Our tenth season presents an opportunity to create something unlike any other Dramashop mainstage productions. This fall, we’re presenting THE BLUE BOWL MONOLOGUES, a collection of original monologues written by members of our community.

What do these monologues have in common? Nothing, except that they’re all derived from the same simple prompt: a blue bowl.

Let your imagination take over, let the prompt take you anywhere you want, and start writing your original monologue! You may find your work included in this original mainstage production.


  • Monologues may be on any theme, as long as they connect in some way – big or small – to the prompt.
  • While you may or may not choose to use the words “blue bowl” in your monologue, the connection to the prompt should be apparent by the end of the monologue.
  • Monologues should be no more than ten minute long, but can be much shorter.
  • Monologues must contain one actor only.
  • While we embrace theatricality and a good challenge, we remind you that what you’re writing is ultimately intended to be performed on stage by a lone actor. Feasibility is an important consideration.
  • It’s easy to fall into the trap of aiming for dark and dramatic. Remember, though, that monologues can be light and funny, even if you’re tackling serious issues. Avoid writing yourself into a ‘theatre person’ cliché.
  • You can use this opportunity to write about something that’s important to you, or to simply have some fun and give playwriting a try – no experience is necessary!
  • If selected, your monologue will be cast by the production director(s) at their discretion. Casting will be reflective of the character presented in the monologue, but authors will not be involved in the casting or directing process. You are welcome to encourage people to audition for the monologue collection as a whole if you wish.
  • You are welcome to indicate your own interest in performing your monologue yourself, and your interest will be considered, though we do encourage you to take full advantage of the opportunity to see and hear someone else perform your words. We will hold open auditions to cast this production.
  • We respect playwrights, and we’ll do our best to ensure that your work is presented as you intended. However, we ask playwrights to be mindful of the fact that, ultimately, theatre is a collaborative process. Please know that your monologue may take on a different look or feel than what you envisioned, but we will always strive to honor your text.
  • Priority will be given to local playwrights, including students attending local colleges, with a goal of presenting a slate of monologues by playwrights who represent our entire community.
  • By submitting your work, you attest that it is your original work, and you give Dramashop permission to produce, record and present it digitally and/or on stage.  
  • Dramashop’s Creative Team will select which monologues will be included in the production. We encourage digital submissions submitted in PDF form here. You must have a Google account to upload via the form. Otherwise, you can email PDF submissions along with your name, address and phone number to
  • We will also accept submissions received by mail if you are unable to submit electronically, though they will not be returned.
  • All submissions must be received by August 15, 2020.
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