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Michelle - Interstate by Joe Brofcak
Description: A runaway housewife from Virginia describes the post-partum depression that drove her to injur her child.
Quote: "Before I knew it, I was in the nursery, shaking him and he slipped out of my hands and... I dropped him, Jack!"
Penelope - City of Strangers by Joe Brofcak
Description: Penelope, an agoraphobic 9-11 widow, is forced to confront government bureacracy.
Quote: "I'm about to be evicted because my husband's pension is locked up in red tape."
Amelia - Repulsive by Joe Brofcak
Description: Amelia describes being captivated by an attractive stranger who might be a vampire.
Quote: "I thought he was just gorgeous. His pale skin, glowing under the blacklight is what did it."
Kim - Collaboration by Kellie Powell
Description: Kim confesses to her friend (and sometimes-lover) Shane, that she has been in love with him for several years.
Quote: "I wanted whatever time and affection you could give me. No matter what it cost me."
Dogface - Dogface by Kellie Powell
Description: Dogface confronts her friend, Ethan, demanding to know why he has been ignoring and avoiding her ever since they had sex.
Quote: "How am I supposed to act casual about something this intense, this rare? You're the first person to see me - how can that not be a big deal?"
Emily - Thanksgiving in the Wilderness by Kellie Powell
Description: Emily describes her polyamorous relationship with a bitter hipster, and tries to explain why she "settled" for a casual fling.
Quote: "I could have said, 'No, that's not enough for me. I want a real relationship or nothing.' But I didn't say that."
Jillian - Thanksgiving in the Wilderness by Kellie Powell
Description: Jillian describes what a realistic modern romance would be like, and how different it would be from Hollywood fairytales.
Quote: "I want to see a movie in which the woman figures out that no one is ever going to hold a boom-box over his head for her, and she lowers her expectations accordingly."
Rita - Thanksgiving in the Wilderness by Kellie Powell
Description: Rita, angry that her friend Emily has allowed herself to be treated so badly, yells at the guy on Emily's behalf.
Quote: "You think this honesty makes you a good guy, but really, you're still taking advantage of women who, for whatever reason, don't know that they deserve better."
Leah - Like Dreaming, Backwards by Kellie Powell
Description: Leah talks about her daughter's history with depression and her eventual suicide.
Quote:"Why didn't she come to me? I would have done anything for her. Didn't she know that?"
Natalie - Like Dreaming, Backwards by Kellie Powell
Description: Natalie talks about the night her friend Nell committed suicide.
Quote: "She seemed normal. Not happy, but... like herself."
Nell - Like Dreaming, Backwards by Kellie Powell
Description: Nell tries to explain what being suicidal feels like.
Quote: "I can make everyone think I'm normal, that I'm coping, that I'm okay. But I've never been okay. I'll never be okay."
Carla - Your Money's Worth by Kellie Powell
Description: A therapist provides a scalding critique of her depressed patience, and completely unsympathetic advice for how to deal with her mental problems.
Quote: "You think you're in pain, but that's all in your head. Just SNAP OUT OF IT."
Jessie - Your Money's Worth by Kellie Powell
Description: A depressed young woman confronts her criminally insensitive and condescending therapist.
Quote: "One of us is being insane, and for once, it's not me."
Miranda - Gingerbread by Kellie Powell
Description: Miranda, pregnant and ordered to stay in bed, pleads with her sister for a break from the monotony.
Quote: "I cannot last another two months! I want this thing OUT OF ME!"
Gretchen - Gingerbread by Kellie Powell
Description: Gretchen sympathizes with her pregnant sister, and provides much-needed moral support.
Quote: "You can't keep getting angry just to keep from being afraid. It's not going to get you anywhere."
Jodie - One Graveyard by Kellie Powell
Description: Jodie and Sonya are being questioned by the police after their friend disappeared while exploring a graveyard while on shrooms.
Quote: "I told Sonya, drugs are only as dangerous as the people who do them. Which, you know, I really believed - at the time."
Sonya - One Graveyard by Kellie Powell
Description: Sonya and Jodie are being questioned by the police after their friend disappeared while exploring a graveyard while on shrooms.
Quote: "Tripping, somehow, makes completely impossible things seem somehow totally possible. And that's really amazing and mind-expanding and wonderful - except when it's not."
Eve - Rage Is Loud by Kellie Powell
Description: Eve finds herself faced with the all-but-impossible task of convincing someone that her boyfriend is a serial killer.
Quote: "To Fell, the question isn't, 'Why?' It's, 'Why not?' Motive is incidental."
Drew - Richard Fisher's Funeral by Kellie Powell
Description: Drew explains why she can never forgive her dead father.
