Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Monologue Mania Day #790 Breeding Grounds (monologue scene 3) by Janet S. Tiger (c) Apr. 12, 2016

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Monologue Mania Day #790 Breeding Grounds (monologue scene 3)  by Janet S. Tiger (c) Apr. 12,  2016 

         Breeding Grounds (scene 1) is Day # 680 here  scene 2 is Day # 789 here
Scene 1 was performed April 11 at the M. Larry Lawrence JCC -
                                                                                          winner of 1st place Audience Choice and                                                                                                                 1st place Jury

 Breeding Grounds (monologue from scene 3)
                                               A monologue by Janet S. Tiger 
                                                   © 2016 all rights reserved 
       (Ellen's daughter, a nice looking young woman in her 30s enters, juggling a cell phone that is ringing and a bag of groceries, purse, laundry, a lot of things)

Hello,  Mom?  Is that you?  Wait a minute!  I can barely hear you!

       (She stops trying to juggle and drops everything on the floor)

There, better....can you hear me?  Where are you, Mom?

        (Listens, is stunned, sits down, almost missing the chair)

What did you say?  Did I hear you right?  You ran off to Las Vegas with some guy you just met?
......oh, excuse me.....you met him five days ago.......sorry I misinterpreted!  ......and let me understand this....you won  how much?  ....Well, that's nice........and you're now.....where?!!!

         (She gets up and starts to pace)

Let me get this straight.....you two had enough of Las Vegas, so you decided to drive up the coast to San Francisco......very slowly.......oh, no, that's very nice, Mom, and you want me to do what?......go to your apartment and take all the perishables out of the fridge?  My God, how long do you plan to be gone?

           (When she hears the answer, she once again sits heavily, only this time, misses the chair and lands on the floor, struggles to stand)

Oh, no, I think I got it.......you and this young gigolo are having a GREAT time........oh, I'm sorry, he's NOT a gigolo, he's a nice guy who's a SCIENTIST and that gives me so much reassurance, because everyone knows that a scientist has YOUR needs as a top priority....(listens, annoyed)....me, snippy?  Where did I get it from?  Three guesses......and please do not expect me to come get you when this whole sordid affair crashes and burns when your Einstein finds a lab assistant to bonk when he gets tired of an older woman who has not got the greatest life expectancy!

            (Takes a deep breath)

What did you say?  Don't use that tone with me, Miss Hot Pants!    ........

            (Puts one hand over the other ear)

Stop, I do not want to hear the details!  All I want to know is....(worried)..did you marry him in Las Vegas?.....  Whew!  That's a relief! (Getting huffy)  I'm just looking out for your well-being because it seems that you have forgotten how!

Did you say you were going to hang up?  Don't you use that tone of voice with me!  Wait a minute....you didn't tell me where you were!  Where are you?  Mom!  WHERE ARE YOU?  Don't you dare hang up on me!

          (She looks at phone, shakes head, turns to leave, stops, looks down at phone)

She sent me a text........(reading)  Just be grateful I'm giving you some practice for when your kids are teenagers!

          (She laughs)

(Exasperated, shakes head)  Parents!

           (She looks at the mess on the floor, shudders. Blackout.)
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