Monday Monologues: Marin Ireland acts a little crazy in “Melting Pot”


Part of a continuing series of Monday Monologues.

Melting Pot is one of the older monologues (1984-6, “Drinking in America”) from the days when Eric Bogosian used to hang out and try to pick up the chain of consciousness monologues of the street. He writes: “There was a diner on the Bowery where me and Zwack would hang at the end of the night. As the sun rose over the greasy streets, the hookers and junkies would gather at the diner to get their last cup of coffee and doughnut before hitting the sack. I always loved the contrast between the immigrant workers behind the counter and the street life who wandered in and out. I am the grandson of immigrants. My grandfather would call people who didn’t work, “bums.” This is about that.” This selection is  #30 of Eric Bogosians astonishing series of 100 Monologues. It is part of a collection that make up the writer’s commentary on contemporary life.

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.”


Marin Ireland. Photo by Jesper Justesen.

Marin Ireland. Photo by Jesper Justesen.



Marin Yvonne Ireland is an American film, stage and television actress. She often gets cast as a weirdo, a terrorist, or someone who gargles her words. “But I am never typecast,” she says confidently, “I get to play all kinds of crazy,” She won the 2009 Theatre World Award and was nominated for a 2009 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play for her performance in Reasons to be Pretty. Other credits include After Miss Julie,The Big Knife. Some Off-Broadway: In the Wake (Public), Three Sisters (Classic Stage), A Lie of the Mind (New Group), Blasted, Marie Antoinette, (Soho Rep), Cyclone (Studio Dante, 2006 OBIE); Far Away (New York Theatre Workshop). Royal Court’s American tour of Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis, RSC/Wooster Group Troilus and Cressida. Film/TV: new show “The Divide” for AMC/WeTV, “Homeland”, “The Killing”, “Boss”, “Mildred Pierce”, “Good Wife”, “Gifted Man”, I Am Legend, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond, 28 Hotel Rooms, Hope Springs, others.

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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