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       by Janet S. Tiger


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 Below is a list of FREE MONOLOGUES!
Just click on the monologue you are interested in, and it will take you to a page where you can read it.

Why do I offer free monologues?  Because I hope you like my new work - if you do, you can purchase my published and/or produced pieces on this and other sites.


  Please scroll all the way down for more monologues for sale 

This website contains work by Janet S. Tiger.  This page has information about many of her monologues and one-acts.

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                       Free Monologues
              by Janet S. Tiger (c) all rights reserved

Below is a list of monologues you can use - at this time - for free!

Why?  Although most of my work has been published and/or produced, I write new monologues all the time, and they need to be tested in front of live audiences.  That's where you come in. 

Read the monologues that are available for free - if you like one, try it out and all I ask is that you let me know how it went.  Simple.  Free.  You get a brand new piece - one that no one has seen 1000 times! - and I get to hear how it works onstage and if it needs improvement.

Once someone (maybe you!) tries a new monologue and wins a part or a prize (like the people on these pages - Click here)

I then put that monologue for sale
(scroll below or navigate this site for more monologues for sale)

But until then, all I ask is that you follow the same rules as if you purchase my work -

'You hereby have permission to perform the free monologues on this site without royalty, (providing there is no fee or donation charged), and permission to video and place on Youtube as long as I receive credit and can link to the video.'
 (Like Tori Langley did with THE TOWEL LADY - it's on my front page from Youtube 
- scroll down on right side)

Also,- if you want to send me the info on you  performing the monologue (and if a prize or part is won), will be glad to post it on my website, either under   http://playsbyjanetstiger.com/Congratulations.html


With my special online offer - buy one monologue by email only, get one monologue free, you may choose to purchase some of my work - for each monologue you pay for, you receive a free monologue.  Or if you like my work, you can purchase over 35 monologues - award-winning, new, produced - all tested before audiences - on www.MonologueZone.com
for only $14.95.  (Plus, once you have purchased THE MONOLOGUE ZONE, I offer to keep you on my 'monologue try-out' email list, and you can get to see all my new monologues for free - as long as you let me know what you think of them.)
Now, at last, (drum roll please)- for free monologues, please click on the monologue below you would like to read and you will be on the page with that monologue.  (This is under construction now as of Jan. 1, 2013, so please be patient with me and Godaddy.com) 
NOYY - means Not On Youtube Yet

Almost - (Female, no accent needed, 3-5 min)
A nurse explains a difficult position.  Very effective.  NOYY

Under the Mountain - (Female, 2-4 min.)
Funny look at a woman pioneer who is trying to find a way through a difficult time   NOYY

Hypocrisy - (Male, 1-3 min.)  A schoolteacher explains his views on what is right and wrong    NOYY

- A monologue by Janet S. Tiger
(c) 2009       
             (available as part of THE MONOLOGUE ZONE collection at                   

Welcome to this website.  Below is an excerpt from my monologue CHANGES, which you can purchase by clicking on the PayPal button or as part of www.TheMonologueZone.com

One-act plays follow these messages.  Please scroll down for monologues. Or to view my newest collection of monologues, click here to go to MONOLOGUEZONE.com

 Production info is at the very bottom.

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********Students and Teachers Please  Note -********

There is no royalty fee for students performing these monologues for classes or contests, but a licensing fee will be necessary if you wish to make copies for an entire class.  Please e-mail  for more info.

This monologue is published in THE MONOLOGUE ZONE (c) 2009, which has an ISBN #, and is therefore eligible for all contests requiring that entries be published in a play/collection with an ISBN.

               All of the following are available via e-mail. 

**Special offer- Buy one play or monologue and have it sent via e-mail only (no snail mail) and I will send you a second monologue FREE.  (Save a tree, too!)

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              a monologue by Janet S. Tiger  (c) May 12, 2009

(The host calls into the crowd - 'would anyone like to share something with us?')

I would like to say something.

(A woman comes up on stage, confident, she smiles to the audience.  The host asks tells her she doesn't have to say her name.)


No, it's all right, my name is Amanda Hatch and I'm not nervous.   Not anymore.   I used to be very afraid of speaking in front of an audience.    In fact, there were many things I was afraid of - meeting people, flying, sleeping in a different bed.....but I have made a lot of changes recently and it was all because of a visit to the doctor.

