Monday Monologues: Patrick Breen offers his “Confession”

Part of a continuing series of Monday Monologues.

In his series of monologues entitled “Orphans,” this piece did not make it to the end.  This selection is  #88 of Eric Bogosians astonishing series of 100 Monologues. It is part of a collection that make up the writer’s commentary on contemporary life. Here Patrick Breen tells the priest his failings, starting with the most innocent of personal failures, and then building up to a climax that will either take your breath away, or double you up in fits of laughter. One can only imagine what it must be like to be a cleric hearing confessions, and wonder how they can maintain their dignity while hearing the inner guilt of thousands of everyday people.

As Eric Bogosian writes in his introduction to the book of 100 Monologues, “I did not set out to write monologues, but the more involved with the form I got, the more interesting it became to me. I liked the energy and excitement of speaking directly to an audience. I liked arranging the portraits of characters to create a larger whole. I liked the difficulty of writing and performing such complex stuff. Performing and writing these monologues took me to the limit of my abilities.”

 

Patrick Breen. Photo by Carol Rosegg.

Patrick Breen. Photo by Carol Rosegg.

PATRICK BREEN

Patrick Breen was born on October 26, 1960 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Joseph Patrick Breen. He is an actor and writer, known for Men in Black (1997), One Life to Live (1968) and Magic Adventures of Mumfie (1995). Breen is a co-founder, with Jace Alexander, of Naked Angels Theater Company. He has been married to Nadine Van der Velde since 1992. They have two children.

Patrick Breen is another Williamstown Theatre Festival veteran. Here he is (l) with Tony Goldwyn (c) and (r) Richard Venture. Photo by Meredith D. Mitchell in "The Sum of Us" (1989)

Patrick Breen is another Williamstown Theatre Festival veteran. Here he is (l) with Tony Goldwyn (c) and (r) Richard Venture. Photo by Meredith D. Mitchell in “The Sum of Us” (1989)

 

In January 2016, the 100 Monologues project successfully launched a crowd funding campaign to continue its work, and raised $25,531 from 122 backers a month later.  What Bogosian and his supporters have been creating over the past two years is an amazing archive of great theatre snippets, a resource for not only audiences, but for the actors who perform them on demand in your home or on electronic devices.  The search for dramatic and memorable monologue materials for use by performers at live auditions and guest appearances never ends.

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