Sunday, May 31, 2015

Monologue Mania Day #472 The Ringmaster by Janet S. Tiger May 30, 2015

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Monologue Mania Day #472 by Janet S. Tiger  May 30, 2015
For other pieces from this play, see Day # 83,  and Day # 97

                      A monologue by Janet S. Tiger   © all rights reserved  2015                                                                             

            (Opening for Ringmaster, a full-length play that will be finished one day.  The lights will be swirling and the noise is circus.  The Ringmaster comes out into the spotlight - I see Whoopi Goldberg - wearing top hat and tails and shoes like a clown would wear.  She has a whip, which she cracks over the stage like it was a horse.)

I just love a good whip!  When I was a teacher, I found them very effective, but the principal frowned upon their I quit teaching.

But teaching was a great way to learn to be a ringmaster, my friends......the noise, the lights....the smells!  All a perfect preparation for the circus.....of life.....

          (She takes a card from her pocket, throws the card into the air, takes the whip and slices it in two)

Circus of life my ass.....Tell the writers that line has got to go.

            (She reaches down and steps out of her shoes)

Along with these suckers.....

            (Underneath we see she is wearing high heels)

That's better.  And that's the only stripping you are gonna see in this if you want the Rockettes, you are in the wrong damn place!

Which brings me to place and time......what you are going to see here tonight is a play based very strongly in place and's easy, the place is here and the time is now.......which is....the perfect setting.....for everyone's life.......

            (Lights go up on a woman holding the bar from a trapeze)

That over there is Maya........and she is thinking about something new, something different......oh, hell, she is considering switching her toilet paper!

          (Maya takes the bar, and it separates into different rolls of toilet paper.  She examines them closely)

And over here is Victoria.......who likes to be called Vicki.....

           (Lights up on a woman trying to hold about ten different things....juggling them not too well, and some things are falling)

They are both very much in their own time and place, and yet, just like in one of those science fiction movies......what happens ........when worlds collide.....

            (The two women bump into each other and things go flying as the Ringmaster laughs)

And you thought this was about a circus.......maybe it is, maybe it's about the circus of life..... wait a minute, I told you, that line has got to go!

            (The Ringmaster steps back shaking her whip at the wings, where a man starts running offstage with the Ringmaster following, but she stops, turns and looks back)

Pay attention to these two!  I'll be back......

              (She cracks the whip as lights are up on Maya and Vicki as they start picking up the fallen items.)

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

1 comment:

Jennifer Silva Redmond said...

What a great character--love her!