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Mean Monologue

Mean by Michael Emanuel Manos III
Character: John
Gender: Male
Age (range): 26-30
Style: Drama
Length: 3 minutes


Background Info: JOHN is 26 years old, has been married for nearly 6 years, and is on the verge of a devastating divorce with his beloved wife Rebecca. He is greatly depressed.

JOHN is sitting in a chair DSR in a bleak, stark white room with long shadows. Holding his wedding ring in his hand and staring at it intently, trying desperately to fight back tears.

{To REBECCA} Why? I... I don't understand. We have been together for almost 6 years now. Doesn't that mean anything to you? Every day I was loyal to you; faithful to you. Everyday I would come home and kiss you, pledge my love to you. Every night I would respect your decisions and your privacy. I would be sensitive to your feelings. Never once did I harm you or hurt you in any way. I worked hard to keep this family together; I worked hard for food and warmth and security. And no matter what you would do or say I would always be there; by your side. So how did it come to this? The truth is, Rebecca ... the plain and simple truth is that I love you, no matter what. Why can't you see that? Why can't you see that we both share, the same goals, the same desires, the same passions; the same love. We can't let it end like this. Not like this. Not like this. {JOHN puts is face in is hands and silently weeps. Lights fade to a blackout.)