John Gehl - John Webber
Marilyn in Pieces

opera in two acts for seven voices and orchestra

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    John Gehl
    John Webber
    Marilyn in Pieces
    opera for seven voices and orchestra

    A tale of life, death, and the relationships between Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio, Arthur Miller, the Kennedy brothers, and Frank Sinatra.

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    Put into words by John Gehl and set to music by John Webber

  • libretto
    • act one

      ACT TWO

      ACT 2 SCENE 1A


      YOUNG MARILYN SPEAKING:

      Jack Kennedy was known to be a compulsive womanizer but Marilyn couldn’t believe that she’d be tossed aside like all the others.After all, she was Marilyn Monroe.

      JACK KENNEDY:

      SINGINGYou've got to understand I have a job that has to be done and I also and I also and I also have a need for women. You've got to realize You've got to realize I've got many many many many things to do and I also and I also have a need for women. Men may laugh at me, women may cry, But that's the way I am. Put me on the couch And all you'll learn Is that I have an urgent need a need for women. That's all that can be said. If I'm going to do my job You'll have to let me fill my urgent need a need for women. You've got to understand I have a job that has to be done and I also and I also and I also have a need for women. You've got to realize You've got to realize I've got many many many many things to do and I also and I also have a need for women.

      ACT 2 SCENE 1B


      JACK KENNEDY:

      Okay it's time to go wait ten minutes after I leave, And do something about the way you look! You don't want to look like Marilyn Monroe.

      MARILYN MONROE:

      Who should I look like General Eisenhower?

      JACK KENNEDY:

      Just don't look like a woman who's had a shower to disguise what she's been up to.

      MARILYN MONROE:

      'm not the one who's up to a-ny thing. It's you Jack It's you Jack But I don't blame you. I for-give I for-give I for-give you.

      JACK KENNEDY:

      That's good to know. I'll take your forgiveness to church.

      MARILYN MONROE:

      Good. Don't forget to pray for me Now that you've had your way with me.

      JACK KENNEDY:

      Marilyn, you sound like a character in one of your movies,

      MARILYN MONROE:

      That's okay, they've all been hits.

      JACK KENNEDY:

      That's not what I heard.

      MARILYN MONROE:

      Heard from who, one of your girl friends? We need to have a conversation.

      JACK KENNEDY:

      We need to do no such thing. What I need to do is get to work And not be waiting on the mail to bring relief from evr'y thing that's driving me beserk.

      MARILYN MONROE:

      I know what you're say-ing exactly. can I help?

      JACK KENNEDY:

      No, of course not. how can you help?

      MARILYN MONROE:

      That's what I'm asking. I could listen I'm not some dumb blond, though that's the way I'm seen That's not the way I am. I don't see myself that way. I've got the makings of a Great Romance A Grand Liaison. I'm not just some roll in the hay.

      JACK KENNEDY:

      I did-n't necessarily think you are just a roll in the hay. I didn't use those words. These things you talk about are all in your head.

      MARILYN MONROE:

      But that's exactly what I'm saying: We're not talking at all I'm dodoing all the talking, and you're not even hearing me. Do you understand what I'm saying?

      JACK KENNEDY:

      I'm leaving. Wait ten minutes.

      MARILYN MONROE:

      So now he'a gone And I'm alone I'll be spending my time Staring at my phone. He just doesn't know what makes me tick This kind of guy almost makes me sick. But I love him so! Or is love the right word? I just adore him I just adore him adore adore adore adore adore's the right word! Except when he shows me the door And tells me to go. Then I abhor him a fancy word for hate It's not a word I use when I'm running late. But love and hate are useless words: What we could be is a king and his queen And the world would curtsy when I come and call. or I'm seen beside hiom on our thrones Where we'll be gracious and humble And adored by all

      ACT 2 SCENE 2


      MARILYN MONROE:

      When I become First Lady, I’ll be ever so niceThey’ll wonder how I did, was it just an actThey’ll know I was an actress —everyone does —They may have seen my pictures, that’s just a fact.

      When I reach the top of the heap I’ll be ever so sweet They’ll wonder how did she ever do it A little girl from foster homes, how did she learn to meet and greet? How did a girl like that become so gracious, become First Lady?

