CHECKING OUT

Serious, by Ken Bradbury, 2008

A woman decides she is too old to make a difference so she is going to “check out” from activity. Another person reminds her of the contributions that can help many others.

Price includes 2 scripts.

Duration

5 - 6 minutes

    Cast Options

  • 2 Females
  • 1 Female, 1 Male

Product Id: #295

Price
$12.00
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An excerpt …

(Freida decides to check out)

MAUDE: Look, I don't mean to nose into your business but why do you want to check out?

FREIDA: Look at me. I can’t stay here forever.

MAUDE: Well, no ... but there’s no need to rush off.

FREIDA: Honey, look, I’m basically spare parts … an artificial hip, a plastic knee, the teeth come out at night, and I rent my hair.

MAUDE: That’s why you’re checking out?

FREIDA: I’m checking out before I fall apart. Look, I’m in sort of a hurry.

MAUDE: Sorry. I was just asking … you were at the top of the stairs?

FREIDA: When I checked in. Just young folks up there now. They’ve moved me down to the ground floor … no stairs. 

MAUDE: I know it’s none of my business, but why don't you stay a while longer? We’ve got plenty of room and Lord knows there’s lots to do here.

(Fredia thinks there are enough young people to take over the tasks.)

MAUDE: Freida, you’re missing the point. (an imaginary phone rings an imaginary ring) Sorry. I need to get this. (into phone) This is the front desk. Oh … oh my goodness. I don't know ... there’s no one here I can send …

FREIDA: What’s the problem?

MAUDE: Your old neighbors ... the immigrant couple in 127. Their child is sick and they need a sitter for their other boy.

FREIDA: I could go down and ...

MAUDE: (into the phone) Sorry. She’s just checking out. Good luck. (she hangs up)

(Maud answers another call.)

FREIDA: What is it?

MAUDE: (hangs up the phone) You want the list? And this is just the third floor ... (reading) the young mother with breast cancer … The two men who were laid off last Friday … the unwed mother trying to get a job … the young autistic boy …  credit card debt up and down the hall … and three marriages in big trouble. That’s the first hallway. You want to hear more?

FREIDA: Who’s praying for these people?

MAUDE: Freida, we live in a busy world. We mention them in our services, but when it comes to regular daily prayer …

FREIDA: I could do it. I’ve done it all my life.

MAUDE: You’re checking out.

FREIDA: Check me in.

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