With 100’s of plays out there, where do you begin?
You will find pages in this website that have lists of actors and actresses who have won or were nominated for Tony Awards, Drama Desk Awards and Theatre World Awards for their performances on Broadway. The lists are sorted by the approximate age of the actor or actress when they won the award. This should help you find monologues in your age range. Most of the time, casting directors will cast an actor or actress close to the age of the character they will be playing. Read the play and look for the powerful lines and scenes that allowed them to give outstanding award winning performances and get you the role or college theatre program of your dreams.
Read as many plays as you can and keep a repertory of different monologues that you can draw from at a moments notice. That way you can spend more time practicing your monologue than searching for one. You can find lots of plays at your local library or better yet, purchase them and start your own library. Most scripts will cost you less than $15.00. Sometimes you will hear of a theatre audition that will be taking place the next day. It would be great to already have a copy of the script and a book full of monologues to choose from. Monologues that you have pulled out of scripts yourself. Not ones from monologue books or from the internet that are overdone.