ON SECOND THOUGHT
Comedy, by Ken Bradbury, 1997
He meets Her and they almost talk ... but their thoughts!
Price includes 2 scripts.
Duration8 - 10 minutes
- 1 Female, 1 Male
Product Id: #233
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An excerpt …
He: (enters and sits in one of two chairs pre-set … a bit anxious, he seems uncomfortable)
She: (enters, looks around for a seat and finding none but the remaining chair, asks …) Is this taken?
She: Do you mind if I …
He: No. Go ahead. (she sits)
She: (a period of awkward silence, then) I’ve never been to camp before.
He: Me either.
She: (begins a series of thoughts directed to the audience as the other character, unable to hear, freezes. The “frozen” character should hit some sort of definite pose to make it clear, at least at first, that he/she is not hearing the other’s thought.) I hate this. I really hate this. Summer Camp and I don’t know a soul. The first guy I meet and he doesn’t want a thing to do with me. I mean, he’s probably as scared as I am, but the least he could do is talk a little. (she looks at him) Kinda cute … in a guy sorta way. Guys hate girls who talk too much and that’s all I’ve done. I don’t even wanna know what he’s thinking of me right now. I wonder how I looked when I walked up. I mean, I saved all my cool clothes for the rest of the week. I’ll bet he noticed my shorts were wrinkled. Geesh, a three-hour drive, what’s he expect? And he looks like the intellectual type. I’ll bet he’s got me figured out already.
He: (as she freezes) I wonder when we eat.
He: (she freezes) Gosh. I wish she’d at least say somethin’. I never could talk to girls.
She: (he freezes) Sure just sit there and gloat. Men. So smug. Like you know everything.
He: (she freezes) Maybe I should ask her where she’s from.
She: (he freezes) And you think you’ve just got me wrapped around your little finger.
He: (she freezes) Naw. She probably hasn’t even thought about me.
She: (he freezes) After all we’ve been through … you treat me like this.
He: (speaking directly to her) Uh ….
She: How dare you speak to me!
She: After the way you’ve treated me!
He: (a long pause …he’s confused; he’s hurt) I … I’m sorry. (he freezes)
She: (a look, a shock, then) What have I done??!!!! Oh, my gosh! I just shouted at him! I can’t believe I just did that! (hitting her head) Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! I gotta be the biggest idiot in the world! Look at him! Look at that hurt on his face! How dumb can I be? I’ve ruined his self-respect! He’ll never speak to me again. He’ll never speak to anybody again! It’s over for him! I just know it! Look … just look at him. He’ll probably drop out of school and spend the rest of his life looking for orange rinds in dumpsters. I saw a movie about it once. Some guy got such a shock that he just never spoke again. He just forgot how. He wandered all over the streets of New York until one day he just gave up and jumped off the bridge. I just ruined his life! Oh, I just wanna die! (and she buries her head in her hands and freezes)
(with a nice ending)
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