Serious, by Ken Bradbury, 1998

A father finds that his mentally handicapped daughter has been ignored and abused by his ex-wife. Strong drama.

Price includes 2 scripts.


8 - 10 minutes

    Cast Options

  • 1 Female, 1 Male

Product Id: #242

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An excerpt …

divorced father comes to visit his mentally handicapped daughter)

MAX: (grabbing her again) Where is your mother, Lillian? She promised to never leave you alone.

LILLIAN: You mad?

MAX: (he lets go of her and crosses away from her, gathering his thoughts, finally) Lillian, have you had supper?

LILLIAN: Noodles.

MAX: Good. Was mommy here?  Did mommy fix your noodles?

LILLIAN: And Fruit Loops.

MAX: And mommy fixed them? (Lillian continues to sort the socks) Lillian, did mommy fix the Fruit Loops?

LILLIAN: If you get the milk too full it spills on the table. Then you got a mess. I brush it off to the floor sometimes 'cause I gotta hide it.

MAX: (grabbing her roughly) Lillian, where's mommy!?

(the daughter acts out experiences with her mother)

LILLIAN: No! (viciously playing the part of her mother, holding the Lillian sock and hitting it) "You little liar! You don't tell your daddy that!" Smack!

MAX: Lillian!

LILLIAN: "You little half-wit tramp! You keep your mouth shut!" (she hits the imaginary Lillian) Whack! Whack! Whack!

MAX: Lillian, stop!

LILLIAN: "You wanna shoot off your mouth? Here! Let's close it for good!" Whack! Whack! Whack!  Don't look at me like that! Whack! And stop that stupid singing! Whack! Whack! Whack!

MAX: (grabbing her, holding her arms down) Please Lillian, don't ...

LILLIAN: (while held, still full of her mother's venom) "You screwed it up, stupid girl! You nothin' but a stupid girl! You got borned and you screwed me up! You damn stupid girl!"

MAX: Don't, Lillian. Don't talk like mommy, please!  Please stop!

LILLIAN: Lillian's a bad girl. She does bad things.

(when the father finally realized what has been happening, he takes the daughter away)

LILLIAN: Yes, Jesus loves me!

Yes, Jesus loves me!

Yes, Jesus loves me!

The bible tells me so!

MAX: (turning her and bringing her face-to-face with him) Stop it! Stop it, Lillian!

LILLIAN: (a long, frantic look into her father's eyes ... the wildness slowly melting into complete helplessness ... in a very small child's voice) Daddy?  Daddy?

MAX: Lillian. (she collapses into his arms, sobbing as he rocks with her) Nobody's gonna hurt you anymore, Lillian. Nobody's ever hurt you again. Nobody. Nobody. Nobody.


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