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A monologue from the play by Lisa Kron
Nine months? Is that what you call a long time? Try seven years. You just wait till you’ve been ﬁghting with the phone company for seven years!
They say I’m dead. (She pauses for eﬀect.) Do I look dead to you? My father died, seven years ago.
I sent the phone company a copy of his death certiﬁcate to close his account. Would you like to see the letter they sent me in return?
(Pulls out a crumpled for m letter and reads.) “Dear Ms. Anderson. Our sincerest condolences on the recent death of Carol K. Anderson.”
They cut oﬀ my phone service seven years ago and they still won’t turn it back on because according to them I’m dead ! (Her rage turns to grief)
I go there in person, I stand by the payment windows, I scream: I’m alive! L ook at me! I’m alive!!!
Nothing makes a diﬀerence. Nothing helps. Seven years! Seven goddamn years!!!
Let me tell you something, Janey. These people, these brave people are the only thing that gives me hope.