I'm Not Malala

Published in The PlayGround Experiment's Faces of America Monologue Anthology (2019)

(Monologue) Julia isn't Malala. But maybe Malala can help?
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I'm Not Malala

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  • Rachael Carnes:
    5 Nov. 2019
    A beautiful, heartbreaking piece — O'Grady captures here the loss of innocence, for kids, for our society. She gets at the trauma of this craven gun culture, how it sinks its talons into our systems, until the threat of violence is normal. We're there already, aren't we? Maybe a monologue like this could help us find our way out of the quagmire. A poetic, relevant piece, and a perfect showcase for a teen actor.
  • Cheryl Bear:
    2 Jul. 2019
    Fantastic teen monologue. "I was waiting for somebody to do something about that and then I realized I am somebody," theme runs through this piece perfectly and is wonderful to encourage the youth to overcome fear and find their voice.
  • Asher Wyndham:
    1 May. 2019
    This is one of my favorite teen girl monologues on NPX.
    With a voice that feels like it was straight from a recording, O'Grady captures immediately a likeable character because her fears and anxiety, her hope for the future is our own.
    This monologue makes you think - yeah, Afghanistan is not the United States, but there's an inevitability of violence in both places, gun violence can happen any time, any place.
    This is a smart choice for any festival or staged reading on gun control.
    Perfect for competition or audition.

Character Information

  • Julia
    A teenage girl.

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