I REMEMBER IT WELL
Comedy, by Ken Bradbury, 2005
How’s the memory? An elderly couple reflects upon their earlier days.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.
- 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 RICHARD: Am I?
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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