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PLAYSAFE 5'?m2f Abortion: the humanity of the fetus

LIZ -- (enters, looks around, shouts) Amy? Amy? Are you here?

AMY -- (enters opposite backward unrolling wires, carrying a
dynamite plunger) I'm over here.

LIZ -- I got the message that you wanted to meet me here... What
are you doing?

AMY -- I'm going to demolish that apartment building there.
(motions to exit) I thought you'd want to watch.

LIZ -- You're going to blow up that building there?

AMY -- Yes. You might want to cover your ears. 5... 4... 3...

LIZ -- Wait a minute.

AMY -- What's the matter?

LIZ -- You can't just blow up a building!

AMY -- Oh, sure. In about 10 seconds it will be just a pile of 
rubble. Okay, where was I? 5... 4... 3...

LIZ -- Wait a minute.

AMY -- What's the matter?

LIZ -- Are you sure the building is empty?

AMY -- Oh, sure. All the residents moved out weeks ago. 5...
4... 3...

LIZ -- Wait a minute.

AMY -- What's the matter?

LIZ -- Did you check to make sure that nobody is in there?

AMY -- I told you. They've been out for weeks.

LIZ -- No, I mean, did you check all the rooms?

AMY -- Well, no. But I don't have to. I've got "no trespassing"
signs at all the entrances. 5... 4... 3...

LIZ -- Wait a minute.

AMY -- What's the matter?

LIZ -- There may be someone in there.

AMY -- I thought I covered that.

LIZ -- No, you don't understand. What if kids are playing in
there? Or what if a homeless person decided to move in there?

AMY -- Oh, I don't think so. I was just in there setting the
charges. I didn't see anything.

LIZ -- Well, did you check every room?

AMY -- Well, no, but if somebody was in there, I would have
heard something. 5... 4... 3...

LIZ -- Wait a minute.

AMY -- What's the matter?

LIZ -- Are you SURE you didn't hear anything?

AMY -- Well, I heard SOMETHING. But I'm pretty sure it was just
rats or mice or something. 5... 4... 3...

LIZ -- Wait a minute.

AMY -- What's the matter?

LIZ -- I can't believe you're so casual about this. You're
usually such a careful person. I mean, you never ride in a car
without putting on your seat belt. You never go on vacation
without getting a neighbor to collect your newspapers and mail.
How can you do this?

AMY -- How can I do what? All I'm doing is blowing up a
building. 5... 4... 3...

LIZ -- Wait a minute.

AMY -- What's the matter?

LIZ -- I can't believe you would do something so destructive
without being absolutely sure that you're not going to kill
somebody.

AMY -- Isn't that funny. I was going to make the same comment
about you.

LIZ -- Me?! What did I.... (realization) Oh! You! You!

AMY -- What's the matter?

LIZ -- You know what's the matter! This is not about blowing up
a building! This is about my abortion! You went to all this
trouble to stop me from having an abortion?!

AMY -- It seems to me that if you're doing something
destructive, you might want to take extra precautions to
make sure that a human being won't lose his life.

LIZ -- Well, Planned Parenthood says it's just a mass of tissue.

AMY -- Well, okay then. 5... 4... 3...

LIZ -- Alright! I get the message.

AMY -- What's the message?

LIZ -- I was so focused on the feminist rhetoric that I couldn't
see that what I was doing might actually kill somebody.

AMY -- Well, I SUPPOSE it's possible that the offspring of a
human male and a human female MIGHT be something other than
human. Maybe it's just a rat.

LIZ -- Well, I know it's not a rat.

AMY -- You seem to know what it's NOT. Are you absolutely sure
of what it IS that YOU'd be killing?

LIZ -- Well, now that you put it in those terms, I'm not sure.
When they call it a medical procedure, you don't think about 
it as killing. But, now that I think about it, SOMEthing is 
going to die, isn't it?

AMY -- Well, whatever it is in there, it's growing. And it seems 
to me that if it's growing it's alive. Isn't it?

LIZ -- (sigh) Here I was preaching to YOU to be careful not to
kill someone and here I am.... Say, you're not REALLY going to
blow up that building without checking every room, are you?

AMY -- (pulls wires) Actually, I wasn't really going to blow it 
up at all.

LIZ -- (points to loose ends at far end of wire) Hey! The wires 
are not attached to anything!

AMY -- I'm sorry to deceive you. But...

LIZ -- But you got me to look at what it is I was killing.

AMY -- Or WHO.

LIZ -- WHO. Isn't that funny? I closed my mind to the
possibility that there's a real human being in there. It made it
easier to... to....

AMY -- (exits with LIZ) Come on. Let's sit down and talk about
OTHER alternatives.
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