      I remember Mrs Hawkins when I was nine or so —She was a real — I won’t say the word, but you know the word I’m thinking—She’d say to me, “You got chocolate on your face” — “Do you think any manwould marry you with chocolate on your face?” — and I would look back at her,all innocence, and then Mrs Hawkins would say, “Hey, Missy.who gave you that chocolate bar, was it a boy? what kind of a boy? Don’t sass me, missy, what kind of white boy? was he a good Christian boywith good Christian morals?” — It took me awhile to figure out how to answer her because it wasn’t any boy, it was my friend Nancy, but she didn’t believe me. So after that I told her lies.

      ACT 2 SCENE 3


      MARILYN MONROE SPEAKING:

      Jack looked to his brother Bobby, the Attorney General, handle the MARILYN:
      problemBobby took on the assignment but only made things worse, because he fell in love with the woman. That wasn’t part of the plan.

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      At first she seemed to me to be a joke a cartoon character just one of Jack's girls But then I saw the sweetness, such a very special light And I was smitten. I've never known a girl like her and I've known a lot of girls.

      MARILYN MONROE:

      I guess I've met him sev'ral times Tangentally if that's a word I forget where I first met him. He seemed nice enough. But then we met again at some party And you know what parties are like. He said He said:

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      My name is Bobby

      MARILYN MONROE:

      I know your name My name is Marilyn.

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      Yes, I know your name. would you like to dance? I can't dance but I can try to do the fox trot.

      MARILYN MONROE:

      And I said I can fox trot too so we got out onto the litlte dance floor And he took me in his arms.

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      I was with her on the dance floor And I felt vert awkward. To be on the dance floor with a damn goddess! it was like a damn american dream.

      MARILYN MONROE:

      And he could really fox trot! He was graceful and very charming I liked him a lot

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      But she wasn't just a sexpot She was luminous She listened to me

      MARILYN MONROE:

      He listened carefully to every thing I said. He was interested in my thinking.

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      She asked mr if I like politics. I asked what's not to like.

      MARILYN MONROE:

      And then he laughed and flashed his grin. That Bobby grin.

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      And then she smiled That Marilyn smile And words barely formed in my mouth. I said let's get out of here.

      MARILYN MONROE:

      Someplace quiet. Someplace quiet.

      ACT 2 SCENE 4


      JACK KENNEDY:

      The woman is completely unstable! Who had the idea to have her sing at Madison Square Garden?

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      Lawson and Sinatra. They thought it would be cute.

      JACK KENNEDY:

      Yeah cute that it was.

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      You didn't think so? The look on your face when she sang to you Happy Birthday Mister Prezzedent. Happy Birthday to you That was so funny were you embarrassed?

      JACK KENNEDY:

      I was petrified I'm just glad Jackie wasn't there. You gotta help me rid myself of Marilyn.

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      Get rid of her? How? Why?

      JACK KENNEDY:

      She knows too much and talks too much

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      She's unstable and out of control She's completely ummanagable. The damn woman even called Jackie

      JACK KENNEDY:

      You're serious? The two of them talked on the phone?

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      I'm afraid so

      JACK KENNEDY:

      What did Marilyn want? What did she say

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      She asked Jackie to step aside

      JACK KENNEDY:

      What!!! What do you mean. What did she say What did Jackie say?

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      She told Jackie that Marilyn and I are in love and that Jackie should let me go so Marilyn could be First Lady.

      JACK KENNEDY:

      And what did Jackie answer?

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      She said she'd think a-bout it.

      JACK KENNEDY:

      Jeez! Was Marilyn drunk?

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      Probably. Or on drugs. Or both!

      JACK KENNEDY:

      You gotta get rid of her for me

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      Are you in love with her?

      JACK KENNEDY:

      Of course not. Am I in love with any of them? You got-a get rid of her for me I don't know how. Just do it.

