Nana Gouvea – Monologue Acting Scene – Leah
Nana Gouvea – Acting scene – “Like Dreaming Backwards” by Kellie Powell – Caracter: Leah – She talks about her daughter’s history with depression and her eventual suicide to an police investigator that considers her a suspect.
Like Dreaming, Backwards
by Kellie Powell
Leah: She had chronic depression, ever since she was twelve. Her father had depression, too. And her sister. And I was on antidepressants for a while, when I was her age. She was very high-functioning. She went years without any real incidents.
She had control of it when she was in high school. And then, all of a sudden, things just… fell apart. She… spiraled.
I asked her to move back home, but she said no, over and over again. She was hospitalized last summer. But I really thought that she’d get past it. I thought, “It’s just a matter of time before she finds the right medicine, or the right therapist… and things will go back to normal.”
That day, we’d made plans to have breakfast. I called her, but she didn’t answer her phone. I thought she’d turned it off and slept late, so I went to her apartment and knocked on her door. It wasn’t locked. I went in, and… I found her lying on the floor in the kitchen…
Why didn’t she come to me? I would have done anything for her. Anything. Didn’t she know that?