Age Range
Act 2
Time & Place
Laramie, Wyoming. 1998-1999
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Monologue Context

Standard American Dialect - Wyoming. Zubaida is a young woman living in Laramie,

Monologue Text

We went to the candle vigil. [...] And it was so good to be with people who felt like shit. I kept feeling like I don’t deserve to feel this bad, you know? And someone got up there and said uh -- he said um, blah blah blah blah blah and then he said, I’m saying it wrong, but basically he said, c’mon guys, let’s show the world that Laramie is not this kind of town. But it is that kind of town. If it wasn’t this kind of a town, why did this happen here? I mean, you know what I mean, like - that’s a lie. Because it happened here. So how could it not be a town where this kind of thing happens? Like that’s just totally -- like, looking at an Escher painting and getting all confused like, it’s just totally circular logic, like how can you even say that? And we have to mourn this and we have to be sad that we live in a town, a state, a country where shit like this happens. I mean, these are people trying to distance themselves from this crime. And we need to own this crime. I feel. Everyone needs to own it. We are like this. We ARE like this. WE are LIKE this.

Kaufman, Moises, The Laramie Project Dramatists Play Service Acting Edition, pp.60-1.

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