• Monologues should be 20-50 lines long.
  • Scenes should be 3-4 minutes in length. No piece may exceed 5 minutes.
  • Monologues and scenes must be memorized; prompting of any kind is not permitted.
  • All scene performers must be active participants.
  • Costumes and props are to be kept to a minimum, and set pieces are not permitted. The Public will provide a bench and two stools that can be used, if needed.


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Judging Criteria for Scenes and Monologues

  • Understanding of the text
  • Emotional connectedness
  • Character development
  • Physical and vocal performance
  • Pacing and the interaction amongst the actors in a scene

Additional Resources

Folger Shakespeare Library
The Plays of William Shakespeare Vocabulary Glossary
Guide to Online Schools Shakespeare Library
Open Source Shakespeare
Shakespeare's Monologues
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
The Royal Shakespeare Company
Shakespeare at