It was just my regular annual check-up and they did the regular things, .....and a mammogram.  (harder to talk about)  Those are never fun, but....this time....(Snaps out of it)   Anyhow, I felt perfectly healthy.  No problems.... So it was a complete surprise when they told me I had cancer, and that it was a very unpleasant kind and that there was a good chance that....(swallows hard) I was going to die.....very soon.   It felt like...you know those pendulums in clocks like Big Ben?   Like that hit me......and then kept hitting me as if it was 100 o'clock!

Well, let me tell you, if that doesn't change your life, I don't know what will!   Suddenly, talking in front of a crowd seemed much less worrisome!

And so I decided if this was the end for me, I was going to make some big changes.  The next day, I called up, and I went skydiving.

I've always been scared of heights, and the one time I flew in a plane I was sick the whole trip.   I even took the bus home so I wouldn't have to do that again!

And now, I have actually jumped out of a plane!   (Happy)  Usually it takes awhile to get to jump, but I explained what happened, and they took me up right away with an instructor holding me all the way down..... And it was amazing!  I loved every minute!   I don't remember even being a little afraid, and the sensations!   Like a bird!

And once I did that, the next change was that I quit my job.   I always hated working for Mr. Delbing - he was cheap and he didn't appreciate how much I did for his company!    But now, I had my excuse.    Funny thing, once I quit - he called me up to tell me how much he missed me - even offered me my job back with more money!   Ain't life weird?

But the biggest change was talking to people.   I'd always been nervous to speak with someone new - to be honest, even people I'd worked with for years!   Now, it didn't matter what they thought of me - I found out, I just didn't care!   What freedom!  What exhiliration!  and this was all in the first three days after the results!......(Sighs)

And then...... I got the phone call........

This monologue runs about 1-1 1/2 minutes - and has great ending.  To purchase this monologue only please click on the Add to Cart.

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Below are one act plays by Janet S. Tiger, and below that, more monologues.   Or you can go to MonologueZone.com for my latest collection - over 35 monologues - only $14.95!

Note about Production info - eventually (probably by the next decade - and I mean 2020!) each of the following plays will have pages with more specific info on production details. 


    Running time – 15 minutes            $6.00/script
    Set – pawnshop 1940’s                                        
    2 characters   1 man – 40s
        1 woman – 25-35   

    A desperate woman brings a cherished family heirloom to a pawnbroker to try and get money to rescue her father from Nazi-occupied Austria.  Will she get the money?  And at what cost?  Fast-paced with a surprising end.

This play has won numerous awards including DFAS National 1-Act Playwriting contest –(First Place)and Gassner Memorial One-Act Playwriting Competition (Honorable Mention.)

THE AFFIDAVIT is published in ONE-ACT PLAYS FOR ACTING STUDENTS edited by Norman A. Bert  (Meriwether Publishing, Colorado)

The productions are too numerous to list at this point, but include New York (Off-off Broadway, New Zealand, Canada, Austria…..if you have had a production in another country and want it listed here, please e-mail tigerteam1@mail.com
    For more info about THE AFFIDAVIT, including photos and production info, click here


Running time – 25 minutes            $8.00/script
    Set – living room, semi-rundown             
    2 characters   1 man – early 20s
        1 woman – late 60s

An old blind woman puts a classified ad in the paper and a young man answers the ad - but is he there to buy or to rip her off?  Quick, funny and a good showcase piece for actors.

Winner  DFAS National One-act Playwriting Contest 3rd Place
                 (HBJ, Canada -8th grade textbook)
Pioneer Drama Service

Since its first publication, BLIND WOMAN'S BLUFF has had numerous productions.  If you would like your production included in the upcoming page 'where in the world have I seen this play?', please e-mail the details to

BLIND WOMAN'S BLUFF is available through PIONEER DRAMA SERVICE.  Please click here to purchase via their website. http://pioneerdrama.com/searchdetail.asp?pc=BLINDWOMAN&id=26

.Click here for production info and photos.

Running time – 15 minutes            $8.00/script
    Set –   minimal - chair, table, lamp
                Lighting and sound effects very important                            
    Character - The duchess - in her late 80s, very British

A duchess recounts how a curse changed her life.  Touching- a tour de force for an older actress.

