Paul Messinger in rehearsal.

A drama for 1M
A bricklayer expounds on the importance of small things in large works? while building the chimneys at Auschwitz.

Runtime: 5 minutes
Period: 1940
Setting: A work site
Characters: (1M) THE BRICKLAYER -- Ernest, dedicated and fatherly.

InterJACtions - Monologues from the Heart includes The Bricklayer.


ABOUT The Bricklayer

Drama, 5 min, 1M

The Bricklayer
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.

Sample Dialogue...

The Bricklayer

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.

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