Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Monologue Mania Day # 1734 Giving Thanks by Janet S. Tiger (c) Nov. 15, 2018

Welcome to Monologue Mania- one new free* monologue a day- -and still going!
Today is Day # 1734 To look at the other 1733 titles - click here
  first   year - Feb. 13, 2014 - Feb. 12, 2015  second year -  Feb. 13, 2015 - Feb. 12, 2016  third year -  Feb. 13, 2016  fourth year Feb. 14, 2017 Feb. 13, 2018  - now in year five - Feb. 14 - today!                 
I've continued with a monologue a day until the spirit moves me to stop - if you have any ideas for a monologue you want me to write, please let me know at tigerteam1@gmail.com.
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Monologue Mania Day #  1734 Giving Thanks by Janet S. Tiger (c) Nov. 15,  2018

      Time to start getting ready for Thanksgiving .

Other monologues from Book of Teas - Day # 15, 51, 52, 53, 69, 84, 96, 105, 118, 156, 173, 175-8,181, 184-5, 269) 

                                                    Giving Thanks 
                                                     (from Book of Teas)
                                 A monologue by Janet S. Tiger   © all rights reserved
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                 (This is T's Daddy, who is a big man, full of life and he is shaking his head at T.  He has a deep Southern accent, too.)


Luck - everyone has luck!  They just can't see it cause most people are blinder than  bats.  You have luck right now, T, and I bet you don't see it.' 
Here you are, complainin about (imitates his daughter)  Bertie made me my least favorite breakfast, corn muffins!  They stick in my throat and make me cough for HOURS, Daddy, just hours, and then, when I was walkin to school, I encountered my arch nemasis Carol May Andrews, who had a new dress and was very mean to me........'
                (He pretends to cry)
'And then there was school!'
                (He stops and leans close in to T.)
Can you see me, T?

                (He listens)

Can you hear me?

               (He nods at T)
Good, that means your brain is workin', too.  Three lucky things and you are not even aware of them.

               (He watches her think on this)

(Kinder) Most people don't realize that the only real luck on this earth is the fact we are given   today.
 Today!  Today is your lucky day.  No matter what happens to you today, it is better   by far than any day for the people in the cemetery over by the edge of town.  They have   no more luck.  Their luck has run out.  You, on the other hand, have the luck of today, being able to see the sunshine, and hear the crickets, and enjoy being miserable if you so   desire.  You have choices, my lovely daughter, and that, that is what luck is. 
Most people have no idea how very lucky they are, how much they have to be thankful for!  They complain bitterly and moan about things that others would be happy to have to complain about!          
You may not  understand this now, but watch, and listen.  When our dear neighbor, Mz Gautier talks  with your mother about how her new car is not the color  she ordered, I want you to watch the eyes of the servants around her - look at ol' Edward, the man who drives that new ugly yellow car.  Do you think he would give just about  anything to have that ugly car for his family?  Of course he would, but he can't afford it now,  because his daughter is sick, and the money he saved has to go to  fix her problem. 

            And he listens to Mz. Gautier complain, and maybe some days, if he's lucky, he realizes that Mz. Gautier does not have a sick daughter - she has no children at all to worryabout.  So he is lucky to have a child to worry about.  Thankful he has a child at all.  So no matter how bad a day he has, it can never be as bad as the day Mz. Gautier has.......and that's how he can keep goin.

           
(He kneels down next to her)

So, T, if you can learn how to be thankful for what you have, you will get to live in and enjoy every day of your life, even the ones that don't seem so good.  

 Luck - everyone has just about as much as they want, only most people don't ever know. It's like they lived in a giant palace, and all they could see were the cracks in the floorboards where they walked.

            (Her father turns and walks away, stops and looks back.) 

 
Look at the palace, T, not the cracks.  Give thanks and life will be your palace. 

            (He exits.  End of scene)                        

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first posted  Day #287 by Janet S. Tiger  Giving Thanks Nov. 26, 2014                             

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Monologue Mania Day # 1733 The Story Collector (opening) by Janet S. Tiger (c) Nov. 14, 2018

Welcome to Monologue Mania- one new free* monologue a day- -and still going!
Today is Day # 1731 To look at the other 1730 titles - click here
  first   year - Feb. 13, 2014 - Feb. 12, 2015  second year -  Feb. 13, 2015 - Feb. 12, 2016  third year -  Feb. 13, 2016  fourth year Feb. 14, 2017 Feb. 13, 2018  - now in year five - Feb. 14 - today!                 
I've continued with a monologue a day until the spirit moves me to stop - if you have any ideas for a monologue you want me to write, please let me know at tigerteam1@gmail.com.
Get  more great award-winning monologues - MonologueZone.com
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Monologue Mania Day #  1733 The Story Collector (opening) by Janet S. Tiger (c) Nov. 14,  2018

                                            The Story Collector
                                                     by Janet S. Tiger
                                             tigerteam1@gmail.com

         (The story collector enters.  The actor will decide the rest)

(Very surprised)  What?

