HICKORY DICKORY WHAT?

Comedy, by Ken Bradbury, 2011

Two mice are tired of running up the clock. A counselor tries to help them cope.

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Duration

7 - 9 minutes

    Cast Options

  • 2 Females, 1 Male
  • 3 Females
  • 3 Males
  • 1 Female, 2 Males

Product Id: #835

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$18.00
HICKORY DICKORY WHAT?

An excerpt …

(the mice are tired of the routine)

HICKORY: Every day. Every stinkin’ day … the clock strikes one, up we run, and boom … back down again. There’s got to be an easier way to make a living.  You know, Dickory, I think I’ll just quit.

DICKORY: Great. Two employed mice with no job skills except running up a stupid clock … and the worst part, Hickory …

HICKORY: Yeah?

DICKORY: It doesn’t even rhyme! “Hickory, Dickory Dock. The mouse ran up the clock. The clock struck one, the mouse ran down …” “One” does not rhyme with “down.”

HICKORY: A meaningless job in a nursery rhyme that doesn’t even rhyme.  So why do we do it?

(enter … a shrink)

DOC: (entering) Pardon me?

HICKORY: Uh … I was just …

DOC: Your name?

HICKORY: Me?

DOC: You.

HICKORY: I’m Hickory.

DOC: (to Dickory) And you?

DICKORY: Dickory.  And you?

DOC: I’m Doc.

HICKORY: You’re joking.

DOC: I don’t joke.  You’re Hickory, he’s Dickory, and I’m Doc. Don’t you think it has a nice ring to it?

DICKORY: Ring. Don’t say ring. It reminds me of clocks.

DOC: Understandable.

(except, the doc doesn’t help much)

HICKORY: You’re the doctor. You’re supposed to fix these things. You bombed, Doc.

DICKORY: I think you’re a quack.

DOC: How dare you!

DICKORY: Where’d you get your degree? At a convenience store?

DOC: I’ll have you know that I’ve cured …

HICKORY: Yeah?

DOC: In my career I’ve been able to cure … uh … uh …

DICKORY: Who? Who’d you cure?

DOC: (a long pause as disappointment melts Doc’s strength to disappointment) No one. I haven’t cured a single soul.

HICKORY: How do you keep your job?

DOC: Mother Goose is my aunt. She got me the job. 

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