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    • Monodrama

    • A monodrama is a theatrical or operatic piece played by a single actor or singer, usually portraying one character. In opera, a monodrama was originally a melodrama with one role such as Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Pygmalion, which was written in 1762 and first staged in Lyon in 1770, and Georg Benda's work of the sam ... Read »


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    • One-person show

    • A one-person show (one-man show or one-woman show) is a solo performance, featuring a comedian or actor who stands on stage and entertains an audience. While a one-person show may be the musings of a comedian on a theme, the form can accommodate a wider scope. In the preface of the book Extreme Exposure, editor Jo Bon ... Read »


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    • Acting Shakespeare

    • Acting Shakespeare

      Acting Shakespeare is a one-man show of Shakespearean monologues interspersed with theatrical anecdotes devised and performed by Ian McKellen. McKellen first performed the recital in Scandinavia in 1980 and later performed it throughout the world. It was broadcast by PBS in 1982. For the 1984 Broadway engagement, McKel ... Read »


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    • Ages of Man (play)

    • Ages of Man is a one-man show performed by John Gielgud featuring a collection of speeches in Shakespeare's plays. Based on an anthology edited by Oxford professor George Rylands in 1939 that organized the speeches to show the journey of life from birth to death, the show takes its title from Jaques' "Ages of Man" spee ... Read »


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    • Barrymore (play)

    • Barrymore is a two-person play by William Luce which depicts John Barrymore a few months before his death in 1942 as he is rehearsing a revival of his 1920 Broadway triumph as Richard III. Barrymore's attempted revival of his Richard III never actually took place and was a device that was invented for the play, but it ... Read »


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    • Batatyachi Chal

    • Batatyachi Chal

      Purushottam Lakshman Deshpande (8 November 1919 – 12 June 2000), popularly known by his initials ("Pu. La.") or as P. L. Deshpande, was a Marathi-language writer and humorist from Maharashtra. He was also an accomplished film and stage actor, music composer, harmonium player, singer, and orator. He was often re ... Read »


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    • The Belle of Amherst

    • The Belle of Amherst

      The Belle of Amherst is a one-woman play by William Luce. Based on the life of poet Emily Dickinson from 1830 to 1886, and set in her Amherst, Massachusetts home, the 1976 play makes use of her work, diaries, and letters to recollect her encounters with the significant people in her life – family, close friend ... Read »


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    • Berlin (play)

    • Berlin is a 2009 play by David Hare, in the form of a 55-minute monologue on Berlin and its history. It was first performed in March 2009 at the Royal National Theatre by the author himself, directed by Stephen Daldry. ... Read »


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    • The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead

    • The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead

      The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead is a one-woman play by Australian playwright Robert Hewett. It is presented as a series of eight individual monologues by seven characters who were affected by the actions of Rhonda Russell, the first character in the play. It was published by Currency Press in 2007. T ... Read »


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    • Bridge and Tunnel (play)

    • Bridge and Tunnel (play)

      Bridge & Tunnel is a one-woman Broadway show, in which all of the roles are performed by stage actress Sarah Jones. Jones explores the diverse immigrant makeup of the New York City boroughs outside Manhattan by playing a variety of different characters, each of a different race. The play comprises a series of monologue ... Read »


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    • A Bronx Tale (play)

    • A Bronx Tale is an autobiographical one-man show written and performed by Chazz Palminteri. A Bronx Tale tells the story of Calogero Anello, a young boy from a working class family who gets involved in the world of organized crime. Calogero's father is a bus driver who tries to instill working-class family values ... Read »


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    • A Christmas Carol (play)

    • A Christmas Carol is a one-man stage performance by English actor Patrick Stewart of the Charles Dickens novel of the same title, which has been performed in the United Kingdom and the United States on occasion since 1988. Stewart was originally inspired to create the adaptation during the production of the 1986 film ... Read »


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    • A Coffin in Egypt

    • A Coffin in Egypt is a chamber opera in one act by composer Ricky Ian Gordon. The work uses an English language libretto by Leonard Foglia which is based on a 1980 play by Horton Foote. Set in Egypt, Texas, the work tells the story of Myrtle Bledsoe, an embittered 90-year-old woman who sifts through the memories of her ... Read »


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    • A Dream, What Else?


