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Sep 6, 2017

Jack and Jill Plays - Part 21 - Harold


About Jack and Jill Plays:


This is a new thing I'm doing.  Posting a short play every day as long as I can.  This does not mean that I wrote this play today but I might have.  (My life is not always my own what with work and a 4 year old running around so maybe I wrote it today or maybe it was stockpiled in preparation for the days I can't get in writing.)  My goal is to do at least 100 of these or maybe more but probably 45 or 50 is the length of a full length play so even that would be good.  100 would be better.  300?  amazing.  500?  Does anyone want 500 of these plays?  Anyway, the goal is consecutive days.

The normal things about plays apply-- don't produce or reproduce this play without my permission.  I wrote it so I own it.  Etc.




HAROLD
by Adam Szymkowicz

(JACK and JILL enter, exhausted and filthy.  JACK collapses.)

JACK
I don't have anything left in me.

JILL
There's always something more.

JACK
Totally, right, except now.  I'm done.  Finished.  Bury me here.

JILL
What shall I write on your tombstone?

JACK
Write: "I just couldn't do it any more."

JILL
Or I could just put, "Wuss."

JACK
Okay.  Or that.

JILL
You're really done?

JACK
Yeah.

JILL
That's it?

JACK
That's it.  I have failed at everything that could matter.  The long day is done.  The candle is out.  The sun has set.  The mayflies are all dead.  Corn chips don't taste good any more.  Music sounds dumb.

JILL
Maybe let's get to the house and you can lie down.

JACK
I can't make it.  Go on without me.  Remember my name.  Whisper it to the wind.

JILL
I should have married Harold.

(JACK stands.)

JACK
I will continue and persevere.  I will go inside.  I will make you food.  If you never ever say that name again.

JILL
What, Harold?

JACK
NEVER AGAIN!!

JILL
Okay.

(Exit JACK and JILL)

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