Short Dramas and Plays
Seat Warmer Play
A play by Curtis Hildebrand
Scene opens up with Melanie reclined in her easy chair wearing pyjamas, drinking a Pepsi and watching TV. Around her are scattered a various assortment of TV dinners, empty drink cans, newspapers and books to read. They are tossed everywhere.
(Knocking Sound Is Heard Off Stage)
Melanie: Come in!
(Jesus comes walking in wearing mountain climbing gear including hiking boots, backpack and a rope across his shoulder.)
Jesus: Hey, are you ready to go?
(Jesus takes a second look at her and sees that she isn't nearly ready to go and is quite puzzled.)
J: Wasn't this the day we were supposed to go for that adventure?
M: (Looks at her watch and says excitedly) This is the day! (looks back at the TV)
J: (slowly) Well, are you ready?
M: Not quite.
J: (Pauses) When were you planning to get ready?
M: Well, I've been thinking, why don't you grab that chair over there and have a seat. I see you've got hiking equipment on. I think I've already been on this adventure! It was quite exciting! Thanks!!
J: (Not moving) But this was supposed to be a new adventure! I found a little spot you've never been to before with a small waterfall, a brook and an out-of-the-way spot for a picnic.
M: I remember that spot!!
J: How do you remember? You haven't been there yet.
M: I'm pretty sure I watched it on the Discovery Channel the other day.
J: (Disappointed) Don't you ever long for more than what can be found inside this room?
M: You know, I've got it quite handy here. I can see the world, eat my meals, talk to my friends and even hear God-inspired programs - right from this chair! The world comes to me, my friend!!
J: (Picking up a feather duster) What's this?
M: Well, a layer of dust tends to build up on me. Every now and then I have to dust myself off.
J: You were created for more than this.
M: (Turns off the TV and slowly starts to make excuses) Okay, I admit. My biggest fear with your adventure is that I might not know the way and get lost. I'd hate to go the wrong direction or miss the way.
J: (Pleading) But we'll do this together. I'll show you the way and walk with you the whole time! You just have to take the first step into the unknown and listen to my voice for the rest.
M: But what if you leave me halfway? Then I'll be stuck out there with the bears and the dark and who knows what else.
J: I'll never leave you nor forsake you.
M: (Caught off guard) Did you invite any of my friends?
J: Well, I thought it could be just me and you this time. It will be fun!
M: (Hesitant) To be honest, I'm a little leery about this whole adventure thing if you're asking just me all by myself. I think if you really wanted me to go you would have at least spoken to my friends or someone else I know about it.
J: That's the beauty of it. It will be our own little rendezvous.
M: (Preparing for climax) Won't it be dangerous? I mean, I might actually get hurt out there.
J: You might get hurt. You might get lost. You might be lonely. You might be misunderstood. But unless you actually step out with me, you'll never find out, and end up doing nothing but watching life from the comfort of your chair.
M: (Making a vain attempt to sound interested) You know, this actually sounds kind of fun. I just wish you would have told me about this 10 years ago. I stopped having these kind of scary, dangerous adventures a couple of years ago.
J: As long as you still have breath in your lungs there is always more to explore and more risks to take.
M: And then there's the financial security...
J: Do you really trust me?
M: (Offended) Sure I trust you. Why wouldn't I trust you?
J: (Holds out his hand) Then let's go.
M: There's only one more thing...
J: (Beginning to get excited, thinking he's making progress) What's that?
M: Who's going to keep this seat warm for me?
J: (Extremely disappointed) Melanie, you were meant for more than just to keep this seat warm. (Slowly turns and gets ready to leave) Call me when you're ready.
(Jesus leaves. Melanie picks up the feather duster and starts to dust off her pants)
M: Hmmm... I'm getting a little dusty there.
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