AFLOAT IN A BOAT
Comedy, by Ken Bradbury, 2007
A cruise ship sinks and there are 5 survivors on a small lifeboat.The number and gender of characters can be changed to accommodate available participants. Price is for a master script. Make as many copies as is required for your ensemble.
Duration8 - 10 minutes
- 3 Females, 2 Males
- 1 Female, 4 Males
- 4 Females, 1 Male
- 5 Males
- 2 Females, 3 Males
- 5 Females
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An excerpt …
(in a lifeboat)
GWALTNEY: (raising up out of the mess) Where are we?
McQUILLAN: (raising his head) What happened?
GWALTNEY: I asked first. Where are we?
McQUILLAN: (peering over the edge of the boat) At sea. We’re in a boat.
GWALTNEY: I know that. Where?
McQUILLAN: (reaches down and touches the water then looks at his hand) In the ocean. (Then McQuillan collapses back into the heap of bodies.)
ROTHSTEIN: (suddenly raising up) Is it time for dinner?
GWALTNEY: The ship sank. No dinner.
(One of the survivors is the Recreational Director)
HURLEY: (laughs, then) That’s ridiculous! This is a boat! Every boat needs a recreational director! (shouting to the others lying about) Up! Up! Come on, everybody! Up and at ‘em! It’s time for our on-deck workout! Come on, you lazy bones! Up and at ‘em! (the others, with much groaning and pain, rise to a sitting position) Okay! How about a few jumping jacks to get those sea legs going? Ready? (jumping up and down) One! Two! One! Two! One! Two!
McQUILLAN: Is he crazy?
HURLEY: Come on! Smell that sea air! Let your muscles breathe! One! Two! One! Two! Oh, my favorite sounds on the sea!
BECKWITH: I got a favorite sound.
HURLEY: What’s that?
BECKWITH: “Man overboard!” (and he shoves Hurley out of the boat
(They seem very composed about their fate.)
McQUILLAN: Not at all. You know, I’ve been wondering …
GWALTNEY: What’s that?
McQUILLAN: Should we all die at once or one at a time?
ROTHSTEIN: (rising up) What’s the difference?
GWALTNEY: Thought you were dead.
ROTHSTEIN: Nearly. Just a couple minutes left, I think.
McQUILLAN: Well, you see, the difference is this … If we all die at once it would save the last few the agony of watching us go.
BECKWITH: Could I go first? I had the balcony.
GWALTNEY: No. Death is democratic, I think. All men are equal in death. At least they should be.
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