Tragic and I’m Still Laughing
Other Plays by John Monteleone
Monteleone, John (American playwright, March 2, 1956-____), “Tragic and I’m Still Laughing,”
a __-minute bill of satirical monologues in English, set in a park in a city, 1992,
1m or 1f
(or more actors)
© 1992 by John Monteleone;
• in John Monteleone’s Tragic and I’m Still Laughing (Sag Harbor, New York, U.S.A.: The Author, 1992););
• script/rights available from John Monteleone, P.O. Box 2723, Sag Harbor, New York 11963, U.S.A., telephone (home and work) 631-725-5251, e-mail email@example.com, Website http://www.JohnMonteleone.com. Orders should specify a preferred method of mail: (a) e-mail (if the recipient can open a Microsoft Word document, the author can e-mail the full manuscript as an attached file), or (b) regular mail.
• Cited by playwright via ftp, July 9, 1997; Monteleone says,
See Synopsis. Most of these monologues, can be done by either a male or female. Some are gender specific. I’ve made a note below.
“(a) ‘Jim Cash’—a dysfunctional, collection agent, and with the use of his cellular phone, tries to collect from a man on unemployment whose wife is in a coma and whose teen daughter committed suicide, while coping with his own wife on the other line, who is at the hospital because their son has put a pencil in his penis and with their daughter who has just dyed her hair blue. (b) ‘Stargazer’ (m/f)—A gentle, wise, homeless person understands what it means to be connected to other people through the stars but cannot get anyone to fix his bum leg. (c) ‘Street Kid’—A kid with a toy gun wants to grow up to become either a Mafioso crime boss and get away with murder legally or a Marine who will ultimately drop the bomb. The kid does not have a real gun, yet! (d) ‘Homer’ (m)—A nuclear arms merchant prepares his hottest salesman to sell their latest technology to Ethiopia and other third world countries, he says, “They’ve seen the shopping malls, and they wanna go with us!” (e) ‘Democratic Convention’—A drunk homeless person is being thrown out of Madison Square Garden because the Democratic Convention is coming to town. (f) ‘That’s Why’—A homeless person, a bit insane, tries to figure out why people run away from each other. (g) ‘Unconditional Love’—An out of work actor seeking true love slips into the drawn outline on the street of a recent murder victim to explore the meaning and experience of unconditional love in his life. Is there any? (h) ’Joan’—An old Jewish feminist learns that everyone really needs human liberation. (i) ‘Sodom and Gomorra—A porn scout seeks young girls who come off a runaway bus and tries to con them into a life of prostitution and pornography. (j) ‘Blonde in a Bottle’—A homeless person, trying to understand why people put on masks, exposes the ultimate escape, American vanity.
• “This piece can be used for short one acts, longer one acts, a full length evening or for study. Each monologue is approximately 10 minutes long.
• “Monteleone has 3 full-length plays which have received either production or professional New York City readings, and 2 solo works. The full-length plays are Farmland (9m2f), Prisoners in Paradise (3m1f), The Lamp (2m2f). The solos: Diary of a Madman adapted from the Gogol classic (1m or 1f), and Perfectly Norm-Ill People (also Tragic and I'm Still Laughing) (10 characters for 1 or more m or f)— All of his plays and excerpts of them are is listed on his Website http://www.JohnMonteleone.com.
• “He has also written numerous screenplays:" Men and the Sea, Timekeeper, Top Story, Home, Eyes in the Dark, We the People. He produced one full-length feature film (an Independent film) Lies in Love.
• “All of Monteleone’s plays are innovative, challenging, offer interesting story lines, are ideal for the professional theatre and wonderful for colleges. John Monteleone has received critical acclaim as both a playwright and actor, he is a graduate of N.Y.U. Tisch School of the Arts Graduate program, a member of the Dramatists Guild, and Actors Equity, and has worked to develop new plays in N.Y.C.. He holds a B.F.A. and M.A., was an Artist-in-Residence and Professor of Drama at Dowling College for 14 years. He has also produced numerous plays, play readings with famous and student playwrights, created Improvisational Theatre, Children's Theatre, and ran an acting school for 20 years."
• Page mounted July 9, 1997, updated August 4, 1997, May 28, June 16, 2001, March 3, 2009, by the site Webmaster.
astrology, convention, feminism, handicapped, insanity, love, Madison Square Garden, Mafia, mask, murder, nuclear arms, pornography, prostitution, sales, suicide, unemployment, vanity.