    Winner - DFAS National 1-Act Playwriting Contest 2nd Place
    Produced - Five Flags Theatre, Dubuque, Iowa
    Televised - Public Access Cable Channel Iowa



Running time – 15 minutes            $10.00/script
    Set –  kitchen, living area  middle-class New York late 1970s                             
    2 characters    2  women, both 60s, both with Polish accent

Finalist - Fritz Blitz Contest for One-Act Plays, San Diego, CA

Produced - December 2006   San Diego, CA   Swedenborg Hall
                     August  2006          Dubuque, Iowa  Winner  DFAS National One-Act Playwriting Contest

Two women, lifelong friends, face Yom Kippur (the Jewish New Year also known as the Day of Atonement) with different ideas.  Great showpiece for two older actresses. 

–    Click here for photos and production info


Running time – 35 minutes            $10.00/script
     Time- 1966  Late summer evening of a very hot day, almost dusk  
     Set – Sitting room in a gracoious house in a rural Atlanta suburb                              
     Characters - 2 men, 2 women     all with Southern accents
The death of his father - and an unusual request in the will - leads a young man to deal with major issues in his life, and his family, in a very Southern finale.
 Strong language

Award -Fritz Blitz of New Plays
Produced-   The Seventh Annual Fritz Blitz of New Plays, San Diego, CA

This play is part of the TRANSFUSION trilogy.  (The other is OH, SUSANNAH)  There is a discount if all three plays in the trilogy are purchased at the same time.
Running time –8-10 minutes            $10.00/script
     Time- The past
      Set – Bare stage                       

     Characters - 1 man mid 20s, strong Cockney accent 

A magician gives a performance - with a surprising finale.

This one-act was published with funds from a grant provided by the Dramatists Guild Fund

First production -  Swedenborg Hall, San Diego, 2008
Great piece for auditions and competitions.


Running time – 45 minutes            $10.00/script
    Set –    Living room as talk show set                   
    Characters -   2 men, 2 women

     Strong language.

Finalist - 2nd Annual Robert R. Lehan Playwriting Awards,
                                           Westfield State College, Westfield, MASS

Welcome to the Hornet's Nest - a radio talk show that can be very interesting - and dangerous.  When Audrey Hornet hosts a political guest that used to be an old lover, anything can happen.  And it does.  Riveting suspense that build to an explosive climax - keeps audiences on the edge of their seats.


Running time – 15 minutes            $10.00/script
    Set – Midwest middle-class living room                   
    2 characters   1 man – Russian accent, 70s
        1 woman- American, 70s

This play was completed with funds from a COMBO-NEA Grant.

Produced - Vintage Theatre, San Diego, CA  1993

Susannah returns from her husband's funeral to find a suitor at her doorstep.

–   This play is part of the TRANSFUSION trilogy.  (The other is OH, SUSANNAH)There is a discount if all three plays in the trilogy are purchased at the same time.


Running time – 15 minutes            $10.00/script
    Set –  Bus stop                     
    Characters -  2 men, 2 women

This play was commissioned by the Aaronson Foundation.



Running time – 45 minutes            $10.00/script
    Set –        modern living room                      
    Characters -  5 men –30-s-50-s
                             4 women – 20-40's
Lead female needs British accent

A well-known playwright is found dead at the reading of his newest play - which of his 'friends' didn't like his latest literary offering? 

Mystery with a DEATHTRAP twist - fast and funny with some good chances for stylist characterizations and staging.

***Janet S. Tiger's first full production!   Southwestern College Chula Vista, CA
****Special note
This play was produced by Scripteasers, the well-known  San Diego Writers-Actors group that has helped new playwrights for over 50 years!  Janet S. Tiger had her first play read at Scripteasers in ....well, many years ago.  It was very.......long.  But the Scripteasers helped her improve her writing, and most of her plays had first readings at one of their meetings.  SCRIPTEASE  was written as a 'thank you' , and it was produced by Scripteasers in May 1981.  For more information, you can visit the Scripteasers website www scripteasers . org



Running time – 45 minutes            $10.00/script
    Set –  semi-rundown apartment                  
    Characters -  2 men, 50s, 60s
Winner - 1986 West Coast Ensemble Festival of One-Acts
Produced - Playbill Theatre, Los Angeles, CA  1986 (extended run)
   Strong language


THE WAITING ROOM (also available in full-length)
Running time –    45 minutes        $10.00/script
    Set – living room/dining room European, circa 1938
    Characters   2 men –25-50
      3 women – 25-75

A Jewish family in Vienna, Austria, just before World War II, is faced with crucial decisions about taking the opportunity to leave - or staying behind with an aged and ill relative.  Basic human questions about the value of life and importance of family are confronted.  Poignant drama.

