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With regard how actors can memorize a monologue, there are different ways, but you might try this.
Read it over several times to your self and aloud to get the jist of what it is about, know the characters in the play, understand why your character is saying what he or she is saying, know the meaning of EACH AND EVERY word in the context of the era. Understand what your character is doing in the scene. Understand what his/her objective is in saying what he/she is saying or in behaving the way they are.
If you have time to read the entire story, it is a plus. It will help you understand better as an actor what you are saying and why and how your character probably feels about what he/she is saying.
All that alone, should help you feel more comfortable. Then you might start as if you are inching along. First start with the first part of the first sentence, then move on memorizing it until you can go all the way through the entire monologue.
When you memorize a monologue this way for a while and you start to feel more confident, even if it's not perfect, put the paper down and rehearse it remembering what you can, but concentrating more on the FEELING of what you are saying. If you don't remember the exact words, use your own words. Improvise if you have to. Do that a couple of times and then go back to finishing to memorize to perfection.
This is not the only way, but this is a way that works for me. There are other twists and things to consider, but this is a quick guide for you that might help you memorize your lines.
This whole process might take a day or it might take a week. It depends on you, how long and complex the monologue is, on your ability to memorize and other things as well.
Then, when you are ready to start auditioning, remember that there are mistakes to avoid and other things to remember about how to deliver your monologue effectively and to the liking of the casting director or agent you are auditioning for.
If you are totally at a loss, you might try what I suggested.
Now if you need to start practicing to memorize a monologue and at the same time you want to have some fun doing it, there are plenty of them to choose from on this page link. Good luck!
Read this interview with New York talent agent Ingrid French about about what she expects from when they come in to audition for her.