Paul Messinger in the 2008 production in Los Angeles, directed by Jeffrey VanderByl, Photo by Alex Moy.
The Bricklayer premiered at the Atlantis Playmakers in Lowell, MA as a selection in the 2006 Short Attention Span PlayFEST on July 20th, 2006. It was directed by Bill Spera and performed by Jim Sullivan. It has since been performed in New York and Los Angeles.
The Bricklayer was written originally as part of a Coop Theater production I Shoulda Eaten my Peas and Carrots, although by the time the show was produced, this monologue was cut in favor of Mopping the Stage. In this short, one man play, a bricklayer working on the chimney stacks at the concentration camp in Auschwitz blithely tells his son about the importance of keeping one's eye on "the big picture". It's a haunting exploration of guilt and the limits of culpability.
You can download THE BRICKLAYER, and also find it on the Monologues for Men page.
Bruce Barton performs this one on You Tube courtesy of the NYC Playwrights Monologue Project.