The 12 Plays of Christmas (1 of 12)

 

Introducing…the 12 Plays of Christmas. Over the next 12 days, I will write 12 one-act plays that illustrate life in the Nuckols home. Additionally, we will perform these plays for you and put them up on the site (probably this weekend).

 

BRUSHED

Morning. MIKE and SHANI are in the kitchen. JACK enters.

NARRATOR (played by Alex)
It is morning. Mike and Shani are eating breakfast. Jack enters.

MIKE
Morning, bubba.

SHANI
Hi, sweetie. Teeth brushed?

JACK
I did it.

NARRATOR
It is a lie. Shani knows it. Mike knows it. Jack knows it. We freeze and hear their thoughts.

Stage goes dark. Spotlight appears on each individual as they reveal their thoughts.

SHANI
My perfect child is ruining his teeth. All that money on braces and he’s going to have colored squares.

JACK
Don’t they understand that I need to figure out the Yankees 2027 lineup so I can find out if I’m batting 1st or 2nd! I’ve been poring over stats for days trying to lock this down.

Stage goes back to regular kitchen lighting.

NARRATOR
We go back to the scene at hand. Jack goes to the refrigerator. Shani reaches out to grab him.

SHANI
Come here, Jack Nuckols. I need a hug.

NARRATOR
It is a lie. Shani knows it. Mike knows it. Jack knows it. The two struggle in an awkward hug.

SHANI
I’m trying to hug you.

JACK
You’re trying to smell my breath.

SHANI
No. No I’m not.

JACK
You are!

SHANI
I don’t think you brushed your teeth.

JACK
Get off me!

NARRATOR
We freeze and hear Mike’s thoughts.

Stage goes dark. Spotlight appears on MIKE.

MIKE
If I had received the proper training when I was a boy, I really believe that today I would be a ninja.

 

END SCENE.

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2 thoughts on “The 12 Plays of Christmas (1 of 12)

  1. chrisparkhurst

    You, my friend, already ARE a ninja. More than that, you always have been.

    Oh, and the Yankees suck. And lest you think that is a statement coming from a Boston fan, the Red Sox suck too.

    Keep writing…

    Sent from my iPhone

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