Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Monologue Mania Day # 1441 The Difference Between by Janet S. Tiger (c) Jan. 24, 2018

Welcome to Monologue Mania- one new free* monologue a day- -and still going!
Today is Day # 1440!  To look at the other 1439 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.
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Monologue Mania Day # 1441 The Difference Between by Janet S. Tiger (c) Jan. 24, 2018    
                                 The Difference Between
                                       A monologue by Janet S. Tiger 
                                             ©  all rights reserved
                                                tigerteam1@gmail.com

     (Young man enters - in his late 20s, early 30s, very good-looking.  He runs his fingers through his hair, seems a little embarrassed)  

I know it's different for women and there is no excuse for the things that go on with what men do to women, but....sometimes, well, men get .....what's a polite way of saying it?....approached inappropriately..

There was one time oh, I was 22, and I was working at my first real job, not hamburgers or putting fliers on doors, no this was for the census, and I had to interview people and take notes, and I sat on one side of the table, and the person sat on the other side.  It wasn't a big table, and one day, I was getting information from this lady, she was 86.

         (Remembering)

And.....all of a sudden, she reaches under the table and she  ...she grabs me!

        (He jumps back, stunned)

And it was, I mean, amazing!  She had this shit-eating grin on her face and I knew it was no accident!

I have never forgotten that!

         (He turns to leave, stops, looks back)

If I hadn't been married, I woulda nailed her!

         (He walks off smiling......about the difference)
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Playwright-in-Residence
Swedenborg Hall 2006-8

Monday, January 22, 2018

Monologue Mania Day # 1440 The Same List (for Caregivers Anonymous) by Janet S. Tiger (c) Jan. 23, 2018

Welcome to Monologue Mania- one new free* monologue a day- -and still going!
Today is Day # 1440!  To look at the other 1439 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 # 1440 The Same List (for Caregivers Anonymous) by Janet S. Tiger (c) Jan. 23, 2018    
                                         The Same List
                                       A monologue by Janet S. Tiger 
                                             ©  all rights reserved
                                                tigerteam1@gmail.com

       (Woman stands, brings out list and sits in the wheelchair)

This is the list of things I did today......

         (She holds it up, waves it around)

It started off with the usual thousand things before breakfast......then proceeded to the hundred items surrounding breakfast, followed by the morning chores, lunch and a break of oh, three minutes to go to the bathroom.

Then I saw an item on the list that was a bit perplexing.  It said....

        (Reads from list)

'Send thank you note to Aunt Marie for birthday present'

Why did this cause perplexation?  Was it because I had already sent the thank you?  No, of course not.  I  call people, but I stopped sending  written thank yous after my mother had her first fall.....but that's another story.

No, the reason this was so disturbing, is because.....my Aunt Marie died three years ago!  And she had not sent me a birthday present since her death!

So.....I looked at the date on the top of the To Do list......

         (Puts the list to her face)

Four years ago......that's when this list was from!  And yet all the items on the list are exactly the same!  Except of course for the thank you note part without which I never would have noticed this is from FOUR YEARS AGO!

Why do I even make these lists?  What is the point?  It is the same chores,day after day!  Week after week, month after month, and now....year after year!

        (Sighs deeply, gets up to go back to her own chair.)

I'll tell you why I write a new one every day......I'm an optimist!

        (The others cheer as she sits and rips up the list)
  
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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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Member Dramatists Guild since 1983

Playwright-in-Residence
Swedenborg Hall 2006-8

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Monologue Mania Day # 1439 Whatever Happened to Michelle Kwan? (for Crime) by Janet S. Tiger (c) Jan. 22, 2018

Welcome to Monologue Mania- one new free* monologue a day- -and still going!
Today is Day # 1438!  To look at the other 1437 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 # 1439 Whatever Happened to Michelle Kwan? (for Crime) by Janet S. Tiger (c) Jan. 22, 2018    
                       Whatever Happened to Michelle Kwan?
                                       A monologue by Janet S. Tiger 
                                             ©  all rights reserved
                                                tigerteam1@gmail.com


      (Woman skates onstage carrying a baseball bat, stops, drops the bat and removes the skates)

I wanted to be a skater!  I watched the Olympics and the Nationals and I just knew I could jump higher than anyone else!  It was such a beautiful sport!  So inspiring, so breathtaking!  So....pure.....

        (She picks up the bat and swings it)

And then there was Tonya!  Tonya Harding!  She had to go screw it all up!  I mean, she took something special, and she made it......cheap.