    • Eight Songs for a Mad King

    • Eight Songs for a Mad King

      Eight Songs for a Mad King is a monodrama by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies with a libretto by Randolph Stow, based on words of George III. The work was written for the South-African actor Roy Hart and the composer's ensemble the Pierrot Players, and premiered on 22 April 1969. Lasting half an hour, it is scored for a barito ... Read »


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    • Émilie (opera)


    • Erwartung

    • Erwartung

      Erwartung (Expectation), Op. 17, is a one-act monodrama in four scenes by Arnold Schoenberg to a libretto by Marie Pappenheim (). Composed in 1909, it was not premiered until 6 June 1924 in Prague conducted by Alexander Zemlinsky with Marie Gutheil-Schoder as the soprano. The opera takes the unusual form of a monolo ... Read »


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    • Festival of monodrama and mime

    • Festival of monodrama and mime is a theater festival dedicated to the mime and monodrama. it is held annually around end of Jun or first week in July in Belgrade, Serbia, and its traditionally held within the Puppet Theatre "Pinocchio". Festival of Monodrama and Mime participants are awarded in five different categorie ... Read »


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    • Flower and Hawk

    • Flower and Hawk is a monodrama for soprano and orchestra with music and libretto composed by Carlisle Floyd. Flower and Hawk was Floyd's seventh opera. It had its premiere on May 16, 1972, with Phyllis Curtin and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Willis Page. The production was directed by Frank C ... Read »


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    • Freak (film)

    • Freak (film)

      Freak is a 1998 film directed by Spike Lee. The film is a live performance of John Leguizamo's one man show on Broadway of the same name. Leguizamo's show was semi-autobiographical as he would talk about many aspects of his life. In the performance piece, he also talks about family members such as his parents, grandpar ... Read »


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    • Full Frontal (play)

    • Full Frontal is a one-man, one-act play by English writer Michael Hastings. It premièred at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs in 1979 with Winston Ntshona performing and Rufus Collins directing, and was revised by the author for a production at Ovalhouse in 2001. The play is a monologue by Gabriel Nkoke - a man ... Read »


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    • Give 'em Hell, Harry!


    • Die glückliche Hand


    • Golda's Balcony


    • Hawkeye (M*A*S*H episode)

    • The fourth season of M*A*S*H aired Fridays at 8:30–9:00 pm from September 12 to November 28, 1975 and Tuesdays at 9:00–9:30 pm from December 2, 1975 to February 24, 1976 on CBS. A news correspondent (Clete Roberts) visits the 4077th to get their feelings about the war. Note: This episode was filmed in bl ... Read »


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    • I Am My Own Wife


    • I Hate This

    • I Hate This

      I Hate This (a play without the baby) is a solo performance by David Hansen detailing his experiences as the father of a stillborn child. First produced at Cleveland Public Theatre in 2003, this award winning performance has been presented at the Minnesota Fringe Festival and the New York Fringe Festival, as well ... Read »


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    • Karloff (play)

    • Karloff (play)

      Karloff is a biographical one-man play about the life of film star Boris Karloff, written by Randy Bowser. Using quotes from Boris Karloff, both humorous and serious, on a wide range of topics, the play is a jigsaw puzzle of brief, non-chronologically enacted events in the actor's life. The theme is self-realization. ... Read »


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    • Kicking a Dead Horse

    • Kicking a Dead Horse (2007) is an American play written by Sam Shepard. It is an example of a dramatic monologue for one man for most of the play, until a woman shows up, in all lasting approximately 80 minutes. Hobart Struther's voyage is interrupted by the death of his horse in a desert. Out of frustration, he k ... Read »


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    • Der Kontrabaß


    • Krapp's Last Tape


    • Mark Twain Tonight

    • Mark Twain Tonight! is a one-man play devised by Hal Holbrook, in which he depicts Mark Twain giving a dramatic recitation selected from several of Twain's writings, with an emphasis on the comic ones. The recitation's genesis was a show that Holbrook performed with his first wife Ruby where she would interview him po ... Read »


