Monologues for the Serious Actor by Bob Berry
Excerpt from “Troy – Adult (Dramatic)”:
A Duty Done
You shared some things with me. My turn. Don’t like to talk about this, but
since I don’t know you … (Pauses.) After 9/11, I served in a secret branch of the
service in the Middle East. Clandestine stuff. I got the royal treatment because
I could speak five languages. Taught prisoners, interrogated and mentally tortured
them when asked to do so. Jack-of-all-trades, you know? (Laughs.)
There was this one prisoner who was nice and polite and liked to talk.
Mickey. Obviously educated. While I was interrogating him, we gradually
became friends, and I looked forward to our talks. Shared stories of our families.
Baseball. He loved the damned Yankees. And here I was a die-hard Red Sox
fan, so we had some fun. (Laughs.) Some fun …