And she still got to skate in the Olympics!  I mean, how did that happen?  Everyone knew her idiot boyfriend husband and his idiot friend did it, how could she not have known?  And then people decided to give her the benefit of the doubt....how lovely!  And now, all these years later, she tells the world that ....well, maybe she OVERHEARD those guys talk about taking out another skater a few months before....but she TOLD them NOT to do it because she could win with her skating!

What a girl!  And then, when it happened, did she run to the police because she knew it must be them?  No.  Because she LOVED this guy.  Ah, love.

Well, I have another take on the whole thing.  Something no one ever mentions.  If Tonya hadn't skated, who was next in line?  Michelle Kwan.  Who was very young, but so fantastic!  What if, just what if, they had kicked Tonya to the curb where she belonged, and Michelle went to that Olympics.  Up against Nancy Kerrigan.  But no one knows....because TONYA HARDING got to go!  And even with all the prizes Michelle got, she never got Olympic Gold.

Was that fair?  Was that a crime, too?  Like the hurting of Nancy, did the people in charge add to the hurt, by letting Tonya skate.  And skate poorly at that!

When you think of crime, no one ever thinks about the people affected on the periphery.....like when Kevin Spacey molests people and then they cancel his show, what about all those people working on the show?  Were they part of the crime?

A woman goes to jail and can't raise her children, then it turns out she was wrongly convicted, only her kids are 15 and 12 years old now.  There is definitely a crime, but who's the one who gets to pay?

         (She turns to leave, stops, looks back)

How do I know about this so much?  (Laughs)  I was the one in second place when the Junior Miss in my city lied about her ....age.  But no one checked until the whole thing was over.....so my chance was over.  Was she a criminal?  I don't know....but I do know....she was wrong......and Michelle should've been allowed to skate....... 

         (She takes the bat and skates and walks out slowly.  Based -unfortunately! - on true stories! https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/2018/01/11/tonya-harding-admits-prior-knowledge-nancy-kerrigan-attack-during-abc-special/1023907001/)


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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

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Monologue Mania Day # 1438 Guilty (for Crime) by Janet S. Tiger (c) Jan. 21, 2018

Welcome to Monologue Mania- one new free* monologue a day- -and still going!
Today is Day # 1438!  To look at the other 1437 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 # 1438 Guilty (for Crime) by Janet S. Tiger (c) Jan. 21, 2018   
                                         Guilty (for Crime) 
                                       A monologue by Janet S. Tiger 
                                             ©  all rights reserved
                                                tigerteam1@gmail.com

DETECTIVE -  What is crime?  Hey they charged me $5.00 for that cheese and it was on sale for
 $3.99 - what a crime!
Well, actually, if they did it deliberately to all the customers it is a crime.  Otherwise, it's just an accident.  A mistake.
I've been in this business for almost 35 years, and it's still a mystery exactly how to define crime.  
Okay, the agreement is pretty universal- murder is a crime.

But what about if you take away someone's life.....because they get put in jail for something 
they didn't do?  Is that a crime - or a mistake?

       (Lights up on DAUGHTER, she is in her 40s)

DAUGHTER -  (Upset)  Oh, please!  I know you did a lot of work on my father's case......
it wasn't your fault!

DETECTIVE -  I guess, I just wonder, if maybe, I'd spent a little more time...

DAUGHTER -  (Laughs)  On what?  He was there, you had fingerprints and a dead body....

DETECTIVE -  But I guess....he had no history of violence ....I suppose....you always knew he 
was innocent...

DAUGHTER -  (Laughs)  Innocent?  My father?  I always knew he was guilty!

DETECTIVE -  (Surprised)  But....he didn't do it......the reason he couldn't remember killing 
that man.....was because....he didn't do it.....we caught the man who did....

DAUGHTER -  You don't understand at all, do you?   He was guilty!  He was guilty of being a drunk!
  My whole childhood, we never knew who was gonna walk in the door....
 my father or the drunk!

 He may not have stabbed anyone, but why was he in that place?  Why wasn't he home with his family?
  Why did he have to take the money that would've given us 
 a decent  life and piss it away!  No, he was guilty, and I didn't go and visit him one day in prison!  
And I have no regrets!  
                      
My Mom went, and my brother, but not me.   And from I understand, you're the reason
he's getting out.....when, in three days?

DETECTIVE -  Sorry it takes so long, but there are all types of procedures....

DAUGHTER -  Please.....I do not plan to see him when he gets out.  Guilty is guilty.  Thank you for seeing that justice of some kind was done.....but.....I just don't care.
                   because....him being in prison all these years, well, it was the best thing for
                    our whole family......we did better in school, we went to college, we got jobs, and neither of us is a drunk.  So......  I hope you don't spend one minute 
                    wondering if you did the right thing.....because it's a waste of your time......

                   (The detective hangs his head as the lights go down on her)
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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