A Visitor to your Planet: A One-Minute Play

At Rise:    A man is doing something. An alien enters and watches him.

Alien:       Why are you doing that?

Man:        Needs doing.

Alien:       How do you know?

Man:        It’s my work.

Alien:       What is work?

Man:        What needs doing.

Alien:       I’m asking you.

Man:        I’m telling you.

Alien:       What is my work?

Man:        Asking questions.

Alien:       That is my work!

Man:        You’re good at your job.

                (Long pause)

Alien:       I am a visitor to your planet.

                (Long pause)

Man         Aren’t we all.

Comments 4

 
Rosy Cole on Sunday, 04 February 2018 11:25

Interesting dynamic. Reflects the popular conception of 'democracy'. (Look at it this way, the US is approaching halfway through the term. You can hope for an overwhelming turnout come the next election. The Russians...well who knows?)

But there is an overriding context. The 'alien' here might be understood as God. And when he is an alien, we are.

Interesting dynamic. Reflects the popular conception of 'democracy'. (Look at it this way, the US is approaching halfway through the term. You can hope for an overwhelming turnout come the next election. The Russians...well who knows?) But there is an overriding context. The 'alien' here might be understood as God. And when he is an alien, we are.
Stephen Evans on Monday, 05 February 2018 03:55

I just realized that the last two posts were plays. How true to the spirit of The Green Room!

I just realized that the last two posts were plays. How true to the spirit of The Green Room!
Katherine Gregor on Sunday, 18 February 2018 22:27

Beckett would be envious.

Beckett would be envious.
Stephen Evans on Monday, 19 February 2018 03:10

High praise! Thank you.

High praise! Thank you.
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Thank you for your delightful comment. It is good to reflect on a way of life that has been lost.
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Enjoyed this so much. Charming, evocative, and lyrical.
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