A One Act Play by Jesus R.

Performance: September 2005
Instructor: Dave Garret
Youth Guidance Center, San Francisco


Characters:   
VCR the VCR, age 17
DVD the DVD player, age 16

Setting:   In a living room.   There’s a brown couch with antique lamps on each side of it.   There’s a coffee table in front of the couch.   It’s cool, air-conditioned and clean.   They have fresh scented Plug-Ins.

Time:
At Rise:
 We see VCR and DVD next to each other, talking.



VCR:

So are you nervous?

DVD:

About what?

VCR:

You know!   Don’t act dumb.

DVD:

What, you mean about the big screen TV that coming in tonight?

VCR:

You do know it is either you or me, right?

DVD:

Yeah, I know.   But I ain’t nervous.   I know you my best friend and all, but you know who they’re going choose.

VCR:

(to himself)   Yeah, we’ll see about that.

DVD:

I guess I should start saying my goodbyes, since you are going to be gone forever.

VCR:

I thought you were my best friend.   That’s not how best friends talk to each other.   Instead of telling me everything going to be alright, you over here dissing me.

DVD

I know right now you stressing and all, but you got to face reality.   And reality is that you’re going away forever and I’m staying.

VCR:

Any minute now that big screen TV coming, and you over here feeling cocky and shit.

DVD:

I’m just telling you the truth.

VCR:

Man, you were the only one that I have ever really spilled my guts to, and the only one that I ever trusted, and this the way you treat me.

DVD:

I’m not going to lie to you, I do feel for you, but I want to be on that Big Screen TV.   I want to feel that respect and attention that the family gives me.   And to tell you the truth, I’ll do anything to keep that.

VCR:

Oh   here comes the big screen TV.   (to himself)   Man, I got to do something or else I’m a goner.

DVD:

Alright man, I guess it’s time for you to go.   Once they see who plays on the big screen TV with the best quality, you’re getting a first class ticket to that dark and gloomy basement.

VCR:

(to himself)   Going to that basement is like being dead.   I don’t want to go there.   (to DVD)   Is that how you feel?

DVD:

I love you and all, but we got to face reality.   And that’s the way sometimes life is.

VCR:  

(to himself)   Oh, I know what I’ll do.   I’ll show this fool how they used to do it in the old days.   I got something he ain’t got.   (to DVD)   I guess you’re up first.

(The family plugs in the DVD and the family is impressed with the quality given by the DVD)

     
DVD:  

I guess you’re next and it’s time to say goodbye amigo!

(The family now plugs in the VCR and the notice something that VCR has that the DVD doesn’t have.)

     
DVD:  

(surprised)   What are you doing?

     
VCR:  

It’s called R-E-C, which means Record.

     
DVD:  

Oh shit!   I forgot your punk ass had that.

     
VCR:  

I guess you’re not as impressive as you thought you were.

(The family afterall decides to deep the DVD player by the big screen TV.   But they move the VCR to the bedroom of the parents of the family.)

     
VCR:  

At least it’s not the basement, and I’m still by the family.   And I see now that I don’t have as good as a friend that I thought I had.

 

The End.

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