Quote: "You don't get it. I've been afraid of my father all my life."
Joan - Spilled Milk by Kellie Powell
Description: Joan confronts her friend Helen almost a year after Helen failed to protect Joan from a possible threat of sexual assault.
Quote: "He could have raped you! And you... you sent him back to me! How generous. How benevolent. Why didn't you fucking warn me?"
Rachel - That Was Then by Kellie Powell
Description: Rachel remembers high school - a time in her life when her friends meant the world to her.
Quote: "I'm very lucky, because not everyone still has a friend who knew them when they were seventeen."
Lindsay - What Are the Chances? by Kellie Powell
Description: Lindsay is at her ex-husband's art exhibition, when she is forced, by one of his pieces, to confront their past.
Quote: "I think... I think he was happier when he was pining for me... than when I was actually his."
Kim - The Absence of Gray Matter by Josh Weckesser
Description: Weckesser's Kim, a minor character lacking in common sense, speaks about her aspirations and hallucinations.
Quote: "Would Keanu Reeves please stand up?"
Amy - And Turning, Stay by Kellie Powell
Description: Amy finds closure by confronting Mark, a close friend who led her on and let her down.
Quote: "You're running from what I've searched for all my life."
Hannah - Bargaining by Kellie Powell
Description: Hannah, an immortal being, offers her boyfriend a chance to live forever.
Quote: "Most people, when they say forever, they don't really mean forever. But I do."
Angela - Just Looking by Kellie Powell
Description: Angela has unwillingly become the girl who all her friends run to for advice. Angela freaks out, and ultimately reveals the true reason for her emotional tumult in three separate monologues.
Quote: "I need to stop feeling people's pain for them. I'm trying to step between my friends and their scars."
Jamie - Just Looking by Kellie Powell
Description: The character explains her cynical view that monogamy is pointless.
Quote: "We'd stop being people to each other and start being obligations. And, I love you too much to let that happen."
Emily - Shades of Blue by Olivia Briggs
Description: Emily, 30s, offers an alternative explanation for lower voter turn-out among women her age.
Quote: "Can a maid just say, 'Hey, yeah, sorry about the mess, I had to go start a goddamn riot'? No, no way."
Susan - Shades of Blue by Olivia Briggs
Description: Susan, 60s, explains the reasoning behind her presidential campaign strategy.
Quote: "So, what do people want? They want security, they want peace, they want their Saturday night cook-out and a bucket of beer."
Cara - Because of Beth by Elana Gartner
Description: Cara's mother has recently died and given Cara custody of her sister, Penny. Cara visits her mother's grave - but says she refuses to say goodbye.
Quote: "It's worse than when Dad left because at least then I had you. Now I don't have anyone."
Penny - Because of Beth by Elana Gartner
Description: Penny's mother has recently died and given custody to Penny's sister. Penny visits her mother's grave to tell her she is running away.
Quote: "You know, we used to tell each other everything, Mom! Everything! Or at least I told you everything..."
Millie - Daughter by Elana Gartner
Description: Millie, 32, tells her biological daughter about her father's sudden death.
Quote: "The hunter found him immediately and tried to get help but it was too late."
Ramona - Pilar's Brother by Elana Gartner
Description: Pilar explains in Broken English that her grandmother has been "dying" for her entire life.
Quote: "I say is good she finally be done with dying and move on to Dios."
Darlene - The Piaggi Suite by Diane Grant
Description: Darlene, a seventeen year old composer, meets her hero, rock star Ziggy Martiin, and performs an original rap.
Quote: "Is it you? Is it really? I saw you with Dave Matthews. In Syracuse. It was the most beautiful night of my entire life. Did you really sit in with Sting?"
Gloria - The Prism by Ed Friedman
Description: Gloria, a waitress in her 40s, complains about taking care of her aging mother, and her brothers who don't contribute.
Quote: "Ya know what it would take to get one of my brothers to do something for my mother? She'd have to be held hostage by terrorists."
Cate - Egyptology by Lisa Huberman
Description: Cate draws inspiration from the spirit of her research subject, Egypt's female pharaoh Queen Hatshepsut.
Quote: "If Hatshepsut was male, and was recognized for all her achievements, she would be honored as much as King Tut and Ramses. She'd be fucking Napoleon."
Daphne - Under the Rainbow by Lisa Huberman
Description: Daphne is a former geek, fascinated by a sweet but awkward library worker.
Quote: "...I look in the mirror and I'm still the awkward 13-year-old in the back of the class who can't keep her mouth shut..."
