A Very Tiny Play: #10

This one’s bad! Oh, well….

(Inside a deranged playwright’s mind. Travis is lying on a La-Z-Boy playing with a paddle ball. Travis’ Self-Imposed Responsibility slinks up.)

TRAVIS’ SELF-IMPOSED RESPONSIBILITY: What are you doing?

TRAVIS: Nothing. Relaxing! It’s my day off.

TRAVIS’ SELF-IMPOSED RESPONSIBILITY: You are an independent artist. You don’t get time off!

TRAVIS: Yeah, whatever.

TRAVIS’ SELF-IMPOSED RESPONSIBILITY: You said you’d write a play every day. So, do it!

TRAVIS: Nah.

TRAVIS’ SELF-IMPOSED RESPONSIBILITY: You’re going to do it.

TRAVIS: No I’m not!

TRAVIS’ SELF-IMPOSED RESPONSIBILITY: Okay.

(Travis’ Self-Imposed Responsibility crawls to the foot of the La-Z-Boy and curls up like a dog for a nap.)

TRAVIS: What are you doing?

TRAVIS’ SELF-IMPOSED RESPONSIBILITY: Taking a nap.

TRAVIS: Go away!

TRAVIS’ SELF-IMPOSED RESPONSIBILITY: Why? You used to like it when I –

TRAVIS: It’s my day off, okay?!

TRAVIS’ SELF-IMPOSED RESPONSIBILITY: I’m just taking a nap!

TRAVIS: AUGH You’re so annoying FINE I’ll write a stupid play.

TRAVIS’ SELF-IMPOSED RESPONSIBILITY: Yes!

TRAVIS: What do I need?

TRAVIS’ SELF-IMPOSED RESPONSIBILITY: A beginning, a middle, and an end.

TRAVIS: That’s it?

TRAVIS’ SELF-IMPOSED RESPONSIBILITY: Yes.

TRAVIS: Are you sure? I feel like there’s a lot more to drama craft than that.

TRAVIS’ SELF-IMPOSED RESPONSIBILITY: Well, there is. But that’s sort of, the minimum.

TRAVIS: So, what you’re saying is it’s going to be a bad play.

TRAVIS’ SELF-IMPOSED RESPONSIBILITY: Yes.

TRAVIS: Oh. Hm. I’m okay with that.

TRAVIS’ SELF-IMPOSED RESPONSIBILITY: Great. Let’s get to it!

TRAVIS: Hmm… on second thought, I’ll write a bad play tomorrow.

TRAVIS’ SELF-IMPOSED RESPONSIBILITY: Hah! Too late.

TRAVIS: OH! Hey! It’s a play! Nice.

TRAVIS’ SELF-IMPOSED RESPONSIBILITY: Another job well done.

(Travis’s Self-Imposed Responsibility slinks away full of satisfaction and Travis continues paddle-balling.)

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