JAKE WALTON
Both men are in their 40's.
SAM BANDERA
Both men are theater producers.
RALEIGH
An Actress.
In her early 20's.
Pretty.
Very upbeat.
SYLVAN
An Actress.
In her early 20's.
Pretty.
Very upbeat.
JAKE and SAM (theater producers in their 40's) are auditioning actresses.
They’re not not the most articulate of guys, but they do know they want something that “shows a lot of range.”)
And they know good headshots when they see them.

In walks RALEIGH (early 20's, petty, very upbeat), who does a monologue from Romeo and Juliet.
Problem is, Raleigh keeps screwing it up. Finally she stops and asks if she can start over.
And before Jake or Sam can respond, she embarks on a speech about how difficult the audition process is,
and the toll it takes on actors.
The speech becomes a rant...the rant becomes a tirade...Finally she breaks down in tears.

Silence...as Jake and Same stare, open-mouthed, offering what little comfort they can muster.
Until Raleigh looks up, smiles and says, “That enough range for you?”
Sam and Jake are impressed.

Next, in walks SYLVAN (early 20's, pretty, very upbeat), who shows them a nice headshot and starts a monologue from Miss Julie. Problem is, Raleigh keeps screwing it up. Finally she asks if she can start over.
And before Jake or Sam can respond, she embarks on a speech about how difficult the audition process is,
and the toll it takes on actors.
The speech becomes a rant... the rant becomes a tirade...Finally she breaks down in tears and comes to a realization:
If she can’t be an actress, she’ll hurl herself out a window.

This time, Same and Jake aren’t quite as impressed. (“We’ve seen it before.”)

Problem is, Sylvan won’t come out of character. She’s still sobbing and dazed. Apparently “one of those problem method actors.”

Finally, Sylvan walks out, remaining firmly in character, until...

Raleigh's monlogue published as "Audition" in
Scenes and Monologs from the Best New International Plays
Meriwether Publishing, Colorado Springs, CO

Cary Pepper