Comedy, by Ken Bradbury, 2011
A complaining son is brought to family court — conducted by his family.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
Product Id: #830
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An excerpt …
(court is now in session
PHYLLIS: (barging in, loudly) All rise!
PHYLLIS: The 2nd District Court of the 3rd Jurisdiction of the 4th Sub-category will now come to order! The Honorable Judge James Papa presiding! (to Mark, who’s sat during this) I said, “All rise!”
MARK: (standing quickly) Mom! What’s going on?
PHYLLIS: Out of order! Here comes the judge! (James enters and takes a seat at center) Be seated! (to Mark) I said be seated!
MARK: Mom? Dad? What are you guys doing?
PHYLLIS: You will address His Honor as Your Honor.
MARK: You mean Dad?
JAMES: I’ll hold you in contempt, young man!
(the charges …)
PHYLLIS: The estate is counter-suing the Son for being a lazy, irresponsible, whining pain in the neck.
JAMES: How to you plead?
MARK: (standing) I didn’t do it!
JAMES: That’s what they all say! Sit down! (Mark sits) Call your first witness.
PHYLLIS: I call Hannah the Sister to the stand. (Hannah enters)
MARK: (standing) Hannah!
JAMES: Sit …
MARK: … down. (he sits)
PHYLLIS: Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth so help you or we’ll take away your cell phone?
HANNAH: I do.
(hard to believe)
MARK: I’m going crazy!
PHYLLIS: He’s pleading insanity!
JAMES: You can’t plead insanity! That’s nuts!
MARK: I give up.
PHYLLIS: You plead guilty?
MARK: No … I’m … I’m just confused.
JAMES: Call your next witness!
PHYLLIS: I call … Ralph!
MARK: Ralph? He’s our dog!
PHYLLIS: Here, Ralph!
JAMES: Here, Ralphie! Here boy! (whistles and Ralph comes bounding in and takes the witness chair as Hannah moves away)
PHYLLIS: Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help your Alpo?
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