Serious, by Cynthia Dwyer, 1998

A mother has to tell the daughter of an impending divorce. Realistic portrayal of the family problem.

Price includes 2 scripts.


8 - 10 minutes

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  • 2 Females

Product Id: #239

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An excerpt …

(A major family problem is at hand.)

MOM: Jan, there’s something serious I need to talk to you about.

JAN: Uh, oh … Did school call?

MOM: No, this is not about school. Why, is there something at school I should know about? JAN: Not really, Mom. I just have to serve detention by Friday because I’ve been tardy three            times … talking too long in the hall. I thought the office probably called you.

MOM: No. Just take care of it. (pause) I need to talk to you about family, Jan.

JAN: What’s wrong? Is Grandpa sick?

MOM: No, it’s not about your grandfather. It’s something else. (pause) Do you remember when you were little, and before you’d go to bed, I’d ask you if you loved me? And you’d say, “All the way to the moon and back!”

JAN: (looks at her strangely) You’re really weird. Sure, I remember, Mom. What’s that got to do with anything?

MOM: You’ve known for some time that your father and I haven’t been getting along very well, right? And ... lately the arguments have been getting worse.

JAN: Well, sure, but disagreements happen in all families.

MOM: It’s more than disagreements. I don’t know how to tell you this, except just to say it       directly. Your father and I have decided that we are going to get a divorce.

(The initial reaction is anger and argument.)

JAN: (angrily) No, you don’t know how I feel! I would rather have you fighting all the time than getting divorced. You really don’t get it ... the kids at school will laugh at me, you know, like they did when Emily’s Dad left her mom for another woman. How can I even tell my friends ... What will I say? Am I supposed to tell them that your counselor suggested a divorce? Is that it? (sarcastically) Sure, that’s believable!

MOM: I think that you’re letting your emotions get in the way of common sense. Your friends aren’t going to think any different of you. You simply tell them the truth. Your Dad and I have decided to end our marriage. I don’t think that situation will make you unique.

(After reflection, Jan has some understanding.)

JAN: (subdued and despondent) I guess ...  I guess I understand … kinda.  I just don’t want to. I still love both of you. I guess it’s not the end of the world although it seems a lot like it. I just can’t believe this is really happening to my parents. It’s going to take some getting used to.

MOM: I know. Dad and I love you. This is a tough experience for us, too. We need a little understanding, and a lot of love from you. Thanks for your help on this.

JAN: It just took me by surprise, but I guess I knew all along that it was coming. It still really upsets me but I’m sorry I made this so tough on you. (gives her a hug)


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