      ACT 2 SCENE 5A


      MARILYN MONROE:

      Mother was crazy Father was gone Don't even know what planet I'm on Father ditched us, mother went crazy Every thing I know is hazy Mother loved me mother was mad Father got free, no time to be sad Was I always so pure? I completely forget Am I still in the wet? The past's still getting in my way The present smile will win the day The future will be clawed from clay But nothing keeps the wolves at bay.

      ACT 2 SCENE 5B


      MARILYN MONROE:

      Very soon I'll be dead So I need to wrap this up. You've heard them say it's all my fault. And I've said it's all my fault myself. Of course as the months and years go by You'll hear that the Kennedy's had me killed to shut me up or that it was Jimmy Hoffa's gangster pals, to unnerve Bobby You'll hear the C I A did it to send Jack a message. Well I think that's baloney. I don't care whose fault it was But here's how it ends With me lying naked on this bed. I'm not going to show you my naked body now because you've seen enough of that in real life I don't know. But showing you my naked body now In the disarray of death, would be unseemly. Unbeautiful. I would not be at my best. I'll just tell you a few final words and I'll leave it at that. I never thought it would come to this: My picture on a poster a ride on a rollercoaster! I never thought I'd live to see the day I'd want to think about the turnings of my life. I never thought it would come to this: My hair all blond an curly My reputation girlie girlie

      Inside me is a little girl Wishing for a daddy Inside me is a little girl Who is all there is of me Skipping inside me is a little kid Who is all there is of me I'm lost without his love Is that to trite to say? To bad! That's the way I feel That's all there is of me That's all there is of me

      ACT 2 SCENE 6A


      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      Marilyn, you're going to pieces.

      MARILYN MONROE:

      Yes, I'm going to pieces. That's what I've been telling you.

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      Well, you can't go to pieces your life's not your own.

      MARILYN MONROE:

      Who does it belong to? You and Jack?

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      Maybe so.

      MARILYN MONROE:

      What?! did I hear you right? My life belongs to you and Jack?! You've got some damn nerve, that's what I say.

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      We just wanted to keep the nation on course

      MARILYN MONROE:

      It's a little too late to be thinking like that.

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      I'll tell you what’s too late. It's a little too late to be talking like a madwoman with your crazy ideas.

      MARILYN MONROE:

      Ethel didn't think I had crazy ideas when I told her what we were up to

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      God almighty, have you called Ethel now? You're out of control. What did you tell her we were up to?
      I told her everything. She has a right to know.

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      Dear God you didn't! What does she have the right to know?

      MARILYN MONROE:

      That her husband and I have met on numerous occasions, and we are deeply in love and she should step aside.

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      She's my Wife! for the love of the Lord. Why should she step aside?

      MARILYN MONROE:

      Because you'll be our next President and I'll be your first Lady.

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      What did Ethel say?

      MARILYN MONROE:

      She was very polite.

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      This is extremely dang'rous talk You could get yourself hurt.
      Who would want to hurt me?

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      What I'm saying is that you're engaging in very dangerous talk.

      MARILYN MONROE:

      I'm not engaging in anything I'm just talking I'm not engaging in anything new Ev'ryone knows. what Jack is like and what you are like.

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      What is that supposed to mean

      MARILYN MONROE:

      It means I'm just being honest Shouldn't ev'ry one be honest. Honesty is the best policy.

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      I swear to God, you are skating on very thin ice.

      MARILYN MONROE:

      Nobodies skating but you. I'm just being honest. I honestly want to be your First Lady when you become president when Jack's term is over. We would be the perfect match. And I would be the perfect First Lady No one would be better.

      ACT 2 SCENE 6B


      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      Marilyn the phone calls have to stop, You're embarrassing me, You're embarrassing yourself. First you were calling Jackie now you've started calling Ethel. That has to stop. What were you thinking.

      MARILYN MONROE:

      You're going to be our next president. Ethel needs to prepare herself for me to be your First Lady

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      I don't want to hear that kind of talk. If you continue talking that way things will not end well for you.

      MARILYN MONROE:

      You know I'd make the better First Lady! Be honest with yourself for once!

