In dramatic monologue from short play Mister Mute, Harley discusses how he came about leaving Vegas in order to make a new life for himself.
HARLEY: There’s no loyalty left in this world. I slaved away for years at the club, cleaning out ashtrays, running tables back to back until my legs were shaking…dealing with ungrateful customers who think who they are because they’re spending a couple of hundred bucks. It’s abusive, the way people lose themselves and forget that they are talking to another human being and I have to eat shit cause it’s my job.
What makes it worse is when my manager takes the customers part cause I forgot to light their cigarette more than three times…and I can’t tell you how often I’ve gotten beat out of my tips cause we split wages with the waitress, who basically runs the tables and the amount of times I thought I was having a great night only to find out I’ve been robbed blind with no way to prove it. Multiple times.
And the way I am…you know the way I am, I don’t know how I survived that long. Shit I’ve been through dog, no idea…so many different ways of hustling, trying to get ahead not only to survive but to try and break out somehow but something always kept me there like a magnet…glued shut to that lousy, rotten town but hey, I made it out, didn’t I?
I’m here, I’m with you and I finally made it out.
ART: What was the thing that propelled you forward?
HARLEY: (beat) Sometimes you reach a point in your life where you don’t have any choice left…
ART: Fed up with it all?
HARLEY: You could say that. Every man has their breaking point and I guess I reached mine.
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Mister Mute is a one-act ePlay that features ART, HARLEY and PAM. The play has dark undertones beneath the surface of light humor stemming from Harley, who arrives unexpectedly at Art/Pam’s home.