|Age Range(s)||Teenager (13-19), Young Adult (20-35), Adult (36-50), Senior (>50)|
|Type of monologue / Character is||Angry, Scolding, Flips out, Persuasive, Neurotic, Depressed, Complaining, Frustrated, Insecure, Afraid, Mocking, Apologetic, Talking to the audience, Malicious/scheming, Pondering/Pensive, Confessing|
|Props||a hundred dollar bill|
|Description||A lonely guy offers strangers money to hug him.|
|Details||ACT 1 Scene 1 One Act Play Beginning of the Play|
A man taunts the audience with a hundred dollar bill, claiming that he will give it to the first audience member who comes up on stage and hugs him. The man invites his spectators to ponder what would drive a human being to give away a hundred bucks for a simple hug. At first, he enjoys this game that he has created, but when no one comes up to claim his prize, the man turns bitter and his possible reasons for needing a hug become more and more alarming. Finally, someone from the audience (a plant) comes up on stage and hugs the lonely man, providing him with the human interaction that he has been desperately craving. He hands the audience plant the money and solemnly exits without looking back.
Written by Stacey Lane
Contact StaceyLaneInk@yahoo.com for permission to perform this monologue. Rights will be granted for free for use in auditions and classroom exercises, but the playwright appreciates knowing where her work is being performed.