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      Marilyn, now concentrate. Get this through your head. Don't you ever call Jack or me again. And don't you ever call Jackie or Ethel with your crazy ideas about being First Lady. You aren't ever going to be First Lady

      MARILYN MONROE:

      Never! Forget about it! Are you hearing me? Forget about i! And forget about ever calling us again Get it through your head We're finished with you

      MARILYN MONROE:

      Gonna blow the lid off Blow you out of the sky By the time I'm finished you'll wish you could die. Gonna press the button That will send you to hellGonna press that same button that you've used so well. Cause I know where all the bodies are They are scattered wide and far And when I'm done with you Ev'ry one will fin'lly know just who exactly you are. 'Cause I'm going to blow the lid off Gonna send you to the moon By the time I'm done with you You'll be singing a diff'rent tune 'Cause I'm going to blow the lid off Gonna send you into space By the time you find what you You'll have learned the meanin of disgrace. You'll have learned the meaning of disgrace

      ACT 2 SCENE 7


      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      I didn’t do it, she did it to herselfI taught her how to give it upBut she didn’t really learnIf anybody did it, she did it to herself

      JACK KENNEDY:

      I didn’t do it, she did it to herselfI taught her how to reach the top But she didn’t really learnIf anybody did it she did it to herself

      ARTHUR MILLER:

      I didn’t do it, she did it to herselfI taught her how to read a bookBut she didn’t really learnIf anybody did it, she did it to herself

      JOE DIMAGGIO:

      I didn’t do it, she did it to herselfI taught her how to catch a ball But she didn’t really learnIf anybody did it, she did it to herself

      ACT 2 SCENE 8


      MARILYN MONROE:

      When the act of love is over is the drama over too?
      Can you walk away and dare to say I won't remember you?
      When the act of love is over does it end with just goodbye
      Will you still feel love the way you did But not recall just why?
      Things change that's true But some things stay the same.
      The raincloud bursts, the sky is blue And I guess we share the blame.
      But you loved me true and I loved you And that will always be the same.

      END

    • act two

      ACT TWO

      ACT 2 SCENE 1A


      YOUNG MARILYN SPEAKING:

      Jack Kennedy was known to be a compulsive womanizer but Marilyn couldn’t believe that she’d be tossed aside like all the others.After all, she was Marilyn Monroe.

      JACK KENNEDY:

      SINGINGYou've got to understand I have a job that has to be done and I also and I also and I also have a need for women. You've got to realize You've got to realize I've got many many many many things to do and I also and I also have a need for women. Men may laugh at me, women may cry, But that's the way I am. Put me on the couch And all you'll learn Is that I have an urgent need a need for women. That's all that can be said. If I'm going to do my job You'll have to let me fill my urgent need a need for women. You've got to understand I have a job that has to be done and I also and I also and I also have a need for women. You've got to realize You've got to realize I've got many many many many things to do and I also and I also have a need for women.

      ACT 2 SCENE 1B


      JACK KENNEDY:

      Okay it's time to go wait ten minutes after I leave, And do something about the way you look! You don't want to look like Marilyn Monroe.

      MARILYN MONROE:

      Who should I look like General Eisenhower?

      JACK KENNEDY:

      Just don't look like a woman who's had a shower to disguise what she's been up to.

      MARILYN MONROE:

      'm not the one who's up to a-ny thing. It's you Jack It's you Jack But I don't blame you. I for-give I for-give I for-give you.

      JACK KENNEDY:

      That's good to know. I'll take your forgiveness to church.

      MARILYN MONROE:

      Good. Don't forget to pray for me Now that you've had your way with me.

      JACK KENNEDY:

      Marilyn, you sound like a character in one of your movies,

      MARILYN MONROE:

      That's okay, they've all been hits.

      JACK KENNEDY:

      That's not what I heard.

      MARILYN MONROE:

      Heard from who, one of your girl friends? We need to have a conversation.

      JACK KENNEDY:

      We need to do no such thing. What I need to do is get to work And not be waiting on the mail to bring relief from evr'y thing that's driving me beserk.

      MARILYN MONROE:

      I know what you're say-ing exactly. can I help?

      JACK KENNEDY:

      No, of course not. how can you help?

