The Laramie Project – Monologue (Zubaida)

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A monologue from the play by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theate

Zubaida Ula

And it was so good to be with people who felt like sh*t. I kept feeling like I don’t deserve to feel this bad, you know?

And someone got up there and said to us – he said um, blah blah blah blah blah blah and then he said, I’m saying it wrong, but basically he said, c’mon guys, lets 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 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 totally like 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 sh*t 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.

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