BLUE JAY SINGING IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT - Jay

Santa Barbara, California

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The year is 1976. Legendary disc jockey, Jay Jarrell ("The Blue Jay") attained fame as an early AM rock & roll DJ and then as a radio personality during the FM underground ("freeform") movement of the sixties and early seventies. But now times have changed and he finds himself stuck in the graveyard shift while FM radio has become corporate, formulaic and commercialized. It slowly has been sucking the creativity out of him until this final show where he becomes his old radio self and throws caution (and his career) to the wind.

MONOLOGUE DESCRIPTION

Time: 1976                            

Situation: Jay Jarrell, a legendary "radio personality" from the 60’s declares his freedom from formulaic radio in this career suicide speech.

Subject Matter: Underground, Radio, Disc Jockeys, Rock and Roll, Disco, Radio Listeners, Jim Croce, Joni Mitchell

Note from Playwright: I am fascinated with the world of freeform radio that flourished in the 60’s and early 70’s where DJs could play what they wanted to play, could quote poetry, or philosophy, could develop relationships with their listeners, and could protest politically. It was a short-lived but glorious time in radio. And to lose it was incredibly unfortunate.

Supplemental Information: For more information on Rock History, visit https://consequenceofsound.net/2011/05/rock-history-101-freeformradio/

The full-length play BLUE JAY SINGING IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT is available to read on MonologueBank.org.

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  • Character Age
    Adult 40-50
  • Character Gender Ident./Sexual Orient.
    Male
  • Character Ethnicity
    Universal
  • Genre
    Drama
  • Period
    Pre-Contemporary
  • Length
    2 min +
  • Writer Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation
    Female
  • Writer Ethnicity
    White
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