      MARILYN MONROE:

      That's what I'm asking. I could listen I'm not some dumb blond, though that's the way I'm seen That's not the way I am. I don't see myself that way. I've got the makings of a Great Romance A Grand Liaison. I'm not just some roll in the hay.

      JACK KENNEDY:

      I did-n't necessarily think you are just a roll in the hay. I didn't use those words. These things you talk about are all in your head.

      MARILYN MONROE:

      But that's exactly what I'm saying: We're not talking at all I'm dodoing all the talking, and you're not even hearing me. Do you understand what I'm saying?

      JACK KENNEDY:

      I'm leaving. Wait ten minutes.

      MARILYN MONROE:

      So now he'a gone And I'm alone I'll be spending my time Staring at my phone. He just doesn't know what makes me tick This kind of guy almost makes me sick. But I love him so! Or is love the right word? I just adore him I just adore him adore adore adore adore adore's the right word! Except when he shows me the door And tells me to go. Then I abhor him a fancy word for hate It's not a word I use when I'm running late. But love and hate are useless words: What we could be is a king and his queen And the world would curtsy when I come and call. or I'm seen beside hiom on our thrones Where we'll be gracious and humble And adored by all

      ACT 2 SCENE 2


      MARILYN MONROE:

      When I become First Lady, I’ll be ever so niceThey’ll wonder how I did, was it just an actThey’ll know I was an actress —everyone does —They may have seen my pictures, that’s just a fact.

      When I reach the top of the heap I’ll be ever so sweet They’ll wonder how did she ever do it A little girl from foster homes, how did she learn to meet and greet? How did a girl like that become so gracious, become First Lady?

      I remember Mrs Hawkins when I was nine or so —She was a real — I won’t say the word, but you know the word I’m thinking—She’d say to me, “You got chocolate on your face” — “Do you think any manwould marry you with chocolate on your face?” — and I would look back at her,all innocence, and then Mrs Hawkins would say, “Hey, Missy.who gave you that chocolate bar, was it a boy? what kind of a boy? Don’t sass me, missy, what kind of white boy? was he a good Christian boywith good Christian morals?” — It took me awhile to figure out how to answer her because it wasn’t any boy, it was my friend Nancy, but she didn’t believe me. So after that I told her lies.

      ACT 2 SCENE 3


      MARILYN MONROE SPEAKING:

      Jack looked to his brother Bobby, the Attorney General, handle the MARILYN:
      problemBobby took on the assignment but only made things worse, because he fell in love with the woman. That wasn’t part of the plan.

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      At first she seemed to me to be a joke a cartoon character just one of Jack's girls But then I saw the sweetness, such a very special light And I was smitten. I've never known a girl like her and I've known a lot of girls.

      MARILYN MONROE:

      I guess I've met him sev'ral times Tangentally if that's a word I forget where I first met him. He seemed nice enough. But then we met again at some party And you know what parties are like. He said He said:

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      My name is Bobby

      MARILYN MONROE:

      I know your name My name is Marilyn.

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      Yes, I know your name. would you like to dance? I can't dance but I can try to do the fox trot.

      MARILYN MONROE:

      And I said I can fox trot too so we got out onto the litlte dance floor And he took me in his arms.

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      I was with her on the dance floor And I felt vert awkward. To be on the dance floor with a damn goddess! it was like a damn american dream.

      MARILYN MONROE:

      And he could really fox trot! He was graceful and very charming I liked him a lot

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      But she wasn't just a sexpot She was luminous She listened to me

      MARILYN MONROE:

      He listened carefully to every thing I said. He was interested in my thinking.

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      She asked mr if I like politics. I asked what's not to like.

      MARILYN MONROE:

      And then he laughed and flashed his grin. That Bobby grin.

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      And then she smiled That Marilyn smile And words barely formed in my mouth. I said let's get out of here.

      MARILYN MONROE:

      Someplace quiet. Someplace quiet.

      ACT 2 SCENE 4


      JACK KENNEDY:

      The woman is completely unstable! Who had the idea to have her sing at Madison Square Garden?

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      Lawson and Sinatra. They thought it would be cute.

      JACK KENNEDY:

      Yeah cute that it was.

