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Scenes and Monologues for Actors

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Aug 5, 2011


Includes monologues and scenes that have been performed in New York and Hollywood productions as well as in the classes of Clifford David, Milton Katselas and Warren Robertson. Both comedy and drama for male and female actors.

Aug 5, 2011

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From Silicon Valley to Northern Virginia, Jay Buckner has been intimately involved in technology marketing for more than two decades. In 2007 he served as the director for the first USAID sponsored agriculture fair in Herat, Afghanistan. In his spare time this native of Brooklyn has written a number of plays and received recognition in the one-act play contest of the Actor’s Theater of Louisville. Several of his plays have enjoyed limited productions off-Broadway in New York as well as Hollywood. In other lives he was a National Park ranger and a lifeguard at Rockaway, Queens. He lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

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Scenes and Monologues for Actors - Jay Buckner

Scenes and Monologues for Actors

By Jay Buckner

Copyright 2011 Jay Buckner

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Includes monologues and scenes that have been performed in

New York and Hollywood productions as well as the classes of

Clifford David, Milton Katselas and Warren Robertson

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – The Test

Chapter 2 – The Engagement

Chapter 3 – Once a King

Chapter 4 – Clearing the Air

Chapter 5 – Sunday March

Chapter 6 – The Confession

Chapter 7 – My Name is Jessica

Chapter 8 – Sharky the Ghost

Chapter 9 – The Forgiving

Chapter 10 – The Brothers

Chapter 11 – The Ladies in Waiting


Chapter 12 – Televangelism, Amen

Chapter 13 – It Was You Captain

Chapter 14 – Red Hot Tango Night

Chapter 15 – Appletime

Chapter 16 – Divorce: Female Version

Chapter 17 – Divorce Male Version


Chapter 1 – The Test

SET: Empty stage, three chairs, two side-by-side, and a sign in bold block letters.

CAST: Male and female, plus male and female walk-ons.


AIDS Screening Here – Be Safe, Not Sorry. Be Sure!

Enter a couple, hand in hand.

JANICE. Well, as long as we’re here we may as well. Better to be safe than sorry, like it says. I used your name. I don’t want anyone to know who I am. Is that okay?

JACK. Janice Stambleck. I like that.

JANICE. Margret Stambleck.

JACK. Margret Stambleck it is.


They both get and up walk off stage. Lights go out. Five seconds later lights go back on and Jack re-enters, sits on one of two side-by-side chairs. Several seconds later Janice enters the room and sits on the solo chair.

JACK. I guess men are quicker.

JANICE. I hate those jars. They're too small and they're always cold.

JACK. Cold! Hmmph! I never thought of that. I missed the cup. I always miss the cup. I never told anyone that before.

JANICE. I don't mind, really. I'll still love you.

JACK. I'll love you more (moves closer).

JANICE. We'll see.

JACK. (Looking at watch.) In just ten minutes we can start heading up to Tahoe. Then it's Acapulco.

JANICE. If everything's all right.

JACK. Why shouldn't it be? The chances are millions to one against. Look at me, I'm not worried. I don't want you to worry either. Come sit by me (She does).

JANICE. We'll know soon enough.

JACK. (Looking at watch.) Nine minutes and forty seconds.

JANICE. Please don't do that. It just makes me more anxious.

JACK. Sorry.

JANICE. Did they take American Express?

JACK. Oh, yeah, no problem. I only asked you about the cash, just in case. I said I'd pay. I probably have enough cash anyway.

JANICE. You volunteered.

JACK. You're worth it. It's been fourteen months, right?

JANICE. Right.

JACK. Something would've happened by someone you know. You have nothing to worry about.

JANICE. I'm not. I'm glad I'm here. I'm glad we met. This has been in the back of my mind for years now. I was getting more and more concerned. This will put an end to it. Thanks.

JACK. It's been only three months.

JANICE. Three? You said fifteen.

JACK. You wouldn't have gone out with me. We wouldn't be here now.

JANICE. That's not true. It was Maxine, wasn’t it?

JACK. I should've told you. I was afraid to.

JANICE. It happened before we met?

JACK. I swear. I hadn't seen her in fifteen months. That's the truth, except for my brother's birthday party. I told you about that. (Pause.) I didn't tell you she was at his party again this year. Now I feel stupid.

JANICE. I wouldn't hold that against you. Whatever happened before we met is okay. We made a deal, right?

JACK. Right…then nothing's changed?

JANICE. It's in the past. If I didn't care for you very much I wouldn't be here. Maybe I was naive before, but I never asked any other man to take an AIDS test. I never felt it was necessary. This time I want to be sure. I'm changing my life. Here we are now and that's all that counts.

JACK. Thanks.

JANICE. Two months.

JACK. Two? But you said fourteen.

JANICE. Almost two.

JACK. We only met five weeks ago.

JANICE. I didn't count him. It was a one night thing. Two ships passing in the night. I can't even remember his name. I half forgot it even happened.

JACK. (Laughing self consciously like one who is about to die next in the dentist's chair.) We're some pair. Who cares as long as he was white.

JANICE. Very light-skinned African American. Not much darker than you. I like dark men. I told you that. That's why I like you.

JACK. He wasn't a musician, was he?

JANICE. Of course not. He was an engineer I met at the convention. I should've said something. I was afraid to, also. I wish I could remember his name. It's so embarrassing, revealing.

JACK. Look at the two of us. We've been so afraid to be honest. I'm glad all this came out. I feel a lot better. I know everything's going to be fine. (Pause.) I hate the waiting.

JANICE. Well, at least we're not bored. Read the brochure. We’re supposed to.

JACK. I can't. What does it say?

JANICE. I'm afraid to look.

They snuggle really close, two liars sharing the lifting of the load, some of it anyway.

JACK. I'd use condoms with you if I had to. I don't think I'd care.

JANICE. That's easy to say now…I'm sorry. If you mean it, then you really do love me.

JACK. I said I did.

JANICE. I don't know how I'd feel if it was the other way around. (Beat.) I'd let you, if it were you...if you were the one and I wasn't....if you of those…watchma-call-its...

JACK. You're just saying that.

JANICE. (Looking deeply into his eyes.) I mean it.

JACK. You do, don't you?

JANICE. I've never asked anyone to use one before.

JACK. Well, I don't know if I should take that as a compliment or what.

JANICE. This is it for me. The changing point. You don't think that's a compliment?

JACK. Acapulco. I pay.

JANICE. You'll pay? You said we should split the costs. That was the only fair thing to do. That's what you said. I remember.

JACK. That was over our first drink. We hadn't even met yet.

JANICE. You never said anything in all this time. I'll bet you just thought of it now. C'mon, admit it. I won't be mad.

JACK. It was going to be a surprise, if everything came out okay. You know like when you promise God something while you're waiting for the results of an x-ray. Why wait?

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