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4 characters, all males. Approximately 10 minutes. A funny yet sentimental script about true friendship. Perfect for middle school and high school students.

A poignant and bittersweet tale about friendship, loss, and the turning of seasons. Lifelong pals, Saul and Murray, enjoy the ritual of meeting every day for lunch on a park bench. A perfect opportunity for teens to work on old-age characterization.

Playwright Bio:

Novelist, poet, playwright, performer, and screenwriter, John Biscello, is the author of four novels, Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale, Raking the Dust, Nocturne Variations, and No Man’s Brooklyn; a collection of stories, Freeze Tag, two poetry collections, Arclight and Moonglow on Mercy Street; and a fable, The Jackdaw and the Doll, illustrated by Izumi Yokoyama. He also adapted classic fables paired with the vintage illustrations by artist Paul Bransom for the collection: Once Upon a Time, Classic Fables Reimagined. His produced, full-length plays include: LOBSTERS ON ICE, ADAGIO FOR STRAYS, THE BEST MEDICINE, ZEITGEIST, U.S.A., and WEREWOLVES DON’T WALTZ. He is the founder and director of the Taos Youth Ensemble, a theater collective, and as an independent drama educator, he has worked in various schools, creating plays with grades ranging from K through high school.

Excerpt from the play:

CHARACTERS:

Saul
Murray
Boy #1
Boy #2

SETTING: City park

SCENE 1

(Two old men seated on a park bench: SAUL and MURRAY. They are taking their respective lunches out of brown paper bags or lunch pails. They should take their time unwrapping their sandwiches, putting on condiments, etc. A quiet, ritualized procedure.)

MURRAY:
What’d you get, Saul?

SAUL:
Liverwurst.

MURRAY:
Boiled onions?

SAUL:
Of course, boiled onions. Agnes knows I can’t eat liverwurst without boiled onions.

(Silence. SAUL goes back to eating his sandwich.)

SAUL:
What’d you get, Murray?

MURRAY:
Leftover meatloaf.

SAUL:
Any good?

MURRAY:
It was… yesterday.

SAUL:
And today?

MURRAY:
(takes a bite)
Even better.

(Both men share a laugh.)

MURRAY:
Wanna trade lunches?

SAUL:
(lightly)
In all the years we’ve been coming here, have you ever known me to swap lunches with you, even once?

MURRAY:
Nope.
(beat)
Hey, Saul, why is that?

SAUL:
That’s because I love my lunches. I love what Agnes gives me.

MURRAY:
Hey, I love my lunches too. I love what Trudy gives me.

SAUL:
Then why do you always want to swap lunches with me?

MURRAY:
Not always. Sometimes. And, I don’t know. I just, I don’t know.

(SAUL and MURRAY go back to eating their sandwiches.)

MURRAY:
So, you wanna trade?

(Lights down.)

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