Marco Polo

12 Jun

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A short exercise as an assignment for a playwriting seminar.

Criteria: Two characters in one location. Ten lines back and forth dialogue for each, with no more than five words per line. Something must occur that forever changes the relationship.

 

MARCO POLO

At rise, a backyard. MALE and FEMALE fireflies flitting about. It is evening.

MALE

Here I am! Psst!

FEMALE

Where?

MALE

Right here! Listen to me!

FEMALE

Oh, there — you went out!

MALE

Endurance is not my strength.

FEMALE

Apparently no one else, either.

MALE

Marco!

FEMALE

What?

MALE

It’s what the kids do.

FEMALE

Huh? What kids?

MALE

At the pool. Say Polo.

FEMALE

Polo?

MALE

Right! Say it again! Marco . . .

FEMALE

Polo — oh, I don’t know!

MALE

How ’bout I sing, then?

FEMALE

                                                                      (frustrated)
Anything but this!

MALE

                                                                      (Sings, like a goat)
You light up my life . . .

FEMALE

AUGHHHH! Stop! Please stop singing!

MALE

Well, I could dance like . . .

(A bat swoops down and catches the MALE, then swoops away)

FEMALE

Marco? Are you there? Polo!

CURTAIN

Copyright © by Lawrence S. Marsden, 10 June, 2014
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2 Responses to “Marco Polo”

  1. lion around writing June 13, 2014 at 7:42 am #

    Inventive! And a nice twist, nicely done to compact so much. It’s soemthing I have difficulties with.

    • skipmars June 13, 2014 at 8:18 am #

      I recommend you try some exercises to help you “hear” conversation. One is to go to a shopping area and sit down and listen. If you have a cell phone, record — better yet — write down conversavtions.

      How do people really talk to one another. Are there differences? Do women talk to women differently? Men to men? Men to women?

      How does education, status in life, etc., effect how one participates in a conversation?

      Give it a shot.

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