As a teacher, this drove me crazy. I had a large folder of monologues, which were always being lost, and several "monologue books" that I inherited from the previous teacher. The "monologue books" were outrageously bad, all written by the same person, and made me dizzy with madness every time a student chose one. I eventually got rid of them.I started bringing in my own monologues and duets from my plays, and then slipping them in alongside the other pieces - (I usually didn't tell my students that I had written them) - and my kids tended to pick my material more than any others.So I decided to put them online for other people to use. I've continued to do this over the years - and I make everything free to use, download, and most importantly, photocopy. I figure it's a resource that I can provide teachers to make their lives easier. I know a lot of playwrights balk at the idea of putting their work online for free - (and I feel the same way about people putting up plays, royalty-free, but these are in-class monologues and duets in an educational setting)
I think I've got almost 200 monologues and over 100 duet scenes (and trios) online now, all from published plays, and I think it's a great way to introduce kids to my work (and teachers as well). I could easily put them all together and publish a couple of books of them, but I want to keep them free for kids out there.
A lot of people "trolling" the internet for monologues find my website - (before google changed their algorithm you could type in "scenes for teenagers" or "free monologues" and my site would be in the top 3) and I'm fine with that.One last thing: A few years ago, I tried to persuade Playscripts (unsuccessfully) to do the exact same thing with their entire database - give all the monologues away, make everything searchable. I figured the traffic on the site would explode and people would buy the plays eventually, but only if you were comfortable giving some of it away for free. They decided not to follow my advice, sadly.
Great discussion topic. Like Don, through my website I make available a bunch of monologues and scenes from my plays. They're free for use in the classroom and for auditions (and YouthPLAYS, my publishing company, does as well). All people have to do is ask.For IEs and forensics, the rule of thumb has been that if it's under 10 minutes, there are no royalties, but you need to purchase a copy of the script from which it comes for each participant.The challenge--and where people sometimes try to stretch it--is when someone wants to present a "scenes" night or showcase in front of an audience. As we all know (or at least I hope we all do), anytime a play is produced in the presence of an audience outside of the cast and crew, royalties are due, regardless of whether admission is charged. "But we're just doing a showcase of scenes," they'll say. Yeah, but taken together, they're presenting a full night of theatre--which really isn't that different from presenting a single full-length play.David, when you're talking about classroom performances, are you talking about in a closed classroom or open to audience (other classes, friends, parents, etc.)? If it's the former, I'd say just buy scripts (or a classroom photocopy license, if available). If it's the latter, then add royalties too.Cheers,Jonathan