Up in the Air Monologues

Up in the Air (Natalie Keener)

Sometimes it feels like, no matter how much success I have, it’s not gonna matter until I find the right guy. I could have made it work, he really fit the bill, you know. White collar, 6’1, college grad, loves dogs, likes funny movies, brown hair, kind eyes, works in finance but is outdoorsy. I always imagined he’d have a single syllable name like Matt or John or Dave. In a perfect world, he drives a 4 runner and the only thing he loves more than me is his golden lab. And a nice smile. What about you?

Up in the Air (Natalie)

NATALIE: When I was sixteen, I thought by twenty three, I would be married, maybe have a kid… Corner office by day, entertaining at night. I was supposed to be driving a Grand Cherokee by now. Now I have my sights on twenty nine, because thirty is just way too… apocalyptic. I mean, where did you think you”d be by… (Natalie catches herself, having no idea bow old Alex is.) I don”t want to say anything that”s… anti-feminist. I mean, I really appreciate everything your generation did for me.But sometimes it feels like no matter how much success I have, it all won”t matter until I find the right guy. I don”t know. I could have made it work. He just really fit the bill. My type. You know, white collar. College grad. Loves dogs. Likes funny movies. Six foot one. Brown hair. Kind eyes. Works in finance but is Outdoorsy, you know, on the weekends. (we think she”s done) I always imagined he”d have a single syllable name like Matt or John or… Dave. In a perfect world, he drives a Four Runner and the only thing he loves more than me is his golden lab. Oh… and a nice smile.More Monologues from “Up in the Air”

But sometimes it feels like no matter how much success I have, it all won”t matter until I find the right guy. I don”t know. I could have made it work. He just really fit the bill. My type. You know, white collar. College grad. Loves dogs. Likes funny movies. Six foot one. Brown hair. Kind eyes. Works in finance but is Outdoorsy, you know, on the weekends. (we think she”s done) I always imagined he”d have a single syllable name like Matt or John or… Dave. In a perfect world, he drives a Four Runner and the only thing he loves more than me is his golden lab. Oh… and a nice smile.More Monologues from “Up in the Air”

Up in the Air (Ryan Bingham)

How much does your life weigh? Imagine for a second that you’re carrying a backpack. I want you to pack it with all the stuff that you have in your life… you start with the little things. The shelves, the drawers, the knickknacks, then you start adding larger stuff. Clothes, tabletop appliances, lamps, your TV… the backpack should be getting pretty heavy now. You go bigger. Your couch, your car, your home… I want you to stuff it all into that backpack. Now I want you to fill it with people. Start with casual acquaintances, friends of friends, folks around the office… and then you move into the people you trust with your most intimate secrets. Your brothers, your sisters, your children, your parents and finally your husband, your wife, your boyfriend, your girlfriend. You get them into that backpack, feel the weight of that bag. Make no mistake your relationships are the heaviest components in your life. All those negotiations and arguments and secrets, the compromises. The slower we move the faster we die. Make no mistake, moving is living. Some animals were meant to carry each other to live symbiotically over a lifetime. Star crossed lovers, monogamous swans. We are not swans. We are sharks.

Up in the Air (Ryan)

Ryan: How much does your life weigh? Imagine for a second that you”re carrying a backpack. I want you to feel the straps on your shoulders… You feel them? (gives us a beat) I want you to pack it with all the stuff that you have in your life. You start with the little things. The shelves and the drawers. The knick-knacks. Collectables. Feel the weight as that adds up. Then you start adding larger stuff. Clothes, table top appliances, lamps, linens, your TV. That backpack should be getting pretty heavy now and you go bigger. Your couch, your bed, your kitchen table. Stuff it all in there. Your car, get it in there. Your home, whether it”s a studio apartment or a two bedroom house. I want you to stuff it all into that backpack. Now try to walk. It”s kind of hard, isn”t it? This is what we do to ourselves on a daily basis. We weigh ourselves down until we can”t even move. And make no mistake. moving is living. Now, I”m going to set that backpack on fire. What do you want to take out of it? Photos? Photos are for people who can”t remember. Drink some ginkgo and let the photos burn. In fact, let everything burn and imagine waking up tomorrow with nothing. (a beat of emphasis) It”s kind of exhilarating, isn”t it? That is how I approach every day.More Monologues from “Up in the Air”

Then you start adding larger stuff. Clothes, table top appliances, lamps, linens, your TV. That backpack should be getting pretty heavy now and you go bigger. Your couch, your bed, your kitchen table. Stuff it all in there. Your car, get it in there. Your home, whether it”s a studio apartment or a two bedroom house. I want you to stuff it all into that backpack. Now try to walk. It”s kind of hard, isn”t it? This is what we do to ourselves on a daily basis. We weigh ourselves down until we can”t even move. And make no mistake. moving is living. Now, I”m going to set that backpack on fire. What do you want to take out of it? Photos? Photos are for people who can”t remember. Drink some ginkgo and let the photos burn. In fact, let everything burn and imagine waking up tomorrow with nothing. (a beat of emphasis) It”s kind of exhilarating, isn”t it? That is how I approach every day.More Monologues from “Up in the Air”

Now try to walk. It”s kind of hard, isn”t it? This is what we do to ourselves on a daily basis. We weigh ourselves down until we can”t even move. And make no mistake. moving is living. Now, I”m going to set that backpack on fire. What do you want to take out of it? Photos? Photos are for people who can”t remember. Drink some ginkgo and let the photos burn. In fact, let everything burn and imagine waking up tomorrow with nothing. (a beat of emphasis) It”s kind of exhilarating, isn”t it? That is how I approach every day.More Monologues from “Up in the Air”

Now, I”m going to set that backpack on fire. What do you want to take out of it? Photos? Photos are for people who can”t remember. Drink some ginkgo and let the photos burn. In fact, let everything burn and imagine waking up tomorrow with nothing. (a beat of emphasis) It”s kind of exhilarating, isn”t it? That is how I approach every day.More Monologues from “Up in the Air”

Up in the Air (Alex Goran)

You know, honestly by the time you’re 34, all the physical requirements just go out the window. You secretly pray that he’ll be taller than you, not an asshole would be nice just someone who enjoys my company, comes from a good family. You don’t think about that when you’re younger. Someone who wants kids, likes kids. Healthy enough to play with his kids. Please let him earn more money than I do, you might not understand that now but believe me, you will one day otherwise that’s a recipe for disaster. And hopefully, some hair on his head. I mean, that’s not even a deal breaker these days. A nice smile. Yea, a nice smile just might do it.

Up in the Air (Alex)

ALEX: First time I ever got on a plane, I was seven years old. I got selected for some modeling search… It was a scheme. But that”s not even important. The best part was the flight. I just remember my dad taking me by the band through the airport… and giving me my ticket… and stepping on to the plane. It was all just… kind of magical. (a memory pops in) I remember my dad acting different, you know? The way he spoke to strangers and flirted with the flight attendants. He ordered a Bloody Mary with lunch. I was just a kid, but I remember thinking – When you fly, you can be anyone you want.More Monologues from “Up in the Air”

Up in the Air (Jim)

JIM: I don”t think I can do this. I was just laying there last night in bed and I couldn”t sleep. I was thinking about the wedding and the ceremony and all. Us buying a house and moving in together. Having a kid… Having another kid… (begins to snowball) … Thanksgiving, Christmas, spring break, football games, all of a sudden they”re out of school, getting jobs, getting married, and then, you know… I”m a grandparent. I”m retired. Before you know it – I”m dead… and I just kept thinking… “What”s the point?” (now asking Ryan directly) I mean what is the point?More Monologues from “Up in the Air”