"GOOD FOR EACH OTHER"
from the published play "The Bullied, the Bungled and the Botched" by D. M. Larson
Parents. They want to toughen us up but instead they tear us down. Why does being tough involve being mean to your kid?
I thought everyone was this way ...so many people in my life act this way - don't be a cry baby - don't be a wimp - quit being so sensitive - but then I found you.
But we build each other up - that's what makes us so good for each other.
And being sensitive doesn't seem so bad anymore - being sensitive means that I am more caring and more loving - how can that be bad? To them it is, but not to you. And that’s why I’m falling in love.
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The following monologue is also from my play for high school about bullying, "Bullied, Bungled and Botched" for teens, teenagers, young adults.
"CUT OFF FROM THE WORLD" by D. M. Larson
Look at what they're saying about me! It's all over TwitFace! Everyone at school is seeing it. You see how many likes it's getting! I hate TwitFace! It’s ruining my life! I can't go back to school tomorrow. I can't face everyone after what they said. What are you doing? Don't deactivate my account! Give me back my laptop! Stop, you're going to break it!
It broke. You broke my laptop!
Where's my phone? Give me my phone! Don't take out the battery. What are you doing with the battery! Put my phone back together! You're breaking it!
I'm cut off from the world...
(She cries and throws a tantrum. Then she stops and cries quietly. Then after a long pause she suddenly looks a little relieved)
I'm cut off from the world.
(Long pause - she looks around)
Wanna play a board game or something?
Hey look, we still have that tire swing in the back yard. Remember how we used to spin each other until we got so dizzy we couldn't walk? I loved that feeling. I wish I could feel that way again… not just dizzy, but… I don’t know… carefree? Things get so much more complicated when you get older.
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"End the Hurting" - Short Dramatic Monologue (about bullying and abuse)-Male or Female (30 seconds)
"Forget About Me" - Longer Dramatic Monologue adapted from the monologues The Not So Perfect Child, Staying Power and Wishing - Female (4-7 minutes)
(Janey still has some of her bandages on but you can see more of her face now and some scarring)
Why can't everyone just leave me alone! They follow me after school and harass me - I go home and they harass me - maybe I need to stop shopping at Target. Because that's what I am. A target. People love to pick on me. The bullies have to take a number because I seem to be their favorite person to hate on. I’m some kind of stress reliever - they take out all their frustrations on me. I guess that is my purpose in life. At least I serve a purpose. It would be a shame if all that torture didn't have a purpose.
Then I go home and get harassed too. So I will just stay here behind this tree - forever. I love this tree. I do a lot of hiding behind this tree. I will even climb up and hide in the branches if I feel really scared. Sometimes I wish I’d fall out of the branches and break my neck. I dangle on a branch, begging myself to let go. But I’m never brave enough to do it. And I wouldn’t want the tree to feel bad. This tree been good to me all these years. A quiet refuge on the border of madness and insanity. Safe from the madness of school and the insanity of home. I’m tempted to build a treehouse and stay here forever.
Or maybe I will lay in the middle of the road and get it over with. I’m tired of hiding. You want me? Come and get me! Finish me off. Put me out of my misery.
(The sound of a car approaching. She lies in the middle of the road [stage] - car sound stops and then sound of car honking. She yells at car)
Either run me over or go around because I'm not moving!
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