So All Alone
a chorus piece .
. by Jeff Goode
(This is a piece for nine players and a disembodied voice--voice from the grid or offstage. Each of the players will speak a variation of the following monologue, with the only major difference being the replacement of the word "room".)
Sometimes I feel so alone. I sit in my room and stare at the walls because there isn't anything else. And there isn't anyone to talk to. Because I'm all by myself.
So I just sit in my room and stare at the walls. And I think about all the other people in the world. Four billion people and no two of them alike. And I'm sitting in my room all by myself, because not one of them wants to talk to me. Each and every one of them has something better to do. I've been rejected by four billion people.
And all on the same day.
I sit in my room and stare at the walls because there isn't anything else. And there isn't anyone to talk to. Because I'm all by myself. And I feel so all alone.
(the monologue continues, repeating the final paragraph over and over ad infinitum.)
Wherever a cut-off is indicated (with a double dash ), the new speaker takes their cue from that point, but the previous speaker continues to speak the monologue, so that by the end of the piece, there are nine people all speaking the same monologue in dis-unison.
The locations mentioned by each player (in place of "room") are as follows:
ONE - room
TWO - house
THREE - office
FOUR - car
FIVE - yard
SIX - underwear
SEVEN - LazyBoy recliner
EIGHT - Learjet
NINE - favorite restaurant
(The nine players should be of all different physical types, ages, sexes and styles of dress.)
NOTE: The monologues are not all identical. They are edited slightly differently for the sake of timing. Hence the need for 10 different sides for the actors performing the piece:
First performed at No Shame Iowa City on January 23, 1987, with the following cast: Greg Jackson, Dede Reznick, Julie Stiner, Craig Chesler, Jeri Schulke, Fred Norberg, Cheryl Snodgrass, and Kirk Griffith
Performed by Julie Stiner, Jennifer Rives, Ty Lee, Frank Ensenberger, Erin Purcell, Dan Layne, Karen Moeller, Colleen Coover, Dan Gurler, and Mark Gentsch
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Performed by Chris Clarke, Toni Loppnow, Anthony Backman, Shyla Fernandes, Brett Webster, Brooks Peck, Brian Anderson, Curt Bouril, Sky Palkowitz, and Jared McClurg.
Directed by Amy Lynn Pigott
Performed by Nick Zagone, Barbara Grether, Eddie ?, Lisa Grether, Fred Cross, Jonathan Price, Cadry Nelson, Mandi Meilands, Mike Rothschild, Anthony Backman.
Performed by Adam Hahn, Meghan Sullivan, Nelson Oliver, Brian Rochlin, Jeff Goode, John Shirley, 3 audience members, Mike Rothschild.
Performed by Jenn Harp, Kurt Hargan, Siluo Gompah, Anna Maganini, Jack Archey, Jean Shaw, Ana Lozano, Parnille Trojgaard, Rudy King, Rich Locasso.
Performed by Jeri Lynn Schulke, Adrien Monti, Tamathy Christensen, Simon Adkins, Adam Hahn, Blue, Steve Breeding, Amy Alls, Ursulla Hull, Jeff Goode