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    • Me and Bessie

    • Me and Bessie

      Me and Bessie is a musical revue about the life and career of blues singer Bessie Smith. The basically one-woman show, conceived and written by Will Holt and Linda Hopkins and performed by Hopkins, features songs by Lil Green, Clarence Williams, Henry Creamer, Andy Razaf, and Jimmy Cox, among others. It originally was ... Read »


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    • Mercury: The Afterlife and Times of a Rock God

    • Mercury: The Afterlife and Times of a Rock God

      Mercury: The Afterlife and Times of a Rock God is a monodrama written by Charles Messina about the life and death of Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury. It presents Mercury in the moments just after his death, during which he is confronted with self-examination as he "seeks redemption before a God unimpressed by his cel ... Read »


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    • Merely Players

    • Merely Players was a one-man stage show written and performed by Barry Morse. It examined the lives of a series of actors and others from Elizabethan times up to present day. The title is derived from lines by William Shakespeare in his play As You Like It: All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely pl ... Read »


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    • Primo (film)

    • Primo is a 2005 film directed by Richard Wilson, starring the BAFTA-nominated Antony Sher and broadcast by HBO and the BBC. This film is a recording of the Royal National Theatre production of the play Primo, also directed by Wilson. Adapted by Antony Sher from If This Is a Man (1947) by Primo Levi, it is a monologue ... Read »


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    • Pygmalion (opera)

    • Pygmalion is a monodrama in one act by composer Georg Benda with a German libretto by Friedrich Wilhelm Gotter. The opera's first performance was at the , the court theatre in Gotha, on September 20, 1779. Pygmalion was the fourth of the five theatrical collaborations of Benda and Gotter. Gotter based his text on Jean- ... Read »


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    • Pygmalion (Rousseau)

    • Pygmalion (French: Pygmalion) is the most influential dramatic work by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, other than his opera Le devin du village. Though now rarely performed, it was one of the first ever melodramas (that is, a play consisting of pantomime gestures and the spoken word, both with a musical accompaniment). It is fo ... Read »


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    • Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins

    • Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins is a 2010 play written by twin sisters Margaret Engel and Allison Engel. Kathleen Turner portrayed Ivins in the play's 2010 debut, the play was directed by David Esbjornson. A one-actor play based on the life of Texas political writer Molly Ivins. ... Read »


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    • A Room of One's Own


    • The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe

    • The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe

      The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (1977) is the one-woman stage show written by Jane Wagner and starring Lily Tomlin, which won the Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience and was turned into a film in 1991. The show, Tomlin's second Broadway billing as a solo performer, follows Tomlin ... Read »


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    • Shimmer (play)

    • Shimmer is a 1988 award-winning one-man play by American playwright John O'Keefe. It is a solo performance, portraying multiple characters, that describes life on a harsh juvenile detention farm in the Midwest in the 1950s. The solo actor in Shimmer tells the story by becoming each character in turn. The play take ... Read »


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    • Shirley Valentine

    • Shirley Valentine

      Shirley Valentine is a one-character play by Willy Russell. Taking the form of a monologue by a middle-aged, working class Liverpool housewife, it focuses on her life before and after a transforming holiday abroad. Wondering what has happened to her youth and feeling stagnant and in a rut, Shirley finds herself re ... Read »


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    • The Syringa Tree

    • The Syringa Tree is a deeply personal memory play of a childhood under apartheid. Written and often performed by Pamela Gien, and directed by Larry Moss, it has received excellent reviews in New York and across the USA as well as in London. Also very positively reviewed in Dublin, the play has received several awards. ... Read »


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    • Tea at Five

    • Tea at Five is a 2002 one-woman play, written by Matthew Lombardo, which tells the story of Katharine Hepburn in a monologue. It is based on Hepburn's book Me: Stories of My Life. The play starred Kate Mulgrew, and was apparently written with her in mind for the part. Mulgrew is something of a Hepburn lookalike, and h ... Read »


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    • Theodor Hierneis oder Wie man ehem. Hofkoch wird

    • Theodor Hierneis oder Wie man ehem. Hofkoch wird ("Theodor Hierneis or How to become a former royal chef") is a 1972 West German historical drama film directed by Hans-Jürgen Syberberg. The film consists of a monologue performed by Walter Sedlmayr, who plays Theodor Hierneis, the chef at the court of Ludwig II of Ba ... Read »