Sarah - High and Uptight by Lisa Huberman
Description: While packing for college, Sarah admonishes her dad for not supporting her the way he supports the Cleveland Indians.
Quote: "Standing up for the Indians won't jeopardize your marriage or your job..."
Cathy - Everybody Else (is fucking perfect) by Karen Jeynes
Description: Cathy's husband has just told her that he is gay. She explains that she has known all along.
Quote: "But that doesn't worry me, I mean, I know he'll be safe, and I don't really care if he goes out and has boyfriends, and... I'm happy this way."
Mpumi - I'll Have What She's Having by Karen Jeynes
Description: A sophisticated lawyer loses her temper with two tourists over one's poor cell phone etiquette.
Quote: "I don't know if you're familiar with the device, but you don't actually have to shout all the way to Pofadder, the technology transmits your voice signal through the air like magic!"
Eden - Dementia by Donna Spector
Description: Eden is a free-spirited young performer in a theatre group in California, 1969, who strips onstage while impersonating a weather girl.
Quote: "But if you have to live there, remember the animals. Don't wear fur or leather, okay?"
Neva - Another Paradise by Donna Spector
Description: Neva talks to her mother about being ashamed of her family.
Quote: "I wanted us to be acceptable, Ma. And we weren't."
Alicia - Hanging Women by Donna Spector
Description: A mother tells her two daughters about the first time she met their father.
Quote: "You don't know what it was like to have an encounter with a god."
Celandine - Hanging Women by Donna Spector
Description: A 30-year-old intellectual tells her mother and younger sister that she has given up on men.
Quote: "Men always disappoint you, and I choose to be disappointed with no one but myself."
Peony - Hanging Women by Donna Spector
Description: An impulsive 25-year-old tells her mother and older sister about running away from home to have casual sex with strangers.
Quote: "I love that moment when you take off, just getting out of here."
Sally - Strip Talk on the Boulevard by Donna Spector
Description: Sally, 30, describes a dream about being a waitress in Las Vegas.
Quote: "I dunno what they're hungry for, but it ain't really me, and it ain't burgers and fries."
Laura - Connecting Flight by Tony Yajko
Description: Laura is a college student, about to marry her girlfriend, Toni. She is waiting for her parents to arrive for the wedding.
Quote: "My folks didn't speak to me for a year... said they 'needed time to accept us'."

Alice - Arden of Aversham - Writer Unknown
Description: A married woman tries to break up with her lover, then changes her mind and begs for his forgiveness.
Quote: "Look on me Mosby, or I'll kill myself: Nothing shall hide me from thy stormy look. If thou cry war, there is no peace for me."
Cassandra - Agamemnon by Aeschylus
Description: Cassandra forsees her own brutal death.
Quote: "Brewing a poisoned cup, She will mix my punishment while sharpening, The dagger for her husband."
Tamyra - Bussy D'Ambois by Chapman - Elizabethan
Description: The Countess of Montsurry is planning to run away with her secret lover.
Quote: "Our loves like sparkles are that brightest shine, When they go out; most vice shows most divine."
Anna Petrovna - Ivanov by Chekhov
Description: A sick and depressed woman defends her husband, who she loves despite his poor treatment of her.
Quote: "I am beginning to think that fate has cheated me, Doctor."
Natasha - Proposal by Chekhov
Description: Natasha wants nothing more than to get married, and fears Lomov might be her last chance. Lomov comes to propose, and Natasha babbles like a schoolgirl.
Quote: "You know, you're looking kind of cute these days."
Masha - The Seagull by Chekhov
Description: Masha has resolved to kill her unrequited love for Treplev by marrying someone else. She tells her plan to Trigorin, a writer who she has just met.
Quote: "My schoolmaster is none too clever, but he's kind, and a poor soul, and he loves me very much."
Nina - The Seagull by Chekhov
Description: Nina, a young Russian actress, left her boyfriend Kostya long ago to have an affair with a famous writer. Several years later, she returns, and shares the truths she has learned the hard way.
Quote: "I've been walking around, walking around and thinking, thinking and even believing that my soul grows stronger every day."
Bellafront - The Honest Whore by Dekker
Description: A former prostitute resists the advances of a would-be client after undergoing a moral conversion.
Quote: "She's common as spotted leopards, whom for sport, Men hunt, to get the flesh, but care not for't."
Celimene - The Misanthrope by Moliere
Description: Celimene is a gossip, and she insults a boring elderly woman behind her back for the entertainment of others.
Quote: "You may consult the clock, or yawn twenty times, but she stirs no more than a log of wood."
Mrs. Morehead - The Women by Clare Luce Boothe
Description: Mrs. Morehead gives her daughter advice about her husband's affair.
