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 “Moving” monologue. 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: #47 Moving
It’s a difficult decision. My whole life is here. But the thought of just taking this new job in a new city, there’s just something so romantic and appealing about it. My life is here… There’s a part of me that just wants to be able to nonchalantly say that there’s nothing keeping me here…that I can just up and leave and everything will be fine. I haven’t had much of a solid relationship in years, so dating really isn’t keeping me here. And I have a handful of pretty good friends, but I feel like anywhere you go you can make a handful of pretty good friends. But when I think about it…it’s tough. This place has become home. I’ve memorized the public transit routes, I’ve grown to love certain restaurants, and I do have that core group of friends. And even though I seem to think that no matter where you go you can still make a handful of decent friends, the truth is…it’s difficult. If you leave something that’s so known and familiar and comfortable, and you’re introduced to a city where you don’t know any one, you’re just starting from scratch—it’s tough. The more I think about it, I’ve gotten so comfortable here—I’ve settled and I haven’t bothered looking for anything better. And maybe this is the perfect opportunity for me to shake things up a bit and see if I land on my feet.