What If...?, a 10-minute play

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic

What if your perfect match is closer than you think?

This is one of the eight short plays in the "Random Nature of Life" series that was translated into Spanish and performed in June 2018 in Oaxaca, Mexico.

1.

 

(Two actors somewhere. Each has their phone out and a drink in front of them.)

 

B

You’re not listening.

 

A

Huh? Uh, yes, yes.

 

B

What’d I just say?

 

A

Something about more shit.

 

B

Not even close.

 

A

Um, Dover cliffs.

 

B

Pay attention!

 

A

Okay.

 

B

Are-you-over-it?

 

A

So over it.

 

B

Like me and my –ex?

 

A

You’re not over that.

 

B

Have been.

 

A

You constantly call.

2.

 

B

Owes me money. Lots.

 

A

You’ll never see it.

 

B

Maybe, but I’m over it.

 

A

Never.

 

B

Just like you.

 

A

Totally different situation.

 

B

Exactly the same.

 

A

I dumped. You got dumped.

 

B

A breakup is a breakup.

 

A

So not.

 

B

What are you doing now?

 

A

Message—nothing.

 

B

So not over it.

 

(B extends their hand asking to see the phone.)

 

A

No.

 

3.

 

B

I can just take it.

 

A

Hah! Try it.

 

B

You know I can.

 

A

Try.

 

B

I’m stronger.

 

A

I’ve been working out.

 

B

Since when?

 

A

Since...I have more time.

 

B

Hard to tell.

 

A

Just toning. Not muscles.

 

B

You don’t need muscles.

 

A

That’s what I thought.

 

B

Getting back in the game?

 

A

Just getting fitter.

 

B

You’re good looking.

 

4.

 

A

Thanks.

 

B

Won’t take you long.

 

A

I’m not available.

 

B

Not now.

 

A

Not for a long while.

 

B

Who are you messaging?

 

A

No—no one.

 

B

You promised to quit.

 

A

I’m deleting.

 

B

Liar, liar, pants on fire.

 

A

Honest.

 

B

What if...

 

A

I’m not playing.

 

B

Afraid?

 

A

Waste of time.

 

5.

 

B

Fun to play, though.

 

A

What’s done is done.

 

B

Just one. Different topic.

 

A

Let’s hear it.

 

B

What if...I died tomorrow?

 

A

I’d take your Beemer.

 

B

So sensitive.

 

A

What, I should cry?

 

B

It’s an option.

 

A

What if I died tomorrow?

 

B

Before me or after?

 

A

Such a comedian.

 

B

I’d go to work.

 

A

No shit?!

 

B

You die, the world stops?

 

6.

 

A

I guess not.

 

B

What if the call comes?

 

A

(sings)Stop right there.

 

B

(sings) Before I go any further?

 

A

You got it, Meatloaf.

 

B

My favorite album.

 

A

What if you get one?

 

B

A call from—?

 

A

Yes. Or they came here?

 

B

This isn’t about me.

 

A

Touchy, touchy.

 

B

Not at all.

 

A

Because (sings) You’re cold as ice.

 

B

(sings) Willing to sacrifice.

 

A

(sings) Your love.

 

7.

 

B

Told you. Way over it.

 

(THEIR phones ring. They look at them and disconnect)

 

A & B

Was it?...No.

 

B

You were hoping.

 

A

No way.

 

B

I saw your face.

 

A

You still have feelings, too.

 

B

Honestly?

 

A

Of course.

 

B

A few.

 

A

How strong?

 

B

Medium and waning. You?

 

A

Depends on the day.

 

B

Yeah.

 

A

We need to move on.

 

8.

 

B

Definitely.

 

A

What if...?

 

B

Yes?

 

A

No, it’s crazy.

 

B

Tell me.

 

A

You and me.

 

B

Us?

 

A

You. Me. Us.

 

B

Ridiculous.

 

A

I know, right? Sorry.

 

B

It’s okay.

 

A

You and me. Never work.

 

B

Probably, not, but...

 

A

What? You think it could?

 

B

Why not?

 

9.

 

A

(pause) Yeah, why not?

 

B

We know each other.

 

A

Better than anybody.

 

B

We have common interests.

 

A

Totally.

 

B

Might be worth a shot.

 

A

Be foolish not to try.

 

B

Absolutely!

 

A

So, we’re actually a couple?

 

B

From this moment on.

 

A

Wow.

 

(The sound of a DOORBELL. A & B look towards the door)

THE END


Submitted: January 19, 2021

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