100 Monologues – Monologue #16: Running Away

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 “Running Away” 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: #16 Running Away

When I was a kid I used to fantasize about running away. I’d picture myself wearing a straw hat and carrying a knapsack over my shoulder – like the ones they show you in cartoons where they use a red handkerchief to bundle up your belongings and it gets tied to the end of a stick that you throw over your shoulder. I’d picture myself barefooted, walking off into the sunset on a desert or beach. I envisioned living a glamorous hobo life living in the woods, talking to nature.

And whenever my sister annoyed me or my parents snapped at me, I’d trudge to my room, slam my door, and swear I’d runaway. The furthest I ever got was around the block. I had packed my favorite doll, a handful of colorful marbles, and a granola bar in my teddy bear backpack. After a couple minutes of being a “runaway,” I ate the granola bar. Then a few minutes later I decided I was hungry for lunch so I went back home. I would “runaway,” I’d just have lunch first.

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