Monologue Monday

Monologue Monday: My Name is Tania Head by Alexandra Wood

Hello and welcome back to Monologue Monday! I hope this Monday finds you happy and healthy.

The story behind this monologue is pretty interesting.

Tania Head is a real person. Her actual name is Alicia Esteve Head. She was born in 1973 in Barcelona with a Spanish dad and English mum. Her dad and brother spent time in prison for bank fraud.

In 2003 she moved to the US. Here she started an online group for 9/11 survivors. She claimed to have been on the 78th floor of the South Tower. She would have been one of very few people to have survived from above the impact. She eventually became the head of a 9/11 survivors’ group. She ended up having her picture taken with real-life Bond villain henchman  former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, the evil racist, sexist man buying the presidency former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg and New York governor George Pataki.

There are three evil scumbags in this photo. Can you find them?

That’s all fine and dandy. Except she totally made it all up. She made it up so bad that a documentary was made about her. More on that later.

Playwright Alexandra Wood wrote a monologue based upon the testimony Head gave. You can totally buy it here.

I think this is an interesting monologue because the person it’s about is still alive. The actor knows the character is completely lying. Do you shade that with subtlety? Hopefully more female performers pick up this fascinating monologue. Let’s check out a couple of performances:






(this one starts later in the monologue)


Here is a documentary about her story:


Thanks for reading and remember, if you’re gonna be a survivor, don’t be a fake survivor.