Scene Detail

"Are you sure you're not a snake? You're awfully big to be a worm."

From: Dr. Worm
2 Characters
Gender Age Character Name
Either Young Girl or Boy PETE
Either Adult: Any Age DR. WORM
 
Setup:
This is the beginning of the play. Read on...

(Note: the dialogue is gender-neutral, so that the roles could be played by the opposite sex, with a change of the boy's name to Patty.)

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Scene

copyright 2003 by Matthew A. Everett


It's raining.


With a mighty heave, DR. WORM flops into view over an object that could represent the edge of the hole he calls home.


He sputters and crawls off the edge of the object and onto the floor.


At that moment, PETE, a young boy, hurries on, covering his head with a newspaper.


PETE nearly steps on DR. WORM.


DR. WORM

Hey! Watch where you're walkin', kid!

PETE

Whoa!

DR. WORM

Person could get squished!

PETE

You're not a person.

DR. WORM

Well, if you want to get technical about it --

PETE

Are you a snake?

DR. WORM

A snake?! I should say not. Why, the very idea is insulting!

PETE

Then what are you?

DR. WORM

A worm. Dr. Worm, to you, kid.

PETE

I've got a name, too, you know.

DR. WORM

Well, what is it?

PETE

Pete.

DR. WORM

Thanks for not stepping on me, Pete. I'd shake your hand but I don't have any.

PETE

Are you sure you're not a snake? You're awfully big to be a worm.

DR. WORM

I'm highly evolved.

PETE

So you won't bite me?

DR. WORM

Hey, you can step on me. I want to stay on your good side. Besides --

DR. WORM thrusts his butt in the air.


DR. WORM (continued)

No fangs, not even teeth, see?

PETE

I don't think that's your mouth.

DR. WORM

You sure?

PETE

You're talking from that end.

DR. WORM

Oh. Well, sounds come out of that end, too, sometimes, but there's normally a smell involved as well. Better stick to this end.

DR. WORM lowers his butt.


PETE

What are you doing out here were you can get stepped on?

DR. WORM

It's raining.

PETE takes away the newspaper from his head.
It has stopped raining.


PETE

It's not raining anymore.

DR. WORM

How nice for you. But it's not that simple. I live underground. My living room's flooded right now. I'd rather be a little moist that drowning, wouldn't you?

PETE

Why don't you just live above ground?

DR. WORM

Two words. Birds and feet like yours.

PETE

That's more than two words.

DR. WORM

Are you arguing with Dr. Worm?

PETE

How can you be a doctor?

DR. WORM

It's an honorary degree.

PETE

For what?

DR. WORM

My sterling command of the English language.

PETE

I speak English.

DR. WORM

Ah yes, but do you also speak Worm?

PETE

Oh.

DR. WORM

Help me back up on the edge of my hole, would you? I need to get out of the high traffic area or I'll lose my tail.

PETE helps DR. WORM schlump up onto the object again which he first crawled over to appear at the start.


DR. WORM

Many thanks.

PETE

You're welcome.

DR. WORM

Well, go on, ask away.

PETE

Ask what?

DR. WORM

Surely you must have some kind of question for a worm with my wealth of knowledge.

PETE

No. Not really.

DR. WORM

Oh, come on. One question.

PETE

No.

DR. WORM

Just a little one.

PETE

You just want to show off.

DR. WORM

Well, yes. Is there something wrong with that?

PETE

I guess not.

DR. WORM

Come on. I don't get out much. Just a tiny question.

PETE

What's your favorite word?

DR. WORM

Oh, that's easy! Uh --

PETE

Should I give you a hint?

DR. WORM

No, don't be silly. I'll have it in just a second. Aha! Crossword.

PETE holds out his newspaper, revealing a crossword puzzle.


PETE

Oh, you mean this? I love doing these.

DR. WORM

Oh. That's a crossword? No. Not that. I didn't mean that. Not "crossword" then. Hmmm. Just a minute. Oh. Backward!

PETE hops backward.


DR. WORM (continued)

What are you doing?

PETE

You said "backward."

DR. WORM

Really? That's backward?

PETE hops backward again.


DR. WORM (continued)

OK. Not that. Um...crossword, backward...

PETE

Do you need some help?





(there's more, but the conclusion of the story isn't available for viewing on this website)

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