100 Monologues is a project where I’m writing monologue scripts, performing, and filming the pieces. Since I’m beginning to dabble in acting, the project is meant as a means for me to acquire more acting experience where I can work on refining my craft. You can find out more about the project here.
Below is the script from the “Alone” monologue. The script isn’t exact to my performance above, but my performance is based on it. If you’re a student who would like to perform this monologue for class, just make sure you credit me, Maggie Coyle, as the author. For any other use of the script, please contact me.
100 Monologues: #8 Alone
Some people are terrified of being alone, but I’m not. I dunno, as a kid I had an incredible imagination and could spend hours and hours playing all alone. I’d spend time with friends too, it’s just for some reason I was perfectly happy and content with being alone. I’ve never been like one of those people that needs to constantly be surrounded by others. In fact, the mere thought of being constantly surrounded by people is exhausting.
There was a point in time when I was in high school, and whenever I was around other people I found myself hating myself. It was like being in a crowded room made me feel more alone than I’ve ever felt before. And I started getting depressed when I was actually alone. When I was around my so-called high school friends I felt like an idiot, like something was wrong with me. And these feelings would linger on when I was alone.
It took me a while to realize these friends of mine weren’t really friends. So I shed them and over the years I picked up new friends who were more kind hearted. And then I began to like myself again and started feeling okay with being alone.