

The Primary English Class

The Primary English Class

by Israel Horovitz

Drama: Act I, Debbie Wastba (24-40)

Found in: Twenty-five Modern Plays (PN6112. T83)

Scene:  Start: "Listen, now. I'll just go really slow, My name is Debbie Wastba."

               End: "Now then: Questions?"

The Seagull

The Seagull

by Anton Chekhov

Drama: Act IV, Nina (21)

Found in: Masters of Modern Drama (PN6112. B4.8)

Scene:  Start: "Why did you say you kiss the ground I walk on?"

               End: "When I think about my work I'm not so afraid of life any more." 

A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire

by Tennessee Williams

Drama: Act II, Scene 2, Blanche (early 30s)

Found in: Drama on Stage (PN6112. G6.4)

Scene:  Start: "He was a boy, just a boy, when I was a very young girl."

               End: "And then the searchling which had been turned on the world was turned off again and never for one moment since has there been any light stronger than this kistchen candle...."

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Who's Afriad of Virginia Woolf?

by Edward Albee

Drama: Act III, Martha (52)

Found in: Who's Afriad of Virginia Woolf? (PS3551.L25 W5 1978)

Scene:  Start: "You're all flops."

               End: "There is only one man in my life who has ever...made me happy. Do you know that? One!"