4 Characters - Comedy, by Ken Bradbury, 2013

An old fashioned melodrama with an unusual ending proving there is no such thing as overacting. The director has cast a villain, a hero and a poor helpless girl but he has problems when the actors can't stick to the script.

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7 - 10 minutes

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  • 1 Female, 3 Males

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An excerpt …

(What is a melodrama?)

MARK: (entering with the others) Okay everybody, let’s shoot this thing. Are we ready?

CINDY: I still don’t understand this script.

MARK: It’s melodrama, Cindy … old time theatre. You know … a villain, a hero, a poor helpless girl.

CINDY: I’m not helpless.

MARK: It doesn’t matter. You’re an actress. It’s melodrama!

(The villain enters.)

LEROY: (entering, sneering) Nyah, nyah, nyah! Aha! Poor helpless Nell is left alone! (to Nell) You must pay the rent!

CINDY: Oh, I cannot pay the rent!

LEROY: You must pay the rent!

CINDY: I cannot pay the rent! (aside) Of course I can pay the rent. I have a debit card.

MARK: Cut! Stick to the script! Action!

(The hero arrives.)

CINDY: Oh! My hero! You have come to save me! (aside) I can’t believe I’m saying this. I can whip both of these guys.

MARK: Just say the lines!

LEROY: I’ll come back tomorrow! You’d better have the money! (He exits.)

HARRY: Never fear, Little Nell. Theodore Trueblood will save you.


HARRY: The script doesn’t say.

MARK: Stop that!


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