Friday, December 3, 2010

A Short Play by Rachel: Conscious Sedation

A Short Play by Rachel


Conscious Sedation


Scene opens on RACHEL and HUSBAND in a small hospital room. RACHEL has just undergone an outpatient procedure and the anesthesia has not yet worn off. She begins a conversation with HUSBAND.

RACHEL:            What did you do while I was in there?

HUSBAND:          I read some.

RACHEL:            Which book did you read?

HUSBAND:          The American history one.

RACHEL:           That's a good one. You need to finish Devil in the White City.

There is a short pause; then:

RACHEL:           Did you get any reading done?

HUSBAND:          (trying not to laugh)  Yes.

RACHEL:            Which one did you read?

HUSBAND:          The American history one.

RACHEL:            That's a good one. You need to finish Devil in the White City. You never finished it.

HUSBAND:          Nope, I didn't.

There is a short pause; then:

RACHEL:            Was there a TV in the room you were in?

HUSBAND:          Yep. I watched a little.

RACHEL:            Did you watch the History Channel?

HUSBAND:          No, I found the Big Ten Network.

RACHEL:            Oh. But it's a weekday. There's probably nothing good on. Women's basketball. Lacrosse. Field hockey...

RACHEL proceeds to name several more obscure sports. Then:

RACHEL:            Did you get any reading done?


END SCENE.

4 comments:

  1. I love your Short Plays. I especially loved the one you wrote years ago about me and the spider at Camp Carl. I like reading your blog because it makes me feel closer to you and more up-to-date with your life.

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  2. I'm sure I've got that spider one somewhere! And I'm bummed we're not closer these days---geographically and friendshipally. :)

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  3. Ha, it's always funny what people say after sedation.

    But how did the surgery go?

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  4. That was just an ultrasound on my pancreas. It was fine---they didn't find anything. My back surgery has been cancelled completely for the time being. I should probably blog about that...

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