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      You didn't think so? The look on your face when she sang to you Happy Birthday Mister Prezzedent. Happy Birthday to you That was so funny were you embarrassed?

      JACK KENNEDY:

      I was petrified I'm just glad Jackie wasn't there. You gotta help me rid myself of Marilyn.

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      Get rid of her? How? Why?

      JACK KENNEDY:

      She knows too much and talks too much

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      She's unstable and out of control She's completely ummanagable. The damn woman even called Jackie

      JACK KENNEDY:

      You're serious? The two of them talked on the phone?

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      I'm afraid so

      JACK KENNEDY:

      What did Marilyn want? What did she say

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      She asked Jackie to step aside

      JACK KENNEDY:

      What!!! What do you mean. What did she say What did Jackie say?

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      She told Jackie that Marilyn and I are in love and that Jackie should let me go so Marilyn could be First Lady.

      JACK KENNEDY:

      And what did Jackie answer?

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      She said she'd think a-bout it.

      JACK KENNEDY:

      Jeez! Was Marilyn drunk?

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      Probably. Or on drugs. Or both!

      JACK KENNEDY:

      You gotta get rid of her for me

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      Are you in love with her?

      JACK KENNEDY:

      Of course not. Am I in love with any of them? You got-a get rid of her for me I don't know how. Just do it.

      ACT 2 SCENE 5A


      MARILYN MONROE:

      Mother was crazy Father was gone Don't even know what planet I'm on Father ditched us, mother went crazy Every thing I know is hazy Mother loved me mother was mad Father got free, no time to be sad Was I always so pure? I completely forget Am I still in the wet? The past's still getting in my way The present smile will win the day The future will be clawed from clay But nothing keeps the wolves at bay.

      ACT 2 SCENE 5B


      MARILYN MONROE:

      Very soon I'll be dead So I need to wrap this up. You've heard them say it's all my fault. And I've said it's all my fault myself. Of course as the months and years go by You'll hear that the Kennedy's had me killed to shut me up or that it was Jimmy Hoffa's gangster pals, to unnerve Bobby You'll hear the C I A did it to send Jack a message. Well I think that's baloney. I don't care whose fault it was But here's how it ends With me lying naked on this bed. I'm not going to show you my naked body now because you've seen enough of that in real life I don't know. But showing you my naked body now In the disarray of death, would be unseemly. Unbeautiful. I would not be at my best. I'll just tell you a few final words and I'll leave it at that. I never thought it would come to this: My picture on a poster a ride on a rollercoaster! I never thought I'd live to see the day I'd want to think about the turnings of my life. I never thought it would come to this: My hair all blond an curly My reputation girlie girlie

      Inside me is a little girl Wishing for a daddy Inside me is a little girl Who is all there is of me Skipping inside me is a little kid Who is all there is of me I'm lost without his love Is that to trite to say? To bad! That's the way I feel That's all there is of me That's all there is of me

      ACT 2 SCENE 6A


      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      Marilyn, you're going to pieces.

      MARILYN MONROE:

      Yes, I'm going to pieces. That's what I've been telling you.

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      Well, you can't go to pieces your life's not your own.

      MARILYN MONROE:

      Who does it belong to? You and Jack?

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      Maybe so.

      MARILYN MONROE:

      What?! did I hear you right? My life belongs to you and Jack?! You've got some damn nerve, that's what I say.

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      We just wanted to keep the nation on course

      MARILYN MONROE:

      It's a little too late to be thinking like that.

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      I'll tell you what’s too late. It's a little too late to be talking like a madwoman with your crazy ideas.

      MARILYN MONROE:

      Ethel didn't think I had crazy ideas when I told her what we were up to

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      God almighty, have you called Ethel now? You're out of control. What did you tell her we were up to?
      I told her everything. She has a right to know.

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      Dear God you didn't! What does she have the right to know?

      MARILYN MONROE:

      That her husband and I have met on numerous occasions, and we are deeply in love and she should step aside.

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      She's my Wife! for the love of the Lord. Why should she step aside?

      MARILYN MONROE:

      Because you'll be our next President and I'll be your first Lady.

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      What did Ethel say?

