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A Chorus Line

So, the day after I turned 18, I kissed

Val Clark

A Chorus Line

See more monologues from James Kirkwood, Nicholas Dante, Marvin Hamlisch, Edward Kleban, Michael Bennett


Age Range
Young Adult, Adult
Play Setting
An audition room, New York City, 1970s
Time Period
Show Type

Monologue Context

Val is a “gypsy” dancer in New York City. At this audition, she has been asked by the...

Monologue Text

So, the day after I turned 18, I kissed the folks goodbye, got on a Trailways bus - and headed for the big bad apple. Cause I wanted to be a Rockette. Oh, yeah, let's get one thing straight. See, I never heard about the Red Shoes, I never saw the Red Shoes, I didn’t give a fuck about the Red Shoes. I decided to be a Rockette because this girl in my home town - Louella Heiner - had actually gotten out and made it New York. And she was a Rockette. We'll, she came home one Christmas to visit, and they gave her a parade. A goddamn parade! I twirled a friggin' baton for 2 hours in the rain. Unfortunately though, she got knocked up over Christmas. Merry Christmas - and never made it back to Radio City...

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