Dennis Bush's plays have been performed in New York and throughout the United States and Canada, and elsewhere around the world. He has extensive credits as a writer, coach, and consultant. He has written commissioned theatrical texts for numerous clients and is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America.
Helen is an older woman, clearly well-bred and wealthy. She recalls when women only had their name in the newspaper for their wedding or obituary - a bunch of hooey! She's gonna change that. She's dedicating all her money to improve coverage of women in the media! (drama)
Monica, 27, reflects on the lack of love or romance in her life. While her girlfriend has already been married and divorced twice, Monica's dates, when not disasters, lead no where. Her parents still hold hands and love each other deeply. She wonders if she'll find that forever kind of love. (drama)
Meredith, a young woman, flies home to visit her father who is battling cancer. They talk about their common love, baseball, all day. Once back home, she begins to call her parents almost daily and is told not to worry-until one call when he father urges her to go out to dinner and think of him. He dies that night with a picture of her in his hand and a baseball game playing on TV. (drama)
Fletcher made front page news when the cops dragged him out of his home in handcuffs. But Fletcher didn't do it. No matter how many times he said so, the police didn't believe him, until the DNA test results came back. He was innocent and was released. That newspaper article, though, was hidden, way back on page 37. So don't judge Fletcher until you know him, and know his real story. (drama)
A successful businessman in his 30s, Elliot describes his new girlfriend Kim, a hipper, edgier younger woman into underground rappers. Being with her, he explains, is like traveling in a foreign country where the language and customs can be strange. But after all, life is an adventure. (drama)
Trevor, a teenager, speaks to his sister on her wedding day, telling her how much she's meant to him-how she's laughed at his jokes, encouraged him, and always seen the best in him. He feels like she's leaving him to start her real life. Once she moves away, their family will never quite be the same. (drama)
April is confronting a man she hoped never to see again. She feels threatened that he's somehow gotten into the house again, angry that he used to hit her mother, and furious that he had come after her as well. She realizes no one is to blame but him. She could almost kill him. (drama)
Tiffany, a young mother with five children, says she thought the newspaper reporter was going to write about her sick child, to help educate others about the disease. Instead the reporter takes pictures and writes that Tiffany and the children live in public housing with a boyfriend. What's that got to do with it? And it's not even the whole story. (drama)
Step out of your comfort zone and take a creative risk with these 20 monologues. With a rich variety of strong characters, these short monologues were specifically written to challenge and inspire actors. Playwright Dennis Bush says many of them are based on remarks overheard at parties, in waiting rooms or while shopping. While each is titled after the speaker's name, most can be adapted to the opposite gender. Some subjects include losing a father to cancer, telling a boyfriend to take a hike forever, speaking to a sister on her wedding day, and knowing fame. All are realistic and thou...