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Previous Challenge Entry (EDITOR'S CHOICE)
Topic: Drip (04/25/13)

TITLE: L'ťgouttement absurde - Scene 1
By dub W
~4th Place


[ Two tall stools downstage, each key lit. Two actors (MOLLY and DAN) walk in and sit on stools. Lights come up after actors are seated. ]

[ Pause ]

MOLLY: There, did you hear that?

DAN: What?

MOLLY: A drip.

DAN: No.

MOLLY: [pause] There I heard it again. Itís a drip.

DAN: [ Shrugs ] So, call a plumber.

MOLLY: You fix it it.

DAN: Iím not a plumber.

MOLLY: Youíre an engineer; you fix things.

DAN: I design things; I hire people to fix things.

MOLLY: [pause] There it is again.

DAN: What?

MOLLY: The drip.

DAN: [ Shrugs. ]

MOLLY: Did you hear me? We have a drip.

DAN: You heard a drip yesterday; youíre imagining a drip.

MOLLY: I distinctly heard a drip. I canít believe you didnít hear it.

DAN: You have a drip. I didnít hear it.

MOLLY: You need hearing aids.

DAN: Because I didnít hear your imaginary drip?

MOLLY: I didnít imagine it. [pause] There, I heard it again. Did you hear it?

DAN: No drip.

MOLLY: Go to the Audiologist.

DAN: Too expensive; thousands of dollars.

MOLLY: You need to look into hearing aids.

DAN: So I can hear your drip?

MOLLY: So you can hear me.

DAN: I hear you now.

MOLLY: Most of the time you donít.

DAN: Right. I listen to what I need to hear.

MOLLY: So, you donít hear everything.

DAN: Thatís not what I said.

MOLLY: Well?

DAN: Well, what?

MOLLY: Are you going to explore getting hearing aids?

DAN: No.

MOLLY: At least have your hearing tested?

DAN: No.

MOLLY: Why not?

DAN: I told you; too expensive.

MOLLY: We can cut back on things.

DAN: Right.

MOLLY: Really. Think about it.

DAN: Like reducing our tithe to the church.


DAN: How about you take the bus to work. We sell the car. You can walk to the bus stop.

MOLLY: I would have to leave too early. We could save a lot of money if you gave up the health club.

DAN: You really want me to get fat and slovenly?

MOLLY: Donít be silly. You can run around the block.

DAN: Itís not the same. I would have to breathe carbon monoxide fumes, and then we would have hospital bills.

MOLLY: Okay, how about we cut out cable TV.

DAN: Fine with me. Call Betty; tell her Iíll be at their house watching the games with Jack.

MOLLY: Weíll listen to the radio.

DAN: Are your wedding dress and home finder shows on radio?

MOLLY: No, but I would give those up.

DAN: You would?

MOLLY: We could read more.

DAN: More Bible study wouldnít hurt.

MOLLY: You could write your novel.

DAN: And, you could compile a cookbook.

MOLLY: Just think of the things we could do together.

DAN: I think this is getting out of hand.

MOLLY: We could build a garden.

DAN: We donít have a lawn. We live in an apartment.

MOLLY: Oh yeah. I got carried away. So, maybe window box tomatoes.

[ DAN stands and begins to leave. ]

MOLLY: Where are you going?

DAN: To fix the drip.

[ Lights fade]

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lynn gipson 05/06/13
Hahahahaha...I love this! That's all I think of to write except this is excellent!
Christina Banks 05/06/13
The ending of your scene left me smiling.
Vince Martella05/07/13
The title got my attention - thanks for explaining it. Quite entertaining. I can think of a few conversations with the wife that went something like Dan and Molly's! Thanks for sharing.
Bea Edwards 05/08/13
Those strange twist and turns in marital communication as highlighted in your script left me feeling not so alone. Hehe-good one!
Christina Banks 05/09/13
Congratulations on your EC, Dub! I guess it does work to go outside of the box. ;)
John Huckstep05/09/13
Great job! I was captivated with the conversation and the intriguing title. Well done.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/09/13
So glad to see you back in the saddle! I love your subtle sense of humor. Congratulations I'm doing my happy dance just for you!
lynn gipson 05/09/13
Congratulations!! I knew this one was a winner. Excellent!
Ellen Carr 05/10/13
Congratulations on your EC placing. I really enjoyed this skit. Very humorous. Well done!