Monologue Monday

Monologue Monday: Kim Kutledge by Josh Weckesser

Hello and welcome back to Unknown Playwrights. Now that I have finally defeated the NaNoWriMo beast, Monologue Monday is back from hiatus!

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When you really don’t have an illustration for a monologue, so you end up with the cover of a bound volume of a German theatre magazine from the 1900s.

This week we bring you Kim Kutledge. This monologue was written by a (then) high school student for high school students. As far as high schooler-written monologues go, it’s not half-bad.

I can see why actors would like this. It has a whole range of emotions and involves hallucinations and Keanu Reeves. It also ends on a positive note. It looks a little difficult to pull off because it’s all over the place. And why do actors love monologues about mental illness? (Remember that Crazy monologue?) Also, Kim is unusually self-aware.

You can read the monologue in its entirety here.

The author, Josh Weckesser had his own website once. He seems to have worked in the Chicago theatre world as a lighting guy. In fact, here he is talking about that:

The monologue is based upon a character in a full-length play, Gray Matter, that I haven’t read.

Without further ado, here are the Kim Kutledge monologues.

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Thanks for reading/watching. Hope to see you again on Unknown Playwrights.