Thursday, May 24, 2018

Monologue Mania Day # 1559 Triage (for Memorial Day) by Janet S. Tiger (c) May 24, 2018

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Monologue Mania Day # 1559 Triage (for Memorial Day) by Janet S. Tiger (c) May 24, 2018 
  
                                                     Triage
                                                            
                                                         (for Memorial Day) 
                                  (Not) A monologue by Janet S. Tiger  (c) 2016 all rights reserved
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Two actors necessary - one about 60, one in his 30s

          (A man in a uniform enters, he's in his sixties, this is the nephew.  He salutes)

NEPHEW - My uncle was the reason I joined the Army.  He was a medic during World War II - 

             (A younger man in a uniform from WWII enters, but with a cane, he walks slowly, this is the uncle)

NEPHEW - ....and he never talked about it.  Never.  The other men in my family who fought, they had stories.  Not Uncle Jerome.  I used to ask him about it was like and all he would say was....'

             (Uncle Jerome drops the cane and stands tall, he looks very young now)

UNCLE -  Triage.

NEPHEW - ...and when I asked what that meant, he would say.......

UNCLE -  Look it up!

             (The nephew puts on a baseball cap and jacket, he is a kid again now)

NEPHEW - And I was young, and I had no idea what he was talking about.....so I kept asking ....
             (younger voice)  Uncle Jerome, what's triage?

UNCLE - (Faster)  Look it up!

NEPHEW - What's triage?

UNCLE -  (Louder)  Look it up!

NEPHEW - (Louder)  What's triage?

UNCLE -  Look it up!

             (The uncle now takes a dictionary from his pocket and holds it out)

NEPHEW-  What's triage?

             (The nephew takes the book and looks)

NEPHEW - (Reading) Triage....from the French verb trier, meaning to separate, sift or select. (more serious) It is the process of determining the priority of patients' treatments based on the severity of their condition. This rations patient treatment efficiently when resources are insufficient for all to be treated immediately.  Those responsible for the removal of the wounded from a battlefield or their care afterwards would divide the victims into three categories:[3][4]
·        Those who are likely to live, regardless of what care they receive;
·        Those who are likely to die, regardless of what care they receive;
·        Those for whom immediate care might make a positive difference in outcome.

             (The nephew sighs and hands the book back)

NEPHEW- That's what you did......

UNCLE -  Every day.....all day.....

NEPHEW -  But I still don't really understand.....

UNCLE - Okay, here it is maybe you can.  You see two of the calves just fell in the river after a storm, so the river's high, and fast, and you can only save one.....one calf is the one that's smaller, and weaker, but it's your favorite, with a white patch on her forehead......the other, the larger calf, she's stronger ......but you can only save one - which one do you pick?

NEPHEW -  Oh, boy, that's a tough question....

UNCLE -  Yeah.....if you jump in and pick the weak one, and she dies later from gettin' cold and sick, then you have no milk next winter......and if you try to save both of them.....you might not save either....and you might get swept away.....so....which one is it?  Who lives?  ...who dies?

NEPHEW -  (Starting to understand)  Maybe ...maybe I can see why you don't want to tell me the stories......

UNCLE -  When you're older.....

            (The uncle takes the hat off his nephew and looks at it, shaking his head).  The nephew takes off his jacket and puts on the matching officer's cap to his uniform.  He stands up straight, military straight)

NEPHEW -  It must of been hard, making choices like that.....

UNCLE -  Why do you think I don't wanna remember.....every day, I remember, I think about all the guys I had to leave in the field......wonder about their families.....had I made the right choices......  and then.....I come here....to these reunions......and I see guys and they come up to me sometimes.....and they say things like.......

             (The uncle takes a deep breath, trying to choke back the emotion)

NEPHEW -  I heard.....(Imitating)  'I want you to meet someone'.....and he turned to his family 
             'I want you to meet the reason I'm here - this is the man who saved my life....who crawled out and dragged me back and tied up my leg so I didn't die in some pile of mud......'

UNCLE -  (Hard to say) I guess some of the cows I picked made it through the war......

NEPHEW-  A fine herd......

UNCLE -  I just wish I could have saved them all.......

NEPHEW-  You did your best.......

UNCLE -  I suppose.......

NEPHEW-  Let's go back in.....I think it's time for the medal ceremony......I'm glad I could be here for this one, Uncle Jerome......

UNCLE -  Me, too......for all those who couldn't.....

           (They salute each other and walk out, Uncle Jerome now with his cane, very slowly but still straight and tall.)

