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)
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 fam...
Neil is an intense young man, yet not unnervingly so. He's gotten some great advice from his bedroom poster of Mick Jagger, such as quitting basketball and dropping a girlfriend. But lately, the poster has been silent. Neil wishes "Poster Mick" would say something, anything, to him. (drama)
Your actors will delve into these pieces with relish and your audiences will identify with all the characters, humorous and heartbreaking alike. All of the material has been workshopped and performed by high school-age actors as well as by professional performers.
The collection features 16 monologues and 5 scenes for 2 characters. Of the monologues, 9 are for females and 7 for males, though some gender switching is workable.
Vanessa, a teenage girl, recalls her father humming when he left the family on weekends; perhaps it didn't rate the full-out whistling he did when he finally walked out on the family forever. She cried when he left that time, but wonders if it wasn't from her sense of relief, knowing she wouldn't have to experience his disappointment in them anymore. (drama)
Wendy, a teenager, always wanted to be a surgeon. She used to operate on her little sister's teddy bears. After a while that lost its appeal. Now she's started cutting on other things, even herself. (drama)
Paige, in her late teens, reflects on riding in the car with her grandmother. Even though her grandma was a safe driver, Paige often seemed to foresee a terrible accident. When her grandmother does die in a car accident, Paige feels her visions are the cause. (drama)
Young Melanie is carefully showing a friend the newspaper article. It was Take Your Daughter to Work Day and Melanie's father had taken her to his office. A man who had recently been fired-though not by her dad-returned waving a gun, pointing it at her. She recalls everything happened in slow motion as her dad jumped over his desk to shield her from the shot. The newspaper called him an innocent victim. She calls him a hero. (drama)