      MARILYN MONROE:

      She was very polite.

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      This is extremely dang'rous talk You could get yourself hurt.
      Who would want to hurt me?

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      What I'm saying is that you're engaging in very dangerous talk.

      MARILYN MONROE:

      I'm not engaging in anything I'm just talking I'm not engaging in anything new Ev'ryone knows. what Jack is like and what you are like.

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      What is that supposed to mean

      MARILYN MONROE:

      It means I'm just being honest Shouldn't ev'ry one be honest. Honesty is the best policy.

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      I swear to God, you are skating on very thin ice.

      MARILYN MONROE:

      Nobodies skating but you. I'm just being honest. I honestly want to be your First Lady when you become president when Jack's term is over. We would be the perfect match. And I would be the perfect First Lady No one would be better.

      ACT 2 SCENE 6B


      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      Marilyn the phone calls have to stop, You're embarrassing me, You're embarrassing yourself. First you were calling Jackie now you've started calling Ethel. That has to stop. What were you thinking.

      MARILYN MONROE:

      You're going to be our next president. Ethel needs to prepare herself for me to be your First Lady

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      I don't want to hear that kind of talk. If you continue talking that way things will not end well for you.

      MARILYN MONROE:

      You know I'd make the better First Lady! Be honest with yourself for once!

      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      Marilyn, now concentrate. Get this through your head. Don't you ever call Jack or me again. And don't you ever call Jackie or Ethel with your crazy ideas about being First Lady. You aren't ever going to be First Lady

      MARILYN MONROE:

      Never! Forget about it! Are you hearing me? Forget about i! And forget about ever calling us again Get it through your head We're finished with you

      MARILYN MONROE:

      Gonna blow the lid off Blow you out of the sky By the time I'm finished you'll wish you could die. Gonna press the button That will send you to hellGonna press that same button that you've used so well. Cause I know where all the bodies are They are scattered wide and far And when I'm done with you Ev'ry one will fin'lly know just who exactly you are. 'Cause I'm going to blow the lid off Gonna send you to the moon By the time I'm done with you You'll be singing a diff'rent tune 'Cause I'm going to blow the lid off Gonna send you into space By the time you find what you You'll have learned the meanin of disgrace. You'll have learned the meaning of disgrace

      ACT 2 SCENE 7


      BOBBY KENNEDY:

      I didn’t do it, she did it to herselfI taught her how to give it upBut she didn’t really learnIf anybody did it, she did it to herself

      JACK KENNEDY:

      I didn’t do it, she did it to herselfI taught her how to reach the top But she didn’t really learnIf anybody did it she did it to herself

      ARTHUR MILLER:

      I didn’t do it, she did it to herselfI taught her how to read a bookBut she didn’t really learnIf anybody did it, she did it to herself

      JOE DIMAGGIO:

      I didn’t do it, she did it to herselfI taught her how to catch a ball But she didn’t really learnIf anybody did it, she did it to herself

      ACT 2 SCENE 8


      MARILYN MONROE:

      When the act of love is over is the drama over too?
      Can you walk away and dare to say I won't remember you?
      When the act of love is over does it end with just goodbye
      Will you still feel love the way you did But not recall just why?
      Things change that's true But some things stay the same.
      The raincloud bursts, the sky is blue And I guess we share the blame.
      But you loved me true and I loved you And that will always be the same.

      END

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    John Gehl has a Bachelor of Arts degree (English and philosophy) from the University of Toronto and a Master of Science degree (information and computer science) from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

    Originally from New York, he has also lived in Toronto, San Francisco, and Atlanta. His plays have been produced by Atlanta theater companies and opera for which he wrote the libretto is being produced in Oakland by San Francisco’s Goat Hall Productions.
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    After serving in the Royal Marines Band Service for ten years Dr. Webber (born 1949) spent a year as an undergraduate student in Cologne, Germany and then another five years engaged in graduate work in the United States.

    Since then he has composed conducted and taught in Britain, Germany and the U.S. He has founded and directed several orchestras and his music has been heard on radio and television both in Europe and the U.S. He is published by Arsis Press, Anglo-American Music Publishers and his own Webber Music
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