Why am I here?

Because I heard there was a good story!  And so I came because.....as you must know by now with my reputation preceding me......

I am the story collector!

Stories big and small!   Old and new!  Whoppers and true!  Funny and boo-hoo!

I do not choose the stories, they choose me.....I merely sense where a good story exists and I am drawn like the tides, like iron to a magnet.....like women to chocolate......

Why stories?  Because they take up less room than books!  Books are heavy and get wet and you can burn them.....but stories.....they fill my heart and soul!  And when I give them away, they multiply!  I  give them, yet I keep them and yet ......suddenly.....there are more and more!

And here's why we humans love stories.  Oh, I am not interested in the obvious, because they are funny or sad or connect us with each other....no....

Stories are....practice.  That's right.  Practice, rehearsal.......

Stories are preparation......for death.

Think about it.  Beginning, middle, end.

Such is a story, such is a  life.

All of our events, holidays....everything that has a beginning, middle and end is preparing us for the end of this life.

Stories are one of the main reasons we are different than animals!  Have you ever seen any animal who sits down and shares a good tale with his family?  No.  They are not preparing for the end because ......they live in the moment.

For you see, animals do not mark time .....because they do not know their time is marked......

We humans want to know, we want to experience what we cannot yet understand.....so we have a calendar......and holidays......and every meal, every book, every movie.....all with beginnings, middles....and ends.....the same with this introduction.

Because now that you know why we like stories, need stories......invent and share and love a good story!....it's time......for me to share.....my story, how I began to collect stories even in my mother's womb.......

           (Turns to leave, stops, looks back)

And then, we will share.......your story.....

           (Lights down, beginning of the story)

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Playwright-in-Residence
Swedenborg Hall 2006-8

Monday, November 12, 2018

Monologue Mania Day # 1732 The Biggest Secrets (possible close) by Janet S. Tiger (c) Nov. 13, 2018

Welcome to Monologue Mania- one new free* monologue a day- -and still going!
Today is Day # 1731 To look at the other 1730 titles - click here
  first   year - Feb. 13, 2014 - Feb. 12, 2015  second year -  Feb. 13, 2015 - Feb. 12, 2016  third year -  Feb. 13, 2016  fourth year Feb. 14, 2017 Feb. 13, 2018  - now in year five - Feb. 14 - today!                 
I've continued with a monologue a day until the spirit moves me to stop - if you have any ideas for a monologue you want me to write, please let me know at tigerteam1@gmail.com.
Get  more great award-winning monologues - MonologueZone.com
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Monologue Mania Day #  1732 The Biggest Secrets (possible close by Janet S. Tiger (c) Nov. 13,  2018

        This monologue is attached to the trilogy THE BIGGEST SECRETS (house #1, 2, 3) and is designed to close the plays so that if the three houses with secrets are all together in one evening's production, the audience will have an idea how they are connected.  To watch the video of Biggest Secret (house #1) please click here

                                               The Biggest Secrets
                                         (closing monologue for the 3 plays)
                                                     by Janet S. Tiger
                                             tigerteam1@gmail.com


          (One of the characters in the play will come forward and look out into the audience)

You still have a secret.

        We all do.

It's what connects us.

From the first secret in the Bible, when we ate the apple and hid from God ....all the secrets are the same.

Something to be hidden......even if it's good.....like the fact someone is pregnant.  Or is that bad?  What makes a secret......so delicious?

It's the fact that you know something someone else does not know.......there is a power, and we love power, don't we?  That's why.....when we have a chance, we share that power, like we have tonight.

       (Turns to leave, stops, looks back)

Now you know a few of our secrets....maybe, it's time to share......yours.

           (Lights down, end of play- but not of secrets!)


