Monday, October 13, 2014

Monologue Mania Day # 243 by Janet S. Tiger Part Two Oct. 13, 2014

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Monologue Mania Day # 243 by Janet S. Tiger Part Two Oct. 13, 2014 
    Please note - this Part One and Part Two -(Part One was Oct. 12)
 is not related to Part One -Part Two Day # 90
except in the sense that I like to take chances with different takes on the same subject.  Please let me know which part works better- thanks!
                                                    Part Two 
                         A monologue by Janet S. Tiger   © all rights reserved

         (If the same actor has done Part One, they can return to the stage for Part Two, only this time, remarkably less perky, more cynical.  They are wearing a much less fancy outfit, but still professional - and still with a comb and mirror.  Only now they look in the mirror with a more polished look.)

Mirror, mirror, whaddaya think?

Boy, you are quiet today!  Maybe I should stop taking my meds so you can talk back to me again.....
 Okay, enough schizo, I'll save my passion for the director.....


Okay, reality time.  Not bad, but still needs something more.  This is the third callback, and I can't take a chance on losing this one, it actually pays.  And I might get to work with that actress who was on that TV show five years ago, what was her name again?  She's a real live almost-made-it, and that's a first for me, I'm usually with a lot of other 'will-be-famous-one-day's.....

         (Looks, then throws the mirror down)

(Getting upset)  Who am I kidding?  This is only the second part I've ever had with a real credit!  Three years, and only two parts!  Okay, maybe more than two parts, but only two credits!  Who am I kidding, I'll never make it!  I have no talent!  I hate my face, my clothes, my hair!  Oh, damn it, where is Bruce Springsteen when you need him!

I'll never make it!  I'll have to return to Small Turkey Town, USA and teach third grade for twenty-five years and have a family with two point two children and be a nothing because I couldn't make out here in the real world of Hollywood!

         (Looks back in the mirror)

Did I just say that...out loud?  Worse, did I just think that?  Oh, my God, it's happened, I've joined the ranks of the searching actor.....the journey for fame that only one tenth of one millionth of one billionth of a per cent will make.... it's an accurate, mathematical number!  It has to be true.....I saw it on TV!

       (Goes to find the mirror)

Numbers....numbers of  years old......numbers of jobs as a waiter....or is that really just one job with a million different bosses......numbers of wrinkles......numbers of times you tell yourself you'll just go on ONE LAST AUDITION!  Number of lies......Okay, I quit.....I will go home......because LA is never really home, is it?

I give up......where's my bag, I'll pack it in now..... I don't need a third callback, a third strike, I can read the writing on the bathroom walls......

       (Hears a phone ring)

Hello?  Cancelled?  Really?  (Laughs)  No third callback?  Why am I not surprised?  They don't need to humiliate me anymore, right?  They've been kind and decided to save everyone a lot of time!

      (Listens, sits suddenly)

 What?  They cancelled because......(Amazed)....I got the part!  AAHHHHHHHHh!

      (Starts dancing around the room)

  My second real part!  Yeah! It's more than a second part, it's....a second chance!

      (Turns to leave, stops, looks back)

I knew it all the time!   I felt it in my bones!

      (Dances offstage, smiling, a happy end for a second chance)

Janet S. Tiger    858-736-6315
Member Dramatists Guild since 1983
Swedenborg Hall 2006-8

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