A Play by Lathritaha

Performance: March 9, 2001
Youth Guidance Center, San Francisco


Time: Morning
Place: South Africa, along the Nile River in the forest. There are forest trees, fruit trees, fish.
Characters: Serendipity the Tiger, Faith the Guinea Pig
At Rise: Serendipity and Faith on stage in South Africa along the Nile River. Serendipity laying in the grass next to the fruit trees and Faith sitting on a large rock.



Serendipity:
 

Good morning.

   
Faith:
  I don’t know what’s so good about this morning.
   
Serendipity:
 

Someone’s in a grumpy mood.

   
Faith:
 

Just because I’m not all holly jolly like you doesn’t mean I’m grumpy.

   
Serendipity:
 

Well, call it what you want, but you’re snappy. What’s the matter with you anyway?
(Faith stands up and gets in Serendipity’s face.)

   
Faith:
 

My family’s gone, that’s what’s wrong, and it’s your fault.

   
Serendipity:
 

Why would you say something like that? Why would I take away the only thing I have? Get outta my face!
(Faith backs up a little)

   
Faith:
 

Well, if it wasn’t for you, my family would be here. You ran them off with your spoiled deeds. They were tired of dealing with you. As a matter of fact, if my family’s not back by dinner, I’m leaving.

   
 

(End of Scene 1)

   
 

Scene 2: Faith walks out on stage and starts talking.

   
Faith:
 

I used to always tell my mother I want to be a dog! She always asked why? I told because before my father died my mom and I were the only guinea pigs In South Africa. So we’re basically extinct animals. But dogs is a continuing family. When dogs have puppies they have them by the pound. In big groups so there’s always family left behind when one dies.

   
 

(Faith leaves stage. Serendipity enters and then Faith enters. It’s dinner time.)

   
 

Well, I see it’s dinner time. I’ve already eaten. The only reason I came around is to see if my family was here. But their not so consider me a vision, because I’m as good as gone. Nothing you can say can stop me, so don’t try. I’m going to find a new life. Bye.

   
Serendipity:
 

Wait!!

   
 

End Scene 2

   
 

Scene 3: Faith is by herself in the wilderness. Somewhere in between Cairo and Simbabawe. She’s been running all night, and she’s hungry and tired. She’s undecided if she wants to go back to her cousin, Serendipity. Faith is gasping for air, breathing really heavy. She stops as the river and drank water. When Faith looked into the water, she saw her reflection and started thinking of her mother. She lied down and cried herself to sleep.

End scene 3

   
 

Scene 4: Serendipity is running onto stage. She’s walking and talking to the audience. Faith is on the right of the audience on stage.

   
Serendipity:
 

Where has she gone? She couldn’t possibly be that far. She’s not that hard to spot. She’s the only guinea pig in South Africa. I really wish our family would come back, because this is a lot of pain I can’t handle.
(She walks toward the river and spots Faith. Her attention is towards Faith)
I think I spotted her. She’s by the river. Is she sleepy or is there something wrong with her? Oh God, I hope there’s nothing wrong with her.
(She wakes her.)
I thought you were in pain or in danger but I see that you are just tired.

   
Faith:
 

Serendipity, I’ve been thinking. I want to apologize for accusing you of something you didn’t have control over. I’m having a really hard time realizing that my family’s not coming back. I want to go home now. I’m glad you came after me.

   
Serendipity:
 

I’m glad that you faced reality. I know that it’s not easy with us knowing that our parents are gone. But with each other we can make it. When you left, I thought you were going to do something really crazy. So I had to come after you. When I found you laying there, I thought something dangerous happened to you, and I got really scared. Then I realized you were sleeping so you must be tired. I think we should go to sleep and go home in the morning. Let’s never have this argument again. I love you.
(Pause)
Good night.
(Serendipity lays down)

   
Faith:
 

I love you too. Good night.
(She lays down and they go to sleep)

   
  The End.
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