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The Kentucky Cycle ("fire in the hole") Monologue

The Kentucky Cycle ("fire in the hole") by Robert Schenkkan
Character: Mary-Ann
Gender: Female
Age (range): 40s
Style: Drama
Length: 2 minutes

 


Background Info: Mary-Ann discovers her husband Tommy has betrayed everyones trust. For the first time in her life, she stands up for herself and what she believes in.

I 'member when you was courtin me. How mean my folks was to you, and how you just stood there and took it, because you loved me. Even my daddy had to admit, that Tommy Jackson, he aint no quitter, and I thought no he aint. When they tore stars down, I'da give up right then, but you wouldn't let me. I didn't love you Tommy, but I thought, they can tear these mountains apart, but Tommy Jackson won't quit on me. I know you loved our boys. and I loved you for that. I put up with the drinking, and you hitting me, because I knew you greived in your heart like I did. And I reckon I didn't think I deserved any better. You wasn't never wise, Tommy, and you weren't never kind, but I never thought you was a quitter, and then you quit on me. (Looking around at the others.) My name is Rowan, Mary-Ann Rowan, I have one son, Joshua Rowan, and this man here is a stranger to me (Men drag Tommy off).