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May 4, 2014 Day #81 Monologue Mania by Janet S. Tiger (c) 2014
Under the Mountain part 1 written Oct. 5, 2009 revised today
Part 2 will be tomorrow May 5, 2014
Under the Mountain part 1
by Janet S. Tiger
© 2014 all rights reserved
(A woman comes onstage. She is everywoman, dressed in a way that it is difficult to tell if she is from today's era or the past.)
(Thinking) Sometimes I feel as if I was part of one of those pioneer families. The ones who traveled in wagon trains with small children and no food and water and never complained.
The ones who settled the West! Only my group reminds me of the Donner party. Well, maybe not that bad......(pauses)...yet.
We have arrived at a large mountain.
(She indicates the size with her arms)
It is big, and on the other side is California.
We have a big decision to make. Do we go over the mountain? (She mimes climbing up.) It would be less mileage covered, but there are some big problems with this. We have horses, and small children - is there a safe path up - and down the other side?
Another option is to go around it.
(She walks around the stage.)
This would be easier than climbing, but it will be more miles, and winter is coming - will there be enough food? Enough time to get through the pass before rain or snow hits? Then there is the third (thinks about this word carefully) possibility.
We could tunnel through the mountain using dynamite - making a new route for anyone who follows us. Creating a path for others - and attaching our names to this so that we are immortalized forever.
(Throws her arms out wide to show that this is a serious goal. She slowly brings them down.)
Tunneling has its own series of....problems. First, we have no reliable geographical information so that we really don't know what will happen when the explosions rip through the layers of stone and rock. Next issue is that we don't really have a good navigational system to make sure we go straight through the mountain. And we have small children and horses - will we be able to shore up a tunnel safe enough to go through to the other side?
(Nodding a bit) Now my husband - this will probably not surprise anyone - he wants to go straight through the mountain. And, because he wants to, that is what we will be doing.
(Trying not to be angry - is she laughing a little?)
So, I guess we'll see you on the other side.
(She goes to walk offstage, then stops.)
There is just one other teeny, tiny, little problem ......... (she almost whispers) ..we don't have any dynamite.
(Listens to a voice offstage)
(She reaches into her apron pocket, pulls out a wooden spoon, smiles at the audience - and exits.)
End part 1.
Janet S. Tiger 858-274-9678
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Swedenborg Hall 2006-8