This play has won many awards, including the Gassner Memorial and the DFAS National Playwriting Contest..  THE WAITING ROOM  has been produced numerous times, from San Diego to New York.  For more details, please e-mail

For samples from the monologues, click here

Please e-mail for royalty rates – rates depend on ticket price, number of shows, theater size, etc.

All of the following are available via e-mail. 

**Special offer- Buy one monologue and have it sent via e-mail only (no snail mail) and I will send you a second monologue FREE.  (Save a tree, too!)


Running time –3 minutes            $5.00/script
    Set – minimal, some towels, a clothesline, washbasket
    1 character         1 older woman – 50s-60s

A woman hangs out her laundry while telling her unusual views on towels - and life.

This is possibly Janet S. Tiger's most produced work, having had numerous productions nationally and internationally.  This is also a popular piece for drama contests and auditions.
Buy now

GET A COLD                
Running time –8 minutes            $5.00/script
    Set – simple, future
    1 characters   1 man – older

A man from the future describes the delight he has in the simple pleasure of...getting a cold.
(****This monologue was completed in August 2005 -it is part of the full-length play THE END OF DEATH, which will receive its world premiere in August 2007 at Swedenborg Hall in San Diego.)

’ monologue from TRANSFUSION
Running time –            $4..00/script monologue  - $!5.00 full-length play
    Set –  bare stage                          
    1 character   1 man – 40s

A moving expression  of a man who is trying to deal with a transfusion from his son -  a transfusion that has given him AIDS.

This monologue has been very successful in both state and national competitions.
Click here to see one winner who used this monologue.


Running time – 15 minutes            $8.00/script
    Set –   minimal - chair, table, lamp
                Lighting and sound effects very important                            
    Character - The duchess - in her late 80s, very British

A duchess recounts how a curse changed her life.  Touching- a tour de force for an older actress.
    Winner - DFAS National 1-Act Playwriting Contest 2nd Place
    Produced - Five Flags Theatre, Dubuque, Iowa
    Televised - Public Access Cable Channel Iowa

THE AIRPORT MONOLOGUES-  (all set in an airport)




Other new monologues-


'When I was a little girl' monologue (female 30-50)
'Tillie's' monologue (female teens-30s)
                    both from THE END OF DEATH

Monologue from DON'T YOU CRY FOR ME  (male)


More works by Janet S. Tiger will be coming soon - she has a drawer full of over 100 monologues/plays/screenplays/books that are 10-70% completed.

 For more details, click on PRODUCTIONS button at the top of the page

Plays by Janet S. Tiger have been performed throughout the world including United States, Canada, England, Austria and New Zealand.  If your group has performed a play by Janet S. Tiger and would like to have it listed on the PRODUCTIONS page which will include international productions, please e-mail details of the production to

Unusual facts about some of Janet S. Tiger's productions-
1st Reading - UGANDA  at a Scripteasers meeting in....a long time ago.  (See info about the one-act SCRIPTEASE.)

1st production - SCRIPTEASE (one-act) in 1981 was directed by William Virchis

Janet S. Tiger's plays have won awards five times in the DFAS National One-Act Playwriting Contest -

THE WAITING ROOM -2nd place 1982
THE AFFIDAVIT - 1st place 1983
BLIND WOMAN'S BLUFF - 3rd place 1984
SAVE A PLACE FOR ME - Honorable Mention 1989
CURSE OF THE DUCHESS-  2nd place 1990

The first three prizes were won by Janet Schechter (the 'S' in Janet S. Tiger), the others after she married Stanley Tiger.  Janet traveled to Dubuque, Iowa to watch  the productions in 1982, 1983 and 1984, and made many friends that she still is in touch with today.  For more info on the DFAS Contest, google Dubuque Fine Arts Players One-Act Playwriting Contest