Short Dramas and Plays
THE CARNIVAL Evil Clown Part 1
THE CREAKING DOOR: TALES OF TERROR
(MUSIC: Organ theme music up and out. Final chord held and under)
Good evening, I am The Door Keeper. Welcome to The Creaking Door.
(SFX: Long drawn out creaking door opening)
Tonight we will open up The Creaking Door to bring you two tales of terror, each set in possibly the opposite extremes of human interaction.
(SFX: Key turning in lock, door bolt being drawn open)
The first, “The Carnival” written by David Ian is set in a harmless fun-fair designed for light entertainment and amusement. The second, “Iron Fist McCormick” also written by David Ian, takes place in a prison for hardened criminals. A place teaming with possibilities for cruelty and horror, to be sure, but of this particular sort, not even in the wildest of dreams….
But I get ahead of myself. Now it’s time to turn off all the lights, sit back, let your eyes widen and embrace the dark Let the sounds carry you away to another place, as we open The Creaking Door to
(SFX: Creaking door opening, voice reverb)
(This section not for performance)
By David Ian
CAST OF CHARACTERS
PRICILLA PATTERSON: ‘30s. Mother. Just recovering from emotional breakdown
MEL PATTERSON: ‘30s. Father. Caring but oblivious to the sinister forces at work
ASHLEY PATTERSON: Five year-old daughter. Up until now, innocent and cheerful.
ANNA COOPER: ‘30s. Friend of the Pattersons, though hasn’t seen them for a while
HARVEY COOPER ‘30s. Friend of the Pattersons, a bit forgetful of social details.
THE RECEPTIONIST: Cohort to The Clown. A childmonger who collects the children for the “show”
THE CLOWN: The Terror of the Innocent; feeds off the fright of children, owns their fear, recognizes them by it. Never forgets or lets go of a victim. He is utterly horrific in his methods, though he never physically strikes or harms a child.
(Establishing SFX: Carnival rides, pipe organ, hawkers “Step right up, dollar a throw…. Guess your weight within five pounds….Fortunes read, fortunes given… Get your ticket for the Monster Roller Coaster ride…. Cotton candy, cotton candy here!…whooshing of roller coaster, popping of balloon, bell going off, clicking of coins on glass)
(Open with MEL, PRICILLA and ASHLEY laughing)
Well, Ashley, was that scary in the “Tunnel of Terror” Ride?
Naw, it was just mostly dark. I liked the mummy, though, it looked neat.
At least it was cool in there. That’s what I like about the indoor rides. Best feature.
What? You weren’t frightened either?
Hardly Mel. A plastic mummy with “glow in the dark” paint is nothing to really scream about.
Just checking, dear…
(SFX: Clown Tent -- Sound of children laughing, gleeful squealing)
Oh, Mommy, look! A clown tent! I wanna go!
(SFX: Sound of approaching footsteps, male & female)
HARVEY: (voice off, approaching)
Well, look who we have here, Anna! It’s the Pattersons.
(normal) Hey, you two, it’s been a while.
Harvey! Anna! Good to see you! It’s been a couple of years.
And who is this who has grown so tall? Could this be little Ashley?
Ashley, do you remember Harvey and Anna Cooper?
Pricilla, it’s good to see you.
(SFX: Sound of children laughing)
Cilla! I‘m called Cilla now!
Oh. Sorry. Forgive me, Cilla. It’s been a long time, hasn’t it?
(SFX: Sound of children laughing)
Mommy! I want to go see the clown in the Clown Tent!
If you’ll excuse me. (to Ashley) Yes, honey, let’s go see the clown, now.
(SFX: Footsteps moving away)
I’m terribly sorry about that, Mel. I forgot how sensitive she got just before…well, you know.
How is she now, Mel?
Holding up, as well as can be expected, I guess.
Did you ever find out why she had a breakdown?
She wasn’t telling and I never asked. I just supported her therapy. Seems she’s finding strength with a new start. New name, new house, new everything.
I’m really sorry about the name thing.
Don’t beat yourself up over it, Harvey. Probably just seeing old friends alone triggered something. Don’t take it personal.
Still, I feel bad.
Ashley’s gotten to be big.
I can’t keep up with her. She is a little darling, though, isn’t she?
(CUT to outside Clown Tent.)
(SFX: Sound of Children’s laughter sounding closer.)
I wanna see the clown, mommy! I wanna see the clown!
Excuse me, miss? What is the name of your clown?
Our clown’s name is Mr. Giggles.
PRICILLA: (slightest hint of apprehension)
I wanna see Mr. Giggles! I wanna see Mr. Giggles!
Honey, I don’t know…
Mr. Giggles serves as our Day Care Provider here at the Fair. He’s quite entertaining and all the kids love him.
Can I please, mommy! Pleeease?
She’ll be quite all right here. Most parents end up dropping their kids off here at some point. Lets them catch a breath, as it were.
Okay, honey. You go with, uh what was your name?
You go with Miss ‘Connie, and she’ll take you to see Mr. Giggles.
Yay! Thank you mommy.
Of course, dear. Mommy will be back for you soon. (distant) I’ll be back…
Here’s your claim button. Wear it with a smile!
(SFX: Kids laughter far away, fair noises off)
So she just snapped one day?
Well, not “one day”. She had a lot of anxiety and stress building up over time.
What kind of stress? Anxiety over what?
I never knew. Nighttimes were the worst for her. Sometimes she’d wake up screaming. But what’s important now is that she is functioning again instead of withdrawn into herself. Getting her out here to the fair with Ashley was a big step. Ashley has always been good for her. So much positive energy it must be contagious for ‘Cilla.
She was looking good when we came up.
She’s come a long way, really.
Sorry you guys had to move across town, we really miss seeing you. But if helped Pricilla--
--“Cilla” dear! Remember, “fresh start”?
Oh, right. Sorry.
Just watch yourself Harvey. She’s very sensitive. Now, here she comes, be careful.
-- END PART I --
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