Mar. 25, 2014 Death Clusters(Intro to the Donut Diaries) Day # 41 Monologue Mania
Death Clusters (c)
(Intro to The Donut Diaries)
by Janet S. Tiger
(c) 2013 all rights reserved
(A person comes onstage- she or he is like a pixie, smiling, bouncy)
Well hi there, I am so happy to be able to come here!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Just wanted you to realize that, just like almond clusters, death comes in clusters.....like here at the Donut Shop.....
Today, one of the regulars will not be coming in for his regular twisted donut...this was Kim, whose last name no one could pronounce... .he leaves a brother and mother far away in Cambodia......He died of a heart attack....it was fast......
Last week, Franny keeled over into her coffee, Franny who liked to giggle and read the comics..... she had an embolism, also fast....
Now, Robert had a bad stroke two weeks ago, but he is hanging on...will he be the third nut in the cluster?
Why do you look so surprised.......everyone knows death comes in threes.....like the nuts in an almond cluster!
(Leans over, conspiratorial)
For death has its very own flavor....it can be bitter, or terribly hot.......in some cases, sweet.....
I hear you laugh, but think about it - the folks who come here, they tell the same stories every day, every week, all through the years.
And that's why I am a visitor – never invited or welcome, of course, but always a possible visitor to this Donut Haven.....to bring (relishes the task and the explaining).... clusters of death so that all the people have something new to talk about......now, with these last two, there will be much to discuss.....the details of the people....they are the nuts!....where they came from, how long they came to eat donuts here...more important.....what donuts they ate!..then the sugar...the good stories....the background that all will chew on for weeks.......but it will covered with that (enjoys the taste)...deeelicious chocolate......the gossip that dribbles over the entire history, the questions that will never be answered, the unproven rumors.......the salacious half-truths......(cont.)
And these will be masticated and digested for years... stuck between the teeth…or in some cases, the dentures!......held together by the commonality of all the denizens of this place - the question of....... who will be the third nut in the cluster? For there are always three......you know it, they know it.......
(Points to the people sitting at the tables)
Who will be next?
Will it be crazy Robert? Or will he recover from his stroke? Or lucky Laura, who just won the lottery - all right, only a thousand dollars, but luck is luck! Will her luck run out first, like the woman who won a million at the casino, then was killed in a crash on the way home? Or will it be........
(A finger is pointed into the audience.)
Or will it be…….You?
(The pixie giggles and runs off.)
The end of the intro to scene 1 of The Donut Diaries
Janet S. Tiger
Member Dramatists Guild since 1983
Swedenborg Hall 2006-8