LOOK WHAT I FOUND, MAMA!
A Play in One Act
Cast of Characters
EMERSON: A Bernese Mountain Dog
WORDSWORTH: A yellow Labrador Retriever mix
KARI: A human female, mid-to-late 30s
Kari’s kitchen and back yard
A weekday morning, early autumn, around 7am
SETTING: We are in the kitchen of Kari’s home. At Stage Left is a large bin of dog food with two large metal dog dishes on the floor next to it. The stage is divided down the middle by a wall. In the wall near the front of the stage there is a door which leads out to the back yard, partially visible on Stage Right, beyond the wall.
AT RISE: Kari enters the room, and approaches the door. She opens the door to the back yard.
(Yelling out the door) Breakfast!
(Some time passes but
the dogs do not respond.
KARI looks out the door
into the back yard but
can’t see them.)
That’s weird. They usually come in right away when I call them. Emerson! Wordsworth! Breakfast!
(appearing at the furthest edge of the back yard, but not approaching the house) I’m not coming in until Emerson goes inside.
(Eventually EMERSON comes around the corner of the house with something large in his mouth)
Look Mama! I found this!
What do you have there, Emerson?
You can make this for breakfast!
(When EMERSON is about halfway to the front door, KARI is finally able to see what he is carrying. It is a freshly deceased wild rabbit. EMERSON brings it all the way to the door and steps forward as though he is about to enter the house.)
Ohhhh no. Uh-uh. No way that is coming in my house. Drop it.
Awww Mama, do I have to?
YES. Yes you do have to. Drop it.
(Now standing about 10 feet away, staring at Emerson)
(Speaking reluctantly) Okay.
(EMERSON gently places the rabbit on the stoop and enters the house.)
(staring at the rabbit) Now that Emerson is done with that, can I have it?
Okay, I guess if you would rather have it, I understand.
(WORDWORTH watches in shock as KARI gently picks up the rabbit and places it into a bag. She carries it to the garage where the dogs can’t reach it.)
Why did you throw away a perfectly good toy?
A rabbit is a living creature, not a toy.
Well, I think we can all agree the “living” part is debatable.
(KARI puts both hands to her face, shaking her head back and forth, as if she does not know whether to laugh or cry)