Most Likely To is a thematic monologue, song and scene cycle with an emotional arc, rather than a traditional “Hero’s Journey.” One of the advantages of such a format is that every actor plays a “lead” role. As testament: the all-teen cast of the original production won the “Outstanding Ensemble” award, at the Midtown International Theatre Festival in NYC.
In the interest of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, the monologues in ML2 are designed to be performed by a multi-cultural cast of actors who identify as any gender, culture, or race. While gender has been suggested, a tweak of pronouns may be used for actors who self-identify as non-binary.
Here and now, in whatever venue is holding the awards “ceremony.” In the interest of keeping the experience universal, the school the students are graduating from is given no name. The school colors are, in the interest of inclusion, a “rainbow.”
This material has been crafted by (to quote Newsday) “a sophisticated writer who presumes his audience equally quick and clever;” as such, the humor is driven by character, not profanity. Feedback has established that the material speaks to a wide demographic of audiences. (See yearbook and reviews)
“This is a great monologue show for the high school level. It was the perfect fit for us during the pandemic!”
Review by Elizabeth Ziegler, Stillwater High School Theatre, Stillwater, Olka.
Both monologues (and musical) are designed to serve as a platform for the unique talents, voices and skills of your company. To that end, licensed productions are free to omit some monologues, swap the order of others, include a song from the musical, or a monologue from the play and/or add one of the new pieces featured in the Most Likely Updates page of this website.
Set: Both the play and musical take place at a school awards ceremony held in whatever venue you are using. The set can be as basic as a lectern and chairs, or as elaborate as a Hollywood Awards event, complete with red carpet, (see Cicely Tyson School for the Arts production photo).
Costumes: for the PLAY may be a rainbow of graduation robes, underdressing wardrobe that reflects each character’s “superlative” -robes closed, and mortar boards added, as the company “graduates.” For the MUSICAL version, the base costumes are supplemented by varsity jackets (see players theatre photo). There are additional “costumes” some actor’s don when their character is performing within the show.
Props: are minimal and should be chosen to suit the character or action. While the original production used trophies as “awards,” ribbons, medals, or certificates will suffice
The play contains all of the unabridged monologues, while the musical contains select monologues from the play, along with two-person and group scenes.
While the majority of both works are scripted, there is room for actors to improvise in character, in the audience, lobbying for voted before the show. There can be a red carpet lined with student press, and interviews. Furthermore, some “winners” may be planted in the audience. Characters can also pass out the programs, which can be rolled into a “diploma” and tied with a ribbon or tassel. Interaction, the closing night performance can conclude with a reading of the local high schools current senior superlatives.
Yes! Worldwide streaming rights are available. Please read the publishers guidelines:
These pieces were born of a need for “age-appropriate” material that meets the audition standards of being from a “produced and published work.” Hence some of the pieces are already in circulation. Given their uniqueness, you may find the perfect piece to pair with your more classic audition material. . Furthermore, older actors are invited to interpret the pieces as “flashbacks.”
For both the monologue cycle and musical, production rights, visit the publisher at: