Stranded: Views from Quarantine (a monologue play)
Introducing a brand new kind of play.
In response to the rapidly changing school theater environment, this monologue play project was created on the fly by our amazing playwrights. We are so excited to share it with you! The collection was written specifically so your students can perform remotely (especially those graduating Seniors!), and it has all the flexibility you need.
Best of all you can download, rehearse, perform, record, and share it TOTALLY FOR FREE.
It’s our way of staying creative and saying “thank you and hang in there” to all of you who have performed so many of our plays over the years.
Here are some guidelines we gave our playwrights. Bonus: Feel to use this or adapt it as a playwriting exercise. And, if you want, include them as part of the play.
—All monologues are delivered from passengers of a quarantined cruise ship.
—In the spirit of a bake-off, we’ve offered the ingredients below. We challenge you to include one of these (or more) in your monologue.
- A missing watch
- A nurse with an empty stomach
- An expired prescription
- A marriage proposal
- A reformed thief
- An exit strategy
- An unusual smell
- A plea for forgiveness
—Monologue should be 2-3 minutes in length. As you’ll see some playwrights took liberties with length, perspective, character, and form—which is part of the fun!
How do you use / perform this monologue play?
We’ve put together some ideas in our latest blog:
Ideally, students perform and record the monologues and then share them online for other schools to see. Feel free to rearrange them, perform some or all. Have fun! We’d love to see what you come up with. You’re welcome to send them to us and we’ll post them, maybe even our YouTube channel. Reach us anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, please use best efforts to make sure every monologue is given author credit, and if you enjoyed them read the authors’ plays!
Includes monologues by (in order of appearance):
QUESTIONS & ANSWERSAsk a Question
Hello! This is an amazing project and our new, non-profit organization is anxious to participate. Question: We hold classes for college students, also. Are they allowed to be a part of this? We are in New York and they are all home and fairly miserable. We would to have them join us. Thank you for creating this! Phyllis Kaye Pride Performing Arts, Inc. Smithtown, NY
Hello! Thanks for your interest. We would be honored if you shared the collection with your students. We love that you're making theatre happen!