100 Monologues – Monologue #22: Island

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 “Island” 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: #22 Island

I used to dream about living on an island – just me and mother nature. I’d build a tree house from driftwood and climb up into the trees every night to go to sleep, just listening to the waves murmuring in the distance. I would live off the land, scavenge for food in tide pools and shrubs in the wilderness. I would make bonfires to cook my food and fashion together necklaces with shells from the beach and make clothing from leaves stitched together. I would be one with nature.

I think I read too many adventure stories of protagonists that survived on their own in the wild. I loved those stories as a kid. And now my sense of adventure has drifted away. These days the furthest I’ll travel with nature is a long walk home after work. That’s as “one with nature” as I can get.

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