VARIATIONS

Comedy, by Ken Bradbury, 2001

Four students are assigned the task of writing an original fairy tale. They get the dialogue but can’t decide upon the personalities.

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10 minutes

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  • 1 Female, 3 Males

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An excerpt …

(first … the task at hand)

JENNA: Once upon a time!

DUSTIN: Now that is original.

JENNA: (a glare, then) Once upon a time …

PAUL: Oh, geesh.

JENNA: What’s the matter?

PAUL: That’s how you’re gonna start it?

JENNA: You got a better idea?

DUSTIN: How about, “The End!”

JENNA: Now, that’d be one short play.

DUSTIN: At least it’d get it over.

JENNA: I am not gonna flunk English just because of you jerks! Mrs. Hayes said we had one period to come up with a fairy tale thing and I need this grade.

(the plot is concocted)

JENNA: Then let’s go. Once upon a time there was a beautiful queen … that’s me ... who had a very stupid King for a husband. That’s you, Dustin.

DUSTIN: Who’s callin’ me stupid?

JENNA: (grabbing him) The all-powerful Queen!

PAUL: (making fun of Dustin) Duh!

DUSTIN: Oh. Well, why didn’t you say so?

JENNA: She had a two sons … Sir Paul the Dopey, and Sir Matthew the Show-off.

(then, one of many variations on the theme)

JENNA: Okay ... okay … your majesty. Take Two! The Powerful King! (frightened) My, what a glorious day! Wouldn’t you agree, my dear?

DUSTIN: (leaping to center stage, powerfully!)  I---am---the---King.

JENNA: Have you seen our children?

DUSTIN: (again, shouting with power!) I wasn’t looking!

JENNA: (nearly in tears with fright) Oh, Sir Paul! Sir Matthew!

PAUL: (dopey) I am here mother.

MATT: Yo! What’s up!!!!!

JENNA: (trembling) Oh my children! The terrible fire-breathing dragon is about to eat our castle! You must do something!

MATT: I shall kill him, Mother!

DUSTIN: (taking charge) I’ll get the wiener sticks.

PAUL: I’ll get the buns.

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