Monologue Monday

Monologue Monday: Dreams in Captivity (Deafening Applause/My Father’s Blue Eyes/Barry’s monologue) by Gabriel Davis

Howdy all! Welcome back to Monologue Monday. As I type this, there’s some jerk nearby playing wank-ballads at an ungodly level. If this post is lesser than previous posts, blame the Wank-Balladeer of Jakarta.

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Available where fine plays are sold.

This monologue comes from Dreams in Captivity by Gabriel Davis. We have profiled other Davis monologues (Coffee Slave, Quiche isn’t Sexy, Almost 16 and Lacey’s Last Chance).

Let’s check out this play’s plot via StageAgent:

After being kicked out of culinary school, aspiring chef Pax returns to his hometown to regroup. There he happens upon an old friend from high school, Livi, who he learns has forgone a promising acting career to work in a retirement home. Meanwhile Livi’s sister-in-law Reina enrolls in a class about space at the local community college and, much to her husband Barry’s dismay, becomes fixated on the unlikely dream of becoming an astronaut. Pax supports Reina’s aspirations and encourages Livi to revive hers – all while pursuing his own far-fetched dream of opening a restaurant for celebrities in LA.

It certainly sounds like the world of dreams in LaLa Land.

My Father’s Blue Eyes

In this monologue, Livi is remembering when her father actually saw her.

I was fourteen.  For some reason, my guidance counselor took an interest in me.  Who knows what she saw in me – wearing Barry’s hand-me-down rugby shirts…  But she entered me in a local beauty pageant. Bought me a nice dress, and some makeup and everything.  Got me all dolled up….
(Beat)
It’s a silly story.  (Pax tells her to “go on”)
(Beat)
Well, the night of the pageant came – and she tried to get my dad there.  But of course he wouldn’t… And then…I won.  I won.  I couldn’t believe it.  And they gave me this tiara.  I remember getting home and being so proud – and there was Dad, sitting on his Lazy-Boy, watching something funny on TV, ’cause he was laughing – just really in a good mood.  Well, I just waited, patiently, until the commercial.  Then I walked up to him, tapped him on the shoulder, ever so lightly, and showed him my tiara – my crown.  
(Beat)
And this part, I’ll never forget, he actually smiled at me – he touched my face – and he said “Are you my Miss America? Are you my little Miss Universe?”  At that moment, I had his attention.  He was looking right at me.  And I remember, thinking it was really weird, because I’d never noticed how blue his eyes were before.

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Deafening Applause

Now Livi is talking to Pax, telling him how her dream died. You can find the monologue here.

I remember how everyone got quiet, okay?  

Quiet…and still.  Like they were all connected to me.  All a part of me.  Even Dad and Barry – I looked out, even they were…seeing me.  I mean, really seeing me.  And at the end of the show, when I stepped forward to take my bow the applause was—was— It was deafening.  In a little high school auditorium.  It was deafening and — Dad and Barry were applauding with the rest of them.  They had these big smiles on their faces.  

Afterwards Dad took us out to dinner.  And I was thinking, this is it, ya know.  He’s finally seen what they all see. We sit down. The first words out of his mouth are “Sure, you were OK, but I’m not really sure you’ve got the movie star look.  Take Annette Benning – she’s real tall, isn’t she, Barry?”  “Oh yeah, Liv,” Barry says, “movie stars are real tall.”  So I’m like, “What about Marilyn Monroe? She was short.”  And Dad just looks at Barry and says “Now she thinks she’s Marilyn Monroe.”  And they just laugh and laugh. 

Dad wanted me to come work at the Techno-Hut.  He didn’t want me to leave.

You ask me if I’m truly happy having stayed?  I don’t know.  I live a good life here.

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Here is something really special. An Australian actress documented her journey working on this monologue. It’s pretty cool. It’s also fun seeing her adopt a fairly believeable American accent.

Barry’s Monologue/Best Lazy Boy Recliner

Lest all the women have all the monologues, Barry gets a monologue where he talks about the nature of men and the best Lazy Boy in space.

Again, via StageAgent.

You know why men are constantly fighting instead of working together to survive?

Simple. Man is mainly motivated to sit on his ass. Our greatest inventors are busy right now finding more ways for us to sit on our ass better. And when they make it, men will kill to sit on it.

​Wars will happen because every man wants the best Lazy Boy Recliner in the galaxy. AND I SELL IT.

I sell a deluxe Lazy Boy outfitted with massagers, heating pads, a cooling unit for drinks – it’s the closest experience of comfort a man can get on earth short of climbing back through his mother’s hoo-ha into the womb.

If it’s a choice between that and helping you colonize space? No contest.

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Where are you trying to run to?

Livi calls Pax out on his nonsense. You can read the monologue here.

Where are you trying to run to, Pax? Can’t you just stop and enjoy life while you’re here—lucky to be alive and breathing? I mean, there may be no tomorrow and you may have missed today in some desperate, frenetic, striving frenzy.

I like the people at the retirement home. Their time is limited and they know it. They have a palpable sense of their limits. And they know how to enjoy the moment. There’s an old couple there, that I aspire to. They sit together, all day, hand in hand, just breathing, staring at the TV.

Yes Pax … like just two bodies…sitting there. Yes. “A sitting-down love.” They have “a sitting down love.” You think love should make you stand up, jump up…achieve your greatest heights. Sure, yes love can do that but it can also make you calm, centered, at peace, contented.

Is that really what I want for us? You call it “A life in retirement.” I don’t know, Pax. I just want us to be fulfilled. Yes, I know you want that too. So why can’t you accept things the way they are?

It’s not “giving up.” It’s … giving in. Surrendering. Being .. at peace. You say you want to “fly on the stars and never look back.” But Pax … Sometimes falling can feel like flying.

Look we … we don’t have to solve this tonight. Tonight we can just take a breath. Take a step back. We can retire … to bed. Not retire forever. Not give in forever. Just give in … for tonight. Retire … for tonight.

Come to bed. Pax … just … come to bed.

Let’s see what our YouTube acting heavyweights can do with this monologue:

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There we have it. Thanks for stopping by. I hope everyone stays safe during the Covid19.

For fun, while researching this I found a song with the exact title of My Father’s Blue Eyes. For novelty’s sake I’m posting it here.

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