3 characters. 3F. 4 pages in length. Approximately 5 minutes running time. A short play for children about a very special birthday gift written by Phyllis J. Perry.

Hiccups is a short play for three children. Poor Robin has a very bad case of the hiccups. With the help of her friends, Casey and Pat, they’ll try every crazy cure they know to get rid of them. Will they be able to finish their homework and go out to play? Will Robin have the hiccups forever? Find out in this cute play about friendship! This play is also included in Plays For You And A Friend Or Two, a compilation of twelve short plays, each with 2 or 3 characters, and simple staging.

Phyllis J. Perry lives in Boulder, Colorado. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, holds a Masters Degree from San Francisco State, and a doctorate from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has been active in three community theaters. Phyllis is a retired teacher who writes for children and adults. She writes fiction and nonfiction books, poetry and plays. A list of her 92 books can be found on her web site, www.phyllisjperry.com.

Excerpt from the play:

CAST OF CHARACTERS

THE PLAYERS:
Robin, Casey, and Pat.

THE SETTING:
In front of Robin’s house where Pat and Casey have come on a Thursday afternoon to first do their home-work and then play with Robin.

PROPS:
Glass, 2 straws, sugar cube, paper bag, pitcher of water, 3 books, pencils and Paper, table and chairs.

AT RISE: As the scene opens, Casey and Pat stand on front porch. Pat rings the bell and Robin opens the door.

ROBIN
Hi, Pat. Hi, Casey. Hic! Come on in. Hic!

PAT
Hey! Do you have the hiccups?

ROBIN
How did you – hic – guess? (She laughs.) I got them just a couple of minutes ago, and they won’t stop.

 (All three move inside. CASEY suddenly sticks out his tongue.)

ROBIN
Hic! How rude! What are you doing?

CASEY
Actually, you’re in luck! I happen to know it’s a sure fire cure for hiccups. Just stick out your tongue as far as you can and keep it there while I count to twenty.

ROBIN
Are you kidding? Hic.

CASEY
No, I’m serious. Now stick out your tongue while I count. (Robin obeys.) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5…

(Robin hiccups loudly.)

ROBIN
Hic! See. It didn’t work. Come on. You can put your books out on the kitchen table. Hic. We might as well start on our math. Then we can have snacks and play.

PAT
No, wait! I have a hiccup cure that won’t fail. But we need a paper bag. Do you have a bag?

ROBIN
Sure. Hic.

(Robin produces a paper bag.)

PAT
Hold the edges of the bag right around your mouth, and breathe in and out. Real steady.

ROBIN
Okay. (Sounds doubtful, but puts face into the bag and breathes for a minute.) Hic. Hic. (She gives up and puts the paper bag down.)

CASEY
I’ve got another cure that my mom uses. It can’t fail. All we need is a glass of water and two straws.

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