Unified General Auditions – Monologue Statistics

Here is a list of the most popular playwrights and plays in our 2010 Unified General Auditions.  Please note this is in no way an opinion of what’s overdone; this is just straight facts!  If you’re interested in what the auditors felt were overdone, I’d suggest checking out Karen’s summary of auditor comments on our forum.

I will say one thing – be clear with your introduction!  A large portion of the monologues could not be tracked because the volunteer didn’t hear what the actor identified the piece as (or I couldn’t read the volunteer’s handwriting.. we’re going digital next year, I swear..)

Logged 666 monologues
110 were unknown authors, plays, or not logged/heard properly (17%)

Playwrights/Composers done more than twice:

Shakespeare 86 Jerry Bock 4
Rodgers/Hammerstein 11 Steven Dietz 4
Sondheim 9 Mitch Leigh 3
Chekhov 9 Frederick Loewe 3
Richard Greenberg 8 Mary Rodgers 3
Kander/Ebb 8 David Auburn 3
Tennessee Williams 7 Duncan Sheik 3
Sarah Ruhl 6 Terrance McNally 3
Eurypides 6 Harvey Schmidt 3
Neil LaBute 6 Alan Menkin 3
Neil Simon 6 Craig Wright 3
George Bernard Shaw 6 William Finn 3
Lucy Simon 5 Adam Guettel 3
John Patrick Shanley 5 David Ives 3
Moliere 5 Eugene O’Neill 3
Jule Styne 5 Arthur Miller 3
Sam Shephard 5 Cole Porter 3
Andrew Lloyd Webber 5 David Mamet 3
Clark Gesner 4 Lee Blessing 3
Michael Weller 4 Shelagh Stephenson 3
Lanford Wilson 4 David Lindsay-Abaire 3
Edward Albee 4 Renee Taylor 3
Christopher Durang 4 Jason Robert Brown 3
Stephen Adly Guirgis 4 Stephen Schwartz 3

Plays used more than twice:

Play Author/Musician
King Lear 6 Shakespeare
Dead Man’s Cell Phone 5 Sarah Ruhl
Medea 5 Eurypides
The Secret Garden 5 Lucy Simon
King John 5 Shakespeare
Richard III 5 Shakespeare
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown 4 Clark Gesner
Chicago 4 Kander/Ebb
Funny Girl 4 Jule Styne
Julius Caesar 4 Shakespeare
Midsummer Night’s Dream 4 Shakespeare
Oklahoma 4 Rodgers/Hammerstein
Romeo & Juliet 4 Shakespeare
Taming of the Shrew 4 Shakespeare
Twelfth Night 4 Shakespeare
Two Gentlemen of Verona 4 Shakespeare
A Midsummer Night’s Dream 3 Shakespeare
The American Plan 3 Richard Greenberg
Fat Pig 3 Neil LaBute
Danny & The Deep Blue Sea 3 John Patrick Shanley
At Home 3 Michael Weller
Man of La Mancha 3 Mitch Leigh
My Fair Lady 3 Frederick Loewe
Once Upon a Mattress 3 Mary Rodgers
Proof 3 David Auburn
Spring Awakening 3 Duncan Sheik
Fool For Love 3 Sam Shephard
Henry IV, Part I 3 Shakespeare
Henry V 3 Shakespeare
Merchant of Venice 3 Shakespeare
Reasons to be Pretty 3 Neil LaBute
Summer & Smoke 3 Tennessee Williams
Three Days of Rain 3 Richard Greenberg
Uncle Vanya 3 Chekhov
Play Character/Song Author/Musician
King Lear 6 Edmond Shakespeare
Dead Man’s Cell Phone 5 Jean Sarah Ruhl
Medea 5 Chorus Eurypides
The Secret Garden 5 “A Bit of Earth” Lucy Simon
King John 5 Constance Shakespeare
Richard III 5 Lady Anne Shakespeare
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown 4 “Philosophy” Clark Gesner
Chicago 4 “Mr. Cellophane” Kander/Ebb
Funny Girl 4 “Don’t Rain on My Parade” Jule Styne
Julius Caesar 4 Antony Shakespeare
Midsummer Night’s Dream 4 Helena Shakespeare
Oklahoma 4 “I Can’t Say No” Rodgers/Hammerstein
Romeo & Juliet 4 Juliet Shakespeare
Taming of the Shrew 4 Bianca Shakespeare
Twelfth Night 4 Olivia Shakespeare
Two Gentlemen of Verona 4 Julia Shakespeare
A Midsummer Night’s Dream 3 Bottom Shakespeare
The American Plan 3 Gil Richard Greenberg
Fat Pig 3 Helena Neil LaBute
Danny & The Deep Blue Sea 3 Danny John Patrick Shanley
At Home 3 Carol Michael Weller
Man of La Mancha 3 “Impossible Dream” Mitch Leigh
My Fair Lady 3 “On the Street Where You Live” Frederick Loewe
Once Upon a Mattress 3 “Shy” Mary Rodgers
Proof 3 Catherine David Auburn
Spring Awakening 3 “Sadness” Duncan Sheik
Fool For Love 3 May Sam Shephard
Henry IV, Part I 3 Hotspur Shakespeare
Henry V 3 Chorus Shakespeare
Merchant of Venice 3 Portia Shakespeare
Reasons to be Pretty 3 Greg Neil LaBute
Summer & Smoke 3 Alma Tennessee Williams
Three Days of Rain 3 Pip Richard Greenberg
Uncle Vanya 3 Ashcroft Chekhov

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