Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Monologue Mania Day #1071 Mixed Marriage (Laura's monologue) by Janet S. Tiger (c) Jan. 18, 2017

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Monologue Mania Day #1071 Mixed Marriage (Laura's monologue) by Janet S. Tiger (c) Jan. 18, 2017
                                  Mixed Marriage
                                    (Laura's monologue)
                                       A one-act   by Janet S. Tiger 
                                      © all rights reserved

        (A woman enters, this is LAURA and she is furious.  The rage she is feeling seems to be ready to blow the top of her head off but her husband doesn't notice she just is holding something that she very slowly brings over to him.)

LAURA -  I thought I knew you ...(sputters).....I thought after 43 years...but no.. you married me under false pretenses.

       (Laura starts waving around a paper, she is fuming, unable to speak, finally does, hissing.) 

LAURA - Where did I get this?  From the garbage - where else?  You didn't take out the garbage, so I was taking out the garbage, and I saw this....(shudders).... It belongs in the garbage - YOU belong in the garbage!

 How could you do this to me?  To us?  I thought I knew you, but I guess I didn't.....
 You voted for.......(steaming)....I can't even say his name!  (Struggles)   Donald Trump....(Shudders)
 It even sounds horrible!  How could you vote for him?  I mean, you're Jewish!  Jews do not vote for Republicans!  I think it may even be in the Constitution!  
I mean, you've been a Democrat your whole life!  We met at that rally for McGovern!  We worked to get Clinton elected!  How could you do this to me!  

          (She screams and he just watches her until she stops.  She stares at him, he is still quiet)

LAURA -  Is that all you have to say?

          (She waves the paper)

LAURA -  You joined the Republican Party!

          (Listens, looks at the paper again)

LAURA - Okay, you made a donation.....(stunned again)  A donation?  Can it get any worse?  How could you not tell me something vitally important like this?
 You betrayed me ....and betrayed my trust and the trust of all women in this country!
 Our whole marriage...I thought, that,  well you know..... our entire marriage was based on truth and honesty!  Okay, maybe that's a little extreme, but for God's sake, the man has no political experience! He is a monster!  Did you not hear the things he said about women?  Did you not see the videos?

        (Sighs, turns away)

LAURA -  Is this over?  Are we finished?  I don't know if I can live in the same house .....sleep in the same bed, with a Jew who is....

       (Listens, mouth drops open)

LAURA -  What?  Your grandmother was a Democrat, but your grandfather?  That wonderful old man!  You had other Republicans in your family!  NOW you tell me! (Truth dawning)  A mixed came from the child of a mixed marriage!  How far do these secrets go back?  (Realizing something)  Wait a minute, now WE'RE the mixed marriage!  How can we stay together after this?  This is like the.....the foundation of our lives!

           (She turns away, this is hard, then stands up straight)

LAURA -. what else have we hidden from each other.....  I know you didn't cheat on me....or gamble, or take drugs, or embezzle funds from the synagogue.....

           (She gives him a look and he is sheepish)

LAURA -  Okay, maybe you're not perfect... that's no secret either.. sometimes when I ask you to take out the garbage, I know you just put your foot in there and squash it down. And maybe  I have news -  (Sighs)  All right, I guess, maybe I'm not so perfect.
 I know you prefer your food heated up on the stove, and sometimes....well, sometimes I put it.....into the microwave and then stir it up real good.....

            (She illustrates, then looks at the paper again)

LAURA -  But this...... Wait a minute  - did you switch your party allegiance ..... Oh my God!!  I knew something was up when you didn't go to vote with me at the same time!  I don't care if Trump has Jewish family......  No, I just don't think I can sleep with a Republican!

           (She turns to leave, stops, looks back)

LAURA -  What?  You switched to the Independent Party.....(thinks)  Well, I guess that's not as bad.......they don't have  conventions..... no dues!  And there's only one thing I can agree to......they hate everyone!  (Laughs) Well,  maybe we could agree on that.....

         (She exits, laughing.  The end of this disagreement....for this election.)

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