Jill and Michael: A Short Play

Jill and Michael. Michael is center stage, standing in a spotlight. Jill offstage, preferably at the back of the house or up in the rafters.

They are good friends. For the most part, they encourage each other.

JILL
I don’t want to.

MICHAEL
That’s OK.

(Long, long pause. Maybe 45 seconds.)

JILL
I still don’t want to.

MICHAEL
That’s even better.

JILL
It is?

MICHAEL
Just wait.

(Shorter long pause. 20 seconds.)

JILL
We’re going to, anyway.

MICHAEL
Bingo! Going to what?

JILL
Going to do what I don’t want to do.

MICHAEL
Right. Right! And what was that?

JILL
What was what?

MICHAEL
What you wanted to do.

JILL
I’d rather not say.

MICHAEL
Because you don’t want to do it?

JILL
No, because I did it already.

MICHAEL
You – what?!

Michael reaches out, desperate.
Fast, fast blackout.

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