Comedy, by Ken Bradbury, 2005

How’s the memory? An elderly couple reflects upon their earlier days.

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8 minutes

    Cast Options

  • 2 Females, 2 Males

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An excerpt …

(we meet the elderly couple)

MARY: Hurry up! The sun’s going to be down any minute.

RICHARD: (moving toward his chair beside her) I am hurrying.

MARY: That’s your top speed?

RICHARD: Top speed, Mary. Look out or I may not be able stop and I’ll run right over you.

MARY: In your dreams, old man.

RICHARD: That’s about right. (sits slowly … the pains of old age cause him to grimace a bit) Oh … feels good to sit.

MARY: Look at that sunset, Richard. Ever see one so beautiful?

RICHARD: (squints) Where is it?

MARY: Right there … over the hardware store.

RICHARD: (still squinting) I’ve never seen a white sunset.

MARY: That’s the Methodist church. (points) There’s the sunset over there … pink and orange and red …

(we meet the same two people when they were younger)

YOUNGER RICHARD: (turns and speaks … Younger Richard and Younger Mary appear in the memory of their older counterparts) Wanna slide?

YOUNGER MARY: Mama said not to. She said to sit out here and not make noise if we couldn’t be quiet in church.

YOUNGER RICHARD: I could be quiet. Just didn’t want to.  Come on, let’s slide down the old door. It’s fun! I done it lots!

YOUNGER MARY: Mama says I shouldn’t hang around you so much, Richard. She says you’re a bad example for me.


YOUNGER MARY: (looks at him, then giggles with delight) Yes! Let’s slide! (they “slide” out of the scene)

(the trip to the hospital)

YOUNGER MARY: Calm down, Richard. We’re just having a baby.

YOUNGER RICHARD: I’ll get the car!

YOUNGER MARY: You’ve already got the car, Richard. It’s been running for two days.

YOUNGER RICHARD: A pillow! You need a pillow!

YOUNGER MARY: I need a doctor. Richard, just pull the car up out front and we’ll go …

YOUNGER RICHARD: Aspirin? You need an aspirin, Mary? Cough medicine? Mary, I’ll get you anything you …

YOUNGER MARY: I don’t have a cold or a headache. I’m about to have a baby …

YOUNGER RICHARD: Ice cream! We can stop and get some chocolate ice cream and …

YOUNGER MARY: Do not stop for anything, Richard. It’s a baby. He doesn’t need ice cream.


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