CARTOON – Monologue (Esther)

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A monologue from the play by Steve Yockey

ESTHER (nine-twelve)

This play takes place in a cartoon universe ruled by a bratty little girl called Esther. Esther uses a yellow hammer to control her unruly toys.

Here she expresses her political philosophies as she whacks her toys.

Note: << >> indicates Esther talking through a microphone.

What are you doing? Why are you shooting people? <<We need as many people as we can get to look for my hammer>

Did you hear me? Get back to looking! <<Get moving!>> . . . And now an educational outreach, a minor distraction, a brief history of the political landscape. . . .

Many years ago, we were a disorganized band of towns. Very tribal, very raw. This loose association of communities was unified by Bolinger the Duck.

Bolinger was killed by a foreign power and leadership fell to the Untilololo. But no one could understand anything he said;

therefore, he was quickly killed and a rapid succession of leaders followed: Chihuli DeMan, Smirky, Fini Fini,

but order was restored by the local chapter 273 of the society of the machete-wielding acrobats. Good people.

They were fairly stable and everyone was pretty happy with the government; unfortunately, a power-mad dictator assassinated all of the members of chapter 273.

The most controlling, nightmarish, and destructive force that we’ve ever seen: <<Cynthia>> (She pauses for dramatic effect.)

Cynthia ruled with an iron fist for a long time, and public executions were a pretty common Sunday outing.

But that’s no way to live, and several factions tried to eliminate Cynthia. However, they were all defeated and subjected to the worst punishments imaginable.

It’s only recently she was overthrown, in a military insurgency . . . by me. . . . So people disagree about how exactly a government should work.

That gave us Bolinger the Duck, Untilololo, Chihuli DeMan, Smirky, Fini Fini, local chapter 273 of the machete-wielding acrobats, Cynthia, and me.

Because really, people are fickle. I should say, I think the idea of violence, the fear of it, is a much better motivator than actual violence.

That is, in my opinion, where a lot of folks get tripped up. Like Cynthia. Don’t get me wrong; I’m totally in favor of hurting people when you need to. <<Just so you know.>>

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