The Garden Maze – Uncle Toby Monologue

In The Garden Maze, Uncle Toby comforts his niece Anna by sharing some of his own personal demons in order to shed light.

UNCLE TOBY:  There, there Anna, it’s okay. Did you know that I suffer with depression? It’s true. For quite some time. Ever since I was a young man. The way the circuitry in my brain is fixed. However, I have learned to navigate through the rough waters and find calmer ones. The challenge remains the same…difficult. It will never be easy, but every attempt at changing myself has made me stronger over the course of time. Faster. What would take me days only now takes me minutes…though, it never leaves. It remains. Waiting. A mind of its own. I call them eruptions, brought on by feelings of restlessness, loneliness, unfulfillment, and trying to come to terms with the loss of life and my own mortality. Those are my triggers.

It’s hard to make friends with death, isn’t it? Knowing one day will be the day. How do we rationalize that concept? Do we invent the other side? Do we live like angels on Earth? Do we give up and throw caution to the wind? Nothing will stop it. Even if and when there is some invention capable of making us immortal…there will be different things to worry us, to frighten us…(shrugs) Such is life.

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The Garden Maze by Joseph ArnoneIn the one act eplay The Garden Maze, Anna confides in her Uncle Toby about all the stress she’s been living under in regards to the pressures her mother places on her and the reality no one else in her family seems to acknowledge, except her favorite Uncle.  2 Women, 2 Men.  Drama. Family Drama.

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