It’s Monday (a little libretto)

IT’S MONDAYby M Mott Newirth

Duet for a soprano or tenor – Li and a contralto or baritone – Lu. 

Scene opens in a bedroom at the edge of dawn. There are two people in bed. The room is dark and cluttered with the trappings of modern living. The couple is quiet and still when suddenly an alarm clock goes off. One of them reaches up an arm and hits the snooze button; they each roll over and go back to sleep. Then the sounds of a cat becomes evident; it jumps up onto the couple and nudges them mercilessly. They each push the cat away grumbling some unintelligible expression. The alarm goes off again and, like before, an arm comes up and hits the snooze button.

The music, soft and sleepy, begins to turns bright and harsh as morning sunlight hits the wall.

Li

It’s Monday

Lu

I know

Li

It’s Monday

Lu

Yes, I know

Li

It’s Monday and I don’t want to…

Lu

get out of bed. I know. Me too

Li & Lu

Nothing to wake up for

No reason to rise

only thing to do is the same thing I did before

in-order-to survive

Lu

It’s Monday

Li

…and I don’t want to

Li & Lu

Get UFrom MBed

Music comes crashing in as the sunlight hits the bed and shines in Li & Lu’s face. The couple thrashes around in turmoil. What we hear is the epic battle between the Id and the Super Ego. Id wants them to stay in bed – blow everything off. Super Ego wants them to get up and face the day no matter how bad they feel about it. The couple resembles marionettes being helplessly manipulated by invisible hands that are in a battle of their own.  A sudden shift and Li stands up.

Li

No!

Lu

What is wrong here

Li & Lu

We cannot live like this

Lu

I don’t know how to…

Li

…be any other way

Lu

…than how we are being

Li

and how

Lu

Unhappy

Li

Stressed

Lu

Under duress

Li

Grumpy

Lu

Groggy

Li & Lu

Unexpressed – unexpressed – unexpressed

Lu (spoken)

It is hopeless. I may as well die!

Li

Why?! Why would you say a thing like that?!

Lu

It’s just an expression

Li

I don’t want you to die

Lu

Just a silly saying

Li

You are everything to me. What would I do without youmy heart and soul? I don’t want you to die

Lu

You cannot possibly believe that I really want to die. I don’t want to die. I don’t want you to die

Li & Lu

I have so much to live for with you here

The two kiss passionately

Li & Lu

I love you – I love you – I love you so much

The cell phone next to the bed goes off with a familiar ring-tone

Lu

Oh shit, we’re late

Li

I feel great

Lu

Greater than ever

Li

Can we both shower in under an hour?

Lu

If we take one together

Li

my pleasure

Lu

It’s Monday

Li

I know

Lu

It’s Monday

Li

Yes, I know

Li & Lu

It’s Monday – thank God it’s Monday! I have my whole life left to live with you

Scene ends

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