WOMEN’S MONOLOGUES FOR “SKIN OF OUR TEETH”
Please choose one of the following two monologues to perform. Either Sabina or Mrs. Antrobus. Memorization is not required. Great acting is!
Listen, George: other people haven’t got feelings. Not in the same way that we have, – we who are presidents like you and prize winners like me. Listen, other people haven’t got feelings; they just imagine they have. Within two weeks they go back to playing bridge and going to the movies.
Listen, dear: everybody in the world except a few people like you and me are just people of straw. Most people have no insides at all. Now that you’re president you’ll see that. Listen, darling, there’s a kind of secret society at the top of the world, – like you and me, – that know this. The world was made for us. What’s life anyway? Except for two things, pleasure and power, what is life? Boredom! Foolishness. You know it is. Except for those two things, life’s nau-se-ating.
So when your wife comes, it’s really very simple; just tell her.
It’s a bottle. And in the bottle’s a letter. And in the letter is written all the things that a woman knows.
It’s never been told to any man and it’s never been told to any woman, and if it finds it’s destination, a new time will come. We’re not what books and plays say we are. We’re not what advertisements say we are. We’re not in the movies and we’re not on the radio.
We’re not what you’re all told and what you think we are:
We’re ourselves. And if any man can find one of us he’ll learn why the whole universe was set in motion. And if any man harm any one of us, his soul – the only soul he’s got – had better be at the bottom of that ocean – and that’s the only way to put it.
MEN’S MONOLOGUES FOR “SKIN OF OUR TEETH”
Please choose one of the following two monologues to perform. Either Henry or Mr. Antrobus. Memorization is not required. Great acting is!
You don’t have to think I’m any relation of yours. I haven’t gotten any father or mother, or brothers or sisters. And I don’t want any And what’s more I haven’t got anybody over me; and I never will have. I’m alone, and that’s all I want to be; alone.
I’m not going to be a part of any peacetime of yours. I’m going a long way from here and make my own world that’s fit for a man to live in. Where a man can be free, and have a chance, and do what he wants to do in his own way.
How can you make a world for people to live in, unless you’ve first put order in yourself? Mark my words: I shall continue fighting you until my last breath as long as you mix up your idea of liberty with your idea of hogging everything for yourself. I shall have no pity on you. I shall pursue you to the far corners of the earth. You and I want the same thing; but until you think of it as something that everyone has a right to, you are my deadly enemy and I will destroy you.