Theatre Play Act One

Monologue

A theater performance that takes place in an apartment building, four apartments inhabited by four people who all live alone for various reasons

Six monologues that are linked together

                                 ACT 1

Apartment 1A

Set is  a small apartment where most things are still in moving boxes

One  woman is very distressed , because she can not find her things back.

We can see a kitchen table, two chairs…plants new roses /tulips/orchids in trays on the background on top of the sink. 

 One dirty kitchen machine  shopping bags bottles  boxes on the floor a total mess.

During the monologues she is unpacking boxes and talking to the audience

Sitting at the kitchen table * woman looks at the audience with a speaks

 with a sarcastic voice *

What a great day , this is it ,My new house, you like it ? come on be honest don’t be shy

 Nothing to say  Yeah i thought so. * she looks around the kitchen*

 This … this is my new beginning, my new life, my new everything! *sarcastic voice*

 Yeah i’m so happy right now  can’t you see?

Listen I hope you don’t mind all these boxes , I still have a lot of unpacking to do it’s a mess I know …… 

Aim just ….. I am just too tired right now.

The Woman stands up, picks up a heavy box and with all her strength puts the box on the kitchen table  she opens the box and she grabs a book and sits down again.

She starts reading a bit , and then starts looking for a  certain page *

Here it is you know what this is? *facing the audience and keeping the book up*

Yes you right it is it’s a dictionary  *softly voice * a stupid dictionary  i remember I bought this for her she needed one for school 

Woman desperately looking around now and keeps speaking softly , she is not here not today.

I saw her this morning. She  was helping me and she took  all the garbage bags full of clothes from upstairs ,and  you what ?every time  she went up and down the stairs with one or two bags and threw them in the truck , she was yelling another one.

 she was really helping me. She is amazing. I could not do this alone .. really.

*With A voice full of anger*  And you know what! she doesn’t understand. She just doesn’t understand ……my angel. 

 And me ? I Am  trying to act normal when I am with her, you know… like this is a normal thing  and these things happen and there’s nothing I can do to change this .

And it’s not like she doesn’t know she is a smart girl…. I mean she has girlfriends  who are in the same situation  …, she told  me once  in her class .. and I think she said 7 kids are in the same situation  SEVEN .I felt guilty when i heard that , i never wanted that for her to become one of those…… you know those kids.

I dont think i’m worried about her …..she is strong  doing better than me if i’m honest a lot better i read somewhere kids are so more flexible in adjusting to a new situation, i don’t know if that is true  but she ……  yeahh she is strong and i hate to say this but …. She got his personality , * soft voice* he was strong to*

*With  panic in her movements  she starts reading the book  and turning page for page

 again and again and  then talks to the audience*

I wanna show you something but  I can not find it and i’m sure i saw it here somewhere

*panic voice*

I knew it i knew i had to mark it  with a pen or something because now it’s gone * 

hysterical soft laughing* *

Gone gone  yes it’s gone  words can not disappear?  gone no no noooo relax relax

 read slowly look at the lines it must be here.it must be here.

*Woman facing the audience *

Where is she now ? she is not here you know ….we had a fight this morning.

, and i feel so guilty because  It was not her fault  It really wasn’t but…………

And I know she was just trying to help me. I know that ok !

 but i could not let her do that…… *soft voice*  no not that ..what if ……….

It  happened in the bathroom ,i think…… no i knew exactly  there were three more garbage bags there,  and when i went up there  i saw here pulling one bag  over  floor towards  the door  at that moment  i stopped breathing  i told her no leave those bags  alone I will do that but mom she says these are too heavy for you., i don’t mind , i will throw the bags down the stairs  it’ just clothes  nothing will happen

*woman almost screaming and facing the audience*

Noooo don’t  do that  I will do these bags , please…  and besides  don’t you have to go to school , today ?

* soft voice*  and then she said  but mom, I’m free today, don’t you remember  ?

I wanna help you with this let me do this …. I didn’t remember  she told me that 

 my head was not clear that day 

*ferm voice* No leave those alone i will do the bathroom  and if you really really  want to help me ?  listen just listen ok  I’m already at the limit of everything ok you understand that?

And then… then it happened…   i saw  the color in her face changing… from white till almost completely red  and i knew then…

 i  knew i hurt her with my words what i say to her ..  and then ….she  just left  the bathroom  she walked by me didn’t say one word , she didn’t give me  one look, like if i  was not there.

*sad voice*

My angel ……she is great she didn’t deserve that nothing of this she didn’t do nothing wrong nothing….

I just hope one day …. one day in her life she would understand   why but i know that’s impossible  

*womans start reading the book again*

I found it here it is ..I knew it it’s right here this is the word … this is the word I wanted to show you 

*Asking to the audience* you wanna know the word?

Wait let me tell you but i need a drink first and  i’m so tired   i don’t understand

 its like i have no energy …  for nothing it’s like my body my energy is just dripping away from me and i have this strange feeling in my legs and hands i don’t know  what it is

*Woman gets up and pours a drink and sits down again facing the audience staring*

You know what happiness is ? *she looks around the audience* 

Well do you ?

*sarcastic voice * well then this is your lucky day  here it is

 *woman is helding the book up high*

This is happiness here you can find happiness in this little book

you can find all your  happiness right here.

My whole life was in  this … my whole life…….

*woman start writing down some words on the kitchen table then looks at the audience* 

You don’t believe me ? * almost angry voice* 

just tell …me just fucking tell me if you dont believe me, because i have it here

 Proof of  my happiness

*woman hitting the table*

 Here  I wrote it down right here on this beautiful fucking ugly table !

*woman stares at the table with a soft voice speaking*

Happiness is that feeling that comes over you when you know life is good and you can’t help but smile. It’s the opposite of sadness.

Yes the opposite i was their and now..now  i’m here  

*looking at the audience*

Rose garden .. I have another word: rose garden  never promised you a rose garden.

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