In Performance

In Performance:

Contemporary Monologues for Men and Women

Late Twenties to Thirties

By JV Mercanti


Monologues and scenes are vital instruments in every actor’s toolbox. During an audition, performing a monologue gives casting directors a sense of the actor’s skill level and personality. But not every monologue fits every actor, and there is an ongoing need for a variety of material that actors in the modern world can relate and connect to. 

Whether auditioning for graduate programs or professional productions, In Performance: Contemporary Monologues for Men and Women, Late 20s-30s (November 2014, Applause Books, $16.99) is an indispensable collection of monologues for today’s aspiring young actors. Featured are dynamic monologues from contemporary stage plays of the past 15 years, as selected by professional acting teacher, director, and casting director JV Mercanti.

Along with covering the basics of how best to match the monologue to the actor and how to approach the rehearsal and performance of the piece, this handy guide provides a synopsis of each play, character descriptions, and a list of questions specific to each monologue that will help actors develop complex, honest, and thoughtful performances with a strong emotional connection, a clear arc, and playable actions.

November 18, 2014
Paperback Original
5 ¼” x 7 ¾”

256 pages


JV Mercanti was the resident director of the most recent national tour of the immersive theatrical hit Peter Pan 360, as well as the national tour of Cabaret. Originally from Philadelphia, he holds a BA from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and an MFA in directing from Rutgers University. Mercanti was an assistant professor of acting and directing in the Theatre Arts Department at the University of Miami and has worked as a casting director for over 15 years on numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, including the Kevin Kline revival of Cyrano de Bergerac and the upcoming Romeo & Juliet. He lives in New York.




Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group, the trade book division of Hal Leonard Corporations, publishes books on the performing arts under the imprints Hal Leonard Books, Backbeat Books, Amadeus Press, and Applause Theatre and Cinema Books.

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