DO NOT DELETE

Comedy, by Ken Bradbury, 2009

An author writes scenes for two characters and then deletes them if he doesn’t like the scene. They object.

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Duration

8 - 9 minutes

    Cast Options

  • 1 Female, 2 Males

Product Id: #821

Price
$18.00
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An excerpt …

(London, an author, is writing a scene for two characters.)

SIR RICHARD: “My life is over…”

LONDON: He goes on …

SIR RICHARD: My entire fortune lost in at the casino in Monte Carlo! My children have abandoned me! My wife hardly speaks!

LONDON: Lady Peggy Taylor enters. (Lady Peggy enters on the opposite side of the playing area)

 SIR RICHARD: My dear!

LONDON: He cries … but she hardly speaks.

PEGGY: I’m hardly speaking to you.

SIR RICHARD: But my beloved wife!

PEGGY: How dare you!

LONDON: She glares at him. (she glares)

PEGGY: How dare you lose our fortune! Destroy our lives!

SIR RICHARD: But my dear …

PEGGY: Be quiet! I’m hardly speaking!

LONDON: (groans) Depressing. (as he presses a button) Delete!

(the author tries another scene)

PEGGY: I do. The sea. The sea beckons me back, Richard.

SIR RICHARD: We’ve never been here.

PEGGY: I was alone.

SIR RICHARD: That gown. It’s quite lovely.

PEGGY: Yes. Goes well with the new arm, don't you think?

SIR RICHARD: Quite.

LONDON: This is so dull.

PEGGY: (looking at London, stammering a bit then) But Richard! Look! That waiter is carrying a live shark and he’s heading right …

SIR RICHARD: Shark? I don't even see the waiter.

PEGGY: (aside to Richard) Get excited, you fool! He’s about to delete us again!

(the characters turn the table and delete the author)

PEGGY: I did it! What a glorious feeling! Richard, I could feel the power of life and death in my fingertips! It was exhilarating! Well … say something.

SIR RICHARD: I can’t.

PEGGY: Why not?

SIR RICHARD: I have no lines. We have no author, Peggy.  We’re … orphans … theatrically speaking.

PEGGY: Oh, dear.

SIR RICHARD: Yes. Yes, oh dear indeed. I’m afraid you’ve quite bollixed things up, old girl.

PEGGY: But we are speaking, aren’t we?

SIR RICHARD: But without meaning.

PEGGY: I see what you mean. Quite … meaningless without … you know … meaning.

SIR RICHARD: Quite. Meaningless.

PEGGY: (a pause, then) What do you suppose we should do?

SIR RICHARD: Bring him back?

PEGGY: Hardly seems right. We’d be in the same pickle.

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