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    • Thom Pain (based on nothing)

    • Thom Pain (based on nothing) is a 2004 one man show written by Will Eno. It is a rambling monologue in which the protagonist, who has suffered a lot in his life, tells the story of a bee sting, a boy with a dog that died, and his experience with a woman. The play started as a reading at the Soho Theatre and was th ... Read »


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    • Thurgood (play)

    • Thurgood is a one-man play about the life of Thurgood Marshall. It was written by George Stevens, Jr. The show premiered in 2006 at the Westport Country Playhouse, starring James Earl Jones and directed by Leonard Foglia. The production featured Scenic Design by Allen Moyer, Costume Design by Jane Greenwood, Lighting ... Read »


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    • Tick, Tick... Boom!

    • Tick, Tick... Boom!

      Tick, Tick... Boom! (styled as tick, tick... BOOM!) is a musical written by American composer Jonathan Larson, who won a Pulitzer and three Tony Awards for his musical Rent. Tick, Tick... Boom! tells the story of an aspiring composer named Jon, who lives in New York City in 1990. Jon is worried he has made the wrong ca ... Read »


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    • Tongues (play)

    • Tongues is a 1978 play by Sam Shepard and Joseph Chaikin.Tongues is a series of monologues set to percussion and meant for one actor. Shepard and Chaikin had previously agreed to do a piece surrounding the concept of the voice, and nearing completion of the piece, decided it required some kind of musical accompaniment. ... Read »


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    • Topless (stage play)

    • Topless is a one-woman stage play by Miles Tredinnick. It is set on an open-top sightseeing bus and features tour guide Sandie revealing her personal life whilst pointing out the London sights. The play, produced by The Big Bus Company, ran for two seasons in London, firstly in 1999 (directed by Martin Bailey) and then ... Read »


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    • Topless in Philadelphia

    • Topless in Philadelphia

      Topless in Philadelphia is a one man comedy stage play by Miles Tredinnick. It is set on an open-top sightseeing bus and features tour guide Gus Clover revealing his disastrous personal life whilst pointing out the Philly sights. The play is written in the same vein as the author's earlier Topless which features a fem ... Read »


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    • Topless in Sydney

    • Topless in Sydney

      Topless in Sydney is a one-woman comedy stage play by Miles Tredinnick. It is set on an open-top sightseeing bus and features tour guide Amy revealing her efforts to win the prestigious 'Guide of the Year' award whilst at the same time pointing out the Sydney sights. The play is written in the same vein as the author' ... Read »


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    • Tru (play)

    • Tru is a 1989 play by Jay Presson Allen, adapted from the words and works of Truman Capote. Adapted from the words and works of Truman Capote, Tru is set in the writer's New York City apartment at 870 United Nations Plaza the week before Christmas 1975. An excerpt from Capote's infamous unfinished roman à clef, ... Read »


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    • Twice Through the Heart

    • Twice Through the Heart

      Twice Through the Heart is a musical work by the English composer Mark-Anthony Turnage, variously described as a dramatic scena, as a monodrama, as a song cycle, as a chamber opera or even as a "dramatic song-cycle-cum-scena". It is scored for mezzo-soprano and 16 instrumentalists and sets an English-language libretto ... Read »


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    • La voix humaine

    • La voix humaine

      La voix humaine (English: The Human Voice) is a forty-minute, one-act opera for soprano and orchestra composed by Francis Poulenc in 1958. The work is based on the play of the same name by Jean Cocteau, who, along with French soprano Denise Duval, worked closely with Poulenc in preparation for the opera's premiere. Pou ... Read »


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    • Wall (play)

    • Wall is a 2009 play by David Hare, in the form of a monologue. It was first performed in March 2009 at the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court Theatre by the author himself, directed by Stephen Daldry. Its topic is the Israeli Security Barriers in the West Bank and Gaza and it is intended by Hare as a compani ... Read »


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    • Without Skin or Breathlessness

    • Without Skin or Breathlessness is playwright Tanya Barfield's anthologized one-woman performance piece. It concerns a white mother reflecting on the childhood of her biracial (half-black) child. The performance was included in the solo performance anthology "O Solo Homo." It was performed in 1996 at P.S. 122. ... Read »


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