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West Side Story

I always make it a rule to smoke in the

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Detective Schrank

West Side Story

See more monologues from Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim



Basics

Character
Gender
Male
Age Range
Adult
Style
Dramatic
Length
Short
Time Period
Contemporary
Show Type
Musical

Monologue Context

The Jets and Sharks have had a skirmish at the school dance. Shrank suspects that they have planned ...


Monologue Text

I always make it a rule to smoke in the can. And what else is a room with half-breeds in it, eh, Riff? Clear out, Spics. Sure; it's a free country and I ain't got the right. But it's a country with laws: and I can find the right. I got the badge, you got the skin. It's tough all over. Beat it! Say, where's the rumble gonna be? Ah, look: I know regular American don't rub with the gold-teeth otherwise. The river? The park? [Silence.] I'm for you. I want this beat cleaned up and you can do it for me. I'll even lend a hand if it gets rough. Where ya gonna rumble? The playground? Sweeney's lot? [Angered by the silence.] Ya think I'm a lousy stool pigeon?



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