Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Monologue Mania Day # 1335 Genesis (again) by Janet S. Tiger (c) Oct. 10, 2017

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Monologue Mania Day # 1335 Genesis (again) by Janet S. Tiger (c) Oct. 10, 2017    

                                                       Genesis (again) ©
                                        A mini one-act by Janet S. Tiger   © All rights reserved 2017

Setting – simple set, bare stage

Characters – (in order of appearance)
                1 Female  youngish
                1 Male       youngish

 (A woman comes out.  She is barely covered - just the important spots.  She is eating an apple.)

EVE - Mmmm,mmmmm,mmmm, this is good.  I just love these, I don't care what he      calls them, I think I'm giving it my own name.......John, Peter, Paul...Mack...that's good, a Mack apple.  Juicy and delicious.

       (She chomps down, finishes and throws the core away)

EVE - I wish we had something to put garbage in.... I hate to just throw stuff on the           ground.  Maybe that snake will show me where I can get a....what would I call                    it.....a garbage pail.  That's a good name....I just love knowing things......what a     great tree! 

         (She pulls another apple out of her skimpy outfit as Adam runs onstage, worried)

ADAM -  Put that down!  I told you to hide!  We’re gonna be in big trouble, the least you     can do is hide the evidence….

 (He takes a good look at Eve, very appreciative)

ADAM -  Where’d you get that?

EVE – (Happy)  This old thing? 

ADAM -  (Pulls himself back to reality) Look, are you paying attention? Did you hear           anything I said?

EVE -  If you don’t listen to me, I don’t have to listen to you - a guy who’s short a rib!     Ooh, I
think we’re having our first fight…..maybe I should post it on Facebook….of course with no one else around, how could a change in status  make a lot of difference?

ADAM – (Pulling his hair) Oh, my God!  (Looks up)  Sorry……Why did I have to eat that   

EVE - And stop complaining!  Daddy won’t notice a few apples, there’s plenty!  And that   
snaky guy sure was nice.  Okay, his skin was a little slimy, but I'm sure that's just     adolescence.  And I don't care what everyone says, I trust him.  I mean, why do I    have to listen to some faceless voice?  What did the snake call it when you hear   voices?  Schizo!  I don't wanna be that.  Nope, we did the right thing eating these apples.....I mean, what could possibly go wrong when you put your mouth on something that tastes so good.....I have no regrets!  Except I look like Daisy May    in this outfit, but hey, maybe there's a Nordstrom Tree Rack around here someplace.....

          (She is about to take a bite, when a voice is heard, they drop down, start trying to        sneak off)
ADAM -.Our father!  Now we're in for it.......I betcha we get grounded!

EVE - Daddy'll never kick us out.....he just couldn't!  Come on, I know a great place to      
hide…..under the boardwalk..….and the snake had some other great ideas……..

 (They exit, Adam looking back and shaking his head.   We hear sounds of oohing          and aahing, and Adam returns, smiling, he is really a man now!  Then he runs        
off, grabs a big package and walks off, sweating but singing.  We now see Eve,       walking slowly. She is now wrapped up a bit better and carrying a big pile of stuff  
  – she stumbles and she is very annoyed)

EVE -  I can't believe he did it!  He thinks he's so big and powerful, ok, I get it!  But I          
mean, who woulda thought?  That he'd actually follow through!  On his own           children!  Who does that?  And such a stupid thing, to eat an apple and get  kicked out!  I mean it wasn't like LSD or anything serious!  Boy, one tiny, little           mistake....okay we disobeyed, but hey, nobody's perfect, right?

            (She looks around)

EVE - And where the hell is Adam?  How come I get to carry all this stuff?  I hope this              
walking behind dragging everything is not gonna be a trend, because I don't like  it.....

           (She sets down the baggage and her coat falls open to show she is pregnant. She
rubs her belly)

EVE - And this is no great delight either.....I wonder how it happened….another          
mystery….well, whatever is in there is kicking up a storm......none of this was my      fault....if I'd had a good soap opera to watch or maybe some HBO, I never would been having a latte with that stupid snake.  Well, I'll know better for next time.

             (She looks around)

EVE – Where is that man?  I’ll bet he forgot to take out the garbage before we left….I         
guess the garbage is no big deal, it’s a big world, plenty of room for           garbage…..What could possibly go wrong if we just throw the garbage wherever we want?........(She grabs her stomach)  Well, I'd better catch up with Adam, maybe he'll know what to do  about whatever's happening in here.......maybe some Pepto Bismol will help......

 (She grabs her stomach, almost falls to her knees)

EVE - Whoa, that was no kick.......that was......painful.......What a sensation!  .But it also    felt
like, the beginning of something ......amazing........

               (She struggles to her feet, taking a few of the items with her)

EVE -.......what should I call it this .....I cain't think of the word....CAIN, now that sounds        

               (She turns to leave, stops, looks back)

EVE ......maybe I'll be able to get through this after all......Able......

             (She walks off slowly.  When she returns, she has a baby carriage)

EVE -  I know you told me that it would hurt to have these babies, but.....I didn't believe         
you.  How much pain could it be?  I watched the other animals, they give birth       quickly, and, ok, maybe mine took a little longer, but it wasn't so bad.  And the          result!  These beautiful little beings, made in our image!  I felt ……just like you     
 must have felt!  Only.....a little more messy.

