Comedy, by Ken Bradbury, 2003

This is a family odyssey across a few hundred years of American history. The history books don’t quite tell it this way.

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10 minutes

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  • 3 Females, 2 Males

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An excerpt …

(the family discovers America)

LOGAN: (as a native American) White man come in peace?

DAD: We come in peace, noble warrior! We want to buy land! What call thee that fair meadow?

LOGAN: Manhattan. Sell cheap. Too swampy. No like alligators in bed with papooses!

DAD: I will buy that land, noble warrior! Have beads and trinkets for trade!

LOGAN: (to an imaginary warrior behind him/her) White man sucker for anything. (to Dad) Done deal, Lucille!

(westward ho .. they come to the Grand Canyon)

DAD: I’ll back up the horses and try to jump it!

SIS: Pa! Don’t!

LOGAN: The first Europeans discovered the Canyon in 1540 as Captain Garcia Lopez de Cardenas …

BRO: We’ll never make it, Pa! It’s nearly three miles across!

DAD: We gotta get to California, Jethro! It’s the place we oughta be!

LOGAN: James Pattie was the first American to visit the Canyon in 1826 …

DAD: (whipping the horses as the wagon takes off) Hey-Ya! Come on, boys! Jump it! Jump that thing! (and the entire family screams as they go crashing to the ground)

(later, they enter the 50’s)

SIS: (turning quickly) Cool!

BRO: (turning quickly) Dig it!

MOM: (turning quickly) Groovy!

DAD: (turning) I’ve got a headache!

SIS: Great concert, Dad!

DAD: I’ve never even heard of this guy.

LOGAN: (entering, as Elvis) Thank you. Thank you very much.

SIS: (falling at his feet in adoration) Oh Elvis!!!!!

DAD: Oh, good grief! That is disgusting!

MOM: (also falling at his feet and screaming) Oh, Elvis!

DAD: Martha, get up. You’re a grown woman.


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