|Script Cover For my play, Aeroplane Over the Sea|
I am very fond of this play. The title comes from a great song by Neutral Milk Hotel called In An Aeroplane Over the Sea. I tried to write a play that would make people feel the way that song makes me feel.
The play takes place in an Unnamed Country. A Good Doctor from America has arrived to help people. Unfortunately, the political climate is not very friendly toward Americans. In particular, the Peacemaker hates all Americans. In this scene, the Doctor has been arrested after a bombing in the streets. He did not commit this act, but has been arrested for it. Now, he must face the Interrogator. The Interrogator is a pretty blond woman, who has VERY unorthodox methods of interrogation.
If you want to read more of the play, or order it for a production, you can do so by CLICKING HERE. If using this scene for classwork or audition purposes, please give the play and the writer (me, Bobby Keniston) credit, okay?
So, without further ado, here's the scene:
(PEACEMAKER roughly pulls the DOCTOR to his feet. The
right.) Are you comfortable, Doctor? Peacemaker, you may free his
hands. I don’t think the Doctor is going to give us any danger, are
expected, Doctor! I’m happy to have you hear. It gives me an
opportunity to speak in a manner I became accustomed to when I
was living in America. (The DOCTOR reacts.)
of America, really.
INTERROGATOR: Nothing could be further from the truth! I have
nothing but the highest respect for Americans, particularly those in
the medical field. No, Doctor, I have nothing against Americans.
After all, I once imagined I might become one. My problem is with
was in your country under different circumstances, we might have
been friends. So why don’t we try being friends now.
can you? Especially when the job is trying to put an end to violence
in the streets.
wondering if I should have it looked at or not? Can you see it?Should I be concerned? (Slight pause) Don’t be shy, Doctor.
Please, do me this personal favor.
accomplished your goal. Congratulations.
imagery? An arm and a leg, give you ahand, have a heart, off with
his head… although, that last one is moreof a French expressionthan American, isn’t it? Off with his head. (SHE smiles) Would you
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It’s right here in the file. So pretty, your dead wife. Tell me about
person, it makes my job a bit more difficult.
you wouldn’t like a glass of water?
Jumping from home to home growing up. It says here that you even
paid your own way through college. That is quite an achievement.
between an educated man and unskilled labor.
Apparently you worked with the demolition department in your
construction job. Would it be safe to say you learned a great deal
about explosives in that line of work?
construction sites, but…
with her. It must have been quite a waterfall of tears, never being
able to hold your child. Did you resent the doctors who let them die?
INTERROGATOR: Or did you rage against the Universe itself? Are you
an angry man, Doctor?
themselves after a dinner party, ‘what does she see in him? Nice
enough guy, sure, but why him? What’s his secret? How did he get
died and not you. Have you ever wondered that? Have you ever
wished it was you who died, Doctor?
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have revenge. Retribution. Is that why you came here? To find
it suggests, Doctor, that our people are not happy here. Suchsuggestions are not very polite. (beat) Violence in our country
comes from outsiders. And you, sir, are an outsider.
tomorrow. Perhaps you shall find me prettier then.
Blackout.) Again, you can order the play by CLICKING HERE. I hope you enjoyed this excerpt from what I consider to be a fairy tale for older audiences.
Until next time, always be braking your legs, and remember--- theater is a sport.