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N O N F IC T IO N & P L AY

IS THERE A WAR ON? A Ten Minute Space Play (an excerpt) Chandler Pennington

CHARACTERS Male pronouns and relations used, but characters can be any gender. COR – a primitive tribal leader. Ever so slightly smarter than his brother. Any age. MALO – another primitive, tribal leader. Loud, and pretty dense. Any age. WARRIE – a highly intellectual alien. Inspired and adventurous. Any age.

SETTING It is apparent to the audience that two great armies are gathering for a final battle of sorts, on a planet similar to but not Earth. Whether we see the armies or not, we can hear them. The sound awakens in us ancestral memories of Stone Age tribal warfare, complete with incoherent chanting and war cries. Eventually, two ice-cold warrior-leaders, MALO and COR enter the stage from opposing sides. They are basically human, and their dress is basically that of cavemen. They wield spears, or clubs, or a torch. They are, apparently, meeting between the two armies, as is tradition. They stare at each other for quite some time, each as if daring the other to speak first. Finally, the warrior on the left, COR, speaks abruptly.

COR: Malo. MALO: Cor. (There is a long, pregnant silence.) COR: Wonderful to see you today. MALO: Always. (There is another long silence. They both start to speak at the same time.) COR: Malo, I— MALO: The time has come–Oh, I’m sorry— COR: No please.

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