A big thank you to all those who have given their time - and their lives - to give us the gift of freedom.                                                          
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 first posted  Day #830 Triage (for Memorial Day)  by Janet S. Tiger (c) May 22,  2016

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Swedenborg Hall 2006-8

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Monologue Mania Day # 1558 Faithful (for The Devil Comes to River Bend) by Janet S. Tiger (c) May 23, 2018

Welcome to Monologue Mania- one new free* monologue a day- -and still going!
Today is Day # 1552!  To look at the other 1551 titles - click here
  first   year -  Feb. 13, 2014 - Feb. 12, 2015  second year -  Feb. 13, 2015 - Feb. 12, 2016  third year -  Feb. 13, 2016 -  today!                 
I've continued with a monologue a day until the spirit moves me to stop - if you have any ideas for a monologue you want me to write, please let me know at tigerteam1@gmail.com.
Get  more great award-winning monologues - MonologueZone.com
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Monologue Mania Day # 1558 Faithful (for Devil Comes to River Bend) by Janet S. Tiger (c) May 23, 2018   

                                                       Faithful
                                              A monologue by Janet S. Tiger   
                                                           © all rights reserved  2018                                                              
         (Maria is folding wash, which she will do throughout this)

My Armando is a good man.  I knew from the first time I saw him that he was a good man.  I was only fourteen, and he was at the fiesta with his mother and brother.  He did not drink.  I liked that.   Too many man...buracho....drunk....but not Armando.   Everyone called him Manny, but I liked, Armando.  He was older, seventeen.

He did not rush me.  I liked that.  He did not want babies so quick, we waited. He always had a job, and he was good at saving the money Until we had a little money, and a car, and a car for me.  

And we had children.  Beautiful boys.  Hernando, like my Uncle Hernando who helped us.  And Roberto. After Armando's father in Mexico.  Two blessings.  And then, a year after Roberto, the third baby, but not healthy, a miscarriage.......and I was sick, and then...the doctors tell me.  No more babies.

But we have two wonderful sons!  Good boys....close, not with big mouths.  Boys who helped their families.  

          (She sighs)

Buracho.  I hate the drunks.  My father was a drunk.  He almost killed my mother once.  Before he left.  

Drinking and death.  And the devil......in English, all with D.......in Spanish....just the devil has that D.......

        (She draws a 'D' in the air)

Diablo.  He rules the drunks.  And that......drunk killed my boys......and......I killed that drunk.  So what if I go to hell?  I'm already there.

        (She picks up a shirt, holds it to her)

But Armando.  He has been faithful.  A woman knows when a man has been faithful.  The women who on the TV who act surprised, it makes me laugh.

Where did you think your man was when he was out all night?  Playing cards with his drunken friends?  How many of those friends wear perfume?

No,  Armando loved our boys.  Like me.  He has always been faithful....

           (Takes the shirt and rips it)

Until now......

            (End of scene)
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Member Dramatists Guild since 1983

Playwright-in-Residence
Swedenborg Hall 2006-8

Monday, May 21, 2018

Monologue Mania Day # 1557 Roly Monopoly by Janet S. Tiger (c) May 22, 2018

Welcome to Monologue Mania- one new free* monologue a day- -and still going!
Today is Day # 1552!  To look at the other 1551 titles - click here
  first   year -  Feb. 13, 2014 - Feb. 12, 2015  second year -  Feb. 13, 2015 - Feb. 12, 2016  third year -  Feb. 13, 2016 -  today!                 
I've continued with a monologue a day until the spirit moves me to stop - if you have any ideas for a monologue you want me to write, please let me know at tigerteam1@gmail.com.
Get  more great award-winning monologues - MonologueZone.com
If you'd like to write your own monologues, I happen to have a book for that -   
Thank you for your comments - and for liking and sharing this site on Facebook, Google - with friends.  Wishing you much success!
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Monologue Mania Day # 1557  Roly Monopoly by Janet S. Tiger (c) May 22, 2018   

                                                  Roly Monopoly
                                              A monologue by Janet S. Tiger   
                                                           © all rights reserved  2018                                                                                                 
         (Announcer is at TV desk)

We hope you are sitting down because the following is a shocking expose!

This is a special edition of your TV news with the shocking and horrifying story that Google may be......a monopoly!

Yes, a monopoly!  Because 20 billion people use Google every day, and only 23 people use the search engine from Bing......

         (Holds up a graph with a giant Google and an almost invisible Bing symbol)

See, positive proof that we are always accurate!

         (Throws graph to the side)

And here is the other completely new news!  To get all these billions of  people using Google, Google has a TOP SECRET algorithm!  And Google may use its top secret algorithm to....please don't faint when you learn this!...Google uses the algorithm to divert customers to Google sites so that Google can.....(clutches heart)....MAKE MORE MONEY!

(Sighs)  And now, we have a commercial break and then we return with 
VERY IMPORTANT news 
about a TV show ......and the VERY IMPORTANT stars
of this show ........who are about to have a baby!  

And yes...... This important TV show follows our news on this very channel!  

     (Turns to leave, stops, looks back)

So stay tuned!  And if you forget the name of the show, please google us at 
we are part of the problem...dot com!

         (Cut to commercial......or turn the channel - whichever you do, the news will still be awful!)

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Note: A few words about 'free' -  all these monologues are protected under copyright law and are free to read, free to perform and video as long as no money is charged. Once you charge admission or a donation, or include my work in an anthology, you need to contact me for royalty 

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Janet S. Tiger    858-736-6315                CaregiversAnon.org
Member Dramatists Guild since 1983

Playwright-in-Residence
Swedenborg Hall 2006-8