Comedy, by Ken Bradbury, 2002
A young man named Daniel is dropped into a den of lions and tries to talk his way out.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.
Duration10 - 12 minutes
- 5 Males
Product Id: #772
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An excerpt …
(at first, Daniel assesses the problem)
DANIEL: Are you?
ROARY: Are we what?
DANIEL: Are you going to eat me?
ROARY: Of course we are. What a ridiculous question.
DANIEL: I’d rather you wouldn’t.
FANG: (a beat, then) No one’s ever said that before.
TAB: You’re right.
FANG: I mean we’ve had a few (screaming) Oh no! Oh help me! Help!!!! (calmly) and a couple of rather good (screams, then calmly) but we’ve never had anyone actually come out and ask.
(Then the lad wants to know why.)
ROARY: Now that’s a ridiculous question.
FANG: Then answer it.
ROARY: Uh…you answer it.
DANIEL: Are you hungry?
TAB: Not particularly.
DANIEL: Do you hate me?
FANG: We hardly know you. In fact, you seem a nice enough chap.
DANIEL: Then why do you want to eat me?
ROARY: Well … because it’s out JOB for goodness sakes! Why do birds fly? Why do kings king? It’s just what we do! We’re lions!
TAB: Well put.
FANG: Yes, quite well put. We’re lions. That settles it. Let’s get it at it. (they start toward Daniel)
(Will a little psychology help?)
DANIEL: Then act like it! Strike out on your own! Be an individual! Take a stand for independence!
FANG: If he starts singing, I may get sick.
DANIEL: How can you live with yourselves, being fed and cared for without having to hunt your own prey?
TAB: Okay. I’ll give you count of three. Take off running and we’ll make a sport of it.
ROARY: He’s got a point.
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