Monday, November 28, 2016

Monologue Mania Day #1020 The Face by Janet S. Tiger (c) Nov. 28, 2016

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Monologue Mania Day #1020 The Face by Janet S. Tiger (c) Nov. 28, 2016
                                               The Face
                               A monologue by Janet S. Tiger   © all rights reserved

              (Actor in lab coat and stethescope enters, blows into listeningpart and jumps)

Still works, good.  This is one of your final classes before you are actually allowed to see real, live living patients....not the dolls they've been giving you this last month.

I know some of you are excited, and that's good, too, but before you get to poke at living flesh, before you get to have some fun! have to know how to show......the face.

           (Points to face)

Now I realize you have learned all the right words......'this is not an easy thing to tell someone, but.....' or ...'we are unable to do anything further at this time'....or my personal favorite....'it's positive for cancer'......they used that on my father and he was completely confused.....'Positive, isn't that a good thing?'  But I are here to learn how to look when the news is.....less than good.
Watch closely now......

         (Holds face very still)

Not laughing, not crying, just.....placid.  Serious.  Concerned.  

There is a very specific note to play in the perfect face.  It is more than just is....almost an art form!  

For you see, they must never see the truth in your face!  They cannot suspect that you are about to give them horrible words......that they- or their loved one - is sick, or.....worse.  That the disease they thought they vanquished has returned, that their leg must be removed, or their child is never going to walk again.  The horror must never be revealed before the words!

          (Takes a deep breath)

Breathing deeply is a good way to practice, but never, do you hear me...NEVER a sigh!  Your mouth must exude only the tones of the professional!

And when they look upon your visage, they can only continue to hope, because once the words are released, they will be struck dumb, or start crying, or scream, but never because of your face!  You must never give them a reason to worry.......they will have plenty of time for that.....

Now, I will distribute the mirrors, so you can practice a little before we bring in some actors......actors are very good at teaching you about reactions......and they love to over-react!  

          (Turns to leave, hears something stops, looks back)

The first time I saw the face?  Oh, that's easy, I was nine, and the doctor told me the needle WOULD NOT HURT AT ALL........and it worked......Oh, it hurt like hell...but....I stopped wiggling.....

          (Exits to continue facial preparation.  For all those who have seen...the heart goes out to you.  And to those who have to give ...the heart goes out to you, too)

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

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