MONOLOGUES   

 

(1) Under the title "SEPARATE PIECES", these monologues can be performed by several actors. Each monologue is about five to ten minutes long. With the exception of "Union Maid" the pieces are comedic in nature.

 
An Affair at the Office:

The Biological Clock: A woman in her `thirties has been dating her boyfriend for several years. However, he doesn't make a commitment regarding their future. She invites him to a cafe with the intention of persuading the reluctant boy- friend to marry her.

The Father: He discovers that his daughter wants to many someone he considers entirely inappropriate. He speaks to his daughter as she gradually uncovers the identity of her beloved.

The Feminist Bride: Dressed in her bridal gown, the bride has second  thoughts about marrying her young man. He must make many promises before the ceremony: he will be a perfect househusband, raise the children, clean the house while she carries on with her career.

A Lesson on Trees: A teacher in a junior grade is teaching her class the poem, "Trees", by Joyce Kilmer. She responds to her class's questions comments and interruptions throughout the lesson. Her precocious and wilful class sorely try her patience.

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Listen I'm Talking: A mother's reflections when she receives an anonymous letter revealing her husband's
infidelity. Her thoughts revolve around their relationship, their children, her future, motherhood, and the institution of marriage.,

Making the Best: A busybody meets an old neighbour in a doctor's waiting room.
She offers her opinions on her listener's personal affairs, and concludes that
no matter how trying our circumstances are, one has to "make the best".

The Medical Profession: A satire in which a man relates his experiences with doctors whom he visits in order to alleviate the pain in his toe. He is sent from one specialist to another psychiatrist, orthopedic surgeon, general practitioner, endocrinologist, etc until a cure is found.

The Proposal: Rosie, a spry and lively widow in her senior years, invites an eligible bachelor, whom she met in the park, to her home, ostensibly to rent him a room in her comfortable home. She plies him with cookies, and charming stories about all her fine qualities.

The Psychiatrist:  :At a convention of psychiatrists, an eminent psychiatrist advises his colleagues
to determine the nature of their clients' neuroses by observing them at a game of Bridge. His lecture includes the "Overbidders", the "Underbidders", the "Experts", "the Complainers"...

Thirteen: The time is the 1950's. A thirteen-year-old girl sits at the telephone and arranges
her friends' affairs for the upcoming party. To her dismay, she finds herself in a predicament regarding her own interests

                                                                                               

Union Maid:
An older woman tells the audience the story of her life as a union organizer, fighter for women's rights, her relationship with her politically active husband, the sacrifices she made so  today working people have good conditions, and better lives.

WallFlower: The time is 1946. A fifteen-year-old girl attends a party, but no one asks her to dance.
Her thoughts reflect her ideas on boys, career, marriage, and her own supposed
deficiencies

        

"SEPARATE PIECES"  is available at Playwrights Guild of Canada. First performed by Cameo Productions, Montreal in 1990.

(2) "K'TA-EEM..."

         This anthology contains twenty-one pieces in Hebrew translation, and is divided into three sections: Childhood, Love, and In The Community. The monologues were performed on stage in English by Cameo Productions. Subsequently, selections was broadcast by CBC radio, in February 1990.  The short stories were published by such magazines as Moment, Viewpoints, Ethos, Quarry, and The Reporter. Published by Or-Am, Tel Aviv, 1992. 92 pages.