Quote: "There's nothing like a good dose of another woman to make a man appreciate his wife. Mother knows!"
Mrs. Zero - The Adding Machine by Rice - 1950's
Description: A housewife archetype rants at her husband, an archetypical white-collar slave.
Quote: "There's no five-thirty for me. I don't wait for no whistle."
Estelle - No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre
Description: Estelle, now dead, watches the world slip away from her - and reveals herself to be manipulative, selfish, and vindictive.
Quote: "What's that she's said? "Poor Estelle wasn't exactly- " No, I wasn't exactly - True enough."
Inez - No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre
Description: In two monologues, sardonic and sadistic lesbian Inez fights with and antagonizes Garcin.
Quote: "I prefer to choose my hell; I prefer to look you in the eyes and fight it out face to face."
Adriana - The Comedy of Errors by Shakespeare
Description: A jealous wife tries to confront her husband about his philandering ways - but mistakenly attacks his identical twin instead.
Quote: "Ay, ay, Antipholus, look strange and frown: Some other mistress hath thy sweet aspects; I am not Adriana nor thy wife."
Countess of Salisbury - Edward III by Shakespeare
Description: The Countess of Salisbury must resist the overtures of King Edward III, as delicately as possible.
Quote: "That love you offer me you cannot give, For Caesar owes that tribute to his queen; That love you beg of me I cannot give, For Sarah owes that duty to her lord."
Queen Margaret - Henry VI by Shakespeare
Description: Queen Margaret of Anjou demoralizes the Duke of York before executing him.
Quote: "Alas, poor York! but that I hate thee deadly, I should lament thy miserable state."
Mistress Page - The Merry Wives of Windsor by Shakespeare
Description: A happily married woman reacts to un unwanted love letter from the bumbling Sir John Falstaff.
Quote: "One that is well-nigh worn to pieces with age to show himself a young gallant!"
Lady Anne - Richard III by Shakespeare
Description: Lady Anne curses the man responsible for the death of Henry VI - in front of the man responsible.
Quote: "Cursed be the hand that made these fatal holes! Cursed be the heart that had the heart to do it! Cursed the blood that let this blood from hence!"
Julia - The Two Gentlemen of Verona by Shakespeare
Description: Julia asks her servant, Lucetta, to help her disguise herself as a man so that she can follow her beloved Proteus to Milan.
Quote: "A true-devoted pilgrim is not weary to measure kingdoms with his feeble steps; Much less shall she that hath Love's wings to fly."

Phil - I Can Build You by Joe Brofcak
Description: A struggling science fiction author is robbed and calls the FBI to investigate, only to find himself their prime suspect.
Quote: "It is entirely possible that one of my stories have come too close to the actual, real truth of closely guarded national secrets!"
The Painter - Hold Still by Kellie Powell
Description: A troubled artist remembers the day his sister disappeared.
Quote: "I needed someone to blame and - for a time I even believed that I had killed you..."
Ryan - Bargaining by Kellie Powell
Description: Ryan explains why he had to leave the woman who gave him eternal life.
Quote: "Being with you... was the most meaningful thing I've ever done. It was magic, and it was every day."
Shane - Collaboration by Kellie Powell
Description: Shane must convince his friend and collaborator, to sign off on a production of his re-write of a script she wrote."
Quote: I've got the chance of a lifetime here - Christ, you too. You may never get another opportunity like this one."
Yale - Like Dreaming, Backwards by Kellie Powell
Description: A college student reacts to the suicide of a casual acquaintance who he happend to see on the night she died.
Quote: "I couldn't have known what she was feeling. But then, I didn't ask, did I?"
Seth - That Was Then by Kellie Powell
Description: Seth describes having to lie to his parents and hide the fact that he is gay.
Quote: "I have to keep lying so they don't throw me out of the house."
Paul - Gray Matter by Josh Weckesser
Description: Paul Deters, recently deceased, appears to his best friend in a dream, and describes the events that led to his death.
Quote: "I refused to be afraid anymore, so I turned down this lonely road and stepped on the gas. I never knew anything could move so fast."
Seth - Gray Matter by Josh Weckesser
Description: Seth Lyons reacts to the death of his best friend.
Quote: "Fuck you, Thomas! I'll curse as much as I goddamned want to. And right now I fucking want to. I don't give a damn what you think, Thomas. Paul's dead."
Thomas - Gray Matter by Josh Weckesser
Description: Thomas Moore explores the high school experience, love, ignorance, and disillusionment in a series of monologues.
Quote: "Whatever you do in your life, do it with love."
