My Last Pizza, a play, Act One
Copyright 2018, John Manimas
Cast of characters:
Al, Bob, Celt, Don, Ed, Flam,
Gert, Heidi, Ingrid, Joann, Kandy, Lena
Empty stage, or set per Director. Messy room.
ENTER: Flam. Hesitant, scratches head maybe, adjusts clothes, looks around, then, with lighting, goes to front stage and faces the audience.
Flam: Thanks for inviting me to join the Local Village Poetry Group. It's an honor and I hope you find my contributions worthwhile. I know I enjoy your's very much. …
So, here's my first poem. I sometimes do a kind of series. This series I call the "I just wanted to say" series. This is #1.
I just wanted to say that I've had a good life and I enjoyed my visit to Earth very much. I have met a lot of nice people. I had fun. Joy. Sometimes. And sometimes sorrow, from which I learned something. I wish I knew what happens next. Like, when this visit is over here, do I visit someplace else. Good question. Whatever the answer, I just wanted to say Thank You. Even though I'm not sure what I've been given.
STAGE DARK, ENTER: Al, lies down on floor, more or less center front.
STAGE LIGHTED, ENTER: Bob. Notices Al, approaches Al.
Bob: Hey Al. What's up. You awake?
Al: Sits up, rubs head, faces outward to audience.
Al: Yeah. Now. I was dreaming.
Bob: Yeah? What about? Something good?
Al: I don't know. It's not clear. It's fading. I was sitting in front of a large plate -- on the floor. And I was waiting for something. But what I was waiting for was on the plate. People were around me, people made of corn puff. They were mumbling something. What was on the plate was a pile, just a heap kind of, and it was about to say something. Then I woke up.
Bob: When I came in? I woke you up?
Al: No. I woke up in my dream. But I was still dreaming.
Bob: That's cool. Dreaming that you are awake … the same thing as being awake in a dream. Or, being in a dream world while being awake … I don't know. Nothing is normal these days. What's next? We gonna play "Destroyanator"?
Al: I think it was the last pizza.
Bob: What last pizza? What about the last pizza?
Al: It made me dream. A pizza dream.
Bob: Is there more?
Al: I don't know for sure. Maybe. The next pizza.
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