Sunday, November 27, 2016

Monologue Mania Day #1019 Something About a Party by Janet S. Tiger (c) Nov. 27, 2016

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Monologue Mania Day #1019 Something About a Party by Janet S. Tiger (c) Nov. 27, 2016
                                    Something About a Party
                               A monologue by Janet S. Tiger   © all rights reserved

           (The actor enters, with many lists for a party.....ok, yes, it is the writer again, but where do I end and all these characters begin?  Maybe in the party in my head)

          There's something about a party that is like a play..... you can prepare and prepare for a party  and you can prepare and prepare for a play..... but until you actually get to the time of the party or the time of the play...... the day..... the moment where it all begins...well, all that preparation is really just the start-up.

          When you have that moment of the curtain going up......or the party tables are already and the first guests are starting to arrive..... there's nothing like it!  It's not a movie. A movie is different - a movie you can walk out on and the movie doesn't care!

          The party .....the play ...both are affected by your presence...... you never know exactly what is going to happen at a party or at a play and it will never be there again!   You can record the play can remember the place..... you can remember the party when Uncle Willie put a lampshade on his head and danced around the room with your auntie and everybody got hysterical and your mother wet her pants laughing. But it will never be again.

           The movie will be exactly the same again...... pause it,  rewind it can discuss a movie and what the director wanted..... but the party...... the theater will never be the same again and that is why theater will never die .....never disappear.... and that is why parties will always be with us.....

And there is the other element of the party when you think back when you look at the pictures .....that person has moved away .......that person has had a baby those folks got divorced and someone probably died.

So in the scheme of things that's why I like plays....... I enjoy the wondering who exactly is going to show up who is going to have a good excuse and who never planned to come and showed up anyway!!

And when you finish the party and you're cleaning up and you have all of the elements of the memories of the party there's always that one memory .....who will be at the next party ...and who will not.

So gotta go .....I gotta get ready for the party. 

            (Turns to leave, stops, looks back)

Hope you can come!

            (Exits to a great party - and it was!  Happy Birthday to my quarter century old son)

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

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1 comment:

Jennifer Silva Redmond said...

Happy birthday Louis! (and I think you meant the party tables are "all ready" not "already" and there are some commas missing, too. Your editor).