“I hope youre not
Claustrophobic,” said the social
Worker, as she closed
The door
To the consulting room. As I mentioned,
She said, in a confidential

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Written and performed by David Brendan O'Meara, Parsimony, is one of the verse monologues included in Three Plays for One Actor.

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Where did I get
A crazy idea like that? You see, for a moment there—
In my panic, my desire
To run away,
I actually thought—it actually seemed possible—

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Group Theory, written and performed by David Brendan O'Meara, is one of the verse monologues included in Three Plays for One Actor.

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In that huge
Symmetrical place, our movements
Could not help
But echo one anothers. On the curves of those redundant
Marble stairways, in the aisles
Between the repeated

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Written and performed by David Brendan O'Meara, Teratology, is one of the verse monologues included in Three Plays for One Actor.

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Darwin's finches

Throwing a Game to a Kid is the first episode of The Tangled Bank. In this episode, the narrator is Christopher, an athletic 30-year-old man, and his antagonist (briefly, and offstage) is Samantha, the daughter of a neighbor and a friend of his son.

In the monologue, Christopher talks about his attitudes toward competition and playing with kids, and manages to avoid the central topic: a chess game between himself and Samantha that turned ugly.

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The Tangled Bank comprises the 18 scenes (actually, 17 monologues and 1 third-person narration) that survive of a semi-aleatory fiction writing project I undertook between June 2007 and February 2008. All the pieces take place in a Midwestern city, and each involves at least 2 of 10 different people, all of whom have some sort of connection to a riparian nature center in a decaying public park.

Darwin's finches

Some Funding from the State is the sixth episode of The Tangled Bank. In this episode the narrator is Betty, and her antagonist is Arthur, her father.
Betty has just found a retirement community near her home where Arthur can live out his remaining years. To afford it, however, she must ask her father to be complicit in a small but important lie.

Listen / Escuche:

The Tangled Bank comprises the 18 scenes (actually, 17 monologues and 1 third-person narration) that survive of a semi-aleatory fiction writing project I undertook between June 2007 and February 2008. All the pieces take place in a Midwestern city, and each involves at least 2 of 10 different people, all of whom have some sort of connection to a riparian nature center in a decaying public park.

Darwin's finches

A Little Laugh from Lisa is the fifth episode of The Tangled Bank. In this episode the narrator is Gary, a former underground rock musician. He's working in his painting studio at 3 a.m., when the phone rings.

Listen / Escuche:

The Tangled Bank comprises the 18 scenes (actually, 17 monologues and 1 third-person narration) that survive of a semi-aleatory fiction writing project I undertook between June 2007 and February 2008. All the pieces take place in a Midwestern city, and each involves at least 2 of 10 different people, all of whom have some sort of connection to a riparian nature center in a decaying public park.