Scripts

This is under construction, basically this will list plays I’ve written, with a brief summary and downloadable PDFs of the scripts. I will start by just placing my play The Monkeyhouse here; I tend to get many inquiries about it, since a monologue from it found its way into a couple of audition piece books, but the full script isn’t published at this time. Well. I guess it is NOW! I hope the internet searchers find this helpful!

PERMISSIONS

Downloaders have my permission to print or reproduce these scripts however they need to, free of charge, for educational and/or audition purposes ONLY. Permission to perform the play and any fees associated with the performance rights must be negotiated directly with me, by contacting me through this website. It’s all pretty painless, but that sort of arrangement ought to be done in writing.

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THE PLAYS

The Monkeyhouse (2000, one-act, drama, 4 female, 2 male) – An act of aggression at a high school prom causes victims and aggressors to examine their actions, and the brutal environment they create and/or live in. MATURE CONTENT: profanity, some violence, sexuality.

Download The Monkeyhouse

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4 Responses to Scripts

  1. hannah says:

    what is the Monkeyhouses main idea

  2. hannah says:

    How is Chrystal feeling in her monologue about ballet?

    • ryanfhughes says:

      Hi Hannah, thank you for your questions! Neither of your questions I can really answer with a solid concrete answer. Not every writer writes with a main idea in mind, or if they do, they may be going by instinct and not really aware of what it might be until afterwards. It’s also hard for a writer to say how a character is feeling, because it depends on a lot of things, including the interpretations a director or an actor/actress might bring to a performance. They might come up with an interpretation that I would never have thought of, but that makes sense and works. I may have had something specific in mind when I wrote it sitting at a computer all by myself, but once other people are contributing their own creative powers, my ideas aren’t the only ones that matter.

      I don’t know anything about you and I may be totally wrong, but I get the feeling these are questions you’ve been asked to answer for a class or a workshop. And they’re good questions to ask that will help you to figure out how to interpret scenes and monologues, either as a reader or a performer. But I feel it’s more important to know what the central idea is for YOU. When you read the script, what are the similarities you find in the different characters’ stories, where are they different, what seems to be on everybody’s mind? What does the play make you think about in your own life? How does Crystal’s monologue make YOU feel? What made you choose it as something you wanted to work on? All of that is at least as important as my own ideas about the story and the character. Maybe even a little bit more important to you, since what you’re working on is your interpretation of it.

      I hope it doesn’t feel like I’m just brushing you off because I don’t want to bother answering your questions. I honestly believe that my own intentions with the stories and characters aren’t as important as your take on them. Read the script, find out what you can find out, don’t be afraid to have your own point of view on the script and on the monologue. Trust your own ideas. Nine times out of ten, if you can be honest with yourself, and bold about your choices, you’ll be right.

      This probably isn’t the kind of answer you were looking for, but I hope it was helpful!

      • hannah says:

        Yes, Thank you that was very helpful but I do have one more question. What does Angie mean by your all sick and why does she give Chrystal needles?

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