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Over The Tavern Monologue

Over The Tavern by Tom Dudzick
Character: Rudy
Gender: Male
Age (range): 10-15
Style: Comedy
Length: 3 minutes


Background Info: Rudy is a young, Catholic boy who is beginning to doubt his own religion. His father, the abusive owner of the tavern that they live on top of. As a last resort while his own life feels as if it is crumbling, he runs to his own temple to pray to Jesus.

(Rushes in, kneels and does the Sign of the Cross.) Jesus, I hate him. I hate him! I know I'll go to hell for saying that, but I can't help it! I do! You could do something to help us, why don't you? Couldn't we have Robert Young for just one day? ...Jesus, I never hear from you. I pray every night for things to get better. If you could just let me know you're listening. A sign. Nothing big, just something so I'll know your listening. Uhhh, here, I'll watch that candle.

(Looks somewhere off in the distance) If you make it light up, I'll know everything's going to be okay. You ready? Okay, go. (Rudy watches intently for a while. Nothing happens) The one on the end there. On the Left. (Again, nothing happens) Okay, I'll close my eyes.

(Puts his hands over his eyes. After a a while, peeks through) Okay, you probably want to give me a better sign. Like when the angel appeared to Mary. Okay, so I'll wait. I'll wait till tomorrow morning. We had a deal, Jesus. I said I'd be a soldier for you. Please Jesus. If you don't... I dunno. I guess I'll just have some thinking to do.