HE’S NOT “HIM”
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by

Craig Abernethy

Copyright 2008


Cast of Characters

Kenzie:        An attractive, aware, and bright woman (late 20s to late 30s). Wears the
      2020 edition of a "little black dress” with large, retro style jewelry
      (e.g. large red, white, and black plastic bangles).

Josh:          A fit and handsome man (late 20s to late 30s and a year or two older than
      Kenzie). Wears a classy long sleeve shirt and expensive pleated slacks with
      dark shoes and socks.

Malloy:        A tanned, somewhat “rugged” man (Josh’s age). Wears dressy “traveler’s”
      clothing and expensive “walking shoes.”


SETTING:       One of the nicer corners of the not too distant future: the terrace of an up-
scale urban condo complex. It is Spring 2020.

AT RISE:       Taped party conversation, laughs, clinking of glasses, music, and traffic
noises are heard as the lights come up. Kenzie and Josh are Right facing Off Stage and
laughing at a private joke. Malloy is Down and Left facing Down Stage and “taking in the
view.” Kenzie and Josh hold oversized martini glasses containing brightly colored drinks and
Malloy holds a bottle of mineral water. When the lights are at half Kenzie and Josh turn to
Center and Josh sees Malloy, takes Kenzie’s arm, and they greet Malloy at Center, shake
hands, and begin chatting. Kenzie speaks when the lights are full.

KENZIE
So you know Josh from Higgs, Beale, Santucci?

MALLOY
Started the same day.

JOSH
Dude, memory!

KENZIE
Where do you work now?

MALLOY
I’ve been away for a while.

KENZIE
You look great!

MALLOY
Thanks.

JOSH
Not another rehab-er?

KENZIE
You didn’t face your demons and get all “good” did you?

JOSH
Get all “spiritual?”

(Kenzie and Josh laugh)

MALLOY
I wouldn’t say so, no.

KENZIE
Whew!

JOSH
Dude, seriously: you look mellowed out!

MALLOY
Thanks.

KENZIE
We’re just beginning to slow down.

JOSH
Madhouse city this whole year.

KENZIE
New schools!

JOSH
Elton’s six; Colette’s four.
(To Kenzie)
Right?

KENZIE
Right on!
(To Malloy)
The whole thing with Josh’s dad…

JOSH
You remember my dad? We… played golf…?

MALLOY
Ball game. Braves were in town.

JOSH
What a mind! Dude, ballgame!

MALLOY
(Smiles)
Good guy;… lot of fun.

JOSH
Yeah, total boomer dude! Low fat, high fiber, exercise…

KENZIE
“Erectus,” daily!

JOSH
Three wives.

KENZIE
Three!

JOSH
Mom. Phyllis. We miss her.

KENZIE
Cancer.

JOSH
Tragic.

KENZIE
And Travinka’s number three.

JOSH
One time Croatian porn queen!

KENZIE
Washed up at twenty-eight.

JOSH
Career over.

KENZIE
Tragic.

MALLOY
How is he?

JOSH
Serious case of calendaritis; got very old.

KENZIE
But doing great, we hear.

JOSH
We had no choice.

KENZIE
Totally tore us up!


(End of sample)

Complete scripts can  be obtained by e-mailing
Craig here