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When competing with other actors from around the world -- whether for a school or a grant, etc. -- it's best to keep your monologue choices simple. Traditionally, you should select a both classical and a contemporary monologue. Classical monologues date before the 20th century. Monologues from Moliere, Shakespeare, and Aristophanes are excellent choices. Contemporary monologues can be chosen from any modern play, from Arthur Miller to Tony Kushner.