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Spider Monkey

The Spider Monkey is pot - bellied, spider - limbed, worried - faced and independent. They have very long legs and tails and are extremely agile. In the tropical rainforest of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil, they live in communities that can break into sub-groups of 3-4 individuals. Spider monkeys live in trees up to 35 metres above the ground. Probably only gibbons exceed spider monkeys in agility in the trees. Acrobatic and swift, spider monkeys move through the trees, with one arm stride covering up to 12 metres. They have a prehensile tail, which acts as a fifth limb, able to grasp objects or hold their entire body weight for long periods.
They eat fruit, nuts, seeds or leaves but they will take insects or small animals if they are readily available. Maturity is reached at around four years, with females coming into season every four weeks. Gestation is 7-8 months. Newborns cling to their mothers' abdomen and then travel on her back until independence. The average life span for a Spider monkey is around 20 years. They are closely related to the other monkeys in the family cebidae, including capuchins and howler monkeys.
They have been known to shake a vine occupied by a predator to cause them to fall. They have also been seen breaking off dead branches weighing nearly 5kg and dropping them on the predator.
Reasons for their decline include hunting for food by locals, the use of infants as pets, and habitat loss due to clearing of forests for agriculture and human habitation. They are vulnerable because they have low maturation and reproduction rates. Their habitat, mature rain forests, is being lost to farming at the rate of 35,000 acres a day. Preserving the rainforest in South America will help save them from extinction.


Newspaper Monologue: An Excerpt from The Parlour Show

Tanya Marquardt

(An actor with a newspaper. sits. is flipping through the paper.)




The price of oil (flip), the price of cotton, the price of strawberries has increased, but oranges are down.

(beat) (flip) (flip)

The price of corn, the price of cattle, pigs and chickens, Armani suits, pornography, the price of rubber, the price of latex, up, up, up


The price of life, the price of love, coffee, cumin, fingernails, silence, palm trees, sugar coated chocolate syrup

(flip) (flip) (flip)

movies, cars, city lights.

Increased price of production, the internet, books, people, choice

(flip) (flip)

McHappy Meals are down but cat food is on the rise, commercials selling jeans right after a rape scene in the late night show, the price of a love story



the police, sexual disease, paranoia about 9/11, too many suitors, not enough suitors, candy, recreational (flip) drugs (flip)




ecstasy, the price of grief, anger and coca cola, rabid dogs


too (flip) much (flip) (flip) (flip) learning, no touching


(long silence)

People Magazine, Time Magazine, Videotapes of fireplaces (flip)

cinnamon stix

(flip) (slow flip)

We're as tough as cockroaches really.

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