This monologue, which opens the play, Jenni sets the stage for how "one day a little billing problem with Ferizon rips your life to shreds and everything you thought you knew about yourself and your world."
Several comic beats includes Jenni losing her train of thought within the first few lines of the monologue, slipping into reverie about the good old days when phone service was as simple as slipping a dime into a pay phone, wondering how something that "comes with a PLAN" can go so horribly wrong and "I thought it was a plan to make my life easier and better - but I was wrong. Oh my god, I was so wrong."
There's nice variety of tone and rhythm in this piece as well, with Jenni having a mock phone call at one point, catching up with a friend, Jenni waxing philosophical about the big picture of how the world has evolved, and Jenni expressing the emotion of having been through an ordeal.
The monologue does a great job of peaking an audience's interest in the story that is about to unfold. And it just might peak your auditors' curiosity in you! Preview the monologue on Lisa Kron's website. Get this monologue as part of the Humana Festival 2012: The Complete Plays. You'll find it on page 283.