            (She gets up, goes and starts collecting something off the ground.  Rocks.           
Which she holds in one hand throughout the next)

EVE - And the joy when they grow, all right, some annoyance.  They do not listen, they    want
to do what they want to do.......I'm sure you can understand that!

          Then they pick a profession.  I wanted Cain to be a doctor, but he picked farming, ok,
like his father. We couldn't complain.  I mean we did, but he pointed out that       becoming a doctor was going to take centuries before there were any good schools, and the interest on the loans would just be prohibitive.  So, a farmer he is.

 And Abel, with those stupid, smelly sheep.  Okay, they make nice warm clothes, but that constant  'baah, baah....... humbug!  It gets to you after awhile..........Oh, well, at least neither one of them went into politics!

(Adam now enters, and watches as she puts the carriage aside, and takes out a dark head covering, now bowing her head with Adam, who can be heard doing the Mourners Kaddish.  She is bereft, lifts her head to the sky) 

EVE -  Raising children was no picnic – who knew?  But the surprise was......(she chokes
up).......where the pain really comes from in childbirth...it ain't in the giving birth.....it's.....how much it hurts when one of  them....... dies!

 You let us find out for ourselves....... interesting plot twist.......

           (She takes some dust from the ground and puts it by the grave)

EVE -  When I put dust on this grave,  it just blows away.  Ashes to ashes…..

            (Adam hands her some rocks from his pocket)

ADAM -  I saw that was a problem, so….here, try these rocks.  They might last longer......

            (She takes the rocks and places them the grave)
EVE – Thank you, it’s a good idea.  You have some good ideas.  You know, I may complain

ADAM – (Under his breath)  Sometimes?

EVE -  (She chooses to ignore this)  But I appreciate how you think about things, and try to solve
them….and the rocks may be better than dust….( a little choked up) but there is no way those rocks will last longer than my love.....

            (They hug, and then Adam looks around)

ADAM – I don’t think you should stay here anymore….you might become a…(thinks)..a         
pillar of salt…

EVE-  What the hell is that?

ADAM -  What is what?  Oh the pillar thing….I got it from this….

            (He pulls a book out of his pocket, shows it to her)

EVE – (Suspicious)  Where’d you get that?

ADAM – It was in the nightstand next to the bed……but look, it’s all about us….and the    
future!  There are some wonderful stories……

           (Eve looks, shakes her head)

ADAM – But it’s a best seller!

EVE -  It’s no Harry Potter…….

ADAM -  But it has great wisdom ….something for everyone…..

EVE -  That’s a lotta pages…..I think I’ll wait for the movie…..

ADAM-  That’s gonna be a few years….from what Daddy told us, we’re not gonna live    
forever anymore….

EVE -  Oh, Daddy, he’s a lotta talk, but I know he’ll change his mind sooner or later….and
show us how to splice genes and do DNA stuff so we can  live  forever again….

ADAM -  Maybe down the road, but for now….we still have one child left….maybe we     
should focus on that….

EVE -  That bum!  That murderous bum! 

ADAM -  But he’s OUR murderous bum!

EVE -  How can you wanna hang around him?  I mean after what he did…..he’s….

ADAM – (Talks over her)  Still our son!    He’s all we have…..one chance to get it          
right….so he can marry his sisters…hmm, what could possibly go wrong with that?…..but with some grandchildren, we can  get this whole story moving again…..       come on honey, let’s go…back to the future….

EVE – Now there’s a good title!

ADAM -  You’re right….if I can just find my iphone, I’ll write it down…

EVE -  iphone?  What the hell is THAT?

ADAM -  I’ll show you, there’s this great store……and what is this ‘hell’ you keep talking          

EVE – I dunno, the word just keeps popping up, I think I got it from the snake…..

ADAM – Still talking about the snake…..if you hadn’t listened to that snake….

          (They start to exit, still arguing)

EVE -  If I hadn’t listened?  What about you, Mr. Still Forgets to Take Out the Garbage?

ADAM -  Will you ever let that go?

            (She stops for a moment, looks back at the grave, runs to touch it)

EVE -  (A little teary)  Maybe never……

ADAM -  I understand...

       (They hug, and Eve smiles)

ADAM-  Wow, maybe I have learned a little about the opposite sex.....?

            (They look at each other and shake their heads)

 TOGETHER - Nah....

ADAM -  Whatever!   But it has been interesting....we've had an unusual run......we were the very                     first, that's good for something....

EVE -  Maybe ….. some folks will name their kids after us.....

ADAM -  Maybe.....

EVE -  And we were the first at just about everything....the first people......the first refugees!

ADAM -  the first parents....

            (They look back at the grave)

EVE -  The first to bury our child...

ADAM -  The first to have grandchildren!

            (He pulls out a wallet with a long string of photos)

EVE – (Smiling) They are worth it!

            (He holds out his hand to her, and she comes to take it)

EVE -  But it’s been a good life……

ADAM -  Not just good, but the beginning……

EVE – Of…. A wonderful life……

            (They exit holding hands as we hear)

ADAM -  Now that’s an interesting title…..It’s a Wonderful Life…….

            (They exit to….. a wonderful future)

An earlier version was on Day # 670   Dec. 13, 2015
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