Famed actor Garry Essendine is trying his best to politely,
START: I don’t give a hoot about posterity. Why should I worry about what people think of me when I’m dead as a doornail anyway? My worst defect is that I am apt to worry too much about what people think of me when I’m alive.
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END: Go and get yourself a job as a butler in a repertory company if they’ll have you. Learn from the ground up how plays are constructed and what is actable and what isn’t. Then sit down and write at least twenty plays one after the other, and if you can manage to get the twenty-first produced for a Sunday night performance you’ll be God-damned lucky!
For full extended monologue, please refer to the video link or script edition cited here: Coward, Noel, Present Laughter, Samuel French, 1976, pp. 36-37.
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