Posted by Lacy on November 21, 2009
Today, on the anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, I pose this challenge to all Barrel of Monkeys company members, ensemble, and fans:
Ask not what you can do to completely blow the mind of young authors, but what young authors can do to completely blow your mind.
Not so much of a “challenge” as a tastelessly-worded setup to this dialogue written by BJ at the Loyola Park Afterschool Program, to be performed at the Loyola Park show on Monday.
In the words of many pretentious Shakespearean actors: sometimes all you can do is get out of the way of the text.
Characters: John F. Kennedy
Whopper Jr. (JFK’s Friend)
Setting: Burger King in Washington, DC
JFK: O my goodness which should I get Whopper or Whopper Jr.
WJ: John! John! Pick Me! We need to talk.
JFK: I get a whopper with onions so what do you want to talk about
WJ: I don’t think you should go to Dallas-something is wrong here. I don’t have a good feeling about this trip.
(They are off to the 1.5 million $ plane)
JFK: The whopper is good. I have to go. I feel you.
(They arrive in Dallas & get in the Rolls Royce)
WJ: John, be careful out there. I don’t want to have to go back to Washington without you.
JFK: I told Bush that I will be here.
(JFK is in the car, 25 miles away, waving to the people. 5 minutes later somebody shoots him and the car rushes to the hospital.)
JFK (cont’d): Take care of the country
(and about 3:00 he die)
WJ: John! John, come back! (with anger) I told you this would happen. (with determination) I will find the killer if it’s the last thing I do.
It’s happening at the Loyola Park show on Monday. I don’t think you’ll want to miss this one.