My Lips Are Sealed is a scene about two teen girls. Brenda is fed up with her best friend’s gossiping, and challenges her to a double dare with high stakes: no gossiping for 24 hours. Will Jennifer keep her lips sealed or will she lose control and the bet? A great scene for teens about the compulsive habit of gossiping.
David-Matthew Barnes is a best-selling author, playwright, poet, and screenwriter. Two of his young adult novels have been recognized by the American Library Association for inclusivity in young adult literature. To date, he has written over fifty stage plays that have been performed in three languages in ten countries. His literary work has appeared in over one hundred publications, including The Best Stage Scenes, The Best Women’s Stage Monologues, The Best Men’s Stage Monologues, Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Best Advice I Ever Heard, and 105 Five-Minute Plays for Study and Performance. He has also served as the guest editor of dramatic literature for The Louisville Review and as a judge for the Oregon Literary Fellowships in the category of Young Readers. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina. He has been an arts educator for over a decade. Having lived around the world, he calls Chicago his hometown.
Excerpt from the play:
CAST OF CHARACTERS
JENNIFER – 12, a seventh-grader who has been accused of gossiping too much
BRENDA – 12, a seventh-grader who challenges her best friend to a dare
TIME: A Wednesday afternoon. Present year.
SETTING: Anywhere on the campus of a middle school. A blank stage.
I can’t believe you’re accusing me of gossiping. I never gossip, Brenda.
Oh, really? How did everyone find out that Courtney and Peter kissed on the hay ride at the Halloween dance?
It was the DJ, I swear. He overheard a conversation I was having.
With a few of my closest friends.
How many people did you tell?
Only six people. But I completely trust them.
You told six people? That is so wrong.
You’re absolutely right. It was actually eight people. I forgot that Oliver’s younger sister was there and so was Ramona…but she knows that I know about the time she cheated on a math test, so she’ll never say a word.
Jennifer, you have to stop gossiping all the time. I think you’re out of control.
Don’t be ridiculous. (She searches in her purse for something.) Have you seen my cell phone? I need to make a few calls before soccer practice.
I think you have a serious problem. The minute someone tells you something, you can’t wait to message half the universe to tell them all the details.
I never do that.
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