Free Monologues - Fire Kid

From 4 A.M.

Fire Kid, male or female, is dressed for bed but awake at 4 A.M. and possibly staring out a window, which could be real or suggested.  4 A.M., my widely produced one-act about a group of teens all awake at that magical hour, is published by Playscripts.  Click here to order a copy.  (A full-length musical version is published by YouthPLAYS here.)

(Warning: Using this monologue without permission is illegal, as is reproducing it on a website or in print in any way.)


I was awakened by a "boom" at 4 A.M. this morning. At first, I thought I just dreamt it, but then I see some light seeming to dance against my wall when the blinds flutter from the fan. I look outside and it turns out a car is literally on fire just across the street. The flames are shooting 15 to 20 feet in the air, with new little explosions--and more booms--that send the flames shooting higher occurring each time it hits a new pocket of gasoline or something flammable. I swear I can feel the heat in my room.

I call 911. I tell them what’s happening and where, and then I hang up. That’s it. I want to stay on the line. I want them to say, “Stay on the phone until help gets here,” but it isn’t my car. They don’t even ask for my name. I’m just out. All of them having their little emergency, and I’m no longer a part of it.

Some tiny piece of me--just for a second--wishes I started it, because there would be police and reporters and...I would still be part of it. I don’t really wish I’d started the fire. I’m not the kind of person who starts fires or even wants to start them, except when I was in fifth grade and I set an ant on fire with a magnifying glass...

But don’t they see? I’m not asking for a lot. Just a gesture. So maybe staying on the phone with me would tie up the line. Maybe some little kid’s dad is having a heart attack, or a woman is giving birth on her kitchen floor or a motorcycle has lost an argument with a 16-wheeler and someone on the scene needs to be talked through CPR. Of course I’m not as important as that. But maybe when the fire truck gets here--and the good thing about living 6 blocks from a fire station is it takes two minutes for them to get there with their lights flashing--maybe a little nod to my second floor window, maybe a “thanks, kid” under your breath... I’d feel a little bit included and maybe just a tiny bit less alone.

Co-Chair of the Alliance of Los Angeles
, member of The Dramatists Guild of America, and life member of the Philadelphia Dramatists Center.

Final Draft Resident Playwriting Expert and author of

Resident Playwriting Expert of The Writers Store.

Recent News
World Premiere!!!
Me, My Selfie & I co-premiered at Lompoc High School (Lompoc, CA) and Westmont High School (Campbell, CA) at the end of September. This one-act with a flexible cast introduces us to a group of teens as they struggle to find the balance between documenting their lives and living them. 
Take My Online Playwriting Course!
Want to study playwriting from the comfort of your home, workplace or anywhere at all?  In Introduction to Playwriting, you'll get all of the basics of playwriting and be well on your way to writing a new play, but you don't even have to get out of bed if you don't want to!  Look for a new session this summer.  Get more information and enroll here:
The Midnight Club is Now Published!
Read a sample of my latest play, the short comedy The Midnight Club, my teen monster-themed homage to the classic John Hughes 80s film. It's now published by Playscripts as part of a new collection, Scared Silly!
Playwriting Webinars!
Now available for purchase, two great webinars from yours truly! Each is nearly 90 minutes and packed with info (with a PowerPoint too!):
Playwriting 101:  Everything You Need to Know to Write a Play
Writing Plays for Young People: How to Write for the Biggest Market Nobody Knows About

Upcoming Productions
High School (non) Musical
Nevada Theatre Department (Nevada, MO), January 2018
The Magic Hour
North Branch High School (North Branch, MI), January 2018
Me, My Selfie & I
Pembina Trails School Division (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada), January 2018
Dear Chuck (one-act version)
Trinity Episcopal (Austin, TX), January 2018
4 A.M.
Redwood Valley High School (Redwood Falls, MN), January 2018
Me, My Selfie & I
Berkhamsted School (Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom), January 2018
After Math
Palmer Ridge High School (Colorado Springs, CO), February 2018
4 A.M.
Tigard High School (Tigard, OR), February 2018
The Magic Hour
Viking Theatre (Rock Hill, SC), February 2018
4 A.M.
Thurso Players (Caithness, United Kingdom), February 2018
High School (non) Musical
Montrose Area School District (Montrose, PA), March 2018
Thank You for Flushing My Head in the Toilet and other rarely used expressions
Del Valle High School (Del Valle, TX), April 2018
From Shakespeare with Love?
Bad Theatre Co. (Asuncion, Paraguay), May 2018
High School (non) Musical
Coakley Middle School Drama Club (Norwood, MA), June 2018
After Math
Pope John Paul II High School (Hendersonville, TN), November 2018
Great Expectations, or What I Did On My Summer Vacation: Next up, a ten-minute parody of Great Expectations to be part of YouthPLAYS' upcoming Lit on Fire anthology of high school reading list parodies.
Plays for Production
Free Monologues
Young Playwrights 101
Script Consulting
About Me
Connect With Me
Starting out as a writer? Get help by clicking here. You'll find playwriting instructional tips, links to young playwrights contests, sample query and cover letters and even a suggested reading list!
Can't figure out why your script isn't working? I can help. For a reasonable rate, I will give you detailed feedback to get your project back on track.

Click here for information.