Laughing  Wild

START: Oh it’s all such a mess. Look at


Laughing Wild

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Age Range
Act One, Scene 1
Time & Place
Stage in New York City, late 1980s
Time Period
Show Type

Monologue Context

This monologue is the opening scene in the play Laughing Wild and our introduction

Monologue Text

START: Oh it’s all such a mess. Look at this mess. My hair is a mess. My clothes are a mess.

I want to talk to you about life. It’s just too difficult to be alive, isn’t it, and try to function?


END: And the person fell to the ground, and looked totally startled, and some child nearby started to cry, and I was still crying, and I couldn’t imagine making use of the tuna fish now anyway, and so I shouted at the child to stop crying—I mean, it was drawing too much attention to me—and I ran out of the supermarket, and I thought, I’ll take a taxi to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I need to be surrounded with culture right now, not tuna fish.

For full extended monologue, please refer to clips or the script edition cited here:
Durang, Christopher. Laughing Wild, Dramatists Play Service Inc. Acting Edition, 1996.

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