Tim - It Came From Texas by Josh Weckesser
Description: Tim, frustrated by the ignorance of those around him, blows up at Beth, attacking her pathetic attempts to recapture her ex-boyfriend.
Quote: "Do you enjoy the heartache? He'll be there only when he is bored with himself. Run, Beth, run while you can."
Josh - Untitled Autobiography by Josh Weckesser
Description: Josh narrates and reflects on events from his past, including beating up a would-be aggressor with his friends, and developing his first crush.
Quote: "I even wrote poetry. Original poetry. But I'm not going to subject you to that."
Todd - Untitled Autobiography by Josh Weckesser
Description: Todd tries to explain the significance of "Magic Night" and waxes metaphysical on the confusion of being.
Quote: "What is necessary about the Magic Night memory, Josh, is that there was some true brotherhood there, something special. Peace on earth and goodwill towards man bullshit."
Jared - Everybody Else (is fucking perfect) by Karen Jeynes
Description: Jared, a bartender in his twenties, confronts Gavin, a 40-year-old married gay man who is about to become a father.
Quote: "How can you just fucking sit there and deny everything you are?"
Devon - I'll Have What She's Having by Karen Jeynes
Description: Devon tries to make up with his girlfriend, who is angry that he hasn't proposed.
Quote: "I'm admitting it, you are right, we don't know each other as well as we should, but do you know something else? That's not all my fault."
Louis - I'll Have What She's Having by Karen Jeynes
Description: A vacationing salesman romances his wife of twenty years in their hotel room.
Quote: "I'm going to have the most gorgeous woman in the place tonight, I'll have to fight off all the other guys who want to get close to you!"
The Narwaiter - I'll Have What She's Having by Karen Jeynes
Description: The narrator/waiter describes what he observes in Cape Town, South Africa.
Quote: "I don't judge, you know, it's not my place, I just smile and nod, yes sir, no sir, anything you say sir. Or madam."
Josh - Bang Bang You're Dead by William Mastrisomone
Description: Josh re-lives the morning he murdered his parents, and talks to them as though they can only now truly hear him.
Quote: "I guess I'm just sick of you being disappointed in me all the time."
Dom - Leather Bound Concrete by Tony Yajko
Description: Aggressive Dom attempts to convince his friend and murder accomplice that they can get away with a crime.
Quote: "It sounded like a good idea at the time, but then again, we were pretty shit-faced."

Ivanov - Ivanov by Chekhov
Description: Ivanov talks about the combination of guilt and emptiness he feels about the impending death of his wife, whom he has inexplicably lost interest in.
Quote: "I am in no way remarkable, and I have sacrificed nothing."
Treplev - The Seagull by Chekhov
Description: Treplev, an aspiring playwright, laments his poor relationship with his famous-actress mother and his disgust for traditional theatre values.
Quote: "When I'm not there, my mother is only thirty-two, but when I am, she's forty-three - and for that, she hates me."
Alceste - Misanthrope by Moliere
Description: A jealous boyfriend's accuses his lover of encouraging other men to flirt with her.
Quote: "No, madam, there is no need for a stick, but only a heart less yielding and less melting at their love-tales."
Eliante - Misanthrope by Moliere
Description: Eliante mocks love, and those who it captures.
Quote: "Thus a passionate swain loves even the very faults of those of whom he is enamoured."
Enrique - School for Wives by Moliere
Description: Enrique speaks to the sister of his dead wife.
Quote: "As soon as I saw you, before anyone could tell me, I should have known you."
Charles - The Adding Machine by Rice - 1950's
Description: Lt. Charles explains reincarnation to Mr. Zero, an archetypical white-collar wage-slave.
Quote: "You're a failure, Zero, a failure. A waste product. A slave."
Garcin - No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre
Description: Garcin brags about abusing his wife, puts on a brave face for the valet, attempts to find salvation, and failing, laments the cunning cruelty of his torturers.
Quote: "So this is Hell. I'd never have believed it."
Shylock - Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare
Description: In this universally-known monologue, Shylock attacks Anthony, of whom he demands a pound of flesh, and defends his brutality and his race.
Quote: "Hath not a Jew eyes?"
Ariel - The Tempest by Shakespeare
Description: Ariel, a powerful androgynous spirit, returns with good news to his master, Prospero, and takes the opportunity to brag.
Quote: "I boarded the king's ship; now on the beak, Now in the waist, the deck, in every cabin, I flam'd amazement."
Orsino - Twelfth Night by Shakespeare
Description: Orsino laments his lost cause - his love for the fair Olivia.
Quote: "If music be the food of love, play on..."

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