Nebraska Center for Writers

A MATTER OF CONSENT:
A 60-second Play


SHE: So, didja?
HE: I certainly did not.
SHE: But you said you were.
HE: I know what I said. Meant it too.
SHE: And you didn’t? You actually didn’t? You left to do it and you had your chance and you didn’t?
HE: Okay, okay. So what’s it anyway? To you? I mean really.
SHE: Nothing. (beat) Only…
HE: Only what? All the time, I was thinking of you, you know.
SHE: If you say so. But at a time like that?
HE: Sure. (beat) Silly?
SHE: Surely not. Actually I’m quite flattered. What did she say then? She is such a …
HE: I was a jerk, a disappointment to her. She thought we had something. After all the trouble I’d had with you, she couldn’t believe I didn’t want to.
SHE: She said that? She didn’t! Anyway I think it is sweet. What you did.
HE: Yeah, you probably would.
SHE: What do you mean by that?
HE: Oh, nothing. I was just thinking.
SHE: Tell me. Now. This very minute. Tell me everything.
HE: Tell you what?
SHE: What you are thinking now, silly.
HE: I can’t.
SHE: And why not?
HE: It’s personal. Between her and I.

Copyright © 2010, Paul Dickey

DON’T GO THERE:
A 60-second Play

SHE: Don’t go there.
HE: I wasn’t even thinking of it.
SHE: Just don’t. (beat) Okay?
HE: I said I wasn’t.
SHE: Fine. But if you did go there and we talked about it. How do you think it would go? With us, I mean. Would you just stay with me then because you felt sorry for me?
HE: Huh? You said not to go there.
SHE: Yeah, I’m just saying it as a hypothetical. It is alright to do that.
HE: Well, I suppose that you would be hurt. And maybe angry.
SHE: Oh, no, no. I wouldn’t be. Not at all. That is where guys always get everything all wrong. I’m used to people bringing it up. People thinking “Oh, poor, poor, Jenny.” Looking at me funny.
HE: It must be really hard for you.
SHE: Well, there is one thing that is hard.
HE: And what is that? (beat) That is, if you can tell me without bringing it up. Going there, I mean.

Copyright © 2010, Paul Dickey

Other Plays by Paul Dickey

The Good News According to St. Dude

A full length play in two acts. Hippie is just another word for nothing yet to lose. Nothin’ ain’t worth nothin’, but it’s free. I'd trade you all of Omaha for one single yesterday. Feeling good was easy, Lord, when we sang the blues. Feeling good was good enough for me, for me. Feeling good was good enough for me and my Bobby McGee. (2 hours)

One Acts

"The Man Who Married a Health Insurance Policy." John loved JoAnn, JoAnn loved John, but JoAnn also loved Randy. Randy loved Sue and Sue loved John. so they all got married as a quartet. Marriage was no longer just for couples, but the widower and curmudgeon Henry next door needs an affordable health insurance policy. (10 minutes)

“One Evening in Paris.” Ralph, very married and very late middle-aged, and Paris, the new, young hottie on the programming staff, get called in together to fix the computer system problem after midnight. Ralph spent his honeymoon in Paris years ago, but this is a different Paris. But the real computer glitch is when “Ralph’s Image of Paris,””Paris’ Image of Ralph,” and Ralph’s Wife get involved. (10 minutes)

“Violins in the Neighborhood.” Violins in the neighborhood? It may sound harmless enough, but is it really? Sally’s husband says that it is running amok and it must be stopped, even if it means an increase in violence in the neighborhood. (20 minutes)

"The Carnival's Tonight at Dickeyville." Come one, come all, tonight one of the oldest, darkest family carnivals in America comes to Dickeyville. (20 minutes)

"The Tragedy of Mack and Beth." You can take Shakespeare out of context, but you can't take context out of Shakespeare. (25 minutes)

"Dennis and Diane Have Secrets." Dennis is a serial killer who is having trouble gaining respect. Diane doesn't suspect that someday Dennis will become famous and she doesn't want to. (20 minutes)

"Heritage." Evelyn White is 82 and is having trouble seeing. Charlene is 56 and is having trouble loving. Ben is 58 and, let us just say, is having trouble. Dad is 85 and is having trouble caring. But there is always a crossword puzzle book around whenever you need one. (15 minutes)

"Who Say You Can't Go Home Again?" Everybody knows, of course, you can’t home again. Some literary giant said so, but then what happens when a theatrical giant like Tina who aspires to be the next Albee squares off against that literary giant when entering the Snowdance Comedy Festival? (10 minutes)

Please contact Paul Dickey at pauledickey@gmail.com to request a script for review or to inquire regarding production rights.

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