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Sep 9, 2017

Jack and Jill Plays - Part 24 - Futility






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.




Futility
by Adam Szymkowicz

(JILL studying on a book or laptop.  JACK enters, throws something on the floor.)

JACK
I mean, what's the point?

JILL
I bet there is one.

JACK
But it's all this this and then that that and then what exactly, right?

JILL
Yeah.

JACK
Right?

JILL
I know.

JACK
Why do I keep doing it?

JILL
Yeah.

JACK
Why?

JILL
I have a solution.

JACK
No.

JILL
It'll solve this.

JACK
No.

JILL
You don't even know what I'm going to say.  I could have all the answers to all your questions.  You don't know.  You don't let me talk.

JACK
Okay, fine.  What are you going to say?

JILL
I could do brain surgery on you.

JACK
See.  No.

JILL
You would never feel this way again.

JACK
Never?  No.  No.  Definitely not, no.

JILL
I could do it.

JACK
Stop thinking about it.

JILL
I can't.

JACK
Futility doesn't end just because I'm not aware of it.

JILL
Doesn't it?  It might.  I think it might.

(JILL takes out a top.  She spins it.  JACK takes out a top he spins it.  They watch their tops spin.)

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