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Playwright-in-Residence
Swedenborg Hall 2006-8

Monologue Mania Day # 1731 The Biggest Secrets (opening) by Janet S. Tiger (c) Nov. 12, 2018

Welcome to Monologue Mania- one new free* monologue a day- -and still going!
Today is Day # 1731 To look at the other 1730 titles - click here
  first   year - Feb. 13, 2014 - Feb. 12, 2015  second year -  Feb. 13, 2015 - Feb. 12, 2016  third year -  Feb. 13, 2016  fourth year Feb. 14, 2017 Feb. 13, 2018  - now in year five - Feb. 14 - today!                 
I've continued with a monologue a day until the spirit moves me to stop - if you have any ideas for a monologue you want me to write, please let me know at tigerteam1@gmail.com.
Get  more great award-winning monologues - MonologueZone.com
If you'd like to write your own monologues, I happen to have a book for that -   
Thank you for your comments - and for liking and sharing this site on Facebook, Google - with friends.  Wishing you much success!
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Monologue Mania Day #  1731 The Biggest Secrets (opening) by Janet S. Tiger (c) Nov. 12,  2018

        This monologue is attached to the trilogy THE BIGGEST SECRETS (house #1, 2, 3) and is designed to introduce the plays so that if the three houses with secrets are all together in one evening's production, the audience will have an idea how they are connected.  To watch the video of Biggest Secret (house #1) please click here

                                               The Biggest Secrets
                                         (connective monologue for the 3 plays)
                                                     by Janet S. Tiger
                                             tigerteam1@gmail.com


          (One of the characters in the play will come forward and look out into the audience)

You have a secret.

        (Turns quickly and points to another person)

And so do you!

          (Twirls pointing the whole time)

And you and you and you!

         (Points both hands towards themselves)

And so do I!

And the great thing about a secret is......if you keep it long enough.....it's almost like a friend.

Even if it's a bad secret.  Which most secrets are.  The big ones that is......and that's what tonight is about......while you are watching this......I want you to be thinking.....about secrets......

          (Turns to leave, stops, looks back)

..........about your secret......

           (Lights down, start of play)


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Janet S. Tiger    858-736-6315                CaregiversAnon.org
Member Dramatists Guild since 1983

Playwright-in-Residence
Swedenborg Hall 2006-8

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Monologue Mania Day # 1730 A Just and Lasting Peace (for Veterans Day) by Janet S. Tiger (c) Nov. 11 2018

Welcome to Monologue Mania- one new free* monologue a day- -and still going!
Today is Day # 1730 To look at the other 1729 titles - click here
  first   year - Feb. 13, 2014 - Feb. 12, 2015  second year -  Feb. 13, 2015 - Feb. 12, 2016  third year -  Feb. 13, 2016  fourth year Feb. 14, 2017 Feb. 13, 2018  - now in year five - Feb. 14 - today!                 
I've continued with a monologue a day until the spirit moves me to stop - if you have any ideas for a monologue you want me to write, please let me know at tigerteam1@gmail.com.
Get  more great award-winning monologues - MonologueZone.com
If you'd like to write your own monologues, I happen to have a book for that -   
Thank you for your comments - and for liking and sharing this site on Facebook, Google - with friends.  Wishing you much success!
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Monologue Mania Day #  1730 A Just and Lasting Peace (for Veterans Day) by Janet S. Tiger (c) Nov. 11  2018

                     For all those who have served and are serving - I say thank you!

                                  A Just and Lasting Peace   ©  2018
                                               (for Veterans Day)     
                                                by Janet S. Tiger
                                             tigerteam1@gmail.com


  

              “To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan.”

                                                         Abraham Lincoln, 1865    (Second Inaugural Address)



 I know it seems odd to say, but there are actually some times when words fail me.

Or perhaps I should explain it like this - sometimes, other people's words are so perfect that I am struck dumb in awe!  That is how I felt when I re-discovered Abraham Lincoln's words while researching Veterans Day.

Lincoln first offered the concept of taking care of veterans in his 2nd Inaugural Speech, given just weeks before his assassination.

The final paragraph is probably the most well-known - his few words capture so much that I do not think I can do better today, so I will close in echoing his ideas, which hold true to this day. Thank you, Abe!


 With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.[7]

                                         Abraham Lincoln   1865


Amen.


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Here is Lincoln's full speech from his 2nd Inauguration- 


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraham_Lincoln%27s_second_inaugural_address

also-

https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/17573/care-shall-borne-battle/

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Janet S. Tiger    858-736-6315                CaregiversAnon.org
Member Dramatists Guild since 1983

Playwright-in-Residence
Swedenborg Hall 2006-8