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A monologue from the play by Deborah Savadge
Chloe is the ingenue in the national tour of a play called State of the Art. She is competing with Margot,
the leading lady for good reviews and the attentions of Colin, the young leading man.
Margot, you are not the director. You are not the stage manager. You are… (She takes a different tack.) It’s a two-person scene.
If the scene is broken, if the scene needs to be “tweaked” from the way it was on opening night… (pulling herself up to her full height) …
when the Bernardsville Weekly called me, “a radiant new light in Philadelphia’s already Milky Way,” then I guess you’ll have to admit that you are fifty percent of the problem.
But you know, it’s really so sweet of you to take this time with me: to want to work with me, to help me improve.
It’s so great. I mean that you still have the energy for that kind of thing. I reeeally hope I have that kind of zest when I’m your age.
You’ve been putting yourself out for the youuuung actors in the company and we really appreciate it. Truly. I think it should be talked about.
You’ve had a long, looong career. And this could be your last national tour. I mean people can’t go on shlepping all over the country forever, can they?
And we should be celebrating that: “Margot’s last appearance in Baltimore,” “Margot takes a final bow in Chicago,”
“Margot leaves the stage one final time in Cleveland.” (Pause) You’ve been like a mother to me and to…Colin.
I mean, people like you are an inspiration to the youuuung actors who are coming up and having careers.
I think other “senior” actors would rest on their laurels. I told Colin I’d have dinner with him after the show.
Maybe we could work on the scene tomorrow. I don’t want you to think I don’t care, passionately, about the truth of the scene.
Oh, look at that! I’ve chipped a nail. Gotta fix it before Harvey calls “places.” (She exits quickly.)
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