Please Try Again

(a one minute play for the Gone in Sixty Seconds theatre quest)

By J. O'Bedlam

[A MAN, dusty and bedraggled, staggers onstage. He lurches about, looking frantically for something only he knows. Suddenly, he stops and falls to his knees. He claws at the floor, “digging.”
After some time, he finally succeeds in wresting loose a small box. With an almost reverent look on his face, he lifts the lid. A piece of parchment lies inside. Squinting at it carefully, he begins to read.

MAN: Sorry, (pause) you are not a winner. (pause) Please—try… aga—

[The MAN closes his eyes and starts beating his hands against his head. ]