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Mar. 19, 2014 Day #35 Just a Prank
Just a Prank(c)
by Janet S. Tiger
(c) 2014 all rights reserved
(A young man comes onstage carrying some clothes with him and a bag. To start, he is dressed in pants and a T-shirt that has black marks on it - looks like spray paint. He is exuberant, bouncing. There is a chair and table that he can use - he puts the bag on the table and the clothes on the chair.
(Very excited, slight, very slight accent, barely detectible, is it Spanish?) Hey, we were having a great time, you know....it was just a couple of days before graduation, and we all had a beer......
(He opens the bag and dumps empty cans around the floor.)
Or two......(laughs) or more.......
(He sits on the table)
And it was a beautiful night!
I mean, I am the first one in my family not only to graduate from high school, but to go to college! And me and my friends….
(He spins around)
We were flying....
(He climbs onto the table, lifts his arms.)
(Cheering) Cougars! …. COUGARS! ….(Screaming) COUGARS!
(He jumps off, lands on some cans.)
I mean we were just doing what the kids from our school have been doing for years! It was a tradition! There was a big announcement paper with a sign on the front of the auditorium…we just…….improved it…….
(He takes out a can of spray paint and illustrates as if the stage were the sign – big!)
(Laughs) I think we forgot how many ‘esses’ were in Cougars!
And then we took the mascot from in front of the cafeteria and we moved it!
(Goes to the table, turns it sideways, drags it around.)
We were having such a good time!
I mean we did just what all the seniors do! Tradition!
(He stops laughing)
(Less jovial) So when the new principal asked who had done this to the school, we thought it was just going to be like all the other years......
And we all confessed, and we were ready to clean it up......we made a mess, but we didn't break nothing! ...we were prepared to fix it!.....Not to get arrested!
(He puts his hands behind his back, and hangs his head, walking off.)
(In anguish) They took us to jail!
(He takes his hands from behind his back and rubs them, they hurt.)
And they fingerprinted us! And took pictures!
(He shows the fingerprinting, and the photos)
And I never been to jail before....I mean, I know some people….but not my friends….we never got in trouble…..not once!
(He takes a nice shirt out of the bag, puts it on)
My father was so mad at me! And it almost killed my mother....nothing with the police all these years, and now this.....
(Thinks) Would I have still had fun that night- NO!
(Hard to say) Worse than that.....my parents, they always teach me to tell the truth....but if I knew this was going to happen, I would not have told anyone I was a part of it.......
(He now takes out a tie, which he clips on/ties. He brings out a comb and combs his hair. He looks like a nice young man.)
And now, my scholarship .....please.....members of the committee...please don't take my scholarship......it was ...just a prank......I’m sorry for what we did….but we didn’t mean anyone no harm…….
(He looks at the audience, squares his shoulders)
It was just a prank.
(He turns and goes to walk offstage, stopping to pick up the empty cans. As he does this, we can see he is trying not to cry. He looks back.)
(Deep breath) Just a prank!
Janet S. Tiger 858-274-9678
Member Dramatists Guild since 1983
Swedenborg Hall 2006-8