Tone It Down

In this female dramatic monologue, SUSAN talks to her youngest son Kevin about how she needs him to start being more mature in his life.

SUSAN:  Kevin…why, out of all my children, are you the one that gives me the most trouble?  (beat)  I’m really asking you, do you have an answer for me?  All my other kids, well, they have their moments of bliss too, but you, you stand out like a sore thumb…sometimes I think the purpose of your existence is to make mine a living nightmare.  But, despite the insanity you bring into my life, I do love you with all my heart and always will.  You know that, right?  Kevin?  You know that I love you with all my heart?  (beat)  I do honey, I do.  I just wish you’d make life a little easier on me.  I can’t always be wonder woman.  I won’t be around forever and when I’m gone, I want you to be able to reflect and have fond memories of me…I don’t always want to be shouting at you and arguing with you.  (beat)  I don’t.  I can’t.  I just need you to tone it down for me slightly.  Is that so much to ask?

Joseph Arnone