2 characters. 2F; 3 pages in length. Approximately 1-5 minutes running time. A scene for teens about a humiliating encounter written by David-Matthew Barnes.

One Stupid Moment is a scene about two teen girls and one very embarrassing moment. Stacey is mortified when the boy she likes approaches her and she accidentally burps in front of him. Her best friend, Rachel, tries to comfort her but when she elaborates on the volume of the burp and how many people heard it, Stacey may never recover. A great scene for teens!

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

STACEY – 12, a seventh-grader who is suffering from embarrassment
RACHEL – 12, a seventh-grader who is trying to comfort her best friend

TIME: A Wednesday afternoon. Present year.

SETTING: Anywhere on the campus of a middle school. A blank stage.

STACEY:
I’m changing my name and moving to another country.

RACHEL:
Stacey, you’re totally overreacting.

STACEY:
How can you say that? You were there. You saw what I did.

RACHEL:
Yeah, and I heard it, too.

STACEY:
You’re supposed to be my best friend. How could you let me do that?

RACHEL:
Hey, it wasn’t my idea to drink a giant bottle of soda before you talked to Josh.

STACEY:
I completely burped right in his face.

RACHEL:
I don’t want to make you feel bad, but it was really loud, too.

STACEY:
How loud?

RACHEL:
Super loud.

STACEY:
Do you think they heard me in the art room?

RACHEL:
Yeah, and probably in the cafeteria, too.

STACEY:
Are you serious?

RACHEL:
Yeah, it echoed down the hallway.

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