Does It Matter?, a 10-minute play

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Two people discover that they are on the same deadly mission. And it's personal.

This is one of eight 10-minute plays in the "Random Nature of Life" series. They were translated into Spanish and performed in June 2018 in Oaxaca, Mexico.

This 10-minute play was adapted into a short film (In Spanish with English subtitles): https://youtu.be/GEo1g2e_sfw

Fade in:

EXT. A PARK - DAY

In an undetermined city on a cloudy day. The park is somewhat crowded.

"A" and "B" walk slowly.

A

So, do it.

B

I will.

A

Alright then.

B

I’ll do it.

A

You’re all talk.

B

Don’t think I won’t.

A

Talk, talk, talk.

B

I’m a doer.

A

Then do it.

B

When I’m ready.

A

That’s the best time.

B

Damn straight.

A

When you’re ready.

 

2.

B

When I’m ready.

A

Not before.

B

Not a second before.

A

I’m waiting.

B

You think I won’t?

A

Hard to say.

B

You don’t know me.

A

I know you.

B

Not that well.

A

Better than most.

B

Then you know I’ll do it.

A

If you say so.

B

I’m saying so.

A

You say this is big.

B

Bigger than big.

A

Huge?

3.

B

Bigger than huge. Enormous.

A

As jobs go, ever done enormous?

B

No, my first time.

A

That could be a problem.

B

I've done huge.

A

But, enormous is...like gigantic.

B

Huge, enormous, giganatic. Matter of degree.

A

You’ve done huge? (pause) Remind me.

B

Last year.

A

I didn't hear about it.

B

Didn't tell anyone.

A

It was huge?

B

Closer to enormous.

A

But, a secret?

B

A secret.

A

Why?

4.

B

Personal reasons.

A

Why do something big—

B

Not big. Huge.

A

—huge, and not tell anybody?

B

I told you.

A

Personal reasons.

B

Yes.

A

Tell me one.

B

I can’t.

A

Because they’re personal.

B

Exactly.

A

Otherwise—

B

I’d tell you.

A

Are you ready, yet?

B

I’ll tell you when.

A

I may be dead by then.

5.

B

I certainly hope not.

A

How will you know?

B

I’ll know.

A

How?

B

I just will.

A

You’ll receive a phone call?

B

No.

A

Text message?

B

You don’t need to know.

 

"B"’s phone BEEPS. "B" turns away and looks at it.

A

Now you’re ready?

B

There’s no rush.

A

Life can be unpredictable.

B

I still have time.

A

How much?

B

Enough.

6.

A

How do you know?

B

I know.

A

You don’t know. Nobody does.

B

Color me optimistic.

A

You might die tomorrow.

B

Not gonna happen.

A

Or later today.

B

Don’t make me laugh.

 

"A"’s phone rings. "A" turns away for a few seconds, then ends call.

A

Maybe even now.

B

Now? How?

"A" produces a weapon.

A

Me.

B

You?

A

Yours truly.

B

Kill me?

6.

A

I could.

B

You could.

A

I would.

B

Doubtful.

A

You think I wouldn’t?

B

That was the call?

A

Does it matter?

B

A

You’re smirking.

B

No, I’m not.

A

Looks like it to me.

B

You’re mistaken.

A

Hardly ever.

B

Why?

A

Why what?

B

Why kill me?

7.

A

Personal reasons.

B

Those are the best ones.

A

Not always.

B

But, you can’t.

A

I can. And I will.

B

No, it’ll ruin everything.

A

How?

B

I won’t be able to—

A

You weren’t going to anyway.

B

I was and I am.

A

Then do whatever it is.

B

Okay.

A

You’re ready now?

B

Ready as I’ll ever be.

A

Go. Then I’ll do it.

B

You won’t be able to.

8.

A

What’s to stop me?

B

You’ll be dead.

A

You want to kill me?

B

Yes.

A

Why?

B

Personal—

A

--sonal reasons.

B

Good memory.

A

Are they valid?

B

In my mind. Yours?

A

My reasons? Of course.

B

What’s your motivation?

A

I’d rather not say.

B

Just in general. Anger? Revenge?

A

A bet.

B

A bet? To kill me?

9.

A

Not you specifically. Anybody.

B

Why me?

A

Why not?

B

How much?

A

No money.

B

Then why?

A

They dared me.

B

I can relate to that.

A

What’s your reason? In general?

B

Money. Always money.

A

Someone is paying you?

B

A

Who? How much?

B

Does it matter?

A

Yes. What’s my value?

B

Who cares? You’ll be dead.

10.

A

Good point. Still...

B

Seems we’ve reached a stalemate.

A

How do we resolve this?

B

Rock, paper, scissors?

A

No, I always lose.

B

Do you have an idea?

A

We could arm wrestle.

B

No. You’re stronger than me.

A

We could flip a coin.

B

Ok. Can I flip?

A

If you'd like.

B

Call it.

A

Tails.

"A" and "B" look at the coin. Blackout.


Submitted: January 12, 2021

© Copyright 2021 Michael Licwinko. All rights reserved.

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JE Falcon aka JEF

This kind of reminds me of the TV Movie where two gunslingers are standing in the street, facing one another. One says, "You Draw your gun first, I don't want to be accused of murder." Then the other gunslinger says, "No, you Draw first. --- "No, you Draw!" --- "No, you Draw!" --- "No, you Draw!" --- And so the audience sees the two men standing in the street, yelling at one another, while the four season pass by.

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